Indonesia may not be the first place that many people would think to go but it is a truly hidden gem in the Southeast Asia even though it is a giant in size, having more than 17,000 islands with 240 million people!
Known to many as Wonderful Indonesia, it brings you the second largest tropical forests, many pristine beaches with great dive sites and surfing waves, amazing hikes to active volcanoes and wildlife.
Being a large country in size with such diverse culture and covering many time-zones, one can find from mysterious Balinese spiritual to the fascinating Komodo Dragon. Indonesia is still very much off the radar of travel map with its infrastructures still lacking and development very much challenged. Backpackers can enjoy the thrill of exploring the unbeaten tracks while luxury seekers may find that they do indeed have many choices as well.
Find below the many travel guides in the regions of Indonesia for your next travel destination!
Lying to the east of Bali is Lombok, the emerging next top destination of Indonesia. It also boasts pristine beaches, crystal clear blue seas, diving spots and surfers nooks.
Moreover the train transport in Java is well connected from west to east, being the only reliable train network among the archipelagos of Indonesia.
Bintan Island, same distance away from Singapore, forms a very strong competition as a weekend travel. Here you can find white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, adventurous outdoor activities and also delicious Indonesian food.
It is a travel for those who seek adventure and nature, with the famous tourist attractions like trekking to see the Sumatran Orangutan in the wild at Bukit Lawang or chilling and swimming in the largest volcanic lake in the world of Lake Toba or climbing the smoking volcano craters that surround the hill town of Berastagi and diving deep into the unexplored sea of Pulau Weh.
Here you can find untouched pristine islands, magical tri-colored volcanic lakes, hiking up volcano mountains like Mount Kelimutu, swim in waterfalls in lush jungles and enjoy the scene of paddy fields with smoking volcanoes as backdrop. Flores is also surrounded by best diving sites and even snorkeling will bring lots of underwater delight, being rich in marine life and corals.
At the north, you will find the best dive sites of Indonesia like Bunaken, crystal clear seas and remote islands. At the south, the popular Tana Toraja had spellbound many travelers with their unique culture and rituals, whereby the funeral rites are since ancient times with elaborate death rituals.
To the west of Papua, lies the Maluku Islands, also known as Moluccas or Spice Islands, which is to the east of Sulawesi. Travelers come here to experience the interesting historical and cultural sites, snorkeling and diving off the coasts and also hiking and trekking.