Go anywhere and complain about the monkeys They will take your D&G sunglasses anywhere and everywhere. Pretty sure your insurance doesn’t cover monkey theft.
 Spend three days trekking Mount Rinjani I bailed because I became super unfit after too many Bintangs, but if you manage the three-day trek to the top of Rinjani you are a superhero and get rewarded with beautiful lake vistas, your head in the clouds and serious bragging rights when you head to the Gili islands to relax afterwards.
 Be (un)impressed at the Sultans Palace Yogyakarta, or Jogja locally is historic and a laid back place best just enjoyed at a slow pace. It is a special region for its Royalty and if you want to see the sights you might stumble upon the Sultans Palace. I found it mighty underwhelming but others rave – so check it out and make a call.
 Dive the Liberty Wreck in Bali If you have dived before get there early before people start stomping about in NASA style suits. If you are a newbie and taking a course, it can be strolled into from the ocean and makes an easy starting wreck dive. The ship was a US cargo ship, now, thanks to the Japanese taking it out, it is home to Nemo and co.
 Then hang out on the black sand beaches If you want that chilled out, reggae playing, hammock hanging vibes then Amed is a great place in Bali to get away from those touristy spots we all love to hate.
 Stay in a homestay in Wonosobo, master sign language and then use it at every house your driver takes you to so they can have a selfie with a white person I kinda enjoyed it after the awkward reality of what was happening set in. I also made heaps of new friends. Though, they did look petrified of me in every photo. So, maybe more acquaintances.
 Visit a volcanic plateau with the locals Once you are done playing Bule exhibit A in Wonosobo, get your driver to take you on and explore the Dieng plateau for temples, rice fields and that so sexy egg smell as the whole joint is volcanic, misty and maybe slightly dangerous. Winning.
 Have a Bemo ride with a load of livestock Unless you have crammed yourself into a converted van with 37 people, 18 chickens, 6 storefronts and a completely blank look on your face of how or when you pay for it then you haven’t experienced the finest transport in Indonesia. Bonus points if young girls giggle at you and you can coax a free orange out of the overly excited granny chatting Bahasa next to you.
 See the Sumatran White Rhino Most people skip Indonesia when it comes to Safaris and rare wildlife. Don’t underestimate it.
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 See the Sumatran Tiger See above point. Except, palm oil and deforestation is destroying this habitat. So let’s get visiting and get some conservation efforts going. Singapore will love you for it…
 Take a Balinese cooking class Why? Because it is some of the most awesome flavours you will ever eat and trying to get all of those Balinese spice bags out of the country afterwards always makes for an interesting customs check. Especially the ones without labels…
 Totally unique funeral In Sulawesi, the Torja community hold some of the longest and most elaborate funeral celebrations in the world. They can take months to fund raise for after the passing of someone and will include up to 1000’s of people. I haven’t visited this, mainly because of the slaughter of animals involved which all though I respect their choices, it’s not a tourist attraction in my eyes.
 Try not to get shipwrecked Boats in Indonesia have a pretty shifty record, Adventuress Kate got shipwrecked whilst on a press trip reviewing one a few years ago. I did the same trip last year and survived, but keep your wits about you. If you take one of the big shipping boats then… well, you are in for an entertaining ride!
 Try not to land too early The airlines of Indonesia aren’t much better. In fact, they make up most of the ‘un-safest in the world’ list. Beyond the crashes, that time the plane just missed Bali’s runaway, snapped in half and everyone swam on to Kuta beach as well as when the flight took off but had to stop as it drove into a load of cows both stick in my mind.
 Help save a pure doggies life The Bali Dog is one of the purest bred in the world due to the laws of import and export, however, they are often murdered in mass approved culling due to the belief of Rabies. Spend some time or money with one of the dog foundations there and help save these rare and loving guys.