@Angela-CommunityManager - A combination of so many things.
The food in SE Asia is amazing, but I find Indonesian food to be the best in the world.
Indonesia is the 4th largest country in the world by population, spread across thousands of islands and the variety of food from the different cultures within one country is special.
It is a majority Muslim country, with the exception of Bali, which is Hindu.
The people on Bali are so friendly and welcoming. I have spent most of my time in the busier areas of Bali – close to the city of Denpasar, but near the surfing beach of Canggu and the tourist area of Seminyak – that’s where my house sits have been, but have travelled to some quieter areas of the island by scooter, and the scenery is amazing out of the city – rice fields, volcanos, beautiful beaches, amazing waterfalls.
The island of Bali, the 11th largest of the Indonesian islands, is only about 100 miles long and 70 wide, but has a population of 5 million, about the same as Scotland, with about a fifth of the people living in the Denpasar area. There are all levels of accommodation, from luxury hotels and Villas costing 1000’s a night, to backpack bunk houses costing a couple of dollars a night, including breakfast! So, the mix of people is great.
I just love walking along the beach, sitting at a beach bar or café, basically doing nothing. Probably this is what I miss the most! Bare feet on the beach.
I have also spent a bit of time in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, on the north of Java. Not doing house sits, just being a tourist.
It is a relatively unknown city, not that many tourists, but has some great monuments, parks, buildings, shopping malls, and food everywhere. It can be VERY hot though. I have never really had a problem with language in Indonesia, there are over 300 different Languages, but almost everyone speaks Bahasa, the common language, and some English.
If I get my visa approved, I am thinking about flying to Jakarta, doing my 8 days quarantine there (if still required, things are changing so fast) then spending a few days travelling the length of Java (about 1000km) by train, stopping off at a couple of places, before catching the ferry to Bali from the southern end of Java.
There are no sits advertised on Bali at the moment, but once the country opens up, I know there will be a number of people wanting to return to Australia, NZ, USA having been stuck on Bali for the last 18 months, so fingers crossed I get another great sit in a villa with pool, maid/helper just off the beach – paradise.