The wanderlust bug seems to bite more and more frequently these days, with absolutely no care for my crying wallet. The good thing about living in Singapore though, is that we’re kinda central to where all the action is – South East Asia-travel wise anyway.
It would be quite the feat to conquer this marvellous region in one backpacking go, so unless you’ve decided to take the year off, I’d recommend breaking the trip down and doing it right. Here are 8 backpacking routes to conquer South East Asia on a budget.
8. Indonesia & East Timor
Recommended Time: 4 – 5 weeks
Route: Sumatra – Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Gunung Bromo – Bali – Lombok – Komodo and Rinca – Flores – East Timor
Indonesia is SO much more than just Jakarta and Bali, so the next time you’re itching for an adventure, try this route on for size. Start in Sumatra and visit Bukit Lawang and Danau Toba, taking in the wonders of Indonesian biodiversity and seeing some of the last semi-wild orang utans in the world.
Head to Jakarta and Yogyakarta to experience the balance of culture and city life, visiting the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples. Definitely take some time to trek to Gunung Bromo for amazing views and horseback riding.
Move on to immerse in island living in Bali and Lombok, and don’t miss out on the Gili islands and climbing Mount Rinjani if you feel up to it. The Komodo and Rinca islands are also worth a visit if you’re a fan of getting up close and personal with komodo dragons in their natural habitat.
End the trip in Flores and visit the famous Kelimutu three coloured lakes or if you’ve money to spare, scuba dive in some of the clearest waters in the region.
East Timor isn’t usually on your average travel itinerary but if you’re a determined traveller, securing visas to visit this young independent country is not impossible and worth the effort, especially if you’re already in Indonesia.