What to see in Indonesia

Indonesia Attractions

Attractions in Indonesia are as varied as the 17,000 islands and offer visitors endless things to see and do. There are cultural, historical, religious and natural attractions aplenty and it is difficult to decide where to go and what to do when visiting the vast archipelago. It is best to choose one or two islands and concentrate on exploring certain areas.

Java is one of the most popular destinations, especially the incredible volcanic scenery in Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. The island is also home to the grungy metropolis of Jakarta and the historic Yogyakarta. On Java, travellers can find anything from glitzy nightclubs to ancient ruins to traditional puppet theatre.

The neighbouring island of Bali is also hugely popular, luring visitors with the white sands of Kuta beaches, endless surfing spots and Ubud's cultural attractions.

Sumatra offers visits to traditional towns, such as Bukit Lawang and Bukittinggi, and stunning landscapes.

The giant island of Borneo shares its jungle treks with visitors and native orangutans alike and is a delight to explore.

A lumbering ferry line connects all the main islands and attractions and is an adventure itself. The best time is visit is between May and September, during the dry season, which also makes transport easier.


The metropolis of Ampenan, Mataram, Caimanegara and Swete, with a population of around 250,000, comprises four towns,…

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The small village of Batubulan is marked by stone figures of gods and demons on the side of the road. Known mostly for…

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A great place to stop off for travellers en route to the holiday resort of Lake Toba, the town of Berestagi is famed…

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One of the greatest Buddhist monuments in South East Asia, Borobudur was built in the 8th century and stands on top of…

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Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

The Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park encloses spectacular volcanic landscapes and one of the most impressive natural…

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Gili Islands

Situated a few miles off the northwest coast of Lombok, the three Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air…

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Gunung Batur Volcano

The still-active Gunung Batur volcano is known as Bali's second holiest mountain and symbolises the female element of…

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Lake Toba

The holiday paradise of Lake Toba sparkles like a precious stone, embedded in the northern highlands of Sumatra and surrounded…

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Prambanan Temple Complex

Rivalling the Buddhist monument of Borobudur, this magnificent Hindu temple is the largest in Java and arguably the most…

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Pura Besakih

Locally known as the Mother Temple of Bali, Pura Besakih is located on the slopes of Mount Agung and is the biggest and…

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Pura Kehen

One of the most valued temples in Bali, Pura Kehen is a garden temple located in the town of Bangli in East Bali and…

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Tanah Lot

Meaning 'land in the middle of the sea', Tanah Lot is an exquisite sea temple built atop a rock formation off the island…

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