Last Updated on 03/10/2021

Bali would effortlessly make it into any traveller’s bucket list, but only a few know that Bali is just a tiny little part of over seventeen thousand breathtaking Islands in Indonesia. Known to be the largest island nation in the world, Indonesia’s fame generally derives from the tourist Island Bali which is famous for its stunning beaches, extreme water sports, jungle landscapes and hippie-vibes. Apart from few known cities like Bali and Jakarta, there are countless untouched islands scattered across Indo-Oceania.

From the serene island of Lombok on the east of Bali to Komodo – the home of the Komodo dragon, Indonesia offers a variety of relatively cheap yet extraordinary experiences for travellers. Let’s look at the best places to visit in Indonesia for your next holiday.

Bali – Top choice from our list of best places to visit in Indonesia

Footage of Bali Rice Terrace

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Undoubtedly the all-time favourite tourist destination Bali is overrated due to its beauty. This island located on the east of Java and west to Lombok is home to breathtaking Southeast Asian coasts, coral reefs, vast rice paddies, volcanic sites and iconic-instagrammable Hindu temples. Travelling to Bali is relatively cheap compared to other Indonesian Islands because there’s a variety of cost ranges in terms of accommodation, food and even souvenir vendors. Kuta – the beach side city, is famous amongst party goers for its endless nightlife, while Ubud on the midlands attracts a much laid-back crowd.

Some of the best places to visit in Bali are the Uluwatu Temple, Heaven’s Gate, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali Swing and the most iconic adjoining island, Nusa Penida. As Indonesia in general receives tropical rainfall at any given time of the year, the best way to plan a holiday is by avoiding the monsoons. Peak season is during April and October, where the hustle-bustle is constant, and the island is at its prettiest.

Jakarta

Places to Visit in Indonesia Number 2 - Jakarta City
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The Capital City of Indonesia, Jakarta, is located in the Northeast of the Java Islands. Jakarta is much urbanized compared to its neighbouring resort islands including Bali. Although it’s widely known for commercial dealings, Jakarta offers some amazing experiences for travellers. Especially its diverse culture and food. Here in Jakarta, there’s a mix of Javanese, Chinese, and Arabic ethnicities living together. So you can imagine how expressive and flavourful the food is. That’s not all. It’s famous as Southeast Asia’s cheapest shopping destination with the massive city sprawling with mega malls and mass-scale manufacturers.


If you’re into sightseeing, Jakarta is home to elegant skyscrapers that you’ll never find in any part of the Indonesian Islands. A few of the must-visit places include the National Monument, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Museum MACAN, and the National Museum. Besides, those who enjoy the nightlife should definitely visit this beautiful city. It’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia

Raja Ampat Islands

Places to Visit in Indonesia Number 3 - Raja Ampat Islands
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This destination is one of the most uncommon tourist attractions in Indonesia. The Raja Ampat Islands are located on the northwest tip of New Guinea Island. It’s widely admired for its coral reefs, secluded jungle mountains, local villages and pristine beaches. Those who are in search of a vacation spot to relax must consider Raja Ampat Archipelago as most of these islands are less visited by tourists. However compared to Bali, spending a vacation in one of these islands may not be that cheap. Anyhow, if you do plan on taking a trip across the seas to Raja Ampat, there still are over 1,500 Islands to choose from – most uninhabitable ones too. The best of these are Kiri Islands, Yeben Islands, Kofiau Islands and Waigeo in West Papua. It is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Gili Islands

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 4 - Gili Islands
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Located close to Lombok Island, the Gili Islands of Indonesia comprise three tiny islets called Trawangan, Meno and Air. Travellers wanting to relax under a Maldivian sun, at the same time desire the Southeast Asian Tropical vibes must visit Gili. The Trawangan Island is home to stunning beaches and is known amongst party people for its feisty nightlife, and scuba diving. Gili Meno is a famous honeymoon destination surrounded by crystal clear waters and white coasts. On the other hand, Gili Air is a combination of hippy – romantic vibes, and it offers a scenic view of Lombok’s mountainous landscapes. The Gili Islands are some of the best places to visit in Indonesia. However, make sure you pick the correct island for your requirement to avoid disappointments.

