Indonesia Travel Guides

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!

Bali and Lombok Travel Guide

Bali, known as the Island of Gods had been the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Bali is rich in culture and history that is still very prominent now with old temples that are still in used, festivals and practices. It is also full of natural wonders too like the white sandy beaches, surfers waves, divers paradise spots, mountains to hike and rolling fields of rice paddies and rice terraces.

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.

Bali & Lombok Travel Guide

Java Travel Guide

Java boasts many natural and historical tourists attractions. Here you can find the ancient temples like Borobudur and Prambanan. There are also volcanoes and mountains to hike and national parks to trek and explore.

Moreover the train transport in Java is well connected from west to east, being the only reliable train network among the archipelagos of Indonesia.

Java Travel Guide

Batam and Bintan Island Travel Guide

Are you looking for a quick weekend getaway from Singapore? Batam Island or Bintan Island is the answer to many travelers and locals alike from Singapore. Batam Island, with only 45 minutes by ferry from Singapore, offers beach, sun and sea along with local cultures and food.

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.

Batam and Bintan Island Travel Guide

Sumatra Travel Guide

Sumatra, at the furthest west of Indonesia, is a gigantic island largely unexplored.

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.

Sumatra Travel Guide

Flores, Sumba and Sumbawa Travel Guide

Flores, means flower in Portuguese, is a place of beauty like its name. As part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, it is home to the last dragon on Earth, the Komodo Dragon in the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

Flores, Sumba & Sumbawa Travel Guide

Sulawesi Travel Guide

Sulawesi is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands of Indonesia, unique and easily recognized by many and aptly so as the place is full of unique cultures, unexplored land, mountains and even the sea.

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.

Sulawesi Travel Guide

Papua and Maluku Islands Travel Guide

Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, is in the easternmost of Indonesia. Most travelers come here for the remote highlands that are still filled with indigenous tribes and ancient rites like the popular Baliem Valley, trekking through tribal villages and also for the exotic jungle of Lorentz National Park which has the highest mountain of Indonesia, the Puncak Jaya (Cartensz Pyramid).

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.

Papua & Maluku Travel Guide

Photo credits from top: Steve Davidson, Ronald Tagra, Ken Marshall, NeilsPhotography, Arian Zwegers and Lakshmi Sawitri

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