Welcome to Indonesia friends 🤗
Known as The World’s Largest Archipelago, Indonesia has a total area of 1.904.569 square kilometres with more than seventeen thousand islands. And also, Indonesia is the 4th most heavily populated country in the world with more than 250 million people.
Among of many islands in Indonesia, only about six thousand island that populated by humans. From those islands, Indonesia have the 34 provinces with the various of ethnic and culture.
If look by the various and number of culture and island in Indonesia, it’s really aptly if there are many best places to visit in Indonesia.
So, if you have plans to visit Indonesia and wants to around the best places here, let’s read this. Because today we will recommend The Top 10 As Best Place to Visit in Indonesia, only for You.
1. Lake Toba
We will start from Sumatra Island. Located in North Sumatra, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world with the Samosir Island in the middle of the lake. It’s one of the most popular destination in Indonesia. Even, this lake is bigger than Singapore, because its area. An area of Lake Toba is 1,700 square kilometres. Yes, it’s looks like an ocean, right?
Lake Toba is a large natural lake that formed by volcanic erruption about 70,000 years ago. Because of that erruption, the caldera is formed and filled by the water until to be that Lake Toba. And, Samosir Island was formed by the upward preassure of magma.
As one of top 10 priority destination for Wonderful Indonesia Campaign, Indonesian goverment always keep on to improve the attractiveness of this place. For example is make the access to this lake more easy both for domestic and foreign tourist.
Airport Silangit in Siborong-Borong, North Tapanuli is the answer. Nowadays, you can have a direct flight to there from Jakarta. You can use some of airline brands like Garuda and Sriwijaya Air. When you arrive at airport, you will use public transportation to reach the towns at the fringe of Lake Toba for 3-4 hours.
On of the town at fringe of Lake Toba is Parapat. There is a harbour if you want to go to Samosir Island. If you are in Samosir Island, don’t forget to see The Sigale-Gale. It’s a popular mystic doll from this island. The doll can dance like human accompanied by music.
Oh yes, don’t miss to buy Ulos, the traditional cloth of the Batak People of Nort Sumatra for your souvenirs from this Island.
2. Padang – Mentawai Island
Still in Sumatra Island, more exactly is in West Sumatra. Have you ever eating beef rendang? It is the typical food of West Sumatra. And did you know, if Rendang is one of the best food in the world? Yes, Rendang is so famous regional cuisine not only in Indonesia but in the world.
If you like ‘Nasi Padang’ too, you can call this city as a heavent of food, because Padang is a birthplace of Nasi Padang, Rendang and other foods which always you see and eat from Padang’s Restaurant in your city. But of course, it will have another sensation if you enjoy this food at the original place.
Not only have foods, Padang also have the beautiful beach. Do you know the regency of Mentawai Archipelago? This island consist of many islands and has 4 main island, there are Siberut Island, Pagai Utara Island, Sipora Island, and Pagai Selatan Island.
The beach in this island is very clean with the pretty white sands and the blue and clear of sea waters. A beautiful beach for diving, surfing or only for relaxing.
And because of directly connected with indian ocean, the waves of this beach has become a favourite spot for surfing. Its a paradise beach for surfers of the world. Are you surfer? What are you waiting for? Let’s make an agenda to enjoy the another sensation in that beach.
3. The Thousand Islands
This island is the next best place to visit in Indonesia. It is an administrative regency of Jakarta. Not only as the administrative regency in Jakarta, it also be favourite place to visit in Indonesia.
The Thousand Island has 11 inhabited islands, there are Tidung Besar Island, Tidung Kecil Island, Pramuka Island, Panggang Island, Harapan Island, Untung Jawa Island, Pari Island, Lancang Island, Kelapa Island, Kelapa Dua Island, and Sebira Island.
Then, another islands which to be a tourist islands are Bidadari Island, Puteri Island, Onrust Island and many more. There is also has The Thousand Islands National Park as the observation and aquaculture of sea, and of course for tourism.
What can you do in those islands? Yes, you can do so many things friends. Every tourist islands have their own characteristics. Moreover some of islands are save a lot of historical stories about the past of Dutch Colonial Government in Indonesia.
Diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and many more can you do in those islands. Even The Thousand Islands often be a place for pre wedding photoshoot or other events.
For the transportation, you can use speedboat or ferry ship from the tourist dock of Marina Ancol. And, it’s depends on the island distance and the weather there.
4. Mount Bromo
So far, Mount Bromo still to be a main tourist attraction and favourite place to visit in East Java, especially for the natural lovers.
The thing that makes Bromo so interesting is this mount still has status as an active volcano mount.
This mount always crowded by tourist, both of local and foreign tourist. The expected moment when you are at there is a beauty of sunrise and an exotic sunset. Therefore, you must to manage a time so that your trip to Bromo not be useless.
The First Mount Penanjakan as a peak in these areas is the best spot to enjoy sunrise. The Golden Sunrise is a nickname that known for this beautiful sunrise.
