Travelling To Semarang in Java

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Photo taken by Georgina Goodman

I don’t know about you but I didn’t realise Indonesia was made up of more than thirteen thousand islands, and I didn’t really even know what islands made up Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation is so vast and includes countries such as Bali, Java, Lombok, Papa New Guinea and more. When you think of Indonesia you might think of beaches, clear blue sea’s and scuba diving, or you might think of volcanoes and trekking or wildlife with jungles full of tigers, elephants, and orangutans. But in reality all of these things are right and it was all of these things which have drawn me to adding the area onto my bucket list. After hearing from fellow bloggers about their favourite places in Asia I chose to book my trip next year to Bali and Lombok which I am thoroughly looking forward to but Indonesia is far more than just these two countries.

ubud baliPhoto taken by Georgina Goodman

Java is actually the country in Indonesia which is home to more than half of its people despite only being the fifth largest island in Indonesia. The volcano-dotted island sits between Sumatra and Bali, which in all honesty doesn’t mean much to me but the beautiful images of the country speak far louder. Jakarta is the nation’s capital located in Western Java while Semarang is the capital of Central Java, located on the north coast of the island.

Within Semarang initially it might not seem like there’s a huge amount to do but if you’re an adrenaline junkie you might fall in love with the city. There is the most epic zip line which is 2,000 meters above sea level located at Umbol Sidomukti which is a resort-style park at the top of Mount Ungaran. I knew if I did this I’d probably scream but it would be a fantastic adrenaline rush I know I’d love. You can also cross a valley on the Umbol Sidomukti Marine Bridge which is a suspension bridge where you need some incredible balance but you can lie in the net and look out over the paroramic view of the mountains.

ralay bayPhoto by Georgina Knight

If adrenaline isn’t your thing then relaxation might be more in order and you can pop to an infinity spring water pool which is perched on the edge of Umbol Sidomukti which is said to have therapeutic and healing properties, although I think the views are enough for this. You can sit and soak up the afternoon sun, breathe in the fresh mountain air and watch all the people doing their activities below. There’s so much more to do in the city including Lewang Sewu which is said to be haunted, Gedong Songo which is a beautiful ancient Hindu temple and the chance to trek up to the temple via horseback. There’s so many places to stay in the city including Novotel Semarang which can be booked from Traveloka.

Have you ever been to any part of Indonesia?

*This post was written in collaboration with Traveloka but all thoughts and opinions are my own

October 28, 2016
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  • Melanie Edjourian

    I have never been to Indonesia but it looks like a stunning place to visit.

  • You have gone on so many cool travels this year, jealous!

  • Jo Wiggins

    The infinity pool in Umbol Sidomukti sounds right up my street. I’ve always wanted to visit Bali x

  • Leanne Dolan

    This looks like a really great place to visit! I need to get a few more trips planned i think!

  • Fab photos. No never been but would love to.

  • MummyVsWork

    It looks beautiful, i bet you can’t wait to go. I didn’t realize there was so many islands there!

  • Ive never been before but would love too! It sure looks beautiful. amazing photos

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Indonesia looks like such an amazing place, I’d love to go there one day.

  • Never been but I do have it on my list of Asian places to visit

  • Laura

    I’ve never been to Indonesia before but it certainly looks like a beautiful place to travel to! xxx

  • I haven’t been to Indonesia but it looks like a stunning country – Samantha Rickelton

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I have never been to Indonesia and admittedly it is definitely not been on my radar but it does look just stunning x

  • Ickle Pickle

    Wow – 13 thirteen thousand islands?? That’s incredible! I have never been to Indonesia. Kaz x

  • I’ve never been to Indonesia before but would love to visit! 🙂

  • Viki Marden

    I’ve never been to Indonesia before but it looks absolutely incredible x

  • Ayesha Farhad

    I really really want to go to Indonesia! And especially after reading about bali in that book eat pray love, i am itching to go!!

  • ive never thought about going elsewhere in indonesia, only bali. this would be a nice place to visit

  • I’d love to go & travel in Indonesia! This looks so exciting!

  • I’ve never really given Indonesia much thought, but it looks like there is so much to do! It looks perfect for both the relaxation holiday goers as well as the action junkies! x

  • We’d love to visit Jakarta but always been worried about the crazy weather out there! Looks an amazing part of the world xx

  • Tanya Brannan

    I really want to visit Indonesia so badly. It just looks so beautiful and the picturesque scenery and beaches are just so enticing. It is on my bucket list so I will get there one day x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I have always wanted to visit. Looks so pretty in the photos x

  • Saccharine Soul

    Indonesia has been on my list for a very long time. It looks like a magical place!

  • It looks like an amazing place, and I definitely didn’t know that either!

  • Indonesia is such a beautiful country, would love to visit it as well someday!

  • Kira L Curtis

    I have never been to indonesia before but after watching a lot of travel documentaries, I’ve seen how beautiful is! I’d love to be able to go!

  • I live on documentaries, they’re my replacements for soaps and dramas and Indonesian explorations are always on. So many beautiful places there. <3

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