Do you know about a different kind of tourism that combines the thrill of adventure, the beauty of nature, and the richness of culture into one great experience? It’s called village tourism. Offering a distinguished opportunity to blend in with the surroundings, village tourism allows you to travel to places where the people have preserved their traditional ways of life and are not totally dependent on technology. You can also learn many important lessons from the friendly locals who won’t hesitate to answer your questions about local life.
There are several village tourism destinations in Indonesia. When travel resumes, you can visit these places without any worries because they are strictly following the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) protocols implemented by the government, which include limiting visitors, providing hand-washing facilities, and obligatory use of masks. Here are our recommended destinations:
1 | Magelang
Magelang is not just about Borobudur Temple, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. In fact, Magelang is a many-splendored regency. It also features Karangrejo, a homestay near Borobudur that offers a simple and modest village tourism experience. Enjoy the lush surroundings while you learn to cook mendoan (half-fried tempeh) and create some artwork at this beautiful homestay.
2 | Yogyakarta
You can find a lot of attractions in this city, including well-preserved historical buildings. However, many people don’t know that Yogyakarta is home to a number of tourism villages, such as Manding, Bobung, Nglanggeran, Kelor, and Giriloyo. Each of these tourism villages provides a distinct experience to the visitors. So explore these places and don’t miss a thing.
3 | Dieng
Blessed with outstanding charms, Dieng Plateau is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy dramatic highland landscapes and cool breeze on their village tour. Aside from all the rural activities that the visitors can enjoy, there are many 7th/8th-century remnants of the glorious days of the Hindu empire in Java that will transport you back to ancient times.
4 | Malang
Ngadas Village, Malang Regency, East Java, offers an unforgettable experience above the clouds that you should try at least once in your lifetime. Known to be the highest village in Java, Ngadas is situated 2,150 meters above sea level and the average temperature here is between 0°C to 25°C. You can learn many lessons of philosophy from the friendly locals, the Tengger villagers, who still practice ancient rituals and ceremonies which they have preserved over time.
5 | Bali
There are many tourism villages located in Bali, such as Trunyan, Tenganan, Penglipuran, Celuk, Batu Bulan, Desa Mas, and Batuan. In 1995, Penglipuran Village was awarded the Kalpataru Award for environmental sustainability by the Indonesian government to acknowledge the community’s efforts to maintain 75 hectares of the bamboo forest and preserve the traditional spatial layout of the buildings based on ancestral designs. Penglipuran Village was recognized as the world’s third cleanest village in 2016.
It would be a good idea to visit a village tourism destination and get along with the friendly locals as soon as the pandemic ends. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to experience something new? Plan your trip now and keep your hopes up. Dream now; travel tomorrow!
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