Flores

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 5 - Flores
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Commonly mistaken with the Island in Portugal, Flores in Indonesia is one of the most underrated destinations in the country. Located on the east of Komodo Island, Flores is also home to the exotic Komodo dragon. The clear waters of Flores are untouched by tourists hence why it’s the ideal place for divers, eco-admirers and those looking for a laid-back getaway. On top of that, if you’re into learning native prehistoric findings, traditional cultural events and sighting exotic coral reefs, Flores is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. Getting to Flores can be a little hassle, and the prices are not very cheap compared to Bali. But as the saying goes, good things don’t come easy. Flores is surely worth the effort.

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Mount Rinjani

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 6 - Mount Rinjani
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Located on the island of Lombok, Mount Rinjani is an active volcano and the second largest in the whole of Indonesia. Standing tall at 3,726 meters, the climb up the mountain is not an easy task. It wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea either. If you’re a passionate trekker with physical strength and willingness, Mount Rinjani would be for you. It takes approximately four days to reach the summit. Those who have visited this magnificent site believes it’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia for adventure lovers.

Bunaken National Marine Park

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 8 - Bunaken Marine Park
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Located in the Northwest of Sulawesi Island, Bunaken National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a diverse marine hub that is a habitat for over 390 species of coral, fish and reptiles. Comprising a total area of 75,265 hectares, Bunaken National Park is undoubtedly the best place for marine lovers. Travellers can visit this enchanting park by Speedboat from Sulawesi. In Bunaken National Marine Park, there are over 20 diving spots. Not many tourists visiting Indonesia know about this hidden gem, but those who know, visit here with a purpose. If you are fascinated with marine life, coral beds and tropical views, a visit to Bunaken would be an extraordinary bucket list experience.

Borobudur Temple

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 7 - Borobudur Temple
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Located in Muntilan in Central Java, Borobudur is a Mahayana Temple that was built in the 9th Century. It is also believed to be the biggest Buddhist monument in the whole world, and a UNESCO Heritage site as well. Attracting a number of tourists from across the globe, Borobudur displays heavy influence of the Gupta Dynasty of India with its unique Mandala structure and architecture. Home to about 500 or more Buddha statues, this temple is a magnificent piece of art, as no cement has been used in building or holding the bricks together, yet it has survived centuries with minimal crumbles. If you’re interested in visiting historical places, this is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, and Southeast Asia as well.

Kintamani, Bali

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 9 - Kintamani, Bali
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Arriving back at our favourite holiday Island Bali, this location is quite underrated amongst mainstream tourist flocks. Due to being slightly less crowded, Kintamani has been able to maintain its deluxe over the years. Overlooking the famous Mount Batur – a renowned trekking volcanic site, Kintamani is predominantly chosen by tourists interested in viewing the enchanting scenery of Batur. Other than that, honeymooners find this place comforting too. If you haven’t tried to most peculiar Kopi Luwak Coffe, visit a farm and witness the process by yourself. The Terunyan Village is one of the most iconic locations to visit (if you’re a hard heart). Home of the Bali Aga natives, what fascinates travellers more than the Hindu influenced food, is the chilling cemetery and its rituals. It is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Ubud, Bali

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 10 - Ubud, Bali
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Known as the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is the top favourite location to relax if you’re visiting Bali. Famous for its vast rice paddies, ancient Hindu temples and cultural allures, Ubud has long been the spot to revitalize one’s soul. Many believe Ubud represents the true values of Bali with its laid back villages, green jungles and vegan culinary secrets. Some of the best places to visit in Ubud are, the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud Art Market, Goa Gajah, Tirta Empul Temple and the Sacred Monkey Forest (if you fear monkeys, watch out as they may tag along with you if you got something interesting). Those who enjoy a splash of art and culture in their holiday can visit Blanco Renaissance Museum and the Agung Rai Museum, which are fairly new to tourist bucket lists. There’s no reason to leave out Ubud on a holiday. In fact, it’s one of the few parts of Bali that still possesses the charms of true Balinese culture. Hence why we believe it’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Komodo Island

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 11 - Komodo Islands
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An Island of the Lesser Sunda Chain, Komodo Island comprises 29 volcanic islands which are inhabitable. However, Komodo National Park is a lush habitat of the exotic reptile species – Komodo Dragons. Wildlife enthusiasts travel to this destination from across the world, just to witness these beautiful creatures roaming in their natural homes. Apart from Komodo Dragons, the National Park is also famous for deer, water buffaloes, wild boars, frogs, and various fish and bird species. If you also adore beach sights and water adventures, Komodo Island won’t fail to impress you. Home to a pristine pink beach, the coastal area is famous for snorkelling, diving and coral-watching. Locals advise on being cautious when lazing on the beach without supervision due to the island being vastly occupied by Komodo Dragons. Although human attack is minimal, it still is possible.

