Panorama View of Kelor Island and Flores Island in Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia, the country of so many different cultures, people, animals, plants, art and food that it looks like you are in 100 countries at the same time. The country extends 5,000 kilometers along the equator, making it a hugely versatile country. The country has 17,508 islands of which around 6,000 are inhabited, but all differ in nature, culture and inhabitants.

 

Why You Have to Visit Indonesia

More than 7 million foreigners visit Indonesia every year. And rightly so; Indonesia is really beautiful. It has 55,000 Kilometers of beautiful beaches, more than 17,000 islands, the most beautiful diving and snorkeling locations in the world, dense rain forests, countless volcanoes and a wide range of flora and fauna.

 

In addition to the beaches, islands and seas, Indonesia has a huge number of mountains and volcanoes. The most famous volcanoes that you can visit are Gunung Agung, Bromo volcano and the Gunung Rinjani.

 

The area where most of the volcanoes are is also called the “Ring of Fire”. If you are not a nature lover (which is almost unthinkable in Indonesia), the country has many traditions and cultural attractions.

Indonesia Visa in Passport

Indonesia – Visa Requirements For Tourists

Before you pack your bag or suitcase and leave for Indonesia, it is advisable to check whether you need a visa. One of the easiest ways is the tourism purpose only visa. Passport holders from 170 jurisdictions can travel through Indonesia for 30 days without a visa. We created a world map with visa requirements

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IDR bills used for the Indonesia Budget

The Cost of Traveling in Indonesia

The costs of traveling in Indonesia are not very high. Travelers can see and do a lot for just US$30 a day. The price level is comparable with, for example, Thailand or countries such as Guatemala if you want to look for it outside of Asia. Are you going to travel or vacation to Indonesia

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Best Time to Visit Indonesia for Good Weather

The Best Time to Visit Indonesia

Whether you go to Bali for a week or want to visit all the islands of Indonesia for a year, you will want to have the nicest weather. It is a huge country which means the weather is not that easy to predict. The high season in Indonesia falls in the months of April to

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Traditional Indonesian Boat Arriving in Paradise - Banyak Islands

All Means of Transport in Indonesia

Because of the many islands that Indonesia has, you will need to use various means of transport during your journey. It takes some time to travel between different islands. The way you travel depends largely on your budget and preferences. Because the country is so huge and some islands are far apart, traveling is different

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Highlights of Indonesia

Unfortunately, most travelers don’t have the time to see the whole of Indonesia because the country is very large! The Borobudur is one of the most beautiful temples in Asia, the Komodo lizards are only found in Indonesia and the diving and snorkeling locations are among the most beautiful in the world.

 

The country is so big that it looks like you are in a continent instead of a country. For most travelers it is not a good idea to visit all the highlights of Indonesia during one trip.

 

Even if you travel around here for a year, there will still be places that you cannot visit. But that is also the charm of the country.

 

Sightseeing in Indonesia

Do you have a minute? There is so much to see here! You can relax on the beaches of Bali or surf on Sumbawa, take walks through the jungle of Sumatra or enjoy the beautiful sunrise at Prambanan.

 

What highlights do you want to see during your vacation? The only thing we can do is to list the most beautiful, fun and special highlights of Indonesia.

Sky blue and dark blue crater lakes at Kelimutu in Flores

Flores, Indonesia – 14 Things to Do, Food & More

Flores is one of the lesser-known islands of Indonesia, but it’s definitely worth a visit. The island is a lot less touristy than, for example, Bali or Sumatra. For those looking for complete relaxation and beautiful natural phenomena, Flores is the ideal destination.   Akisoto on Flores We came to Flores because we went on

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Blue ocean and white beach in Sumbawa

Sumbawa – The Best Place to Surf in Indonesia

The much less visited island of Sumbawa is located between Lombok and Flores. It is definitely not a small island, Sumbawa is about half the size of Belgium. Still, it only has about 1 million inhabitants. This is mainly due to the landscape, which consists of huge mountains and impressive volcanoes. Cultural highlights are not

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Long white beach and palm trees on the Kei Islands in the Moluccas

Moluccas Route – View Our 21-Day Route – Indonesia

The Moluccas are one of the most beautiful regions of Indonesia. Everyone travels to islands like Bali, Java, Lombok, or Sulawesi. And as beautiful as they are, they are also fairly developed. If you really want something different, the Moluccas is definitely an option. We have been there and are happy to share our route

