Top 10 Things To Do in Indonesia

Unknown to many travelers, there are many things to do in Indonesia, and some of them are unique to only in Indonesia. Be it from swimming in the largest natural volcanic lake to shopping in one of the major cities in Asia to immersing in culture and histories and having adventure and activities on the sea to something different like sitting the becak around soaking in the environment. Indonesia is the place for every independent traveler, promising many experiences and adventures to those who seek them. Here are the top 10 things you must do in Indonesia:

Shop till you drop

One of the best shopping places in Asia or some might even say the world is in Indonesia. You may find from international brands in the big shiny malls of Jakarta to affordable and cheap bargains in the markets and smaller malls.
-> Check out Top 10 Things to Do in Jakarta

Shopping mall in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Shopping mall in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sit a becak to sightseeing in the city

Use one of the becak (trishaw) in cities like Yogyakarta or Malang, and just let it take you around the city in style. It can wind through narrow streets and let you immerse in the environment better. With wind in your face, you feel the place and let sights and smells sink in from all corners of the city.

-> Check out Top 10 Things to Do in Yogyakarta
-> Check out Top 10 Things to Do in Malang

Becak in Indonesia

Becak in Indonesia

Immerse in history and culture

Indonesia itself host two of the most beautiful ancient wonders in the proximity of Yogyakarta – the famous Borobudur temple and the revered Prambanan temple. Be wow by the well preserved remains of the two great kingdoms of two very different religion – Buddhism and Hinduism and then look around you to find that currently the majority of the people here is Muslim. Now this is the epitome of religions and cultures experience.

Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Photo: Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

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Hike up and watch sunrise from/over volcanoes

Trek and hike up one of the many volcanoes of Indonesia, one being the most famous is the Mount Bromo in Java another is Mount Rinjani in Lombok. The hike up to view sunrise over Mount Bromo is famous for many reasons, but sometimes viewing it from the tip of the volcano across crater is also breathtaking.

Catching sunrise @ Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Catching sunrise @ Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Diving in world’s most beautiful spots

Indonesia is not a stranger to the serious divers of the world, with amazing dive spots like Raja Ampat and Togian Islands. The marine life around Indonesia boasts more than 3000 species and huge biodiversity. Put on your dive gears and explore the well-preserved ocean in search of new species that you have never encountered before.

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Diving Pulau Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Indonesia

Diving Pulau Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Indonesia

Trek in natural rainforest in search of Orangutan

Bukit lawang is one of the last few places on Earth to see Orangutans living in the wild. Trek through the lush tropical rainforest in search of Orangutans, not only you will have the jungle trekking of your life, the Orangutans will bring your last breath away.

Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Island hopping and snorkeling

With 17000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, it brings the idea of island hopping to a new scale. With its clear blue sea, snorkeling is a natural thing to do at every new spots in the ocean and nearby all the pristine beaches. Snorkel off beautiful islands like Togian islands, or Karimunjawa and Gili Islands in Lombok.

Beach at Gili Islands, Indonesia

Beach at Gili Islands

Surf the powerful waves

Surf in the many spots of Indonesia that promises powerful waves for beginners to expert. One of the few best surfing spots of Indonesia around the many islands it has, such as Mentawai or Panaitan and even the famous Bali and Lombok! You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to surfing in style in Indonesia. Check out our Top 10 Places to Surf in Indonesia

Surfing in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Join in ancient culture and rites that had stood the test of time

Up in the highlands of Tana Toraja, the people are still practicing funeral rites from more than 100 years ago or explore the land of the indigenous tribe of Baliem Valley, Papua that still live like their ancestors in terms of cultures, clothings and way of life.

Dani People @ Baliem Valley, Papua, Indonesia

Dani People

Swim in one of the world’s largest crater lake

Lake Toba, also known as Danau Toba, is the largest volcanic lake in the world measuring at 1,707 sq ft. Swim in this natural world wonder clear lake amidst mountains reflecting on the clear water. It is one experience you would not want to miss.

->Read Top 10 Things to Do in Lake Toba

Fishing boat Lake Toba @ Sumatra, Indonesia

Fishing Boat on Lake Toba

There you have it, the top 10 things you must do in Indonesia, for of course there are much more not mentioned here, so if you have any more things to do in Indonesia, please share in the comments below!

Photo credits from top: Maks Karochkin, Alfan, Rachel, schristia, lakshmioct01, Arian Zwegers, martingarri, wikier, 710928003 and Indo_girl2010

-> Find more top and best things to do in Indonesia here

More Things to Do and Must Visit in Indonesia:

Top 10 Must Visit Places in Indonesia
Top 10 Must Visit Places in Jakarta
Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali
Top 10 Things To Do in Lombok
Top 10 Things to Do in Bali


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+

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