Indonesia Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Indonesia? Our detailed Indonesia insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

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.

Conquer the Hiking Trails in Bali

Conquer the Hiking Trails in Bali

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.

Explore the Volcanoes in Java

Explore the Volcanoes in Java

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.

Relax on Beaches in Flores Islands

Relax on Beaches in Flores Islands

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.

What to do in Indonesia

Read all about the top things to do in Indonesia.

12 Things To Do in Jakarta

12 Things To Do in Jakarta

As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a sprawling, culturally-diverse city that is always humming and buzzing with activity. Whether you’re looking for a bit of luxury or want to learn some history, there are so many things to do in Jakarta &mdash...Read more

13 Fun Things to Do in Ubud

13 Fun Things to Do in Ubud

Having gained fame as a setting for the film Eat, Pray, Love; Ubud is recognized by many as Bali’s cultural heart. A flourishing crafts center boasting hundreds of shops and studios selling everything from antique wood carvings to locally-made jewel...Read more

Pura Tanah Lot: The Sea Temple

Pura Tanah Lot: The Sea Temple

The coastal temple Pura Tanah Lot is located in the southern part of Bali, North West of popular southern destinations like Kuta and Seminyak. It is vastly known as a destination for epic photography. This cultural icon is among the seven sea temples loca...Read more

Lembongan Island: Day Trip from Bali

Lembongan Island: Day Trip from Bali

Lembongan Island is a small, lush strip of land set off Bali’s southeast coast. It is one of a trio of islands made up of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and compact Nusa Ceningan. The Badung Strait separates the three islands from Bali. On Lembongan B...Read more

Diving in Indonesia: 15 Best Spots

Diving in Indonesia: 15 Best Spots

Scuba diving in Indonesia is incredibly special. With one of the most extensive coastlines in the world, stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east, there are so many options when it comes to scuba diving in this Southea...Read more

Things to Do in Indonesia

Things to Do in Indonesia

With more than 13,000 islands to choose from, Indonesia has no shortage of places to go or things to do. Beyond cultural tours in Bali, beach getaway in Gili Islands and Komodo dragon encounters in Komodo National Park, there is so much more to do on a tr...Read more

Indonesia at a Glance

Quick facts about Indonesia.

CAPITAL CITY

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.

SIZE

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.

COUNTRY CODE

+62. If you’re calling within the Jakarta area, add the regional code, 21 after the country code followed by the phone number.

CURRENCY

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.

MAIN AIRPORT

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

VISAS

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.

LANGUAGE

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.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

112 is the local emergency contact number for police, fire, and ambulance services.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

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.

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Best Time to Visit Indonesia

Best Time to Visit Indonesia

With an almost entirely tropical climate, the best time to visit Indonesia is during its dry season, from April to October, when the temperatures are warm and the rainfall is minimal. The volcanoes, beaches, jungles, cultural treasures and a reputation fo...Read more

Indonesia in January: All You Need to Know

Indonesia in January: All You Need to Know

When considering a trip to Indonesia in January it’s best to look to the east of the archipelago. Hundreds of kilometers from the rains affecting Jakarta, January is a great time to explore the unique landscapes and cultures of the Moluccas, Raja Am...Read more

Indonesia in February: All You Need to Know

Indonesia in February: All You Need to Know

Indonesia is the largest island country stretching over 5,000 kilometers, with some fantastic destinations to visit. Even though it is the monsoon season, on a trip to Indonesia in February travelers can still find many places with clement weather conditi...Read more

Indonesia in March: Weather, Travel Tips & More

Indonesia in March: Weather, Travel Tips & More

A trip to Indonesia in March starts seeing a shift in its weather as the rainy season is in its last leg. This is the time when the country’s eastern islands, including the Moluccas and Raja Ampat, are joined by parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan in th...Read more

Indonesia in April: Must-know Tips for Travelers

Indonesia in April: Must-know Tips for Travelers

Visit Indonesia in April and you will find a perfect holiday destination largely free of crowds and rain. There is a multitude of attractions waiting to be explored and enjoyed during this time of year. Whether you visit Java in the west or Raja Ampat in...Read more

Indonesia in May: All You Need to Know

Indonesia in May: All You Need to Know

Good weather across Indonesia makes May one of the best times to visit the archipelago. And with the peak vacation period still a couple of months away, you will get to enjoy the country’s many attractions in a crowd-free environment and in your own...Read more

Where to go in Indonesia

Unravel the top destinations to visit in Indonesia.

10 Places to Visit in Bali

10 Places to Visit in Bali

Planning a trip to Bali, but not quite sure where to go on Indonesia’s most well-known island? With so many gorgeous places to visit in Bali, often referred to as ‘the Island of the Gods’, it’s easy to be unsure of where to visit,...Read more

10 Indonesian Temples You Must Visit

10 Indonesian Temples You Must Visit

Contemporary Indonesia is a vibrant and dynamic country with a rich cultural heritage. Deep in its varied landscapes, this scattered archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is home to some amazing Buddhist and Hindu temples. Built thousands of years...Read more

How long to stay in Indonesia

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Indonesia.

Great Indonesia Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Indonesia Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Known as the world’s largest island country, Indonesia is a fantastic travel destination that you shouldn’t miss out on. Home to picturesque landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and a novel cultural richness, consider wandering through Wonderf...Read more

3 Days in Indonesia: Our Recommendations

3 Days in Indonesia: Our Recommendations

Given its geographical and cultural diversity, the number of attractions that await in Indonesia can seem almost overbearing. Beaches compete for attention with lofty volcanic peaks, while jungles filled with exotic species provide a delightful contrast t...Read more

7 Days in Indonesia: Our Recommendations

7 Days in Indonesia: Our Recommendations

You could literally spend years exploring Indonesia’s islands and still be left with a biblical bucket list. Stick to just a couple of the 17,000 islands that form this beguiling Southeast Asian country and you will experience a whole lot more. Give...Read more

10 Days in Indonesia: Top 3 Recommendations

10 Days in Indonesia: Top 3 Recommendations

Endlessly fascinating, Indonesia is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a vacation spot. With 10 days in Indonesia, you can do everything from exploring the country’s multitude of natural wonders to relaxing with a massage. Take in the ri...Read more

2 Weeks in Indonesia: Top 4 Recommendations

2 Weeks in Indonesia: Top 4 Recommendations

Few people would ever deny the huge number of experiences you can have with 2 week Indonesia itinerary. Start out by scouring the islands of Java and Bali. Discover Borobudur, one of the world’s largest temple complexes. Take in the atmospheric stre...Read more

21 days in Indonesia: Top 3 Itineraries

21 days in Indonesia: Top 3 Itineraries

Comprising over 17,500 islands and stretching over 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) around the equator, Indonesia is the ultimate island-hopping destination. But to do it justice, you need time. Give yourself 3 weeks, or 21 days to explore Indonesia to your...Read more

FAQs for Indonesia

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Indonesia below.

  • How many days should you spend in Indonesia?
  • How much is the cost for a trip to Indonesia?
  • What is the best time to go to Indonesia?
  • Is Indonesia safe for tourists?
  • Do I need a tourist visa for Indonesia?

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.

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