Been dreaming of spending days on the Indonesian beaches or rushing around the vibrant streets of Jakarta? You have come to the right place with our complete Indonesia Travel Guide. Famed for its extreme and beautiful hiking trails in Bali, and mighty volcanos, Indonesia has long been a popular destination among tourists.
From swinging on the iconic swing at Gili Trawangan to discovering the many attractions in Lombok, from visiting orangutans in Borneo to chasing waterfalls in Sumatra, there is something to suit every travel style in Indonesia.
With so many places to explore, it can be difficult to determine how many days to spend in Indonesia. We recommend spending at least two weeks to truly explore Indonesia. During a 14-day trip, you visit the amazing sites in Prambanan, explore caves in Java and trek volcanoes in Jomblang.
July to September is the best time to plan your holiday in Indonesia. The weather is pleasantly dry and warm during these months. The skies are clear blue and island hopping is absolutely amazing during such times. Bali and Jakarta are the most lively destinations to visit at this time. You can find out more in our article on the best time to visit Indonesia.
Top Destinations in Indonesia
Discover the highlights of Indonesia.
If you are looking to work up a sweat and conquer a mountain that holds a special cultural meaning, head to the outstanding island of Bali and hike Mount Batur. The most popular time to hike is early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the summit. It is just a four-hour round trip hike, but the summit of Mount Batur offers unforgettable views. View Tours
Want to experience the thrill of standing on active volcanos and exploring the communities and landscapes that thrive around these slumbering giants? Head onto the eight-day volcanos of East Java tour and hike not one, not two, but three mighty volcanos. Check out the UNESCO World Heritage sites in this area, such as Borobudur. View Tours
There are a lot of amazing beaches to choose from in Indonesia, but the best are in the Flores Islands. Also home to Komodo National Park, you can relax in the morning before cruising to the next island on the turquoise sea or beach around the coastline. Add a nice beach holiday to your itinerary while planning a trip to Indonesia. View Tours
What to do in Indonesia
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Indonesia at a Glance
Quick facts about Indonesia.
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Located on the island of Java, the city is a melting pot of culture, identities, and architecture. This is due to Indonesia’s vast and varied history with many different countries seeking to colonize or invade throughout the centuries.
1,904,569 km². Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world and the 15th largest country by area. As it is predominantly island-based, the best way to travel is by boat or plane.
+62. If you’re calling within the Jakarta area, add the regional code, 21 after the country code followed by the phone number.
Indonesia uses the Indonesian rupiah. You can find ATMs throughout the major cities and tourist towns. Still, carrying some cash for transport and meals is a good idea.
The main international airport in Indonesia is Soekarno Hatta International Airport. It is located about 20 kilometers away from central Jakarta. CODE: CGK CLOSEST CITY: JAKARTA
As a tourist, you can visit Indonesia for up to 30 days on a basic tourist visa. You can get a visa on arrival at the airport. This is normally enough time to visit all the main sites, relax, and move on within South East Asia, or down to Australia which is the usual Gap Year route.
The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian. Though spoken by around 90 percent of the population, it is the first language of only around 20 percent of people here. There are many regional languages and dialects across Indonesia, with Javanese (Jawa) being the first language for 30 percent of the population.
112 is the local emergency contact number for police, fire, and ambulance services.
Indonesia is home to one of the largest populations of young people in the world. In fact, there are 165 million Indonesians under the age of 30.
When to visit Indonesia
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Indonesia.
- Jan Avg Daily: 30 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 30 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 31 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 31 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 33 ° C Avg Nightly: 27 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 32 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: 31 ° C Avg Nightly: 26 ° C
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Where to go in Indonesia
Unravel the top destinations to visit in Indonesia.
How long to stay in Indonesia
Read about the ideal duration to stay in Indonesia.
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FAQs for Indonesia
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Sustainable travel — How to travel through Indonesia responsibly
In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Indonesia. As part of this effort, we carbon-offset any Indonesia tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.
Here’s what you can do to travel to Indonesia more responsibly:
- Carbon-offset your transport to Indonesia via Indonesia Travel. The moment your tour starts in Indonesia, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- If you can, give back to the communities that are facing socio-economic troubles as a result of sustainability issues via WRI Indonesia. Even donating a small amount can help bring sustainable practices to areas of Indonesia and revitalize at-risk. communities.
- As Indonesia is an island nation filled with important and endangered wildlife and precious coral reefs, pay special care to what kind of sunscreen or other cosmetic products you are using, because harmful chemicals in them may affect the aquatic ecosystem.
Indonesia travel tips and insight
- Indonesia is a big country so book your domestic flights early.
- It is considered rude to use your left hand.
- Make sure you do not just stick to Bali. Places like Jakarta, Lombok and Gili Islands are amazing places as well.
- You are expected to cover up, regardless of your sex, when entering temples and other holy sites.
- Krupuk is a popular deep-fried rice sugar snack found in every street corner.