Travelling To Semarang in Java

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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  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

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

    October 29, 2016 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Tara | C&CO.

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

    October 29, 2016 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

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

    October 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Leanne Dolan

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

    October 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    Fab photos. No never been but would love to.

    October 30, 2016 at 7:50 am
  • Reply MummyVsWork

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

    October 30, 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Melissa Zia

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

    October 30, 2016 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Jessica Dearnley

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

    October 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Anosa

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

    October 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Laura

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

    October 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply North East Family Fun

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

    October 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

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

    October 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

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

    October 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Lilinha Espindula

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

    October 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Viki Marden

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

    October 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply 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!!

    October 31, 2016 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Nicol Wong

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

    October 31, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Kotryna Bass

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

    October 31, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Reply mydreamality

    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

    October 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

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

    October 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply 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

    October 31, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

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

    October 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Saccharine Soul

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

    October 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bear =]

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

    October 31, 2016 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Sarah | LavenderLife

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

    October 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply 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!

    November 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Purely Amy

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

    November 2, 2016 at 11:54 am
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