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Trip of Wonders Overview: 12 Wonderful Days in Indonesia

With its more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia was not actually high on my travel list. Aside from Bali, Borobudur, Jakarta, and Raja Ampat, I knew nothing else about the archipelago. But when the opportunity came to know more about Indonesia, I jumped right in and said hell yes!

I was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for the September leg of the Trip of Wonders along with 39 other Southeast Asian influencers. The trip started in Jakarta. And had us exploring Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok, and Labuan Bajo. With the trip ending with a farewell dinner in Bali.

Here’s an overview of our 12 days going around the 4 destinations while experiencing the beauty and diversity of Wonderful Indonesia.


Day 1: Manila to Jakarta

After landing at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, we were whisked by bus to our hotel. It felt like being back home, with the busy streets of Jakarta reminding me of Manila. Mercure Sabang Hotel was our home for the night. A chic 4-star hotel with an ideal location in the heart of Jakarta.

Kickoff dinner was at Penang Bistro. It is also where we met the Indonesia team that will be going with us. As well as the participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It was a night of introductions and awkward conversations as we tried to get to know each other. 🙂

Day 2: Jakarta to Bandung

Our official first day for the Trip of Wonders had us waking up early to catch the KA Argo Parahyangan train in Jakarta’s Gambir station. It took three hours and a half with beautiful window views to get to Bandung.

The lunch stop was at NuArt Sculpture Park’s restaurant. We also got the chance to go to the galleries and workshops as well as meet the artist himself, Mr. Nyoman Nuarta.

We stayed at Sheraton Bandung Hotel and Towers during our stay in Bandung.

Day 3: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

First stop for the day was at Armor Kopi where we got to experience their famous coffee and Indonesian snacks like Cireng and Pisang Goreng.


Dusun Bambu Family Leisure Park made for an enjoyable lunch venue. And we definitely had fun learning about arts and culture, as well as playing the angklung at Saung Angklung Udjo.

Day 4: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Bandung is known as the shopping mecca of Indonesia. One cannot leave Bandung without at least window shopping in its famous malls like Rumah Mode and Paris van Java.

See also: Bandung Weekend: Food and Shopping

We chilled for a bit and had lunch at Vanilla Kitchen restaurant before taking our flight to Yogyakarta via Bandung’s Husein Sastranegara International Airport.

Day 5: Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Java, Indonesia

The early call time this day was all worth it because of the beautiful sunrise in Borobudur. Closely followed by breakfast at Stupa Restaurant by Plataran. Cycling (horse cart riding in my case) followed next. With batik and pottery making at Warung Kopi Borobodur capping off our morning.

Lunch at Pendopo Onthel Tingal, Desa Wanurejo treated us to a local menu with an interesting traditional dance.

Royal Hi-Tea ceremony and hotel tour at Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel took up most of our afternoon. Afterward, we rode to Ratu Boko for the sunset. Omah Dhuwur Restaurant had a delectable local menu prepared for us for dinner which we truly enjoyed.


Day 6: Yogyakarta to Lombok

To reach Lombok, we had to transit in Bali via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. We flew via Garuda Indonesia for both flights, Yogyakarta to Bali and Bali to Lombok.

It was Moroccan cuisine for lunch at El Bazar, Kuta, Lombok. Before heading off to the fascinating Sasak Sade Village. We were welcomed with a musical performance and traditional dances before going around the village.


The open lobby of Golden Tulip Hotel in Mataram took us by surprise, where we stayed for our 2 days stay in Lombok.

Day 7: Gili Islands (Tiga Gili)

We spent the whole day exploring, swimming and snorkeling in Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, with lunch in Villa Ombak.

Read: Sun, Sand, and Sea: Day Trip in Gili Islands

Day 8: Lombok to Labuan Bajo

Early call time again to catch our connecting flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo. This time, we flew via Garuda and Kalstar. Lunch at Treetop gave us our first taste of Labuan Bajo before checking in at La Prima Hotel.

Sunset at Paradise Bar turned out to be magical, where the influencers had a grand time taking photos and videos at the open area of the bar.

Day 9 – 10: Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

We spent two days island hopping in the Komodo archipelago. From watching the Komodo Dragons in Komodo Island and Rinca Island, swimming and snorkeling in Pink Beach, Kanawa Island, and Kelor Island, and hiking Padar Island for the picturesque view at the summit. It may be tiring, but we sure as hell enjoyed every minute of it.


Day 11: Labuan Bajo to Bali

We left Labuan Bajo for Bali with a heavy heart, promising to come back as soon as we can. Lunch at Warung Eropa in Seminyak introduced us to Crispy Duck before we checked in at the jaw-dropping Alila Seminyak.

