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Introducing Indonesia


Indonesia is a country in the Indian and Pacific Oceans off the mainland of South-East Asia. It is an archipelago that lies across Equator and covers a distance of one-eighth of the circumference of the earth. The capital, Jakarta, is situated close to Java's northwest coast. Indonesia was the most populous country in Southeast Asia at the beginning of the 21st century and the fourth most populous in the world.
While it has land borders with Malaysia to the north and East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the east, its exclusive economic zone also reaches southern Australia; Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and northern Thailand; and northwestern India. With a large but rapidly sculpted amount of green forests on all its islands and halfway between the poles, Indonesia is referred to as the Emerald of Ecuador.

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Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

In general, the best time of year to visit Indonesia is during dry and sunny days between May and September. During the wet season, however, high temperatures remain and rainfall occurs in the form of intense tropical downpours, which tend to last for a few hours.
Java: The rainy season lasts from November to March, so The best time to travel to Sumatra is between April and October.
Bali: The dry season here is from April to September and monsoon begins in October and ends in March.
Nusa Tenggara: The driest months are August and September and the wettest months are November to February, but the dry and wet seasons vary by island. 
Sumatra: The rainy season of Sumatra begins in November and ends in March. The monsoon here can be very heavy, making roads inaccessible and you can also expect occasional rainfall in the west and southwest during the dry season. The best time to visit Sumatra is from April to October.

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History & Culture

Indonesia fell under the influence of the Kingdom of Srivijaya in the seventh century and brought Hinduism and Buddhism to the islands for the first time. Islam came in the 13th century and Java and Sumatra became powerful sultanates, while other islands continued to follow the traditions of Hindu, Buddhist and animism. 

The 16th century marked the arrival in Indonesia of the Portuguese people, the first Europeans. Although the Portuguese had broken the Islamic hold on Indonesia, the Netherlands, who named the region the Netherlands East Indies, eventually, displaced them. After four years of combat, Indonesia finally defeated the Netherlands forces and became independent in 1949. Several important events took place after 1997. East Timor became independent in 2002 after three decades of struggle. In 2004, the tsunami of Boxing Day crippled the country and killed many thousands of citizens.

The varied past of Indonesia has produced a remarkable range of vibrant cultures, making it one of the most diverse and fascinating tourist destinations in the world. Today, Indonesia is the fifth most populous nation on earth, with more than 180 million people representing more than 300 ethnic groups. The majority of Indonesians are of Malay or Polynesian descent, although the history of the country has led to minority populations from India, China, Arabia and Persia, as well as European colonial powers such as Portugal, Holland, Spain and England. Although Indonesia is mainly a Muslim nation, it is characterized by broad religious tolerance. Hinduism thrives in Bali and there is a significant presence of Christianity in Flores, Timor and several other islands. Indonesians speak many languages and dialects, but Bahasa Indonesia is the common language, along with Dutch and English too.

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Geography

The topography of the islands of Indonesia varies, but it is mainly composed of coastal lowlands. Some of the larger islands in Indonesia (such as Sumatra and Java) have large inland mountains. Since Indonesia's 13,677 islands are situated on both continental shelves, many of these mountains are volcanic and there are several crater lakes on the islands. For example — Java has 50 active volcanoes.

Natural disasters, in particular earthquakes, are common in Indonesia due to their location. For example, on 26 December 2004, an earthquake of 9.1 to 9.3 magnitudes struck the Indian Ocean, triggering a large tsunami that devastated many Indonesian islands.

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Things to Do in Indonesia

Mount Batur volcano is one of the  sacred mountain according to Hindu believe. Mount Batur is located in Batur village, Kintamani District, Bali, Indonesia. Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is 1717 m above sea level can be summited by physically fit hikers in around 2 hours.
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Tourists can enjoy the most important meal of the day with their family accompanied by adorable Orangutansin their playground at Bali zoo. Guests can not only able to enjoy breakfast like a king, but also with kings of the jungle: Orangutans.It will be one of a kind of new experiences in your vacation in Bali.
The Bali zoo is the first in Indonesia to unveil such a unique breakfast with Orangutans experience. Food served at breakfast is delicious. It starts with a variety of tropical fruits or fruit juices, followed by freshly baked bread, and a selection of main dishes ranging from NasiGoreng, Buttermilk pancakes, Classic Cereals and more. You can complement your morning with a cup of Balinese coffee or a hearty English breakfast tea to complete the perfect ending to your breakfast.
Morning Breakfast with Orangutan experience at Bali Zoo includes hotel transfers, breakfast, zoo admission and animal show. It is an excellent value for money package for a family with kids

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Jatiluwih rice terrace in Bali is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When you come there, you will enjoy the nuance of rural area. With peace, fresh, and tranquility, the atmosphere is so different than the city, which is full with hustle and traffic. Jatiluwih becomes a choice for those who want to get rid of stress on mind. The rice terrace itself doesn’t have any history since Jatiluwih is a stretch of paddy field. Balinese people apply ‘subak’ to their field. Subak is an irrigation system that has been used from generation to generation.