Nusa Penida, Bali

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 12 - Nusa Penida
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Nusa Penida is an island belonging to Bali, located in the Southeast. Nusa Penida is one of the most photographed destinations in the whole of Southeast Asia. One of the three Nusa Islands is called Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida, this Island provides the best scenic beach views and photographic angles. You must know that the island is pretty massive, and there are countless places worth experiencing. Many travellers book a night in the Penida Island itself in order to complete visiting all required places.

Finding transport can be a bit of a hassle as the roads are underdeveloped. Scooters are the main method of getting around and about. For those looking for a romantic getaway, Nusa Penida is ideal. And for those who love rugged adventure, Nusa Penida is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Kelimutu Lakes

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 13 - Kelimutu Lakes
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Location

Located in Central Flores, Kelimutu is a volcanic site that attracts many tourists from across the world. The tri-coloured lakes in the Kelimutu Crater are some of the most iconic Indonesian jewels. The Kelimutu volcanic island is home to the famed and fierce Komodo dragon, hence many wildlife enthusiasts make a detour here on their way back. The twin lakes of the three crater lakes change colours over six times a year due to the mineral reactions. The most common rested shade is Green-Blue, which at times would change to Pink-Brown as well. It is prohibited to swim or engage in water activities in the Kelimutu Lakes. The natives believe that dead souls rest in these ponds for eternity. Lack of pollution could also be a reason for its stunning beauty. If you’re into adventures, hikes and hardcore experiences, Kelimitu Lakes are one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 14 - Tumpak Sewu Waterfall
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Waterfalls in Indonesia are some of the most breathtaking natural phenomena that experience-hunters of any kind can’t resist. Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, also known as ‘A Thousand Waterfalls’ in the East of Java Island, is the best place to visit in Indonesia for nature lovers. As Lumajang Regency is not a famous tourist destination, the Tumpak Sewu Waterfall site is not overly crowded compared to the most photographed waterfalls in Bali. Good things don’t come easy. The same relates to this experience. The Tumpak Waterfall site is located off the beaten path and may cost you few extra bucks to get around. But the views and feel are worth it. If you’ve never visited a giant waterfall up close, Tumpak Sewu is sure to shock you with its might. Just be cautious as the stones are slippery due to them constantly being wet.

Toraja Village

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 15 - Toraja Village
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Home of the exotic native inhabitants called Torajans, the Toraja Village in South Sulawesi has had contact from outside visitors only after the 20th Century, which too was minimal. Currently, there’s a population of 450,000 living in the Toraja village. The Toraja Funerals have gained the interest of many anthropologists from across the world. Unlike others, Toraja people keep dead bodies within houses for months, and sometimes up to a year or so until funds are prepared to carry out rituals. These funerals are usually held during the dry summers of June to August. Now Toraja Village is a famous tourist destination. If you’re into learning new cultures, Toraja Village undoubtedly is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Maluk Beach

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 16 - Maluk Beach
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Beaches in Indonesia are just so magical. Be it the urban hub spot Kuta in Bali to the Gili Islands of Lombok, all these individual coasts possess their own kind of glamour. Maluk Beach of West Nusa Tenggara is one of those tourist attractions that every traveller should see on their tour to Indonesia. Ideal for those looking for authentic rural seaside village experiences, Maluk’s secluded location, white sand beaches and crystal turquoise waters are the primary reasons why tourists visit this place. In addition, the Malu Turtle Conservation centre located close by to the beach is also a must-visit. Towards mid-day, the beach can get a little overcrowded, but make sure to visit at dawn or sunset, the views are sure to mesmerize you.

Bintan Island

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 13 - Bintan Island
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Belonging to the Riau Archipelago, Bintan sits very close to Singapore. Once a Dutch colony, Bintan today stands as a high-end luxury Resort Island comprising of various water activities, golf courses and serene beaches. From Singapore, the ferry would take around 60 minutes to reach Bintan Island. Hence many exclusive tourists visiting Singapore extend their vacation to Bintan in Indonesia. Those who love Colonial Architecture must visit Bintan as it houses magnificent Dutch-influenced interiors and buildings. Some of the highlights in Bintan Island are the restored Sultan’s Palace, the Grand Mosque – which tells a tale of cement substitute, and the prominent Chinese Village called Senggarang.


