In Jakarta, I first met up with Lea, and together we took the train to Yogyakarta. The 6-hour train journey was very enjoyable and undoubtedly much more interesting than if we had taken a flight. In Yogyakarta, we visited the Buddhist temple Borobudur, Candi Prambanan, Candi Sewu, and the Taman Sari bathing complex.
The Gili Islands are a group of three small islands located off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Each island—Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno—offers its own unique charm and atmosphere.
Gili Trawangan, the largest of the three, is known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling beach bars, and lively atmosphere. Gili Air strikes a perfect balance between a relaxing retreat and a social environment. Gili Meno, on the other hand, is the quietest and most secluded, offering a tranquil escape for those seeking solitude and natural beauty.
One of the main attractions of the Gili Islands is the absence of motorized vehicles, creating a peaceful and eco-friendly environment. Instead, transportation is mainly by horse-drawn carriages called cidomos, bicycles, or simply by walking.
Due to the limited remaining time, we stayed in the north of Lombok and explored the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls. Sendang Gile has a 30-meter drop, while Tiu Kelep is larger and more powerful at 45 meters. The trek to these waterfalls is a scenic adventure through lush forests and rice fields.
The journey back home led us briefly back to Bali, where we visited the German Beach and enjoyed some relaxing time at the hotel.