As traditional culture, Subak has a temple, which was built to be dedicated to Goddess of Prosperity and Goddess of Fertility. In addition, Subak is based on culture, and that is why people who live in Jatiluwih respect it as the irrigation system keeps togetherness. The leader of Subak has to be wise to apply this system since the area of Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is wide around 636 hectares. As you visit this place, the natural panorama will accompany you along the street. Fresh air and breezing wind atJatiluwih makes the atmosphere more refreshing.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is located at Penebel Sub-district, Tabanan Regency, Bali, Indonesia, and can be reached from the city around 48 km from Denpasar City and 25 km from Tabanan City. Jatiluwih itself is situated at the range of mountain, about 700 meters above sea level. 

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Nusa Lembongan is a small exotic island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali which is quickly becoming one of Bali's most popular attractions. This island paradise is a world away from the hassle and hectic pace of South Bali, neither hawkers nor traffic ruin the magnificent scenery. The water is vivid aqua blue in colour, some of the clearest you will find anywhere. 
Visitors can snorkel at different spots around the islands of Nusa Lembonganin the Indian Ocean and marvel at the wide variety of tropical fish and live coral flora and fauna. Tourists can take a snorkeling day trip. The trip will start by pick up from the hotel. On reaching the island, you meet your snorkeling guide who will help you with all necessary equipment, such as masks, fins and a life jacket.
Snorkelers can discover the pristine corals and enjoy the warm waters that are home to schools of brightly colored fish, resident emperor angelfish, parrot fish, moray eels, turtles and - in certain areas - manta rays. The specially designated snorkeling areas make for a safe and enjoyable activity for all age groups.
In addition, you can feast on a delicious beachside lunch and take a mangrove tour by kayak to experience the scenery from a different perspective.

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The Healing Village SPA at Jimbaran Bay is situated inside one of the traditional huts that make up picturesque Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. It offers a holistic spa experience that goes well beyond physical indulgences.
Inspired by its beach side garden setting atop the Resort’s seven ‘villages’, the Healing Village Spa draws on Balinese traditions and nature’s bounty to nourish and heal the physical body, revealing a harmonious path to inner change.
You can immerse yourself in Balinese traditions and nature’s bounty, exploring grounding treatments, ritual-inspired therapies, and mindful practices, to reveal a personal and harmonious path to inner change.
Connect to Bali’s wellbeing soul and re-connect with your inner spirit with their rejuvenating range of yoga classes: Hatha, Surya Namaskar, Yin, Sunrise and Sunset Yoga.Enveloped by Bali’s blissfully energy, allow mindful practitioners to guide you in stabilizing the breath, body and mind, and experiencing peace – at one, with self, and universe.

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Bali enthusiasts now have something new to include on their travel itinerary: a hot air balloon ride. The Chedi Club Ubud in Bali has introduced the hot air balloon ride that will take travelers 50-metres high over Ubud’s unrivaled natural landscapes of lush forests and rice fields. You can capture the view with a drone, but seeing it with your own eyes is a pretty epic experience. 
The 23-metre hot air balloon will fly 50-metres above the resort’s rice fields and offers passengers views of the forests of Ubud, Hendra Hadiprana (now The Chedi Club), and Mount Agung in the distance. 
It is advertised as a ‘soft adventure’ option for those who aren’t up for thrill-seeking activities like skydiving or paragliding. Daily flights are scheduled three times a day: at dawn, in the late afternoon or early evening, and just after moonrise. Each balloon ride can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children (under 12), along with a certified pilot.
After enjoying the views, at the end of the ride, passengers will also be treated to a breakfast, afternoon tea, or dinner, depending on their flight times. Each flight lasts for about five to seven minutes and ride is operational between June and November.

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Horse riding in Bali is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the island’s quiet stretches of sandy coastlines – all from the saddle of a horse.
There are various notable stables near secluded beaches where horse-riding is very popular, such as the black sand coasts of Berawa in Canggu. Further up north towards Pererenan Beach and Tanah Lot, you can find the unique combination of rice fields and coastal views.
Nonetheless, there are also increasingly popular horseback trails in the island’s east, central and northern areas, where riders of all age groups are welcome, with tours lasting up to two hours. Tourists can ride local breeds of Bali pony, or Sumba sandalwood crossbreeds, and even go for a sunset beach ride. Retreats up north also offer horse-riding activities through mangroves and untouched Bali wilderness.