If you have a little extra on your budget, travelling to Bintan Island wouldn’t stress your wallet at all. In fact, you’d find almost zero backpackers swarming in here, so it is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Yogyakarta

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 18 - Yogyakarta
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Located in the Java Islands, Yogyakarta is one of the top cultural hearts of Southeast Asia. Majorly underrated, this city was once a great civilization and has many influences of Indian heritage. Once it was called “The Never-Ending Asia”, as the kingdoms through the centuries flourished like none other in Indonesia. Yogyakarta was the reigning power during the creation of Borobudur in the 9th century. Towards the 18th century, a new architectural building – the Kraton Palace – was erected by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, who brought a new kind of colour to the diverse mix of heritage in Yogyakarta. Today the Island is a beautiful city of its own, inviting various travellers locally as well as internationally. Apart from its destinations of visit, the cuisine here is an icon. If you’re planning to visit Yogyakarta, make sure to taste all kinds of food from street food to restaurant meals.

Lake Toba

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 19 - Lake Toba
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Located in North Sumatra, Lake Toba is a Caldera of an active volcano (a supervolcano). It’s widely famous for being the largest volcanic eruption that took place over 70,000 years ago which created the now-existing lake. Some believe the island of this lake itself is nearly as big as the whole of Singapore. It’s the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest too. Kayaking in Lake Toba is a major highlight. Another would be the neighbouring villages that offer unique Indonesian experiences. Unlike the humid cityscapes of Jakarta, Lake Tobe is quite a chilled out destination due to its waters. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of mainstream tourist destinations, take a tour in Lake Toba. We assure you it is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Borneo Island

Places to visit in Indonesia Number 20 - Borneo
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Shared by three countries in Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, the largest part of Borneo Island is occupied by Indonesia. Famous for its serene beaches, vivid biodiversity and mighty mountains, Borneo Islands is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia. The Island is predominantly known for being a habitat for Orangutans, Sumatran Tigers, Rhinos and Bornean Elephants. The mountain ranges here are captivating on a whole new level.

Mount Kinabalu – the tallest peak in Borneo – stands at 4,100 meters, and it’s just so majestic to view from the naked eye. Apart from that, Borneo Island is also home to the giant monster flower Rafflesia, and native villages. If you’re looking for a unique tourist experience, Borneo Island would be ideal. Also, it would feel like ticking off two other countries on your bucket list in one go.

Mount Bromo

Photo of the iconic Mount Bromo from afar
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Located in East Java, Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of Tengger Mountain Range in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Although it is relatively shorter compared to other mountains in the range, Bromo’s captivating positioning and appearance make it the highlight. The volcano offers close-up views of the lava boiling crater, and it’s a unique experience for those who’ve not come across real sightings of a volcano. Hiking up the mountain is not difficult as the summit is reachable within hours. It is said that over 1 million tourists visit this location annually. If you love trekking mountains, we urge you to visit Mount Bromo in East Java. It may be the best up-close volcanic view you’ll ever get in Indonesia and maybe anywhere in the world. So we believe it’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Waterbom, Bali

Photo of children playing in Waterbom Park
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Located in Bandung Regency in Kuta, Waterbom Bali is Indonesia’s ultimate entertainment park offering all-thing water fun. Comprising 3.8 hectares of land space, this theme park is home to Asia’s steepest slide. That’s not all. Families visiting Waterbom can get a package that includes food and refreshments as well. All facilities here in Waterbom are on point and secure, so you can enjoy your exhilarating theme park experience. However, if you are hesitant in getting into public pools, this may not be the best suit as all activities associate with water (hence the name). Nevertheless, we must say that it’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, be it any time of the year.

Mount Ijen

Steamy Photo of Ijen Volcano
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Known as the ‘Blue Lava’ Volcano, Mount Ijen in East Java is one of the most underrated yet fascinating destinations that common tourists often miss out on. Its iconic blue flames are almost unnatural. Consisting of high amounts of sulfur, gas, acids and other minerals, the Blue Flames of Mount Ijen is said to be much dangerous than the regular lava. It would take around 2 hours to hike up the crater, but if you’re not a pro trekker nor like the thought of hiking up a volcano at dawn, this adventure may not excite you much. Apart from being a famous tourist attraction, Ijen also is a sulfur mining location due to the high number of sulfur the crater produces. If you’re surprised to hear of such a volcano’s existence, we urge you to visit Mount Ijen. It’s one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Tanjung Puting National Park

Photo of Tanjung Puting National Park
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Referred to as ‘Taman Nasional Tanjung Putting’, Tanjung Putin National Park is located in the West Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan. Edging the coastal line, the National Park is a swamp forest home to over 220 species of birds and around 9,000 orangutans. It’s a habitat for one of the highest densities of orangutans in the world. Apart from orangutans, you would come across deer, pigs, other monkey species and some crocodiles hiding in the marshes. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast travelling through Borneo Island, visiting Tanjung may add a bonus experience to your journey. Other than that, for travellers looking to relax in a wildlife setback, Tanjung Puting would be the ideal location as curated tour packages are quite common among tour operators.

