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Gili T is the largest of the Gili Islands, and a great base for spending a couple of days in the region. This handy travel guide features the top things to do in the Gili Islands, where to stay and what you just shouldn’t miss.
After the metropolis of Jakarta, adventure playground of Bandung, the temple land of Yogyakarta, and the untouched paradise of Raja Ampat, it was time for a few days in the Gili Islands. Several friends had been over the last few years and, rather than Bali, it sounded like this might be Indonesia’s hottest ticket.
Hotel Ombak Sunset provides a relaxed base for exploring the kooky island of Gili T in Indonesia, with its legendary sunsets, tasty food and famous Datu Swing.
My time on Gili Trawangan started not at Hotel Ombak Sunset but at its sister hotel – Vila Ombak. It was a smart complex of villas and deluxe rooms just moments from the hubub of Main Street. After a day checking out the hippie beach shops and lively nightlife I was ready to slow things down and head 15 mins by horse and carriage to the quieter side of the island.
Hotel Ombak Sunset’s reputation preceded it.
“The swing! You just have to go on the swing,” my friend Hazel said.
She’d visited earlier in the year, and like many tourists queued up for a photo on the swing at sunset. While there are a few swings located around the island, this hotel is home to the most famous one.
From great hotels and delicious food, to the city’s best malls, this Jakarta travel blog is packed full of the best things to do in Jakarta.
Before I left the UK, I’d heard a lot of people say Jakarta wasn’t worth stopping in. It sounded commercial and lacking in that Indonesian charm that draws people to the likes of Borobudur and Bali. But I wondered whether that was because people hadn’t found the right places yet. Perhaps there was more to it, just waiting to be discovered?
With just a few days there I headed off in search culture, food and the city’s heart and soul!
Jakarta: Visit The National Monument
The tall, needle-like structure of Jakarta’s National Monument (known as Monas) was incredibly impressive, particularly against the bright blue September sky. The 132-metre tower was constructed to represent Indonesia’s struggle for independence. Nestling on top, a flame covered in gold. We watched as a tourist train took people around the perimeter of the main square, while up a few steps, people queued to enter the museum and viewing platform.
My resounding memory of visiting? “Selfie mister, selfie missus!” It seemed that the Indonesian visitors didn’t see tourists like us very often, and we were asked for photo after photo!
A slither of a crescent moon hung in the sky surrounded by tiny glittering stars. The air was fresh and still. It was beyond quiet. The only other lights around? Twitching torch lights flicking from step to step. This was the start of sunrise at Borobudur, and all we could do now was find a spot and wait.
Check out my video of sunrise at Borobudur, plus see what I got up to in Yogyakarta and at Prambanan Temple.