Postcards from Indonesia

We were truly amazed by Indonesian ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity and felt blessed when interacting with people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles were our major attraction. The country has welcomed us with largely volcanic nature of the islands, cloud-swept mountains, blindingly bright beaches and vivid blue seas, the backdrop for Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Moreover, it provided us with an endless resource for adventurous trekking, hiking and temple hopping adventures.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple

 

Here is a gallery of photos we have taken when travelling around, from Jakarta towards Bali. We hope we have captured the best of what Indonesia has to offer…

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What’s your favourite postcard?

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  • Kristin M. Waugh May 7, 2014, 2:21 am

    Hi there “E-Trampers”! I also fell in love with the islands of Indonesia. I couldn’t possibly pick just one photo of our month there as my favorite. We both really loved Flores; there’s just something so special about that island. The people were welcoming, the natural sites were beautiful, and I loved the little churches everywhere.

    Safe, Happy Travels! :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:48 am

      Hi Kristin!
      I’m so glad to hear that. Indonesia was wonderful and, indeed and we were so surprised how hospitable people were to us :).

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  • Bennett - The Further Adventures of Bennett May 7, 2014, 3:06 am

    Loving the new slider for all your postcards too! Fantastic images – love the one above of the flower in front of the temple :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:48 am

      Thanks Sarah. I’ve seen the new slider on your blog as well ;-) ;-)

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  • santafetraveler May 7, 2014, 4:47 am

    Great photos. Loved the cliff by the ocean. It reminded me of Ireland.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:49 am

      Ireland? Never been there, but it must be beautiful :).

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  • Rachel M May 7, 2014, 6:20 am

    Great photos, love the freedom shot!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:49 am

      Thanks! That’s actually my favourite one :D!

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  • The Guy May 7, 2014, 6:35 am

    Hi Agness, yet another great collection of postcards, although I never get any in the post anymore! :-)

    I’ve heard so many good things about Indonesia it does not surprise me that you enjoyed it so much.

    I particularly like the postcards with baby monkeys on plus the picture of the 2 dragons beside the water.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:50 am

      Indonesia was amazing and I loved ever second there!!!! I hope there postcards reflect that! Thanks!

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  • Stef May 7, 2014, 7:25 am

    I like all your photos, but my favorite is the one of the food filled in the leaves, with the caption Bali :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 7, 2014, 7:50 am

      I took it, thanks xx

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  • DebbZie May 7, 2014, 8:09 am

    Dear Agness, thanks so much for capturing my country so beautifully.
    I wish you’ll come back to explore other cities and islands :D

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:33 am

      You have no idea how happy I am to hear that! I fell in love with Indonesia at first sight and I’m planning on going back there in the near future :-).

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  • Jen Seligmann May 7, 2014, 10:20 am

    I love them all but my fav is the one’s of the monkey holding the baby. It’s awesome when you get to capture a priceless moment like that.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:32 am

      I love this one as well! So adorable, huh :)?

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  • Lisa - Wee Wanders May 7, 2014, 11:03 am

    Great photos! If it’s possible, you have made me even more excited about my travels…only 7 weeks to go!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:32 am

      Awwwwwwww so excited for you! I’m sure you’ll love being there. 8 weeks left for me till I head back home!! :D

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  • Katie @ From Shores to Skylines May 7, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Great pics, you captured Indonesia so beautifully – the people, the spirituality, the food. It’s a great country, and I can’t wait to head back and explore more of it one day!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:31 am

      Many thanks!! It’s because it’s such a beautiful country!

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  • Karisa May 7, 2014, 2:53 pm

    I love the photos titled ‘Freedom.’ They’re all very beautiful! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:30 am

      Thank you Karisa.

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  • Elena May 7, 2014, 6:42 pm

    Amazing pics :) Though, I’ve been to Indonwsia last summer I already feel like I wanna go back there once again. Tyhe country is huge and the friendluness of people, nature and cultural traditions make you want to explore the most of it.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:28 am

      So true. I can absolutely relate to it. My favorite place in Asia!

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  • Cat May 7, 2014, 11:01 pm

    Love the cliff picture! Also the one where the mama monkey is hugging the baby monkey. So sweet. I hope you got to surf in Bali. I want to go there this year. :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 8, 2014, 12:25 am

      The monkey pictures are so adorable, but these monkeys were real evils, trust me! So cheeky!

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  • Emily from Let's Roam Wild May 8, 2014, 3:49 am

    Agness! These photos are all incredible, but I especially love the ones with the monkeys. Why do monkeys just make everything better?? Killer photo skills here – loving all the shots. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:59 am

      Monkeys rock, but the ones I captured in the pictures were so evil and cheeky!!

