Since his tenure as the President of the United States came to an end, Barack Obama and his family have been reconnecting with the simpler pleasures in life, including holidaying together. So far, the Obama family have caught the sun in the Virgin Islands, been yachting in Tahiti and recently treated themselves to a 10-day vacation in Indonesia. Here’s our rundown of the best spots of their holiday.
White Water Rafting on Ayung River – Bali
The longest river in Bali, Ayung River stretches a whopping 10km and takes roughly 2 hours to navigate. Barack, Michelle and their daughters were spotted braving the waters and white water rafting down the river which lead to a number of entertaining photos. The river is only 20 minutes from Ubud where the family stayed.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – Bali
In the west part of Bali, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a dramatic landscape that follows the hillside topography. The Obama family walked through the 500-metre hiking route that circles the paddy fields. They also met local farmers and took in the stunning scenery.
Tirta Empul Temple – Bali
Tirta Empul Temple is a holy mountain spring in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. Barack Obama, along with his wife Michelle and two daughters visited the temple on the fifth day of their holiday to Indonesia. The family mingled with locals during a sanctification ritual process, where people use water from the surrounding temple to purify themselves. The spring water from the temple fills the surrounding pools, baths and fish ponds, which then flows to the Tukad Pakerisan River.
Borobudur Temple - Java
The former president and his family visited the stunning Buddhist temple during their holiday. Borobudur Temple’s architecture is split into three tiers and is decorated with 504 Buddha statues showcasing excellent stonework and architecture.
The temple was built in the 9th century and is set on a hill shrouded in lush jungle fauna. The former president performed a traditional Hindi greeting and took a guided tour of the temple.
Yogyakarta City – Java
Perhaps the most personal destination for the former US President, Barack Obama moved to Jakarta when he was six and would often travel to Yogyakarta to visit his mother who was researching for her PhD. The Obama family stayed in the city for three days during their trip. The city is known as Java’s home of artistry and business. It’s also an excellent base from which to explore the wider region, such as Becici Peak.
Prambanan Temple - Java
The largest temple dedicated to Shiva in all of Indonesia, Prambanan Temple in Java is most recognisable for its three pointed temples that rise from concentric squares. Prambanan Temple covers over 39 hectares and its tallest temple is a stunning 47 metres high. The brick work alone is mesmerising, both from a distance and even more so up close.