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White sandy beach and pristine water on Seram Island

Seram Island – Our Tips on this Pristine Island

Seram is one of the largest islands in the Moluccas. The Moluccans call the island Nusa Ina, which means “mother island”. According to the old folk tales, all Moluccans originally come from this island. Seram was the great surprise of the Moluccas for us. It is one of the largest islands in the region, but

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Banda Islands - Village with Gunung Api volcano in the distance

Banda Islands – Diving, Snorkeling, Beaches & More

The Banda islands are becoming more and more famous in Indonesia. They are among the most beautiful islands in the country. With a combination of natural beauty, friendly inhabitants, fascinating history, and a beautiful underwater world, these ten islands are among the most beautiful in all of Indonesia. It is one of the best snorkeling

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View of white beach and blue ocean at the Kei Islands in the Moluccas

The Moluccas – Indonesia’s Tourist-Free Paradise

The Moluccas (or Maluku islands) are some of the best known, but least visited islands in Indonesia. Everyone has heard of them, but you hardly ever meet travelers who have actually been there. This is because the Moluccas are not yet on the radar of many travelers. Quite strange, because these undiscovered islands are among

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Clear water and a beach with palm trees in the Mentawai Islands

Mentawai Islands – A Dream That Became a Reality

Everyone has a list of places they would like to visit again or things they would like to do again. Spotting Gorillas in Uganda, visiting Machu Picchu, Bhutan, climbing the Rinjani volcano, and so on. One thing has been at the top of our list for years, visiting the Mentawai Islands. Not the most obvious

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Boats in the clear water at Gili Nanggu

Gili Nanggu – A Hidden Pearl in the Gili Islands

In our whole quest to find the best places in Asia, we have been to many beautiful beaches. From the Perhentians in Malaysia to Star Beach in Phu Quoc. But Gili Nanggu, one of the still hidden gems of Lombok in Indonesia, remains one of our favorites. When we think about it or look back

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Gili Trawangan Beach with Trees and the ocean

Gili Trawangan – Best Things to Do, Food & More

The Gili Islands are probably the most famous islands in Indonesia. Almost everyone who makes a trip to Bali or Lombok ends up on the Gili islands. The most popular island among travelers is Gili Trawangan. “In the past” this island was a paradise for backpackers looking for pristine beaches and great parties. The parties

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White hammock between trees on a white sandy beach in the Gili Islands

Gili Islands – Main Islands & Their Differences

Years ago, the Gili Islands became a popular backpacker destination. They looked for a place to escape the crowds and went looking for parties with drugs, alcohol, and beaches. That is also what the Gili’s were known for at the time, especially Gili Trawangan, but times have changed (for the better). Today, you will find

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Paradise Beach with azure blue waters on Pulau Weh

Pulau Weh – Sumatra’s Tropical Island – Our Tips

The tropical small island of Pulau Weh is just an hour’s boat ride away from Banda Aceh, the northernmost province of Sumatra. A jungle paradise surrounded by beautiful white beaches. The main reason to come to Pulau Weh is for the beaches and for snorkeling and diving. You can admire the most beautiful tropical fish,

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Traditional Tongkonan houses in Lempo village, Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja – Funerals, Sacrifices & Walking Dead

The special region of Tana Toraja is located in the southeast of Sulawesi. The culture in this region is without a doubt unique. Life of the locals here revolves around one thing: death. They have been saving their entire lives to have the best funeral possible for their deceased loved ones. The houses with boat-shaped

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Mount Sibayak Volcano through the green jungle

Mount Sibayak – Hiking Trails, Activities, & More

North Sumatra is one of the leading tourist destinations in Indonesia. In this province, you can find an area that offers plenty of natural charm; Berastagi. This city, flanked by Mount Sinabung and Mount Sibayak, is known to have a cool atmosphere with beautiful natural scenery.   The better-known Mount Sinabung probably rings a bell

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Siti Nurbaya Bridge in Padang City

Padang – Explore the Largest City in West Sumatra

Padang is the provincial capital of West Sumatra. It also has the largest port on the west coast. There is a lot to do in Padang, you can get acquainted with the culture of the Minangkabau, see ancient architecture, visit one of the beautiful beaches or enjoy nature in the Kerinci Seblat National Park.  

