Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is home to over seventeen thousand islands. Located between the Indian and Pacific oceans, each of these distinct lands offer different attractions, cultural experiences and scrumptious cuisine. The endless expanse of coastline unites them, consequently, spoiling avid travelers especially beachgoers for their choice on their vacation to Indonesia. Bountiful nature, tall peaks, quaint temples, rich marine biodiversity, scenic beaches are housed by Indonesia, making it an ideal destination for every traveler.
Jakarta is the melting pot of cultures and dynamic lifestyles in Indonesia. You can clearly see the cultural influences from India, Eutope, China, Malaysia and Arab in its food, architecture and even language. Ancol Beach City inside the Ancol Dreamland is a fancy lifestyle centre where you can attend live musical concerts and even enjoy a wide array of water sports. Also, shopping at Mentang, visiting the old town Kutu Tua for Dutch colonial buildings, day trips to nearby islands and enjoying nightlife are just some of the many interesting things you can do in this exotic city.Surabaya is another vibrant and sprawling metropolis of Indonesia. It’s a perfect melange of modern skyscrapers and Dutch colonial past. Ubud is the art and cultural hub of Bali. The art galleries, tropical jungles and traditional dances make it one of the best places to see in Indonesia. Tegalalang Rice Terrace and Ubud Monkey Temple are the prime attractions. Another quaint city that reflects the culture, traditions and history of Indonesia is Yogyakarta. Visiting this place is like taking a walk through history making it an ideal place for history and archaeology buffs.
National Gallery of Indonesia is one of the important art galleries in Indonesia. It houses over 1700 artworks both by local Indonesian artists and foreign artists like Affandi, Raden Saleh, Victor Vasarely, among others. Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubad exhibits a vast collection of books, illustrations, paintings, and lithographic Balinese artwork to offer a glimpse into the cultural richness of the country. Monas Tower, situated in the Merdeka Square in central Jakarta, commemorates the struggles faced by Indonesians for independence. The 17th century Fort Belgica on Banda Neira is a great place to discover the rich history of Banda Islands. Rumah Budaya Museum is an ideal place to learn about the Dutch past of Banda Islands. This cultural museum houses centuries-old Dutch coins, baskets, a functioning gramophone, pots and more.
Mount Leuser National Park, located in northern Sumatra, protects a wide range of ecosystems. You can explore the biodiversity or you could go trekking to Tangkahan by foot or using elephants. If you are in Indonesia for adventure, climbing the Puncak Jaya will make you feel the adrenaline rush you desire. It's the highest summit of Oceania and is one of the difficult peaks to climb in the country. Mount Batur sunrise trekking is very famous in Indonesia. Trek up to the top of this volcano in the darkest hours of night and witness the awe-inspiring sunrise from its rim. It's a perfect place to explore for adventure and solitude seekers. Mount Rinjani, located within Mt. Rinjani National Park is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. With stunning deep-blue crater lake called Segara Anak and panoramic views from its heights, Mount Rinjani is a jaw-dropping destination. Mount Bromo also known as Gunung Bromo, is a volcano, the top of which forms a heavenly crate. You can enjoy hiking and trekking here along with visiting the Bromo Semeru National Park. Kelimutu volcanic lakes are one of the most visited of beautiful places in Indonesia. The three crater lakes formed by the volcano display three different colours: red, blue and white. The sunrises and sunsets in Kelimutu are surreal. You can go trekking in addition to exploring the beautiful landscapes. Patenggang Lake in Java is one of the best places to visit given its surrounding tea plantation and innate silence. Sentarum Lake National Park in Kapuas Hulu Regency is protecting one of the world’s most biodiverse lake systems. It's home to beautiful seasonal lakes and freshwater swamp forests. Lake Toba, located at north Sumatra, is a volcanic lake known for scenic views. It is one of the largest volcanic lakes in the world. Kerinci is a remote highland valley in Sumatra. Bountiful nature and rough terrains in Kerinci Seblat National Park and Mount Kerinci make them ideal for trekking. The views from the top are absolutely out of this world. Mount Tujuh Lake, the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia, is located in this valley. With its diverse landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife, and traditional cultures, Kerinci valley will steal your heart. Gunung Rinjani National Park, Mount Merbabu, Mount Gede in western Java, Ijen Crater in East Java, Bandung zoo, Merapi Volcano, Tiu Kelep Waterfall, Lake Maninjau in Sumatra, Ubud Monkey Forest are some of the other scenic places to visit in Indonesia.
