When we come to think about going away to Indonesia, we think of Bali and other luxury getaways in around that area but if you delve deep into the world of travel information on Indonesia you’ll find that there is a lot more to uncover.
Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world and is filled to the brim with people of different backgrounds and cultures. Not only this, but it is said to be surrounded by 17,000+ island with some yet to be explored!
When I passed through Indonesia on my travels there were so many incredible places to visit that people may have missed by being lured into the arms of Bali. I’m not saying don’t go to Bali, the place is amazing! I am just trying to say, go out and explore the other incredible destinations Indonesia has to offer! Another top tip, if you’re ever over in Yogyakarta and looking for somewhere to lay your head, check out the Hotel Tantrum Yogyakarta (visit site), it is awesome.
Anyway, I’ve gone off on one, here are my top places to visit in Indonesia:
Whether you stop by Jakarta for a day, week or are lucky enough to be resident there for your entire trip, the capital city has it all. Jakarta is filled with shopping malls, endless backstreets for live music, local cuisine and mischief along with numerous tourist attractions like the National Museum, National Monument and the National Gallery.
Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra
This is a place that doesn’t spring to mind when planning your trip around Indonesia, but it definitely should be. This is a place where adventures wait and natural wonders can be discovered big or small and you are sure to be amazed. Lake Maninjau is located within a volcanic crater over 400 metres above sea level. So once you’ve enjoyed and are finally done with the hustle and bustle of the capital, head through the steep and windy roads to Lake Maninjau and enjoy a quieter and more scenic destination.
Raja Ampat, Papua
Raja Ampat can be found in Papua on the north east of Indonesia, which has the life of 1,500 small islands just waiting for an adventurous traveller to explore. If you’re looking for somewhere that has amazing views, great beaches and a place to get your snorkel out then this is the place for you! Due to its abundance of islands situated in the archipelago of Raja Ampat, locals and other travellers who have visited confirm that it is indeed a divers dream destination. Divers can experience the home of over 1,000 different species of fish and over 500 species of coral. Do you see why they think it is a dreamland for divers. Cost does play a factor in visiting Raja Ampat as it is fairly expensive to get there and a bugger to get to but this has led to the island being relatively untouched by humans and makes it a better place for all!