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      • Emily from Let's Roam Wild May 10, 2014, 5:16 pm

        I actually have heard of evil/cheeky monkeys before. My boyfriend got slapped by a monkey when he was in Nepal!

      • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:28 am

        WOW! Be careful next time!

  • Becky Padmore May 8, 2014, 8:19 am

    I love the monkey in Ubud, that was one of my favourite places in Bali :-)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:57 am

      I loved it too!

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  • Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans May 8, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Great temple shots, and I also love the fish market pics!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:53 am

      Thanks sweetie!

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  • Aubrey May 8, 2014, 6:49 pm

    Indonesia looks so colorful! And the food and water so beautiful! You’re really triggering my travel lust right now :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:52 am

      It was bright and colorful all the time!

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  • Anu @ Country Hopping Couple May 8, 2014, 9:15 pm

    They’re lovely and colorful pictures! The street scenes are vibrant!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:51 am

      Thanks! I’m learning from the best, Anu :).

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  • Rebekah May 8, 2014, 11:38 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I love the one guys face at the fish market! I always thought Indonesia would be super touristy but your pictures look like you guys were off the beaten path a bit. Seems awesome!!!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 9, 2014, 12:50 am

      Hi! Although Indonesia is a very touristy country, we were off the beaten path a lot, indeed (as always).

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  • Franca May 9, 2014, 7:59 am

    Lovely photos guys! It’s hard to choose because they are all awesome but particularly like the black and white one of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. One day I’ll get to Indonesia! :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 10, 2014, 10:04 am

      Thank you Franca!! :-) Yes, one day you will get there !

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  • Rashad Pharaon May 9, 2014, 1:19 pm

    You definitely did the country justice with these beautiful photos. I have a couple of friends who were supposed to go backpacking through Indonesia. They got there, never left the country lol

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    • Agness Walewinder May 10, 2014, 10:04 am

      LOL. That’s how it works Rashad! ;-) ;-)

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  • Tim | UrbanDuniya May 10, 2014, 5:56 am

    Those pics of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple, especially from across the water, are my favourites! And I also love the ‘Black Coffee in the morning’. It seems like Indonesia left quite an impression on you!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 10, 2014, 9:59 am

      Yes, it has. I was not very pleased with my trip to the Philippines, but Indonesia totally made my journey!

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  • Renuka May 10, 2014, 8:20 am

    All the photographs are amazing! They indeed represent Indonesia. I like that Monkey pic the most – where a little one is snugged under her mother. So sweet. :)

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    • Agness Walewinder May 10, 2014, 9:58 am

      Thanks a lot Renuka. Have you ever visited Indonesia? If not, I hope you can make it there soon. Absolutely stunning country to backpack across.

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  • Claudiu May 10, 2014, 8:47 pm

    Although we really enjoyed Yogyakarta and Bali, we did not really like Jakarta. There is nothing to offer in a touristic matter, just a very big contrast between the poors and the rich ones :(
    When we went to Jakarta it was still in the rainy season with those awful floods.. Luckily we managed to switch dates from Garuda Indonesia office in Sanur to come back to Jakarta on our way back to Europe..

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    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:29 am

      We stayed only one day in Jakarta as it was flooded and way too crowdy.

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      • Claudiu May 12, 2014, 3:25 pm

        In what period? We where in Jakarta from 22 to 24th of January :)

      • binar June 3, 2014, 10:01 am

        Thank you for the wonderful pictures of my country. I love all the pictures, but my favourite is your ‘Freedom’ shot.
        If you ever return to Indonesia I would recommend Yogya, Labuan Bajo and Raja Ampat.
        Although I was born and bred in Jakarta, I would never suggest Jakarta to foreign tourists, unless if they want to go to Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) in the northern part of Jakarta.

  • Yvon May 11, 2014, 1:46 am

    They are great! I am looking forward to more posts about Indonesia!

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} May 11, 2014, 2:33 am

    These are all beautiful and agree are postcard worthy. I love how you captured a variety of shots of people, animals and scenery that seem to capture the country’s essence. Love, love the Ubud monkeys especially the ones with the babies. So adorable!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:26 am

      I had a lot of fun taking these photos!

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  • Constance - Foreign Sanctuary May 11, 2014, 2:57 am

    What a great series of photos! I especially the fact that your capture the culture of the place plus the daily lives of people! My favorite is by far the woman carrying the basket on her head – so representative of daily life there!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:26 am

      Thanks you sweetie!