Bangka Islands

Photo of boats docked at Bangka Islands.
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Located in the East of Sumatra Islands, Bangka Belitung is a beautiful island with a gruesome story. The Bangka Islands is the 9th largest Island in Indonesia and was a major hub during World War II. It was during this time a group massacre took place which shuddered the whole world. The impact, however, lasted for a brief period. The attractions of the Bangka Islands called back travellers from across the globe. A few of the most breathtaking destinations here include Dingding Batu Beach, Red Hill Ampar Lake, Bukit Pala and the Tongaci Beach – known for its iconic Umbrella hanging architecture. If you’re looking to get away from the regular hustle-bustle, Bangka Islands is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Derawan Islands

Aerial photo of Derawin Island
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The part of Indonesia that looks like the Maldives, Derawan Islands are a group of over 30 islets located in the East of Kalimantan. Although these Islands are so magically tropical and secluded, getting there is the biggest challenge for international travellers. There are no direct flights to the Islands. Travellers have to fly from Bali or Jakarta to Tanjung Redeb, from where they have to take boats to reach the Derawan Islands. The most famous islands from the archipelago are Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Marine life admirers visit these Islands to witness giant turtles, dolphins, jellyfish, and over 460 species of coral reef. Due to the inconvenience in travel, the Derawan Islands are rarely included in a bucket list, This gives you all the reasons to include it in yours.

Dieng Plateau

Breathtaking photo of Dieng Plateu
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Located in Java, Dieng Plateau looks like it just popped out of a supernatural sci-fi with its volcanic complexes and craters surrounding the vast landscape. Home to a number of Hindu temples and architectures belonging to the 8th century, the sulfur tainted waters of the calderas and the haunting mists are a few of the reasons ancient Javanese Hindus believed that divinely power existed here in the Plateau. The Dieng Plateau stands about 6,500 ft above sea level, and the sunrises are just out of this world. The most iconic phenomenon is the sunrise itself which cannot be spotted anywhere else in the world. Tourists get to witness two sunrises, one – the Golden Sunrise, two – the Silver Sunrise. If you’re looking for an extraordinarily natural experience of history and nature, Dieng Plateau is the best place to visit in Indonesia.

Medan

Photo of a street at Medan
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Location

The Capital city of North Sumatra, Medan is more of an economical hub than a tourist destination. But that doesn’t mean the city is full of grey buildings and offices. Medan is also a cultural hotspot in the province. One of the most visited places in Medan is Istana Maimun – a Palace of a 19th century Sultan, which was designed by a Dutch architect. Besides the historic landmarks, mosques and Hindu temples, Medan is a beautiful city that invites nature lovers from across the world. Located a few hours away from the infamous Lake Toba, the city is also home to Air Terjun – a waterfall hidden inside of a pine forest. If you’re the type that avoids generally overrated destinations, Medan will surely be one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Arab Quarter, Surabaya

A food stall at Arab Quarter
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Known to locals as ‘Qubah’, the Arab Quarter of Surabaya is a special city for the Muslim community in Indonesia. Its roots date back to the 1st Century AD when Islam was first introduced to the Java Islands. The city boasts of its Asian-middle eastern heritage which brewed over centuries within the island. The Ampel Mosque is the highlight of the Arab Quarter, while the rest of the city walls and alleys breathes the atmosphere of fusion culture. The city’s malls are a few of the icons that gravitate travellers to this destination. If you’re intrigued by fusion culture and longs to visit the Middle East, the Arab Quarter of Surabaya is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, which will give you a fascinating glimpse of it.

Padang

A beautiful shot of Padang Beach
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Location

The Capital of West Sumatra, Padang is another ethnically diverse city in Indonesia that brings thousands of tourists each year solely for its vacation vibes. Famous for being a resort city for visitors looking for a much more refined experience than Bali, Padang promises more than beaches, but legends worth listening to; Many tourists visit Air Manis, Padang’s serene beach located by the Mount. This beach is famous for the ancient ‘rock’ that speaks of the legend that locals believe is a man who was cursed and transformed to a rock by his mother. Travelling foodies would certainly enjoy Padang for its uniquely yummy Indonesian cuisine. That’s not all. Padang is also known for its mix of cultures and native celebrations such as the Makan Bajamba ceremony and the Turun Mandi.

