Enjoying breakfast at Kenawa Hill with a breathtaking view of the sunrise.
Tent all set for the night at Bukit Kenawa, Lombok.
Balinese people worshipping at Temple Sebatu Gunung Kawi.
A handsome villager along a road through rice fields in Lombok.
A shy schoolgirl at Kampung Sade, Lombok.
Lorry filled with rock and sand from the foot of Mount Merapi.

THIRTEEN days, four districts and only RM900!

That sums up my recent backpacking trip with two friends in Indonesia.

Our journey started with island-hopping from Bali to Lombok before we docked at the main Java island to head to Jogjakarta and Jakarta.

From Pelabuhan Padang Bai in Bali, we took the six-hour ferry Lembar Post in Lombok. We spent five days in Lombok, taking in its charming countryside with quaint villages and rice fields of Sade Lombok, and a night at Pulau Kenawa.

We then returned to Bali and stayed there for three days. In Bali, we rented a scooter bike to go visit Temple Sebatu Gunung Kawi, Temple Tampaksiring and Temple Besakih while Mount Agung was still active in the background.

For our next destination, we took a ferry from Jeti Gilimanuk to Banyuwangi Baru Station to catch a train to Stesen Lempuyangan in Jogyakarta. During the eight-hour train ride, we met Universitas Islam Indonesia students who invited us to stay with them throughout our three-day stay in the city.

The new friends became guides and took us to interesting places like Malioboro Road, Candi Borobudur and Mount Merapi. We bade them farewell and headed to Jakarta for a short stay before flying home.


Adzlan Sidek is a freelance photographer based in Seremban

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