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  • Leigh May 11, 2014, 3:36 am

    Monkey photo is great though I know they’re a pain. I also love your fishing boat photos. What great colour in Indonesia.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:25 am

      I knew you would love the monkey photos!

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  • PassportDave May 11, 2014, 8:02 pm

    I have yet to visit Indonesia yet but it is one of my top 3 contenders for my next country (along with India and Nepal). Posts like these begin to make the decision easier and easier. Looks like an amazingly beautiful place.

    On a semi-related note: Is Indonesia a reasonably priced place to visit (sticking to the big islands) in comparison to Thailand and/or Cambodia?

    Thanks for the great information!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:24 am

      In my opinion, Cambodia was much cheaper than Indonesia, but Thailand more more expensive. I guess Indonesia was somewhere in the middle. The local food was very cheap, but transport seemed to be pricey sometimes. It all depends on your budget, but we could easily survive there for around $20 per two a day which is good.

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  • Freya May 11, 2014, 9:45 pm

    Stunning images, I love the landscape photos the most and of course the monkeys there so cute :)

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    • Freya May 11, 2014, 9:46 pm

      … they are so cute .. of course

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      • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:21 am

        I thought so Freya!

    • Agness Walewinder May 12, 2014, 1:22 am

      Thanks!! :)

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  • [email protected] May 12, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Hi Agness, thank you for taking me to Indonesia through your beautiful photos. It’s hard to choose a favorite. Each image is special and represents a spirit of the place. You inspire me to visit Indonesia soon,

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    • Agness Walewinder May 13, 2014, 2:05 am

      It’s been my pleasure :).

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  • Corinne May 13, 2014, 7:46 am

    Agness, As always I loved all your photos. I think you and Cez have a real knack for finding the pertinent details and highlighting them. I loved Bali, and would love to travel more in Indonesia…thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 14, 2014, 2:25 am

      Great to hear that, thank you so much!!

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  • divya May 13, 2014, 8:58 am

    Awesome photos agness…indonesia is so beautiful

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    • Agness Walewinder May 14, 2014, 2:25 am

      Thanks a lot!

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  • Brooklyn Chick Travels May 13, 2014, 12:29 pm

    The monkeys! But I do love them all, thanks for sharing with the world!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 14, 2014, 2:24 am

      ME TOO!

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  • Backpacking Panda May 14, 2014, 10:23 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! I love the monkey holding and hugging his little baby monkey…so sweet(=

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    • Agness Walewinder May 15, 2014, 2:14 am

      Many thanks!!

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  • Rebekah Voss May 16, 2014, 11:19 am

    I’m torn between the postcard of the monkey and the – wait, no. No, not torn at all. Just when I thought I couldn’t love monkeys more, you take that photo!! It’s also fascinating to see the similarities between fishing bloats there and those in Vietnam – everyone seems to be loving the bright blue paint!! Thanks for this, Indonesia is at the very top of my bucket list, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get there this year.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 17, 2014, 10:33 am

      I’ve been to Vietnam so I know what you miss. Gosh, I miss it so much!

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  • Victoria May 19, 2014, 5:17 am

    It’s so nice that you’re in Bali Agness, I went there years ago and we’re going again in the summer so your photos are bringing back memories. I like the Tanah Lot at night picture and the fresh fish in the street.
    I would have said that I like the phoographs of the monkeys but I’m scared of monkeys and it’s all because of the horrible experience I had with them near the Monkey Forest where one of them climbed on my back and started pulling my hair!

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  • Jenna May 22, 2014, 6:08 am

    I love how a woman is casually selling knives on the street- a world away from the tough restrictions on knives in the UK! Pictures look great, i’m visiting Bali in July so hope to read more of your tips soon!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 24, 2014, 5:06 am

      I know and she looks so bored in the picture :D! We wanted to buy one from her, but I guess it wouldn’t be a good idea! :D

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  • anne May 22, 2014, 8:52 am

    i love how colorful the woman’s outfit is! i would never expect her to be selling knives, but alas..great shots!!

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    • Agness Walewinder May 24, 2014, 5:07 am

      Me either Anne! Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  • Hwei Ruu May 22, 2014, 9:47 am

    Amazed to see such beautiful pictures. “Stunning Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple” I loved this picture. Great work. Keep it up.

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    • Agness Walewinder May 24, 2014, 5:08 am

      Thank you Hwei. That’s my favourite place in Bali. I hope to make it there once again next year.

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