Java was the second stop on my honeymoon after Singapore and I absolutely loved the island. It’s not over touristy despite having the beautiful temple of Borobudur meaning you really get to see the real people and culture rather than a sanitised version. This photo was taken on our sunrise tour of Borobudur, which began with a climb of the main steps in the dark at 4am with head torches, but the sunrise and the views were worth the early start. They only allow a handful of people onto the temple for the sunrise so it is imperative to book early and book prior to travel otherwise you might be disappointed! Sitting in the peaceful surroundings watching the sun rise over the temple with it breaking through the early morning mist was magical and an experience I will never forget.
The Borobudur Temple Compounds is a Buddhist compound which was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD. It covers an enormous area, measuring 123 x 123 meters and is decorated with 504 Buddha statues, one of which is in this photo. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur after it had been buried under volcanic ash for centuries. The restoration took eight years to complete and the result is awe inspiring.
Landscapes- there are so many amazing landscapes around the world and I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a lot of them but this one was just outside our room when we were staying at the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa; what’s not to love waking up to this view every morning!
Traditional or authentic accommodation is always top of my priority list for my own holiday and something I encourage my clients to look to book for their own trip when they book with me. Traditional doesn’t have to mean basic, rustic or not luxurious as it means something different in every part of the world and some hotels are great at mixing traditional elements with modern looks and conveniences. By looking for more traditional elements run by local individuals you are helping to provide incomes for people in the local area which is something that is very important. This photo was taken outside our room at the Plataran Borobudur which is a hand carved, traditionally built cabin set in the hotel’s beautiful grounds.
How adventurous are you with food when you’re travelling? I think it is always great to try the local food whether it’s something similar to that in my photo which was satay, rice and lots of other delicious things or something more adventurous then give it a go! My one tip, which I was given when we first moved to Asia, was if you’re looking to eat some street food, always look for the stall that has a queue of locals and one where they cook the food in front of you not behind a screen or in a back room. Whilst this isn’t always a guarantee that you won’t get sick, it served me well throughout my time travelling so far!