Comprising of thousands of pristine volcanic islands, the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia is extremely popular for its stunning beaches, thick jungle that are home to tiger, elephants and Komodo dragons, fiery volcanoes, as well as its 100s of ethnic groups speaking their native languages. Indonesia astonishes with numbers- more than 17000 islands out of which 8000 are occupied and have people who speak more than 300 languages.
This charming country offers an assortment of adventures, cultures, customs, sights, foods, and activities. The dramatic landscape of Indonesia is another charmer. The ever-exciting and ever-vibrant land of Indonesia is one of the world’s most interesting holiday destinations. The blog enlists best places to visit in Indonesia:
A vibrant port city and the capital city of the island of East Java, Surabaya is juxtapose of modernity and old colonial charm. Dotted with contemporary high-rise buildings with canals on one hand and Dutch structures on the other, it is termed as the ‘City of Heroes’ (Kota Pahlawan). It is the second largest city of Indonesia. It has a rich history because of being the birthplace of the independence movement of Indonesia.
The city has to offer some attractive archeological sites at short distances and lip-smacking ethnic food. For the tourists, the city has zoological gardens and the very immaculate Sampoerna Museum. One can also explore the island of Madura for experiencing the excitement of a local bull race. It is the best base for exploring the main attractions of East Java including the very popular Mt Bromo, the blessed natural scenery of Ijen Plateau and breezy mountain resorts of Malang.
Comprising of the main Weh Island and a number of smaller islands, Sabang is placed right off the northern tip of Sumatra. Just 14 km northwest of Sumatra, it is the largest city on the stunning volcanic Pulau Weh Island. Sabang is enveloped by unspoilt coral reefs that offer wonderful opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the best experiences here is, visiting the splendid Sumur Tiga beach, which is just 5 km eastwards of the town.
The less crowded and laid-back Rubiah Island is another attraction that must be explored. Here you can explore the exotic underwater marine life. Sabang has to offer an amalgam of old colonial villas and traditional fishing hamlets that have a calming feel. This is an ideal places to simply relax and rejuvenate.
Located on the Lombok Island, 64 km eastwards of Bali, Lembar is a sprawling port and capital city with a number of delights including some gorgeous beaches. From the Lembar harbor, you can visit the peaceful temples and well-maintained gardens of Mataram. Do not miss a ride in Bemo, a colorful local bus here. Azure inlets encircled by lush hills is a beautiful sight. The other places worth-visiting are Kuta and Gili Islands.
Some of the places worth-visiting in Lembar are the well-stocked West Nusa Tenggara State Museum, the well-maintained Narmada Park and an eighteenth century Pura Lingsar Temple.
Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site- the Komodo National Park, the tiny Komodo Island is home to the frightening monitor lizards. White sand beaches, golden colored grass and steep hillsides form a wonderful sight. Komodo has a beach that has a pink-colored sand, which is one of the main attractions here. Surrender to the tropical lethargy of Komodo and treat yourself to pleasant surroundings. Indulge in treks and guided walks on the east coast.
There are eco-friendly budget resorts in Pulau Komodo. The island is also known for its diving and snorkeling opportunities for exploring the extensive colorful coral reefs. A wildlife safari at the Komodo National Park is a must. Along with a decent popular of the dragons, it has several other animal and over 150 species of birds. Sea turtles, manta rays, whales, and dugongs are the other highlights. The national park also has some wildlife resorts.
The sprawling capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta astounds you with a lot of things going on at once. While on one hand are modern restaurants, clubs and malls, on the other hand, the city also conserves its history through its historic town Kota and well-kept museums. The many faces of Jakarta do not fail to surprise you. The place is also known for its friendly citizens.
Jakarta has a several tiny islands, called the Pulau Seribu or the Thousand Islands, a famed tourist retreat offering memorable snorkeling and swimming experienced. Towards its south are the imposing volcanoes of Pangrango and Gede, along with relaxed retreats such as Puncak, Bandung, Sukabumi and Bogor.
One of the chief megalopolises in the world, Jakarta has to offer several experiences. From the aromatic streets of Chinatown to ill-famous nightlife of northern Jakarata, there is much to explore as well as experience. Jakarta has historical museums, amusement parks, zoos, religious sites and much more.
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The busiest port of Indonesia outside Java, Belawan is the world’s fourth biggest island, which is located on the island of Sumatra. In the port of Belawan, Medan city is a must-visit for its remarkable Chinese and Dutch architectures belong to the colonial era. Here one can also shop for handicrafts, carved figures, antiques, textiles and basketry.
The city is also the entry to the largest volcanic lake in the world- Lake Toba, and a flourishing Orangutan Sanctuary. Belawan waterfall is a delightful attraction here. Another popular thing to do here is enjoy a cruise to and from Belawan. Relish the sumptuous local cuisine. This place also has museums and a zoo.
