Indonesia – where the famous Bali Island lies – has a wide range of spectacular diverse natural beauty. Either it is sandy beaches, green hills, waterfall, or rice fields, you can find them all in the country. One of the best ways to enjoy its breathing fresh air and unrestricted views of nature is by riding on two wheels. Yep! You will find a unique way to enjoy the beauty of the country by cycling. Check out all you need to know about the bicycle tour when you visit Indonesia through the following page.
What to Prepare
You need to keep in mind that cycling is an activity that requires good stamina. So, this is very important for you to prepare your physic well. Make sure that you also bring some snacks and bottles of water during the trip. This will help you to save the day when you can’t find food stalls or shops around your cycling spots. Don’t forget to bring a jacket if you start the tour in the morning. Make sure that you wear comfortable shirts under your jacket since the temperature will be hotter in the afternoon. Wearing comfortable sneakers or shoes will also be very helpful. You also need to make sure that the bicycle you ride is in good condition. Check out the tires and brakes just before you ride on it.
The Best Time for Cycling
Before coming to Indonesia for its bicycle tour, you need the best time to visit the country. Being located in southeast Asia and lies on the equator line, the country has two seasons, dry season and rainy season. Most of the time, you will find that the sun shines all year round in the country. From May to October, the temperature is high. This is when the country enters the dry season. The best time to start your cycling tour during the dry season is in the morning around 6 or 7 a.m. The sun has shone and the air is still fresh. However, the temperature is getting higher during the afternoon and you will be easier to get sweat. But, overall, this will be the best time for you to do your cycling tour. This is because the country gets raindrops almost every day during the rainy season. This happens from September to May. The temperature could drop drastically and the roads are slippery. You can even easily trapped in floods during the peak of the rainy season that comes in December and January. So, consider the time when you want to start your cycling tour carefully.
To help you enjoy the cycling tour on your visit to Indonesia, here are some practical tips you can follow.
- If you do not know where to start or even get lost during your trip, you can contact the country’s bicycle clubs. This is because cycling has gained massive popularity among Indonesians.
- Try to put a constant focus of attention.
- Make sure that you take a rest during the hottest hours of the day (around 1 to 2 pm) to help you prevent tropical heat.
- There popular tourist destinations particularly in Yogjakarta, Bali, Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara, and Lombok that provide organized bicycle tours.
- There are a lot of tourist centers in the country that offer bike rentals. You will only need to pay from 30,000 IDR per day for the rent.
- You can also easily find parking areas with a parking attendant to help you keep an eye on your bike while you are doing another activity. You only need to pay 5,000 IDR for the service provided.
- This will be very helpful if you can traffic problems while cycling. You can simply do it by keeping to cycle to back roads.
Best Places for Cycling
If you visit Indonesia, you will find a lot of spectacular tourist destinations you can explore by cycling. Either it is well-maintained roads of Lombok, Java, Bali, and South Sulawesi or adventurous hill roads along the length of Nusa Tenggara or Sumatra. Here are 5 best tourist spots in Indonesia for your bicycle tour.
- Tebing Keraton
This adventurous cycling spot is located in Bandung, West Java. By taking this tour, you will be able to enjoy great cycling track through wonderful pine woods. There, you will see a view od dense woods and enjoy crisp cool air to breathe. At the end of the track, you will get your treat: a spectacular cliff overlooking vast pine woods with nearby hills below.
- Campuhan Hills
From West Java, we move to Bali. Campuhan Hills is an epic cycling trip you can find on the island. This is the location where Julia Roberts cycling in her movie, Eat, Pray, and Love. The track includes adventurous hills that cutting through fresh green rice fields.
- Nusa Lembongan
Being located on the southeast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan offers pristine beaches, magnificent hills, mangrove rainforest, and view of green hills. All these spots will be able to cover just in one track. Due to the small size of the island, you can even explore the whole island by cycling in less than a day.
- Embung Nglanggeren
This is a cycling track that you can find in Yogyakarta. The track is relatively new because it’s just established in 2003. This Embung Nglanggeren involves everything that bikers could expect from a challenging track includes rocky paths, neatly-paved streets, and dirt roads. The best thing about the track offered by Embung Nglanggeran is that it goes along to the summit of Mt. Nglanggeran. It is an ancient volcano that has captured the attention of many tourists to come to visit. From the summit, you can view the city of Yogyakarta and gorgeous jungles below.
- Patar Bike Park
Patar Bike Park is located in West Sumatra. This cycling park is so popular among bikers since it has natural charms. Cycling through the Patar Bike Park, you will find city view from the hills, lush vegetations, as well as mountainous structure as the background. If you need a challenging track, this tourist destination is the right place to opt since it has rocky roads, narrow winding track, and muddy path.