Photo by CC user Gunkarta on Wikimedia Commons
Retired recently, and want to take off on a real adventure for the first time in years?
Indonesia provides you with many opportunities to do just this, as it possesses enough modern conveniences to keep you comfortable, while providing sights and experiences that one simply cannot see or have in the western world.
Below, we will discuss a few of the top attractions for seniors in Indonesia…
1) Lake Toba
Photo by CC user Bgag on Wikimedia Commons
Seniors that cannot get enough of adventure will want to include Lake Toba in their travel plans. Located at the dead centre of the massive island of Sumatra, this lake is part of the remnants of the massive volcanic eruption that occurred here over 75,000 years ago.
Today, the volcanic caldera that sits beneath the lake floor remains active, meaning that the lake is heated by magma, making it a delightful place to go swimming.
In the area, there are plenty of hot springs that will soothe your aching muscles after a long day of trekking around the lake, and if you just feel like kicking back and relaxing, there are plenty of resorts in the area where you can lie in a hammock and finish the novel you’ve been reading through your travels, all while you casually sip a banana shake.
As far as these resorts go, the Samosir Villa Resort is an excellent choice if you have a generous travel budget, as this fabulous property is situated on an island in the middle of the lake, has plenty of amazing swimming pools to recline by, and with traditional Indonesian design guiding the decor in this place, it will feel like an authentic getaway.
If your budget is a bit more modest, traveloka.com has plenty of properties that you can choose from that will make your trip here a comfortable one.
2) Borobudur and Prambanan Temples
On the island of Java, Yogyakarta is uniquely positioned between two of Indonesia’s most stunning temples.
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia and one of the largest in the world. Though it costs $20 USD to get in, the massive stupas found within its boundaries make a trip here worth the elevated admission price.
Prambanan is a Hindu temple that is well known for its 150 foot high tower at the center of this intricately carved complex. While it also has a pricey entrance fee, paying it will only prove to be a slight annoyance, as its beauty and history will make up for the sting that your wallet takes.
3) Ubud Monkey Forest
Photo by CC user dewimeutia on Flickr
Like watching native wildlife in its natural environment? When you are in Bali, take time to walk around the Ubud Monkey Forest.
So long as you are careful not to carry unsecured food into this environment, and are aware of your surroundings at all times (the monkeys that inhabit this reserve are notorious for thievery), a stroll here will be a fun afternoon, as the primates that inhabit this place go about their day in a manner that is strikingly similar to humans.
There are also some Hindu ruins located within this forest, so be sure to take your camera: just be sure to look around before snapping, as monkeys love to grab and run away with loose objects.