Straddling the equator and made up of some 17,000 islands, Indonesia provides a superb holiday experience and everyone will find themselves feel welcome, whatever type of accommodation they choose to stay in.
Top Things to Do in Indonesia
Enjoy an exciting jungle trek through the rainforests. The best islands for jungle safaris are Sumatra, Kalimantan and Irian Jaya, all of which offer a unique experience, as you explore the wildlife plants of this amazingly diverse country at close range.
If you find yourself in Java, try to catch a public puppet show. Indonesian puppet shows are used to retell folklore tales and Javanese legends. Sometimes, these shows can last from nightfall until morning.
Staying with Java, the city of Yogyakarta is the location of the Sultan’s Palace, a magnificent structure deceptively simple, yet crammed with Javanese architectural delights. The more adventurous might like to hike up the side of an active volcano or take a sea trip to Krakatoa, which is located between the islands of Sumatra and Java.
Best Cities to Visit in Indonesia
Renowned for its natural beauty, Bali's beaches are world-class and it is easy to relax on the white sands by day and join in the beach parties by night.
Lombok is one of the most popular Indonesian tourist destinations. It has a beautiful coastline and offers a wide range of water sports.
Bandung, the capital of Western Java, is located in the highlands, close to rainforests and volcanoes. There are jungle trails to explore on foot, mountain biking and 4x4 safari excursions.
Surabaya is the capital of Eastern Java, where visitors can wander in the Arab and Chinese quarters and visit bustling Kalimas Harbour, Surabaya zoo and the city museum.
Indonesia has a wide range of accommodation, including the five and six-star luxury beachfront hotels of Bali, self-catering beach huts in Lombok and comfortable three-star city accommodation throughout the islands. Bed and breakfasts and hostels are also widespread, making Indonesia a great choice whatever the budget.