Best Places to Visit in Indonesia

Tour & Travels

1. Borobudur, Java

The world’s largest Buddhist stupa, the 9th-century temple is the largest single classical building in the archipelago. The setting is equally spectacular, with towering volcanoes on three sides and rugged limestone cliffs on the fourth.

2. Bukit Lawang, Sumatra

Tucked away at the eastern edge of Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Lawang offers one of the world’s best opportunities to see orangutans in the wild. Watching these incredible creature’s gymnastics on treetops is one of the most memorable experiences in Indonesia.

3. Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the cultural center of Bali, known for its talented classical dancers and musicians, as well as prolific painters and craftsmen. Surrounded by terraced rice fields, this charming town is filled with art galleries, museums and craft shops.

4. Gunung Rinjani, Lombok

Rinjani is one of the highest mountains in Indonesia, he is 3726 m high. The climb to its summit is challenging but rewarding, passing through forests, rocky peaks and the spectacular crater lake of Danau Segara Anak.

5. Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

The mountainous highlands of Tana Toraja, south of Sulawesi, are home to one of Indonesia’s most active and vibrant cultures. Torajan is famous for its spooky funerals.

6. Banda Islands

Located in the remote Banda Sea about 150 km southeast of Ambon, the Banda Islands are concentrated around the perfectly conical summit of Gunung Api. Divers from all over the world flock to the remote volcanic island to swim among sea turtles, black marlin and hammerhead sharks.

7. Kelimutu, Flores

Each of the three craters on this extinct volcano has a different brightly colored lake that gradually changes color. Hike to the moon-like peaks at dawn to watch the sun loom over the mountains.

8. Komodo National Park, Komodo

Komodo National Park, off the west coast of Flores, is a group of barren but majestic islands that are home to the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living lizard.

9. Grajagan, Java

The fishing village of Grajagan, on the border of Alas Purwo National Park on the southeastern tip of Java, has become famous for its world-class surfing. Better known as G-land, this place boasts miles of pristine beaches with incredibly long left and right turns.

10. Gili Islands

Just off the northwest coast of Lombok, these three jungle patches are stunningly beautiful, with stunning white sand beaches surrounded by bright blue waters. Gili Trawangan best fits the image of a party island, tiny Gili Meno is a honeymooner’s favorite, and Gili Air offers a combination of both.

11. Bukittinggi, Sumatra

The laid-back town of Bukittinggi is home to ornate Minangkabau architecture, scenic views around Danau Maninjau and the hilltop Rafflesia Reserve.

12. Sumba

Sumba, south of Flores, is famous for its intricate weaving, grand funerals and annual javelin-throwing horse races.

13. Kalimantan, Borneo

Home to dense tropical jungles and abundant wildlife, Kalimantan offers the opportunity for river journeys into uncharted territories. Cruise along Indonesia’s longest river, Sungai Kapuas, past mangroves, jungles and villages on stilts.

14. Yogyakarta, Java

Considered one of the best preserved and most attractive cities in Java, Yogyakarta is an important center of classical Javanese dance art, music, poetry and puppetry.

15. Tangkoko Reserve, Sulawesi

Tangkoko National Park is home to the world’s smallest primate, the tarsier. These nocturnal tree-dwellers resemble bush babies, or aye-ayes, with large wide eyes and long thin fingers.

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