Top 10 Must Visit Places in Indonesia

Indonesia being diverse and wide with 17,000 islands, you may be sure to find everything to your fancy but there are a few must visit places here that you should know about. After all, not everyone has the time to traverse the entire wonderful Indonesia.

Be it for leisure, shopping, culture, history, diving, trekking or nature, you can find all those in places below of our top travel places in Indonesia.


Jakarta Night Skyline, Indonesia

Jakarta night skyline. Photo by yohanes budiyanto

The capital of Indonesia, everyone would inevitably find themselves visiting Jakarta as their first or last stop in Indonesia. Jakarta is also a very important international airport hub for the entire Indonesia serving many airlines to everywhere in the world. Your visit here would not be complete without getting absorbed into the hectic and congested city. Once attuned you would be ready to take on the rest of the country with ease. It has many hidden treasures, nightlife and is a shopping hav

Check out Top 10 Things to Do and Must See in Jakarta.


Trishaw at Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Trishaw at Yogyakarta. Photo by bob|P-&-S

Personally, Yogyakarta is my favourite place to visit in Java, Indonesia. Is has everything from ancient attractions to shopping to food and culture. Explore the main street and the narrow valleys in search of silversmiths, puppet makers, street arts and food vendors, soaking in the culture, people and food of Indonesia as it has always been.

Yogyakarta serves as a hub for historical and cultural Java, Indonesia, this is the best springboard for you to find the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Bath in the remains of two great kingdoms of two different religion – Buddhism and Hinduism.

Check out Top 10 Things to Do in Yogyakarta.

Mount Bromo

Do not miss out the majestic Mt Bromo at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, with active and dormant volcanoes to choose from. Standing tall at 2329 m, it is one of the most iconic mountain in Indonesia. You may ride a horse or catch or rent a jeep all the way to the top and be in time to catch a sunrise. You will be rewarded with one of the most out-of-this-world view as the sun appears in the horizon over the blue misty volcanic craters. This is definitely one place you should put on your must visit list in Indonesia.

Mount Bromo @ Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Indonesia

Mount Bromo, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. Photo by masterbutler

Lake Toba

Relax and unwind from the hectic of travels at Lake Toba, swim in the largest volcanic lake in the world on lazy afternoons and have a long massage after then followed by a good meal to end the day. With a quiet and serene beauty, it is famous for travelers as a place to just unwind and while the time away, especially after a hard core long backpacking or trekking. Lake Toba is one of the most visited lakes in Indonesia, and that must mean something.

Largest Volcanic Lake at Lake Toba, Indonesia

Largest Volcanic Lake at Lake Toba. Photo by schristia


Tourist-packed? Yes. Well beaten track? Yes. Overrated? Maybe, maybe not. You should go there with your open heart and mind despite after Eat, Love, Pray commercialization and hope to still get the glimpse of the real beauty of it. No matter what the sceptics say, Bali remain the must visit place for every tourists in Indonesia, and it remains so with full of zest. After all, it is still the place with Bali best beaches, misty treks across volcanoes, amazing famous temples like Uluwatu and Tanah Lot and laidback coasts. At night you can even set out for a party or two along Kuta and other Bali night clubs.

-> Check out our Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali.


A quieter shadow of Bali, this place is slowly becoming a popular visit place in its own rights. People come here to escape the crowds and for the blue waters and green mountains. For the adventurous, a trek up Gunung Rinjani would not dissapoint or surf the great waves at coast. The nearby Gili Islands are also no strangers for the people who escape Bali.

Check out our Top 10 Things To Do in Lombok .

Gili Trawangan @ Lombok, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands. Photo by Jeda Villa Bali

Tana Toraja

A highland and the most popular destination in Southern Sulawesi, this cultural island in between mountains are simply unique. Engulf in its rich culture, traditional villages and fascinating ceremonies that would wow even those who thought they have seen it all.

