Written by Jiayi Ng
Can’t stand the sweltering hot summer weather any longer? You don’t have to fly overseas to escape the heat. At these uncharacteristically chilly places in Indonesia, you can have all the romantic dates you’ve ever wanted – all without breaking a sweat.
1. Visit Ruteng, Flores’ very own Prague city,
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Where an ancient cathedral and relics take you back in history.
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See the spider web rice fields, and head to Labuan Bajo –
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Or if you’d rather, ascend to Wae Rebo.
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At this traditional village, 1,130 metres up high,
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You’ll shiver in your boots as you admire the starry night sky.
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Open your eyes to a traditional way of life,
Through food, play, and talk – don’t be shy!
2. There’s Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bedugul,
Where you can watch the sunset over waters so blue,
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Take a boat ride along the cloudy mountain view,
And walk in a garden too pretty to be true.
Pick fresh and sweet fruits at Bali Strawberry –
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A self-made milkshake is bound to make your love happy.
Or spend a romantic night at Munduk Moding Plantation,
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The infinity pool will have you feeling like you’re looking down on creation.
Don’t forget to take a dip at Sekumpul Waterfall,
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Where the peaceful atmosphere will have you in awe.
3. And how could we forget Bandung, the Paris of Java,
Where European-style hotels will have you feeling like a Raja.
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Climb up Tebing Keraton for stunning pine trees,
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And chill at Dusun Bambu, where there’s a view and a feast!
At Kawah Putih, you’ll find a white lake so surreal,
Where dreamy fog will make that photoshoot ideal.
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4. Welcome to Lake Toba, the lake within a crater,
Where mountains surround and the views only get better.
Enjoy a beautiful world of green at Pusuk Buhit,
And have a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring.
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Admire Binangalom Waterfall and its awe-inspiring beauty;
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Take a boat ride past or jump in for a swim!
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Pamper those bones at Samosir Hotel,
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Where you’ll live like a local, and the views are just swell.
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5. Layer up at Puncak Pass for some stunning greenery,
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That’s probably going to remind you of Windows XP.
Don’t forget to grab some famous satay,
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And a smoking cup of coffee to keep the cold at bay.
Since you’re here, leave the cold for a fling with spring,
To a magical place that will make your heart sing.
Travel to “another country” at Kota Bunga’s Little Venice,
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Sail through a beautiful world – pictures can’t do it justice.
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Beauty is what you’ll find at this garden in Bogor,
With flowers of all shades we’re sure your loved one will adore.
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6. Lorentz National Park, Papua, is where thrillseekers should go,
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Here’s where rainforests, mangroves and rare birds make their home,
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And Puncak Jaya stands in a beauty so majestic,
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As the highest peak in the southwestern pacific.
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To enter this treacherous terrain, you’ll need a permit,
But if you’re fit enough and game – why not try it?
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7. Kampung Sampireun, Garut, is too magical to believe,
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With villas that seem to float and a soothing, light cool breeze.
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Romance your date as you gorge amongst lake and greenery,
Or sail through the river and serenade her sweetly.
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Or hike up Mount Papandayan, if you’ve got the will.
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You can watch the sunset at the haunting Dead Forest,
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And see Edelweiss Meadows, where you’ll dance among flowers.
Hiking’s not your thing? There’s still Situ Bagendit,
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A lake so perfect for romance, it’s impossible to omit.
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8. Enter a winter-like wonderland at Mount Bromo
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Where temperatures can even drop below zero.
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Watch the sun rise from the majestic crater…
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And “travel to the ends of the world” with your partner.