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Mount Sibayak in the distance, behind the city of Berastagi in North Sumatra

Berastagi, Sumatra – Gateway to the Karo Highlands

Berastagi is a market town in the “cold” Karo highlands. The city itself is not that special, but the surroundings of Berastagi are really beautiful! In the area are two active volcanoes that form the landscape. This makes the soil in the area very fertile, and this is reflected in the many plantations that you’ll

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Tea plantations with Mount Kerinci in the distance

Mount Kerinci & Kerinci Seblat National Park

The Kerinci Valley is gorgeous, perhaps the most beautiful thing Sumatra has to offer. However, there are few tourists in this area. The people who go there discover beautiful panoramas of mountains, tea plantations (the second-highest and largest in the world), waterfalls, lakes, and jungles of the Kerinci Sablat national park.   The valley and

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Sipiso Piso waterfall in the jungle of northern Sumatra

Sipiso Piso Waterfall – A Must-See in Sumatra

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Great Mosque in Medan City (the Masjid Raya)

Medan – The Gateway to Sumatra – Tips & Info

The Indonesian city of Medan is one of the largest cities in Sumatra and has a rich Dutch history. Nowadays, however, it is a hectic city where most travelers do not linger for too long. If you decide to spend some time here, there’s still enough to see and do.   Medan does not enjoy

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Big male orangutan walking through the trees

Tips on the Orangutan Jungle Trek in Bukit Lawang

For travelers who love natural beauty and spotting wildlife, Bukit Lawang is a true paradise on earth. The region is known for its great biodiversity. Here, you’ll find wild rhinoceroses, tapirs, elephants, tigers, and leopards. But the park is mainly known for its great apes; the orangutans. One of the best things to do here

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Bukit Lawang – Best Place to Spot Orangutans

Bukit Lawang is one of the most famous “stops” in Sumatra. It is not surprising, because it is a beautiful place, in the middle of the jungle of the island. There are few places in Indonesia with such a relaxed atmosphere as here. And all in the middle of the beautiful jungle of Sumatra.  

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Lake Toba & Samosir Island – Best Things to Do

Lake Toba (also known as Danau Toba) is located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is the largest lake in Southeast Asia (around 1,700 square kilometers). The deepest point is not exactly known, but it is estimated at more than 450 meters. It is one of the most relaxed spots on the whole island

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Orangutan sitting and watching near the water in the Gunung Leuser National Park

Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra

Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra is one of the last places where leopards, tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and orangutans still live in the wild. This park has not been on the list of travelers for a long time. Most of them went to the village of Bukit Lawang which is more touristy. Gunung Leuser National

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Parapat village next to a lake in Sumatra

Sumatra, Indonesia – Tips on this Beautiful Island

Sumatra is one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia and, in our opinion, also one of the most relaxed. In addition to the beautiful nature, Sumatra also has a very friendly population. It is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a combination of Indonesian culture and nature.   Sumatra: a Unique World Travelers

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Clear water with a forest at Lake Toba, Sumatra

Backpacking in Sumatra – 17-Day Planning & Route

Sumatra is one of the most beautiful destinations in Indonesia. The island is much less visited than cultural Java or relaxed Bali, but lovers of nature and wildlife should really go backpacking in Sumatra. Here you can walk off the beaten track, spot wild orangutans, and spend the night in the middle of the jungle.

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Hotel Tip in Bukit Lawang: Sam’s Bungalows

Are you planning a jungle trek in Sumatra and looking for a nice hotel in Bukit Lawang? Sam’s Bungalows is a very nice guesthouse. You sleep in beautiful rooms, the food is tasty and you can easily arrange a jungle trek. In this article, you can read about our experiences with this guesthouse in Bukit

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Lombok Island From a Boat on the sea

Boat Trip Lombok to Flores – Route, Tips & Info

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Lake and mountain range at Gunung Rinjani volcano

Lombok Island – Best Things to Do, Weather & More

Lombok is a beautiful and quiet island. Many travelers who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Bali end up on Lombok. Lombok is the perfect island for total relaxation. The beaches are beautiful, the people are friendly and you can eat delicious food. And you will be there in no time from Bali.

