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INDONESIA: A Paradise In The Heart Of SE Asia

INDONESIA: A Paradise In The Heart Of SE Asia

Gili Islands, Indonesia, FashionBite

South East Asia is one of the most exquisitely beautiful, culturally rich and diverse regions I’ve visited in the world. The scents, the colours, the textures, the landscapes, the people – you are transported to an entirely different world and it’s absolutely mind blowing. I’ve travelled to India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and so far within Indonesia: Bali and the Gili Islands and I would love to go back to the region.

GETTING THERE

Malaysia Airlines, image

The award winning Malaysia Airlines offers daily non-stop flights between the UK and Malaysia aboard their Airbus A380 (and is the only carrier to do so). It has been awarded 5* status at the World Airline awards and received the accolades of ‘World’s Best Airline Cabin Crew’ and ‘Best Airline Signature Dish’ for its Satay…so you’re in great hands if you book your flight with them!

WHY INDONESIA?

Indonesia, FashionBite

Indonesia is based at the foot of South East Asia, surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It neighbours Australia (to the South) and the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand (to the North). The climate is beautifully hot and sunny and consists of just two seasons: rainy and dry and the dry season generally runs from April to October. The region itself consists of around 6,000 populated islands, of which The Gili Islands is one area.

THE GILI ISLANDS

Gili islands, FashionBite

The Gili Islands, located off the Eastern coast of Bali, has to be one of my favourite places in the world. An undiscovered paradise, it consists of three small islands which are surrounded by warm, clear sea. You get to them by speed boat, which takes about an hour and a half on the quicker boat. It can be a bit rocky when out to sea but is worth every second when you finally reach the destination.

I spent a week on the Gili island of Trawangan, the biggest of the three islands, which The Guardian describes as “unpretentious and hedonistic…”

Just as Ibiza’s halcyon days were in the early 60s (when the first wave of beatniks arrived) and the late 80s (when acid house exploded), this tiny island off the north-west of larger Lombok is shaking off its reputation as a backpacker hangout and starting to register with a hip crowd from Asia and Europe.” The Guardian

The picture (top) is of me at the Sunset bar, where you drink Bintang (the local beer) and watch the sunset whilst dancing to an eclectic mix of dance/reggae-style music. The Gili islands has no police or motorised transport- you get around on horse and carts, bikes or by foot. The people are amazing and so friendly – a mix of travelers, local Indonesians, families looking for that alternative holiday and young couples.

Nasi Goreng

We ate a diet of fresh fish, caught daily from the surrounding seas, alongside traditional Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng (PICTURE CREDIT: TheDomesticationofJune.blogspot) which is a fried rice dish similar to a stir fry.

I snorkeled with turtles, danced until sunrise and lived in a bikini/sarong for virtually the entire time….take me back!

WIN A TRIP WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES…

  • You can WIN 2 tickets to Indonesia via the Malaysia Airlines Facebook page. Just pick your favourite blogger review (hopefully mine of Indonesia!) You can pick one blogger from each location, so you have up to 5 chances to enter.
  • Vote to enter HERE.
  • Malaysia Airlines offers fantastic connections to South East Asia with Double Daily flights aboard their Airbus A380.
  •  Malaysia Airlines has an award winning 5 Star service, the best cabin crew in the business and (very importantly) a superb baggage allowance of 30kg for economy class, 40kg business and 50kg first class.

(SPONSORED POST: This post has been written in conjunction with Malaysia Airlines).

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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