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5 Ways to Experience Indonesia in Perth

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by Gwen Lee (subscribe)
Staff at asianlanguageschool.com, a language school in Sydney teaching adults and children Japanese and other Asian languages.
Published March 15th 2016
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Bali is only less than four hours away by plane, but still, you need to pay for the airfare and accommodation. Are there other ways to enjoy Indonesia without having to leave Perth?

Spa

If you wish to unwind and enjoy the serenity of a Bali-like resort, Bali Beautique Spa will transport you instantly to Indonesia with its traditional Balinese interior décor, music, and treatments. Some special treatments this spa has to offer include:

Traditional Balinese massage, very good to release tension and relieve aching muscles.

Jasmine flower lulur, a body exfoliation treatment using spices and yoghurt, a practice inherited from the Royal Palaces of Central Java.

Feminine purification treatment using smoke from natural herbs.

Traditional Indonesian spa spa
Photo: Bali Beautique Spa


Bali Secret Beauty Spa also offers traditional Balinese treatments. They have boreh spice body mask that is good for detox and to help relieve colds, and a traditional post natal wrap that uses a piece of long cloth for belly binding.

Music

An integral part of Indonesian culture is gamelan, a traditional ensemble of Javanese music. The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia hosts free gamelan lesson every Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM. EG Incursions also have gamelan workshops for school children.

Food

If cooking relaxes you or you want to know how to cook some delicious Indonesian cuisine, then head to Noosa to learn some unique recipes such as chicken satay, beef rendang, or nasi goreng.

Life's A Feast offers Indonesian banquet cooking course.

Sate
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If you enjoy eating more than cooking, worry not, there are some nice, authentic Indonesian restaurants to relive your holiday memory. Satay Spot serves general Indonesian dishes, including the three dishes mentioned above. If you would like to try East Indonesian food, head to Manise Café. East Indonesian food are sweet and not spicy. On the contrary, West Indonesian food are salty and spicy. If you like spicy food, try Minang Indonesian Restaurant. All the restaurants are pretty basic in settings and serve mostly local Indonesian community.

Home Décor

Balinese garden décor is already popular in Perth. If you haven't had one yet, it's easy to create. All you need are some items that produce an ambience of Bali. Exotic Interiors sell some inexpensive statues of Balinese goddess. You can also add handcarved garden pots and water features to complete the look. Add a rattan sun lounge, grow some frangipanis, and build a canopy. Voila! You have your own Balinese paradise right at home.

Watch this video for more inspirations.

Themed Party

Once you have your Balinese garden, why not throw a themed party as well? Get your guests to wear their sarong and batik. Order some Indonesian catering and serve your guest fresh coconuts.

Indonesian traditional dance
Photo: Pixabay


You may even want to include live dance or musical performance to entertain your guests. Contact local schools such as Indonesian Dance Studio to enquire for this service.
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