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Sulawesi Coffee beans in a man's hand

Sulawesi Coffee – All You Need to Know

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View of Tana Toraja Rice terraces in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Sulawesi Island, Indonesia – 12 Best Things to Do

The Indonesian island of Sulawesi is an amazing island for nature lovers. Nature here has a lot of variety with mountains, volcanoes, and rainforests. Sulawesi is also a paradise on earth for divers and snorkelers. The island is surrounded by large coral reefs and plenty of tropical fish.   Although many travelers skip the island

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Remote island with azure water and gold sandy beaches in Java

19 Best Beaches in Java, Indonesia & Beach Map

For most people, the beaches will not be the main attraction of Java. Still, there are beautiful beaches on all sides of Java: some popular with surfers, others for snorkeling, and there are beaches for those who enjoy a beautiful sunset. There are gorgeous beaches along almost the entire south coast of the island, but

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Road through Rice Field Farmland at Dieng Plateau

Dieng Plateau – The Beautiful Plains of Java

For many travelers, the Dieng Plateau is one of the most beautiful places in Java. The Dieng Plateau is a huge plain with spectacular views. In addition, it is home to some of the oldest Hindu architecture in Java. More than 400 temples are spread over the region at an altitude of more than 2,000

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Green jungle landscape with Mount Merapi in the distance

Climbing the Mount Merapi Volcano in Indonesia

On our adventures, we like to walk on different paths where most “regular” backpackers don’t go. During our trip through Asia, in this case, Indonesia, it meant that we did not feel like walking the much-chosen route of Mount Bromo and the Ijen volcanoes. We wanted to climb an alternative volcano that was less known,

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Aerial View of The City of Yogyakarta in Java, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia – 20 Fun Things to Do & More

Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja) is one of the most important cities on the island of Java. It is best known as one of the most important cultural centers in Indonesia. The beauty of Yogyakarta is that many old traditions and customs have been preserved. It has so much beauty to offer that it has

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Jakarta City in Indonesia with skyscrapers and green trees

Jakarta, Indonesia – Best Things to Do & More

The busy traffic rings, the honking in your ears, and the heat hit you in the face as soon as you set foot in Jakarta. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, stimulates all your senses. If you want to experience the real Indonesia, start your tour through Java in the metropolis of Jakarta.   Jakarta is

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Bell-shaped Structures in the Candi Borobudur complex in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Java Island, Indonesia – The Travelers’ Guide

Together with Bali, Java is one of the most touristic islands in Indonesia. However, don’t be put off by this fact, because in Java you can enjoy the traditional Indonesian culture. In addition, there are both large cities and beautiful nature. The beautiful island of Java has something for everyone.   If you travel to

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Bali Indonesia – Bali For Beginners

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Bali Temple Complex near a Lake

Bali Island Guide – Things to Do in Bali

Bali, Indonesia. Almost every traveler comes to this popular Indonesian island once in their lifetime. The island is an absolute hotspot in Southeast Asia: a surf and yoga mecca. Bali has perfect diving spots, a hip digital nomad scene, is a culinary party, and has a lot to offer culturally. Almost no one leaves Bali

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Bali Indonesia – Where to Stay in Bali

There is really only one real city on Bali; the capital Denpasar. In addition, there are a lot of small tourist places that are more like a chain of villages and kampungs. All these options make it difficult to choose where to stay in Bali. Many of these places have no more than a few

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Best Beaches in Indonesia to Add to Your Bucket List

With a coastline of 55,000 kilometers, Indonesia has the second-largest coastline in the world. In addition, the country also has 17,508 islands. So are you looking for beautiful beaches? Then Indonesia is the right place to visit. The best beaches in Indonesia range from tropical deserted beaches to the tourist beaches in Bali and from

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Our Tips For Traveling in Indonesia

Indonesia is a country that is visited by many people. Because it consists of so many islands, it is a bit different to travel here. Where in Thailand you can book a bus or train on every corner of the street, that is a bit different in Indonesia. This makes traveling through the country challenging. We have a number of tips for you.

 

  • Do you like beautiful islands? In addition to the well-known islands, check out the Derawan islands, Karimunjawa or Raja Ampat!
  • Rent a scooter on (smaller) islands. It is the easiest and most fun way to explore large parts and it gives you a lot of freedom.
  • Do you prefer to climb mountains? Then the Gunung Rinjani or Kerinci volcanoes are very good options.
  • Love surfing? Indonesia is perhaps the best country in the world to catch a wave. Not Bali but Sumbawa is THE destination for surfing.
  • Always make sure you have cash with you. American Dollars or Indonesian Rupiah. There are enough areas where ATMs do not work or are not present at all.
  • Respect the customs that apply in the country.