Kuta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali. It is known for surfing and exotic nightlife. It is in close proximity to Lombok Island, in fact, it’s also a tourist hotspot on the island. Senggigi Beach in Lombok Island is a popular spot for surfing. It is also great for eating and going out at night. If you seek privacy then Selong Belanak Beach in Lombok is an ideal place for you. You can lay back and relax on the white sands of this beautiful beach for hours with no-one to disturb.With its stunning coastline and vibrant marine life, Gili Trawangan houses some of the best beaches in Indonesia. Nasi Dua Beach is an ideal place to soak up the sun on a short trip to Bali. Lovina Beach is a black-sand locale known for dolphins. Dozens of dolphins make their way to the shallow waters around this beach in the early morning hours and can easily be sighted from the shore or while rowing. Pink beach in Komodo Island gets its name from its flamingo-pink sand which comes from the red shells of tiny coral insects mixing with white sand. You can explore the coral gardens in the shallow waters with scuba gear or snorkel. Sire Beach and Mangsit Beach in Lombok, Trikora Beach in Bintan, Pangandaran in Java, Seminyak Beach in Bali are some of the other picturesque beaches in Indonesia.
Tanjung Puting National Park located near Pangkalan Bun is famous for its orangutan conservation. In addition to orangutans, this park is also home to gibbons, sun bears, sambar deer, clouded leopards and macaques. You can also visit the research centers to make the most of this ecotourism destination. Komodo National Park is one of the sought-after tourist attractions in Indonesia. It is popular for the presence of giant Monitor Lizards known as Komodo Dragons. Spotting them is one of a kind experience. Besides this you can go diving in the nearby beaches, kayaking and trekking to enjoy the panoramic views from the island. Bunaken Sea Park, situated in the northern stretch of Sulawesi Island, is home to exotic and endangered fish species. It's extremely rich in marine flora and fauna. A visit to this place will enrich your knowledge about marine biodiversity. Betung Kerihun National Park located in west Kalimantan houses at least 97 species of orchids and various species of birds and mammals. You can spot endangered Bornean Orangutan, maroon leaf monkey, white-fronted surili, Sunda slow loris and a few other primates. Bunaken National Marine Park, situated in the north of Sulawesi Island, provides habitat to 390 species of corals, about 2000 species of fish,as well as many reptiles, molluscs, and marine mammal species.
The largest Buddhist temple in the world, the Borobudur is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple in central Java. It is adorned with 504 beautiful Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels. It's one of the great archeological sites in Southeast Asia and till date remains popular for pilgrimage. Situated on the shores of Lake Bratan, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is a major Hindu Shaivite temple in Bali. This water temple complex is a beautiful palace full of spirituality intertwined with nature's grandeur. Located on the slopes of Mt. Agung, Pura Besakih is one of the largest temple complexes in Bali, consisting of 23 temples inside the compound. Pura Penataran Agung is the most important shrine.Vihara Dharmayana is a serene Chinese Buddhist temple located in Bali. Immerse yourself in Buddhist Zen energy and stand in awe of the temple's vibrant Chinese architecture. Prambanan, located in Yogyakarta is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. Built in the 8th century, the scattered ruins of Prambanan’s 224 outer temples add a mystical element to this place. Though the temples were destroyed due to natural disasters, the grandeur of this majestic structure is still intact. Saraswati Temple is Ubud is a treasure hidden amidst lush greenery. Its architecture and spiritual ambience makes the trip to this place peaceful. You even have to cross a beautiful lotus pond to reach the entrance of this serene temple. Other beautiful places of worship include Petitenget Temple, Tirta Empul, Uluwatu, Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Jakarta Cathedral, Ampel Mosque, Purah Tanah Lot.
A major chunk of Indonesia can be covered in 8 to 12 days. Start off your trip by spending a day in Jakarta visiting the heritage monuments, markets and exotic nightlife. You can spend a day each in Ubud and Yogyakarta exploring the ancient temples and quaint forests. Further, you can spend two days in Bali relaxing at the beaches, trying different adventure sports, visiting scenic temples and enjoying nightlife. From Bali you can reach Lombok via speedboat and spend a day here indulging yourself in different water sports. If you want to visit more scenic and vibrant beaches you can go to Gili Islands spending a day at three of its main islands. Visit East Nusa Tenggara for two days as it is home to Komodo National Park and Mount Kelimutu which offer a perfect combination of nature, wildlife and adventure. In Sumatra, spend two to three days exploring the different national parks and marine life. You can spend a day at Kerinci located in the west part of Sumatra. There are trekking, hiking and camping options available here which come with splendid views.