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A Cidomo is a small horse-drawn carriage which used in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Lombok and the Gili Islands of Indonesia.
Cidomo is usually brightly colored and often has many tassels and bells and pneumatic tyres. The carriage has a capacity of seating up to four people, two people in the front and two in the back. It is one of the most common forms of transport in the Gili Islands as motor vehicles are not allowed.

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Happy Travellers

Flamingo Team Helped us In All Steps!
Flamingo Team Helped us In All Steps!

Flamingo Team Helped us In All Steps!

This is Vivek and Brinda Rajyaguru. We have planned our memorable honeymoon to Bali with help of flamingo and here I would like to share my feedback.
As all great teams are made of great individuals, flamingo team helped us in all steps. Mr Abhishek, Mr Himanshu, Ms Sheetal and Mr Amit helped us at each and every step of the process. They have been very helpful and easy to contact at any time during the trip. 
Trip has been planned exceptionally well and the STS team (guide and driver) at Bali was equally good at their job. They were flexible enough when required and made sure we enjoy and cover as many sights as possible within the time we have. We have been provided with “what to do” and “what not to do” guides before the tour which was very helpful. Being a foodie, I loved the idea of providing a list of Indian restaurants in Bali.  
My first experience of water rafting: Good guides and wonderful experience.
Water sports: Great activities, must do.
Romantic dinner at Grand mirage: Sea side dinner always earns you couple of browny points
Spa: Very relaxing experience after all the activities
Overall, an experience worth cherishing for time to come.
One suggestion or idea: Spa is couple of hour activity, if it can be merged with some other activity on some other day, you can give one additional free day. i.e., water sports and spa on same day so people can have one more day free making it two free days to explore other sites.

Again, thank you very much for all the support and help to make our honeymoon a special one.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   October
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon     Read All
Well planned and organised by Flamingo Travels
Well planned and organised by Flamingo Travels

Well planned and organised by Flamingo Travels

The trip to the Singapore and Bali with Flamingo was superbly awesome and completed without any difficulties.

Well planned and organised by Flamingo Travels. 

Overall experience and support of the Flamingo Travels and other travel agents in Singapore and Bali was really amazing.

Thank you Amit bhai and Rishikesh bhai for the support throughout the planning and tour.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   February
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon     Read All
It Was Such A Fabulous Trip!
It Was Such A Fabulous Trip!

It Was Such A Fabulous Trip!

It was such a Fabulous Trip. We 4 people ( 2 couples) opted for 6 nights and 7 days stay at Ubud and Kuta respectively. Both of the accommodation facility were best as expected. We enjoyed staying and relaxing there throughout the tour. Tour was designed as per our dates and days requirements. Totally personalized trip no hurry. Perfect balance of each day including day time activity and leisure time at hotel. Our agent there at Bali was much supportive and helpful. Not a single problem of pick up and drop and in between sightseeing from the driver side. He behaved politely with us and enjoyed our company. On a full leisure last day driver helped us to plan nusa penida island trip and it was worth visiting that island. In short all thanks to Flamingo Transworld and STS tourism for this memorable trip of the lifetime. We are very grateful for this.
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   March
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon Packages     Read All
I Will Surely Come To Flamingo For My Next Trip
I Will Surely Come To Flamingo For My Next Trip

I Will Surely Come To Flamingo For My Next Trip

This is to give my regards to flamingo for making my honeymoon trip most memorable. We were in the bali for 7 nights. They welcomed us very gracefully. The accommodations flamingo had suggested are up to the mark. We enjoyed the stay.
Furama villa are having some insects issues due to the rainy atmosphere but over all it was very nice stay. Our stay in 
Holiday inn resort in baruna was very pleasant.
Candle light dinner was awesome at sadara resort. We couldn't have believed that was our real time. It was like a fairy tale. (Most important note: On our arrival at sadara resort at 9PM, we informed them that we are pure vegetarian. They have prepared everything for the east asian and european people as they are frequent visitors. They havn't done anything for vegetarian people like us but they had taken help from their indian restaurant and prepare our full dinner.
They served us full typical indian dish that was very delicious. We were surprised they had made such a dinner specially for us. They took our photos and also shared with us. What a beautiful night that was!)
Our tour guide (Mr. Wijaya) is very helpful person. Such a genuine person he is!
I recommend you to praise him by giving a best feedback to his agency.
He made an arrangement for the nusa penida tour and that was jaw dropping experience. Thank you for recommending us this island trip. 
We praise the management of flamingo and adventure Indonesia.
Overall we thank you for giving us the memories that last forever. 
We will definitely refer flamingo to our friends and families. 
I will surely come to flamingo for my next trip.  
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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   March
Region: Africa   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon Packages     Read All

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