Indonesia

Travel Guide
Prambanan which includes heritage elements, a sunset and heritage architecture

Volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and a varied cultural heritage make this string of islands an appealing vacation destination.

With heavenly tropical beaches, pulsating cities, breathtaking natural landscapes and a fusion of fascinating cultures packed into more than 18,000 islands, the Republic of Indonesia is a truly diverse destination. Explore Indonesia’s cultural heartland in Java, traverse dense jungle in Sumatra and relax on a beautiful palm-lined beach in Bali. Sail around this magnificent archipelago and discover the wealth of culture in each region. See magnificent Islamic mosques, Hindu temples and sultans’ palaces or enjoy a unique gong-like Indonesian gamelan and a shadow puppet performance.

For a tropical beach paradise, visit the tiny island of Bali in Indonesia’s central south. Swim in the warm waters or surf the rolling breaks on Bali’s beautiful beaches. Rejuvenate your senses at a beachfront wellness center with a spa or massage treatment. Hike along mountain ridges to Mount Batur for breathtaking volcano views. Wander through Ubud Monkey Forest to see the rainforest’s scenic greenery, sacred stone carvings, ancient temples and playful monkeys. See magnificent Hindu temples amid lush rice terraces and water gardens, such as Gunung Kawi, Saraswati and Klungung.

Indonesia is a world-famous scuba diving destination. Explore brilliantly varied hues of the reefs and see tropical underwater life at Bunaken, Wakatobi and the Gili Islands. For the archipelago’s best surf spots, charter a private boat tour across the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra’s west coast.

Explore Java and the capital city of Jakarta, a bustling metropolis, filled with fantastic shopping, arts institutions and cultural treasures. See traditional puppet and dance shows in Yogyakarta, explore the ancient Buddhist monument at Borobudur and admire the stunning spires of the Prambanan Hindu temples.

Try regional Indonesian cuisine. Sample delicious gado-gado, seasonal vegetables with peanut sauce, or traditional nasi goreng fried rice. Street vendors (warung) and eating houses (rumah makan) sell simple, authentic meals and drinks. Indonesian etiquette requires eating with only your right hand if utensils are unavailable.

Reach Indonesia by plane or boat. Explore the archipelago by air, ferry, bus or rented car or scooter. Passenger trains also operate on Java and Sumatra. Indonesia has a warm climate year-round with a wet season between October and April.

Popular cities in Indonesia

Jakarta featuring night scenes, a skyscraper and a city
Jakarta
The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Reasons to visit

  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
  • Bundaran Hi
  • National Monument
Nusa Dua Beach showing tropical scenes and a beach
Denpasar
After you touch down in Denpasar, stick around a while to see what the capital has to offer.

Reasons to visit

  • Sanur Beach
  • Bajra Sandhi Monument
  • Bali Beach Golf Course
Prambanan featuring a ruin and heritage architecture
Yogyakarta
Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

Reasons to visit

  • Yogyakarta Presidential Palace
  • Fort Vredeburg Museum
  • Malioboro Street
Museum Puri Lukisan which includes a temple or place of worship
Ubud
Visit Hindu temples in lush forests, treat yourself to rejuvenating body treatments and discover the thriving arts scene of Bali's cultural capital.

Reasons to visit

  • Ubud Monkey Forest
  • Ubud Royal Palace
  • Saraswati Temple
Bandung showing farmland, mountains and a sunset
Bandung
Once known as the Paris of Java, Bandung boasts beautiful colonial architecture and a thriving arts and café culture, all overlooked by the peaks of the Parahyangun mountains. 
Surabaya
Surabaya
Indonesia’s second-largest city is a thriving business center with lively food courts, markets and a colorful local arts scene. It’s also home to one of Indonesia’ largest mosques.

Popular places to visit in Indonesia

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