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 traveling 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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  • 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! :-)

    • 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 :).

  • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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 :-).

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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. :)

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

  • 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!!

  • 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!!!

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

  • 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! :)

  • 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

  • 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!

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

  • 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. :)

    • 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.

  • 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..

      • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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

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

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

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

  • I loved all the pictures, especially the cute monkeys! Indonesia seems so colorful, you took some beautiful pictures!

  • Indonesian culture is certainly unique and very interesting. Mind you Bali is different to the rest of Indonesia. Bali people are Hindus while Indonesia is Muslim.

  • Hey,

    you really have great photos. They certainly bring back memories, although we didn’t manage to see the whole Bali.
    The best would be the one with the lady carrying cargo on her head. It gives you an impression about Indonesian lifestyle. It is impressive to see, how much they can carry on their heads and how easy it is (for them). :)

    Keep up the good work!

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