Graves @ Lemo, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Graves at Lemo, Tana Toraja. Photo by 710928003

Baliem Valley

Best place to explore the Papua area in Indonesia, you may find tribes, which are still practicing rites and ceremonies from ancient times in places among cool air, misty purple mountains and buzz of human activities. Trek and explore the lands of Lani, Dani and Yali tribes in this remote Papua.

Barapen Ceremony at Baliem Valley, Indonesia

Barapen Ceremony at Baliem Valley. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Raja Ampat

Known as one of the best diving destination in Indonesia and the world, Raja Ampat is estimated to host over 75% of world’s coral species with more than a thousand tropical fish species, many previously unknown.. It is definitely a diver’s paradise and for those who love marine life.

Dive at Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Dive at Raja Ampat. Photo by lakshmioct01

Komodo National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia have the most famous Komodo Dragon which is the largest living lizard. You may even catch legions of flying foxes (large fruit bats) in the star-filled night sky.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach. Photo by Adhi Rachdia

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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+

17 thoughts on “Top 10 Must Visit Places in Indonesia”

    1. There are a lot of top places in Indonesia that you must too see, especially relate to nature. Bali is a must, It offers you not only beautiful nature but also warm atmosphere from Balinese. If you love beach, Indonesia has Lombok and Belitung island. If you are surfer, Mentawai Archipelago is the answer. If you are diver, dont forget to visit Raja Ampat, Bunaken, and Wakatobi. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!!

  1. i would like to visit indonesia but i dont know which place i should visit and beautifull nature and safe place if you can advice me it would be great . thanks yours Yacoub Murad

  2. Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for giving us information about Indonesia, i am planning to visit Indonesia as a solo traveler but i want to visit is the place which is cool climate, Clean&cheap hotel but not far from airport and amenity, safe entertainment, halal restaurant & cheap to buy goods, quality local products i.e: stylish T shirts & short etc. Please give me some hence about it. Thank you.

  3. Wanted to know where all can I go around Indonesia if I’m coming for my honeymoon..also is July a right time to visit this country ?

  4. Bali is definitely the complete package. A cultural hub as well as an inviting beach destination to retreat to, Bali has now earned its place among the most popular and must visit destinations in Indonesia. An outstanding area to lookout for would be the hills and the area referred to as Ubud is sure to serve you well during your time in Bali. The traditions of Bali followed by spectacular scenery can be witnessed here. Perhaps a stay at Alil Ubud can be considered?

  5. Hi Rachel
    I’m Polish citizen and my boyfriend is Scottish. As far as I’m concerned we can stay in Indonesia visa free for up to 30 days. My question is: do we still need to apply for visa if we want to visit Papua? I read that some permit has to be obtained from Papua police station for which you need Indonesian visa and photographs.

    Also, do you think 30 days are enough to visit all these places: Bali, Lombok, Gili Islands, Flores and Papua?

    1. I believe you for the Indonesia side of Papua, you may go there with your Indonesia visa but certain areas would require travel permit to visit, do check and apply in advance. 30 days may be a little tight (especially including Papua) but it is still possible. Without papua, it can easily be done as the other islands are near to each other, with exception Flores a little far off but well worth the journey.

  6. You are amazing! Thank you so much for this site (and links to your other sites beyond!). My sister and I are planning a pretty spontaneous trip to Indonesia and we can only stay for 2 weeks so this is beyond helpful in narrowing down the list! =)

  7. you can add more kelimutu lake as the top travel destination in indonesia since it’s one of the most weird lake phenomenon in indonesia. Nevertheless all the places mentioned above are truly amazing place

  8. Hey Rachael,

    I am planning a trip for our anniversary for 6 days to Indonesia in August and i am running short of time .
    I am overwhelmed and confused too as in which all places to cover in Indonesia. It will be great if you could tell me which are the must visit places which i can cover in 6 days.

    Thanks in advance.


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