When is the Best Time to Visit Indonesia

When to visit Indonesia depends of course on what you are planning to do there and not too much on the weather. The weather, in general, is pretty stable in Indonesia, hence most times would be a good time for you to visit Indonesia.

But if you are going there for specific reasons or activities or festivals, then you might want to plan around it. As Indonesia is also large and widespread, weathers may differ from region to region.

Weather in Indonesia

In terms of weather, the best time to go to Indonesia is from July to August as the temperature is at its coolest at these times and also the driest in terms of rain. But it is also the peak season naturally, thus take note of the tourist crowds and do book in advance.

Also, note that the weather is also changing nowadays and it may differ from the usual schedule that we know about. Therefore, I would say, come to Indonesia with an open-mind and try not to let any weather changes impede your trip!

High/Peak and Low Season in Indonesia

From April to September will be the high season in Bali, as it is purportedly the dry season and also generally the summer holiday season in many parts of the world.

The quieter months are from October to March, and though it is considered the rainy seasons, most of the rains come only in the evening and leave pretty quickly. Therefore, it is still possible to enjoy Bali in this weather if you plan your days earlier and rest in the evening.

Best time to visit Indonesia

The best months to go to Indonesia in terms of weather and also the crowd are the shoulder seasons, that is either March or October. At these times, you will have a relatively dry weather yet without the tourist crowds!

Indonesia Festivals

If you want to visit some of the festivals in Indonesia, here are some of the popular and interesting festivals to visit that you might want to look out for:

February / March

Bau Nyale Festival – In February or March, hundreds of people will rush to Lombok to catch a glimpse of the first nyale (worm-like fish) at the huge fishing festival.

March / April

Bali Nyepi day – also known as the day of silence, is celebrated every year as the Hindu New Year (Saka new year). The date changes according to Balinese calendar every year but would usually fall between March and April.

May / June

Waisak – In commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Gautama Buddha, the Indonesian Buddhist will usually observe this special day sometime during the full moon of May / June. During Waisak in Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, the day will be grandly celebrated by thousands of monks and pilgrims.

June / July

Yogyakarta Festival – In June to July, you will find shows and exhibitions here.
Bali Arts Festival – Normally around June-July, There will be performances from all remote corners of Indonesia, almost forgotten ritual and village dances, food and offerings, classical palace dance and even contemporary dances from the schools of Denpasar.
-> Check out more about Bali Festivals.

July / August

Jalan Jaksa Festival in Jakarta – takes place inJuly / August, where you can find the street closed to all traffic and replaced with food stalls, craft workshops, street artists and musicians.
Bali Kite Festival – held yearly in July in Padang Galak Area, Sanur Beach, Bali. People from Denpasar villages will make their traditional giant kites and fly them in a competition.

August / September

Toraja Funeral Ceremony – usually between July to September, this is ancient and fascinating funeral rite is to send the spirit of the dead to the after-world in order to prevent misfortune on the deceased family.
-> Read our Tana Toraja Travel Guide
Baliem Valley Festival – unique only to the Papua people and celebrated in August, the main event is the mock-war between the local tribes, with more than 20 different tribes, each with 30-50 people, clad in traditional clothing and fighting gears.
Kesodo Ceremony– Hundreds of thousands of Tenggerese will gather at the famous Mount Bromo in August to ask for blessings and another year free of eruptions.

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10 Tempat Wisata di Jakarta yang Wajib Dikunjungi

English versionTop 10 Things to Do and Must See in Jakarta

Jika anda berada di Jakarta hanya untuk sehari atau seminggu bahkan lebih, pasti ada tempat yang menarik bagi anda. Sebenarnya, Jakarta penuh dengan gedung dan tempat-tempat menarik, banyak pusat perbelanjaan dan kafe-kafe pusat hiburan malam yang tersembunyi, kuliner dan kesenangan lainnya. 


Di Jakarta anda tidak akan kesulitan mencari tempat-tempat wisata untuk dikunjungi atau bersenang-senang menikmati kota Jakarta.