Lempuyang Temple, Bali

Photo of the gateway to heaven
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Commonly known as the Heaven’s Gate by visitors, Lempuyang Hindu Temple in Karangasem, Bali is one of the most photographed locations in Indonesia. However, when it comes to this site, there are mixed reviews. The famous photographic angle where the reflection is captured on a lake-like substance just below the feet is all done through a trick of placing a mirror beneath the camera. Knowingly, yet thousands of tourists still visit to capture that amazing photograph mainly due to the scenery in the background.

The Lempuyang Temple itself is a magnificent creation that remains in the shadows due to the aesthetic photo area attracting all attention. Located on the slope of Mount Lempuyang, trekking up would be a little tiring, but if you enjoy great views, discovering ancient temples and taking photographs, Heaven’s Gate would be one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Palembang

Photo of the bridge at Palembang
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The capital of South Sumatra, Palembang is a port city with great historical value. Once the golden kingdom of the Sriwijaya Empire back in the 9th Century, Palembang used to be a major gathering place for Indian and Chinese monks that came to study further Buddhist teachings. Although not many remains of palaces and pagodas are found, temples like Kamaro are evident of its flourishing times. Apart from its historical monuments, Palembang is quite famous for its floating market and the delicious dishes that are distinct compared to other parts of Indonesia. Being an Island, Palembang’s countless water streams and the Ampera Bridge makes the city at dusk look like an Asian version of Venice. Another icon of Palembang is the Kuto Besak Fortress of the Darussalam Sultanate that reigned in the 16th Century. If you are intrigued by Indonesia’s culture, Palembang definitely should be on your bucket list.

Cirebon

Photo of the city of Cirebon
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Location

Another famous port city and a tourist destination, Cirebon is located in West Java, bordering Central Java. Unlike overrated Indonesian cities like Bali, Cirebon attracts a different type of traveller base. With great history lingering within the streets and graves of the city, Cirebon’s culture is decorated with ethnic diversity coexisting in harmony. The city itself is a remarkable architectural masterpiece of Chinese, Arabic and Western influences.

Apart from its beautiful heritage, Cirebon is home to a long stretch of beautiful beaches. Few of the must-visit places include the Keraton Kasepuhan – a palace of a Sultan, Taman Wisata Goa Sunyaragi cave structures and Alun Alun Kejaksan – a Mosque influenced by Chinese and Arabic architecture. If you are particularly fond of Batiks, Cirebon is your go-to place. Undoubtedly it is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia if you are looking to relax.

Banyuwangi

Photo of a large tree at Banyuwangi
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Location

Neighbouring Bali, located on the east of Java, Banyuwangi Regency is a lesser-known tourist attraction when compared to its adjoining mate Bali. Home of the famous blue volcano – Ijen, Banyuwangi is also known for its magical beaches like Pantai Merah the Red Beach, countless surfing spots and awe-inspiring sunsets. A few of the must-visit places here in Banyuwangi consist of the rainforest National Park of De Alas Purwo, Meru Betiri National Park and Kalipuro beach. If you’re travelling to Bali on a Honeymoon or a relaxing getaway, don’t hesitate on crossing the strait to Banyuwangi. Apart from couples, adventure travellers would also find a haven on this part of the Java Islands, as it’d widely acknowledged by backpackers for trekking, sightseeing and the endless culinary adventures that come with it. We believe Banyuwangi is one of the best places to visit in Indonesia.

Bali Swing

Photo of the iconic Bali Swing in Ubud
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Coming back once again to our famous resort city, this is an iconic piece of experience that travel influencers around the world keep searching for when in Bali. The Bali Swing – initially made its presence in Ubud – is a giant swing based 10 -15 meters either above rice paddies or jungles, to capture the perfect photograph. At a glance, the Swing may look like a danger on-spot, but safety is guaranteed in all locations. Over the years, so many tourists have taken that classic photograph off the swing and so far, there has not been any accidents.

Generally, Swing locations in Bali also have other photographic attractions such as nests and theme parks which usually comes in as packages. If heights scare you, you could always resort to a nest or a cocoon. Although it’s not one of the best places to visit in Indonesia, it most certainly is an experience worth your time.

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