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Setting sail from Benoa (Bali)
It's no surprise to us that Bali remains Indonesia's most popular tourist destination; though the island is not the undiscovered gem it once was, it's still a wonderful place to travel. The beaches, spectacular volcanic scenery and lush green rice terraces lend Bali a natural beauty that seems to dovetail perfectly with the island's distinct Hindu culture, which adorns the landscape with stunning temples. We advise steering clear of the backpacker beaches around Kuta, and heading instead for the quieter south coast resorts or the charming inland town of Ubud, the spiritual centre of the island.
Bali is seriously busy – it’s a long way for us, but just on the doorstep for Australians. The central mountains, or north and west coasts, are quieter.
The city of Probolinggo is located on the north coast of East Java, and is the jumping off point for excursions to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The sight of smouldering Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, looming over the fertile volcanic plains, is a highlight of any trip to Indonesia.
On 27 August 1883 the island of Krakatau (Krakatoa) was torn asunder by the most famous volcanic eruption in history, a cataclysmic event that sent a devastating tsunami racing around the globe. Amongst the remains of the collapsed caldera sits the smouldering and still active Anak Krakatau, the ‘child of Krakatoa’.
Indonesia: Padang, Batu Islands, Bawomataluo, Suimeuliu Islands, Weh Island
Indonesia: Banda Aceh
The city of Banda Aceh was devastated by the 2004 tsunami, but has since been rebuilt and is now a pleasant, laid back place to spend some time. Victims of the disaster are honoured at the Tsunami Museum and Blang Padang Park, while other notable landmarks include the ornate Grand Mosque.
The busy Sumatran port of Belawan is the gateway to Gunung Leuser National Park, a remarkably biodiverse habitat that receives relatively few visitors. The jungle is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, with a decent chance of spotting wild orangutans.
Arriving in Phuket
Phuket is Thailand's most popular tourist destination, and it's true that it can be crowded and overdeveloped in places, but it's not hard to escape the masses and be reminded why this idyllic island is known as the 'Pearl of the Andaman'. As well as a plethora of luxury resorts, Phuket has a charming old town replete with pretty Sino-Portuguese architecture, and acts as a jump-off point for exploring nearby islands and coastline. Koh Phing Pan, better known as James Bond Island, and Ko Phi Phi are breathtakingly beautiful, as are the limestone formations that surround the mainland town of Krabi.
There are so many temples, but we really like Wat Srisoonthorn with the reclining Buddha – very peaceful and lots to see.
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Where to stay in Phuket
So much choice! For something a bit different, we like the Keemala, 38 villas each with private pool.
If you have time, make the slightly complicated journey via Labuan Bajo on to Rinca to see the Komodo Dragons.