-> Best Accommodations in Jakarta



Tempat Wisata Yang Wajib Dikunjungi Di Jakarta

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta

Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland / Dream Park)

Jika anda ingin rekreasi untuk melepas kepenatan setelah lelah bekerja, mungkin agak kekanakan kedengarannya, tapi Taman Impian Jaya Ancol bisa menjadi tempat impian anda. Ancol dibuka selama 24 jam dengan berbagai pilihan atraksi seperti taman hiburan, Dunia Fantasi (Dufan), Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra (pentas lumba) untuk pertunjukan-pertunjukan hewan, Seaworld, pantai, Pasar Seni (Pasar Seni), golf, bowling, Ocean Eco Park, gondola, klub Hailai, pusat seni, paintball dan wakeboarding.

National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Museum, Jakarta

Museum Nasional

Berusia lebih dari dua abad, Museum Nasional Indonesia (musium pendidikan nasional) adalah ikon Jakarta yang harus anda kunjungi. Terletak di Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat di pusat kota Jakarta, museum ini merupakan museum arkeologi, sejarah, etnologis, dan geografis. Museum nasional Jakarta juga dikenal sebagai Gedung Gajah karena terdapat patung gajah di sana.

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta

Monumen Nasional

Di pusat kota Jakarta di tengah Lapangan Merdeka, berdiri Monumen Nasional (Monas). Didirikan untuk melambangkan perjuangan Indonesia dan dibangun pada masa kepemimpinan Presiden Soekarno. Monumen ini dibuka setiap hari dari pukul 08.00 hingga pukul 15.00 WIB kecuali hari senin di tiap akhir bulan.

National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Gallery, Jakarta

Galeri Nasional

Galeri Nasional merupakan kombinasi dari museum dan galeri seni di Jakarta, di mana anda dapat menikmati budaya, sejarah dan seni visual pada satu tempat secara bersamaan.

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta, Indonesia

Gedung Kesenian (Arts Gallery), Jakarta

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater)

Dibangun pada masa penjajahan Belanda, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta adalah sebuah gedung konser di Jakarta. Terletak di dekat Masjid Istiqlal dan Katedral Jakarta. Anda bisa melihat berbagai macam program kesenian, mulai dari pertunjukan teater hingga pertunjukan musik.

Kegiatan Yang Harus Dilakukan Di Jakarta

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia

Shopping at Mangga Dua, Jakarta

Belanja di Jakarta

Jika belanja adalah hobi anda, Jakarta menawarkan banyak tempat yang menyediakan barang keluaran terbaru hingga yang sesuai dengan anggaran belanja dari mall hingga pasar. Pusat perbelanjaan atau mall dan pasar yang direkomendasikan di Jakarta diantaranya: 
 Plaza Indonesia FX Mall – menyediakan barang bermerek
Grand Indonesia
Mangga Dua – barang imitasi namun kualitas bagus
Blok M – sepatu, pakaian, tas
Pasar Ikan – souvenir dan keperluan rumah tangga 


Makanan

Jangan lupa untuk membaca ulasan Top 10 Best Indonesian Food untuk dapat anda coba dan di mana lagi kalau bukan Jakarta, tempat terbaik untuk berburu kuliner lezat! Salah satu restoran makanan Sunda favorit saya di Jakarta yang melayani dengan sangat baik adalah Pondok Laguna. Tempat ini populer dikalangan masyarakat sekitar dan juga para wisatawan tentunya, sehingga anda akan melihat tempat ini penuh sesak ketika jam-jam sibuk seperti saat makan siang dan makan malam.

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ecobar at Kemang Nightlife, Jakarta

Hiburan Malam

Untuk hiburan malam anda bisa pergi ke club-club dan bar di Jakarta. Ada tempat-tempat seperti Kemang dengan deretan club dan bar atau kafe seperti Ecobar tapi dengan keramaian yang luar biasa. Tempat ini adalah salah satu kafe yang paling keren untuk pesta di Jakarta dengan club yang trendi namun terjangkau. Atau anda bisa pergi ke Jalan Jaksa yang lebih terkenal bagi para wisatawan untuk beberapa pilihan bar, klub dan cafe, di sini ada lebih banyak pilihan makanan.

