Top 10 Things to Do in Indonesia
Indonesia Must-See Attractions
A wonderfully fullfilling destination, Indonesia is a land of contrasts, a land where the spiritual manifests itself through magnificent temples and artwork. Mother Nature is not to be outdone with dramatic landscapes, active volcanoes and picture-perfect postcards. Indonesia's fauna is exotic to say the very least, with huge lizards, orangutans and various tropical fish.
There's so much to see and do here that you will be kept busy in the best sense of the word. Enjoy!
In many ways Ubud is considered Bali's cultural heart. Located in the cool mountains, just one hour's drive north of the airport and the resorts of southern Bali, this traditional country town is the home of the Balinese Royal family. Ubud is also a flourishing crafts centre. Around Ubud the surrounding villages like Camphuan, Penestanan, Peliatan and Batuan specialising in crafts and woodcarving which are sold all over the island. Read More...2Gili Islands Lombok
It is easy to see why Lombok's most popular tourist destination is the Gili islands. Meaning ‘Small Island’, this cluster of three islands has escaped the trappings of modern life, with their undeveloped, pristine sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation. No cars or motorbikes are on the islands, instead the sounds of the rolling waves and reggae tunes greet your ears. Read More...3Borobudur Magelang - Central Java
Situated between the two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, Candi Borobudur is one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Java Island. This stunning Mahayana Buddhist moment was built during the ninth-century. A pyramidal base with six concentric square terraces, the upper three circular features a large stupa on top. The main stupa is surrounded by 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. Read More...4Komodo National Park Rinca - Flores
Situated between Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo Island is quite barren – a fact which makes the giant lizard, stand out all the more. These monitor lizards are indigenous to the region and grow up to three metres long (making them the world's largest extant lizards). The people live in the fishing villages supplement their income by breeding goats for tourists to feed the lizards, an interesting experience to say the least. Read More...5Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta - Central Java
The Candi Prambanan is one of the world’s most beautiful temples and the largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. The temple is believed to have been built by King Balitung Maha Sambu around 850 A.D. The gigantic complex contains three main temples, each dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma (all are the manifestation of God in Hindu – the Trimurti), and 224 individual small shrines. Read More...6Ujung Kulon National Park Western-most tip of Java and Krakatoa Islands
On the westernmost tip of Java lies one of Indonesia’s most interesting and untouched nature reserves. The largest remaining lowland rainforest area in Java, Ujung Kulon National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The park encompasses the Ujung Kulon peninsula, the Gunung Honje mountains to the east, Panaitan Island and several smaller islands including Peucang and the Krakatau range. It was the spectacular eruption of Krakatau in 1883 that led to the return of the forest to this previously-inhabited area, and to the abundance of plant and animal life we can enjoy there now. Read More...7Besakih Temple Mount Agung - Eastern Bali
Over a thousand years old, Besakih Temple is known as the "Mother Temple of Bali". Perched on the slopes of Mount Agung, at a lofty 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) Besakih is the biggest and holiest of all the Balinese temples. Named after the Dragon God believed to inhabit the mountain, it's said to be the only temple where a Hindu of any caste can worship. Eighteen separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups surround the three main temples dedicated to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. The mountain top setting gives it a mystical quality. Read More...8Samosir Island Sumatra
Samosir Island is located in Lake Toba, a large crater lake in northern Sumatra. At 630 square kilometres – slightly smaller than Singapore – Samosir is the world’s largest island within an island. The island was born of a pair of dramatic prehistoric volcanic events, and was technically a peninsula until 1906, when the Dutch dug a canal through the narrow isthmus that attached it to the mainland. Today Samosir is the perfect location for a stress-free holiday in a gorgeous highland setting among the friendly Batak people. Read More...9Tanjung Puting National Park Kalimantan - Borneo
Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan is famous for its orang-utan conservation. The 415,040-hectare park is a research site of four research centres for the study and rehabilitation of orang-utans and other primates. The park was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and a national park in 1982. Read More...10Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Jakarta
Set over 100 hectares of land, this park represents Indonesia's 27 provinces and their outstanding characteristics, reflected most strikingly in the exact regional architecture of the province. Cultural performances, events, and even local delicacies from the provinces are prepared regularly. It also has its own orchid garden in which hundreds of Indonesian orchid varieties are grown, a bird park with a walk-in aviary, a fauna museum and recreational grounds with a swimming pool and restaurants. Read More...