#5 best destination in the world

 

Gereja Ayam

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  • Prayer house often referred to as a church
  • The structure is constructed in the shape of a dove, but instead reminds many onlookers of a hen, hence, the locals have taken to calling it the chicken church
  • The building was erected during the 1990s by Daniel Alamsjah, who claimed to have been inspired by God to build a prayer house through a dream he had in 1989
  • Alamsjah is Christian, but envisioned Gereja Ayam as a place to welcome followers of any religion for prayer or meditation
  • Due to financial difficulties and local resistance, the construction was halted in 2000 and the building has since largely been left to deteriorate

 

Borobudur Temple Compounds

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  • Buddhist temples built under the Shailendra dynasty in the 8th-9th centuries
  • Sacred place known as the garden of Java for its high agricultural fertility
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Prambanan Temple Compounds

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  • 9th century Hindu temple compound dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Transformer (Shiva)
  • Largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia
  • Characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu architecture, and by the towering 154 ft central building inside a large complex of individual temples
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Sangiran Museum

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  • Archaeological excavation site and museum in Java
  • One of the most important sites in the world for studying fossil man
  • A dome was created millions of years ago through tectonic uplifts
  • The dome was then eroded exposing beds within the dome which are rich in archeological records

 

Waterbom Bali Indonesia

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  • Water park with a rides for all ages, plus restaurants, a food court, and a swim-up bar

 

Goa Gajah

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  • Built in the 11th century by the Bali Kingdom, it served as a sanctuary, built for spiritual meditation
  • Complex contains both Hindu and Buddhist imagery
  • Rediscovered by Dutch archaeologists in 1923, but the fountains and bathing pool were not discovered until 1954

 

Ubud Monkey Forest

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  • Sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey
  • About 1049 monkeys live in this sanctuary
  • The monkeys are divided into 6 groups, namely in front of main temple group, forest conservation group, central point group, eastern group, Michelin group, and cemeteries group
  • The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village

 

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

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  • Terraced hillside of rice paddies among lush greenery, plus zip lines, and jungle swings

 

Mount Agung

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  • Active volcano, and the highest point on Bali, and dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate, especially rainfall patterns.
  • The mountains are frequently covered in clouds
  • A stratovolcano, with a large and deep crater, its most recent eruptions occurred from 2017–2019

 

Padar Island, Komodo National Park

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  • Made up of 3 islands, this park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon population, the largest lizard in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Komodo National Park

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  • Founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard
  • Komodo islands is also a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kelimutu

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  • Mountain that has three volcanic crater lakes that differ in color
  • Lake colors periodically change due to adjustments in the oxidation-reduction status of the fluid of each lake, and also considering the abundance of different major elements, such as iron and manganese, thought to be mediated by the groundwater system in the volcano itself
  • The colors in the lakes change independently from each other, as each has its own unique connectivity to the underlying volcano’s activity
  • Between January and November 2016, the colors of the craters changed six times

 

Raja Ampat Islands

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  • Archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands
  • The archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth

 

Pulau Wayag, Raja Ampat Islands

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  • 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals
  • Some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 28 days

Best Time To Fly: May-June, Sept

Airline tickets: $1,299

Seattle -> Jakarta (round trip) = $790
Jakarta -> Yogyakarta (one way) = $35
Yogyakarta -> Denpasar (one way) = $44
Denpasar -> Labuan Bajo (one way) = $60
Labuan Bajo -> Jakarta (one way) = $83
Jakarta -> Sorong (round trip) = $287

Food: $5/day x 28 days = $140

Driver: $41/day x 18 days = $738

Entertainment: $266

Airbnb: $123/day x 23 days = $2,829

TOTAL: $5,272