Indonesia（officially the Republic of Indonesia) is a sovereign country in Asia and Oceania. It is the largest island country in the world by the number of islands, with more than fourteen thousand islands. Indonesia has an estimated population of over 255 million people and is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority country.
Magnificent beaches, captivating attractions, abundant wildlife and over 300 spoken languages—Indonesia is the land of fire, alive with nature and full of flavor. Here are some tips on visiting Indonesia for the first time.
Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is a colorful and vibrant city of vast differences. Developing at an astounding pace, Jakarta provides endless experiences at breakneck speed. An alluring combination of old and new, the marriage is as enticing as it is jarring. The city is constantly on the move, filled with dynamic sights, tastes and sounds.
Where to Stay:
The central business district of Jakarta offers luxurious accommodations, while the edges of the city house affordable hostels. The most popular neighborhoods to stay in besides Central Business District are Menteng and Tanah Batang.
What to Do:
Jakarta is infused with shopping, food and culture. Some of the top attractions include the National Museum, the National Gallery, Ancol Dreamland, Istiqlal Mosque and Ragunan Zoo.
What to Eat:
Eating in Jakarta is an adventure in itself. The Indonesian cuisine is tantalizing and varied. The savory cuisine appeals to the palette with favorites like Nasi Goreng, Rendang, Sate Ayam, Gudeg and Bakso.
The sprawling city of Jakarta can be daunting to get around. Navigating the ample transportation options can be confusing. The easiest method is taxis. However, there is also the option to drive, walk or use the bus system.
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park encompasses Komodo, Rinca and several nearby islands. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Man and Biosphere Reserve and one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. Komodo National Park is a land of variety, rich in marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Visitors come from all over the world to participate in natural excursions. Whether spending time behind the lens, diving the crystalline waters or hiking the breathtaking terrain—Komodo National Park offers phenomenal experiences and thrilling educational opportunities to learn about local flora and fauna.
Walking is the main form of transportation once on the islands of Komodo National Park. Visitors are highly encouraged to face the area’s permanent residents with the help of guide. A multitude of activities await, and each brings the potential of panoramic views and encounters with everything from wild buffalos, Komodo dragons and monkeys to sea turtles, whales and stingrays. Nature-lovers will take haven in one of the world’s most abundant and wild ecosystems.
How to Get There:
A trip to Komodo National Park begins at one of the gateway cities—Labuan Bajo and Bima—which are reached from Denpasar, Bali. Reach them by bus, sea (36 hours) or air (1.5 hours). From the gateway cities, charter a boat to the park.
Make reservations and get park passes through the Komodo Marine National Park Office. Several tours are offered as well.
Located a four-hour drive east of Surabaya, Mount Bromo is one of the features of Tengger Semeru National Park. Mount Bromo offers its visitors awe-inspiring views, and its dramatic setting makes it a photogenic dream. The top of Mount Bromo is reached by foot, jeep or on horseback. Note that your trip may be thwarted due to volcanic activity, but a failed attempt is better than none.
Because of the unpredictability of Mount Bromo, it’s best to keep an eye on the current conditions. Sunrise is an excellent time to peak the mountain, and there are several tours to choose from.
Tana Roraja whisks visitors back in time and gives them a glimpse into Indonesia’s interesting peoples. Watch time-honored ceremonies and take in the oddly enticing surroundings. Vivid villages and towering terraces engage people from around the world. Tana Toraja offers a unique glimpse into a fascinating tribal culture and gives a new perspective on death when you visit Indonesia.
Things to do:
Although visiting the tribe is the highlight of most visits, people also enjoy trekking, cycling and motor-biking. Points of interest include Tampangallo, Londa, Lemo, Pasar Bolu, Nanggala and the Kambira Baby Graves.
Orangutan Feeding Centre
Another place to visit during your trip to Indonesia is Orangutan Feeding Centre. The orangutan center was set up in 1973 to help primates re-acclimate to the wild. It has since become a favorite activity in Indonesia. A ticket will give you access to the feeding platform which is a 10-minute steep scramble from the visitor office. The office can be reached by boat from the village of Bukit Lawang. Before or after your visit, explore the village or take a trek through the jungle.
8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Positioned above the Solo Plain, the glorious temple, Candi Sukuh, is a majestic sight indeed. The fertility-themed relic possesses graphic carvings, and the views of the surrounding area are nothing short of phenomenal. The area the temple resides is isolated and serene, giving it an extreme air of mystery. Although notoriously challenging to reach, the temple is a must-go place for a trip to Indonesia.
Gunung Lawu, Indonesia
8 a.m.-5 p.m.