Everything about Bali is quite alluring. This pretty Indonesian island is famed for a lot of things such as traditional terraced rice paddies, stunning coral reefs, tranquil beaches and forest-enveloped volcanic mountains. This place is dotted with a number of sacred sites including the very popular Uluwatu temple that is placed on a Cliffside. On one hand there are fabulous resort towns such as Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Sanuk, on the other, there is the beach city of Kuta, filled with lively bars.
The serene surroundings of Bali are ideal for indulging in some fruitful yoga and meditation sessions. The island also owns popular resorts, golfing and surfing opportunities, and world-renowned dive sites. It probably is the most popular island of Indonesia. The people of Bali are known to follow Balinese tradition very strongly and this sets them apart. They have their own dances, crafts, temples, and rituals, showcasing a strong culture.
Adventures like horse riding, nature walks, white water rafting, bungy jumping, surfing and diving wait for you. Shopping in Bali is a must. Get your hands on some amazing stuff like woodcarvings, embroidered cotton and silk fabrics, fabrics with gold and silver thread work, special tortoise shell in silver, gold and other metals.
Located between Bali and Sumatra, the volcano-decorated island of Java has been blessed with several wonderful archaeological sites, stunning scenic beauty, several megacities and deep traditions in art and craft, and performing arts. The unspoilt beaches, smoky volcanoes, savannah grasslands and dense forests are all charmers making it one of the top places to visit in Indonesia. The island is a labyrinth of magical cities like Jakarta with its enslaving chaos, Solo with its batik lanes, Prambanan with huge Hindu temples and Yogyakarta with its serene soul.
The island is blessed with natural wonders. Probably the most populated island on earth, Java offers a sneak-peak in to the complex culture of Indonesia. This place has various attractions including the old town of Kota Tua with Dutch colonial structures and an extensive National Museum along with high-end nightclubs, malls and hotels. The region’s exotic wildlife has been preserved at Gunung Halimun National Park, Gede-Pangrango National Park and Pulau Dua Nature Reserve.
The huge island of Sumatra is known for its exotic wildlife, craggy tropical terrain and blazing volcanoes. The adventurous streak of Sumatra works for it and calls several tourists from all around. The sweltering volcanoes stand like sentinels above the lakes, laid on the craters’ borders. The dense jungle are filled with orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers.
One of Indonesia’s largest islands, Sumatra has peaceful desolated beaches that are slowly becoming popular surfing spots. White water rafting, jungle trekking, volcano climbing, scuba diving at Pulau Weh, surfing at the wild Mentawai islands and kite surfing are some of the popular adventure activities in Sumatra. This is a land of mixed cultures with being home to Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
Bukit Lawang’s Orangutan sanctuary, relaxed shores of Lake Toba, Tangkahan, dolphins of Kiluan, Pulah Weh, Bukittingi, Lake Maninjau, Berastagi, Medan, Padang, Batam, Pekanbaru and Banda Aceh are some of the popular attractions of Sumatra that must be explored. Do not miss relishing spicy delicacies of the Padang cuisines.
Pierced by the equator, the sunbaked tropical and considered one of the best places to visit in Indonesia; Kalimantan forests that are home to some of the most popular spices, are a delight for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts and. While gibbons and orangutans map the canopies, the prehistoric hornbill scale the sky above. The natives are known as Dayak. They live near the several waterways and are known to be extremely friendly people.
Indonesia’s addition to the island of Borneo, Kalimantan is still an untouched territory and so it still oozes out a raw appeal. One of the most bio-diverse places on the earth, it is segregated into East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan. This island has the largest tropical rainforests in the world that care called home to rare species of flora and fauna.
Sampit, Palangkarayam, Gunning Palung National Park and Nature Reserve, Pontianak, Derawan Island and Bontang are the main attractions of Kalimantan. Along with the rich exotic wildlife, the rare culture is also a delight for the visitors.
An upscale beach town in Southern Bali, Seminyak is all about stylish bars and restaurants and luxurious accommodation with more carefree attitude than Kuta, another popular Indonesian destination. While there are serene quieter beaches on one side, there are cosmopolitan shopping boutiques, galleries and spas on the other. If you wish to splurge on luxury in Indonesia, Seminyak is the place to be.
Though it is located just northwards of Kuta and Legian, but in a number of ways Seminyak looks quite different from all the other islands. The beaches of Seminyak are known for offering memorable sunset views and wonderful surfing opportunities. This place effortlessly merges with Kerobokan, creating a world of modernity and luxury.
Excursion to the nearby villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan is ideal. Treat your eyes to some lovely lush surroundings. The food served at the high-end eateries and restaurants is sumptuous and the booze is endless. Ubud is another place nearby that us worth-visiting.
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