See also: Bali Foodscapades: Bebek Goreng, Babi Guling, and other eats

The Trip of Wonders’ farewell dinner was also held in Alila Seminyak, where we also had the best pork ribs in town.


Day 12: Alila Seminyak, Bali

We spent our remaining hours in Alila Seminyak enjoying its facilities especially the breakfast buffet and its four swimming pools. All faces the sea, two of which are infinity pools.

12 days was surely not enough to cover a lot of what Indonesia has to offer. But those awesome 12 days was definitely enough to guarantee that I’ll be coming back to Indonesia in the near future!

Disclosure: I was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia for Wonderful Indonesia‘s Trip of Wonders 2016  but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.


  • Nice job with the video – enjoyed the small plane ride to Labuan Bajo, spectacular!
    I haven’t been to Indonesia for a while (I was in Sumatra in 2004) but it’s a country I’d like to see more of. One thing that sucks though is that they only give you 30 days in Indonesia on a tourist Visa. We’re in Japan right now where even they give you 90. Makes planning for Indonesia a bit more complicated.

    Frank (bbqboy)

  • Vishal Vashisht

    12 days in Indonesia must have been fun. I can imagine how much can you cover in that many days. I think it would take one whole lifetime to visit 17000 islands.

  • Indonesia is very near the Philippines yet I haven’t come to explore this country! (I’m jealous!) Hahaha! All the places you’ve been to are now on my travel bucket list, ate! I hope to visit Indonesia soon! It also is interesting that Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry is very active in inviting social media influencers (just like you, ate!) just to showcase the beauty of their country. Yey! <3

  • I’m jealous. How do you get invited to FAM trips? 🙂 I don’t know much about Indonesia as well except for Bali of course (who’s not familiar with Bali?), but it’s on my list of Southeast Asian countries to visit. I’ve heard that it has lots of similarities with the Philippines, but I’d also seen some new dazzling sights from IG and blog posts. 🙂

  • Wow, this is a great itinerary & you certainly covered a lot of ground! What was your favourite experience in Indonesia?

  • Wow what an amazing trip, so many things packed into only 12 days. Indonesia looks like a very diverse and interesting place to visit. I particularly liked your day 3 itinerary at Armor Kopi and sunrise at the Borobudur temple must have been fantastic. We have never been to Indonesia and much like you it has never been on our list but watching your videos and seeing that there is so much to see and so many different and diverse areas I think we will have to reconsider and put it high n our list of places to see.

  • This is an epic and fast trip, I must say. You have covered so much. Indonesia is quite a place and there is much more to it in addition to places like Bali. Nice to see you made most of the opportunity and were able to explore the culture and local traditions too.

  • Christina

    That is amazing that all those activities could be fitted into 12 days! There are so many islands and each island seems to have something unique to offer. I definitely want to go to Komodo island when I finally have a chance to visit Indonesia. Can’t wait to cross this country off my bucket list.

  • Whoa! So many places in one go.I liked the destinations. I haven’t done a single one of them yet. 🙁
    I have to Bali I am definite about that. This was a great opportunity for you!

  • Amazing pics! I loved Indonesia. I think it’s an underrated country. I just wish the food were better!

  • Indonesia always has been on my never-ending bucket list! Also the places and the itinerary is just amazing. Plus you can consider yourself extremely fortunate that you had the opportunity to work together with the Indonesian tourism board.

  • Indonesia is one of my favourite countries to visit, there is just so much to see and love! I’d really like to visit Pink Beach for some photos.

  • Sounds like quite the adventure- I’d absolutely love to visit the Gili islands!

  • Vicky and Buddy

    I’ve only been to Bali (which I loved!) and would love to go back and explore more of Indonesia. Looks like you got a great overview and to see a lot during your 12 days there.

  • Hi Darlene, there truly is SO much to explore and see of Indonesia! I have only been to Bali and loved it, but want to visit other islands as well especially Komodo island. Looks like you had a fantastic trip, your videos are great!

  • I’m in Manila in October for TBEX, so I’m thinking maybe I should add on two weeks and take the Manila to Jakarta route home to Aus. Indonesia is high on my list and I’ve been reading and seeing amazing things!

  • I went to Flores a few years ago and loved it. Indonesia does have so much more to offer beyond Bali but most people don’t actually make it past Bali. I would love to visit Borobudur one day.

    • Hey Darlene, I checked out your videos too. They’re really useful and they do give you a good idea of what to expect in the various spots. Nice work!

  • Darlene, I love Bali and apart from Lombok have not seen any other places in beautiful Indonesia. Your itinerary looks amazing, what a wonderful opportunity to have worked with Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia alongside 39 others in #wonderfulindonesia

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