-> Hotels dekat hiburan malam di Kemang *

Spa, Pijat dan Salon Kecantikan

Ada banyak pilihan spa, pijat atau salon kecantikan di Jakarta untuk memanjakan diri. Anda bisa memilih pijat tradisional Indonesia atau spa yang menenangkan di tengah kota, atau bahkan pergi untuk manikur dan pedikur, facial, creambath dan mencoba model rambut baru di berbagai mall dan salon kecantikan, mulai dari harga yang terjangkau hingga harga yang fantastis. Jika anda memiliki lebih banyak waktu, anda bisa mencoba mengunjungi Javana Spa untuk liburan akhir pekan, sekitar 2 jam perjalanan dari kota Jakarta.

Jalan-jalan di Pasar Baru (Jakarta’s market)

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia

Walk Pasar Baru, Jakarta

Jalan-jalan bernostalgia menyusuri kenangan di sepanjang jalan di Pasar Baru, di mana jalan itu adalah salah satu tempat langka di Jakarta yang benar-benar digunakan oleh pejalan kaki. Anda akan menemukan banyak warga di sini yang menjalankan bisnis keluarga seperti menjual pakaian dan jam tangan. Ada banyak barang berkualitas yang di jual di sini seperti kemeja, gaun, ikat pinggang dan jaket dengan harga dimulai dari Rp 10.000 atau USD1 dari barang seken hingga barang baru. Juga jangan lupa untuk mencicipi kuliner khas Indonesia dengan rasa terbaik, misalnya bakmi. Anda bisa mulai berjalan menyusuri Metro Atom di Jalan H. Samanhudi dan kemudian menuju bagian belakang yang merupakan pusat Kesenian Jakarta (Gedung Kesenian Jakarta).

Berwisata dari Jakarta atau liburan akhir pekan

Jika daftar di atas tidak cukup atau anda memiliki lebih banyak waktu, selalu ada tempat wisata lain di sekitar Jakarta seperti Bogor dan Taman Safari atau anda dapat pergi menuju Bandung untuk belanja lebih banyak lagi. 



Best Accommodations in Jakarta

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place Jakarta when I am planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north and central Jakarta, having most of the tourist attractions here. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Jakarta:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta
    A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being a near train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. Truly a dream. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
    For those who wants a high security and well-known hotel with world class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

  • Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
    For those looking for luxury and with comfort of a home. This hotel comes with apartment suites completed with kitchen, dining and washing facilities. Breakfast are also included and the location is also strategically located in Kuningan. This would also be a good fit for a family or a group. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
  • Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
    For those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta. Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Budget (below 50 USD)

  • Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
    For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
  • Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta
    For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money! Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *

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Indonesia Calendar Public Holidays 2015

1st January (Thursday) – New Year’s Day
3rd January (Saturday) – The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday / Mawlid
19th February (Thursday) – Chinese New Year
21st March (Saturday) – Nyepi – Balinese New Year
3rd April (Friday) – Good Friday
1st May (Friday) – Labour Day
14th May (Thursday) – Ascension of the Prophet
16th May (Saturday) – Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
2nd June (Tuesday) – Waisak / Vesak Day
16th July (Thursday) – Cuti Bersama – extra holiday by government
17th – 18th July (Friday-Saturday) – Eid al-Fitr / Hari Raya Puasa
20-21 July (Monday – Tuesday) – Cuti Bersama – extra holiday by government
17th August (Monday) – Independence Day
24th September (Thursday) – Eid al-Adha
14th October (Wednesday) – Muharram / Islamic New Year
24th December (Thursday) – Cuti Bersama – extra holiday by government
25th December (Friday) – Christmas Day

Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+

Indonesia Calendar Public Holidays 2014

1st January (Wednesday) – New Year’s Day
14th January (Tuesday) – The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday / Mawlid
31st January (Friday) – Chinese New Year
31th March (Monday) – Nyepi
18th April (Friday) – Good Friday
14th May (Wednesday) – Waisak / Vesak Day
25th May (Sunday) – Ascension of the Prophet
29th May (Thursday) – Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
29th July (Tuesday) – Eid al-Fitr / Hari Raya Puasa
17th August (Sunday) – Independence Day
5th October (Sunday) – Eid al-Adha
25th October (Saturday) – Muharram / Islamic New Year
25th December (Thursday) – Christmas Day

Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+