The Second Mount Penanjakan and Mentingen Hill also can be good place to see sunrise and sunset if you are late to go to The First Mount Penanjakan.
The other places in Bromo areas that you can not to miss are Padang Savana, Teletubbies Hill and of course Pasir Berbisik.
All of them have best spot for photography.
If you want to visit Mount Bromo, we really recommend to use thick weater or warm clothes because of the cold weather at there.
5. Borobudur Temple
Located at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. This temple always be one of best place to visit in Indonesia. Not only as a tourist attraction, the temple also as The Largest Buddhist Temple in The World.
And not only that, its also as The Largest Buddhist Monument in The World. It has stories about the heritage of the history of buddhism. Borobudur Temple is The World Hertiage List since 1991 by UNESCO.
If you are domestic, you will be charged IDR 30.000/ticket for adult and IDR 12.500/ticket for children.
And for foreign, you will be charged $20 USD/ticket for adult and $10 USD/ticket for children.
This place opens everyday start from 6am until 5pm.
6. Bunaken National Park
Let’s move to Sulawesi Island. Bunaken National Park is the most popular tourist attraction in Manado, North Sulawesi. This national park is presents the tropical water ecosystems of Indonesia.
There are 5 islands which included in this national park : Naen Island, Bunaken Island, Manado Tua Island, Siladen Island, and Mantehage Island.
Not only for marine tourism, this park also expected to be education tourism because of the marine’s conservation and observation that so good for exploring at there.
So many best spot for diving there, you will served by beautiful of tropical water ecosystems of Indonesia at there.
There are some activites that can you doing at this national park : diving, snorkling, observation of birds, observation of whales migration, education tourism and culture tourism.
The access to go to Bunaken National Park is by speedboat from Manado Bay. And you must buy a ticket with a price IDR 50.000 for entered once or IDR 150k for a year.
7. Gili Trawangan
It still about beach guys 😎
So where is Gili Trawangan? Location of Gili Trawangan is southweast of Lombok Island. And for you information that Trawangan is the sixth of the most favourable island in Asia. Can you imagine, how beautiful this island? 🏖
It’s a best place to relax you mind from the hurly-burly of the town. And, if you have a plans to get honeymoon, this place is one of our recommendation.
So many things to do at Gili Trawangan :
– Great sunrise with Rinjani Mountain background, the best spot to enjoy it, is arrounds of the turtle conservation areas.
– Snorkeling to meet colorful tropical fish and coral reefs. Don’t worry about the snorkling tools because there are so many place to rent it with a price about IDR 50.000.
– It a favourite place for diving. There are type of diving that can you choose according to your wish.
– Because of there is no machine that allowed to use so you can around the island by ride a bicycle with a rent price about IDR 100.000.
And so many more things. then, how about foods? Don’t worry because you can enjoy all of type of foods, start from Indonesian food until International foods, likes Korean or French foods.
To reach Gili Trawangan you can use public boat from Bangsal Harbour for about 30-45 minutes with prices only IDR 20.000.
Or if you are from Bali, you can use fast boat for about an hour with prices of IDR 350.000.
8. Tanah Lot
Yes, we are in Bali now. Who doesn’t know Tanah Lot Temple in Bali? It’s a tourism landmark of Bali Island.
Because of its fame, almost everyday the tourists visit this place. You can walk arround the beach, take a picture and of course enjoy the beauty of sunset. When the sunset you can take a picture with a background of temple.
Yes, there are two temple in the different place. One temple is located on the large coral rock,the name is Pura Luhur Tanah Lot.
Pura Luhur Tanah Lot is built for Hindus People worship the God, prays to the world’s welfare and the balance of sea and earth.
And the other temple is located on the west, on the hill that indented to the sea, namely Pura Batu bolong. This Pura is use to hold religious ceremony of Hindus people.
The uniqueness of Tanah Lot Temple is the holy snakes, this holy snakes are believed as the guard of Tanah Lot Temple. Its a venomous sea snake with the black and white mottled. And you can touch them and take a picture with them in the small cave of holy snakes. Of course, you will be accompanied by someone who really understand about the snakes.
The ticket price to enter this Temple is IDR 20.000 for adult and IDR 15.000 for children.
If you want to get a trip in Bali, you can get a rental car with or without a driver. Estimation of the price is about IDR 300.000-500.000 / ten hour. It’s all according to your needs and of course your budget.
9. Komodo National Park
Also known as Komodo Dragons National Park. This national park is located between Sumbawa and Flores Island. And in the border region between East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara.
This park have 3 main island, there are Komodo, Rinca and Padar Island. And every island have their own characteristic.
For the first time, this place is use to safe Komodo and their habitat. But now, it has become a favourite destination for tourist.
Indonesia people should be proud because since 2012, Komodo National Park is one of the seven wonder in the world. And in previous, in 1991 this national park was accepted by UNESCO’s as a World Heritage Site.
At there, you will find a preety pink beach and of course you will see many of giant lizards. For see them you will get a tour accompanied by ranger ( people who know everything about giant lizard ).
To reach the national park you must go to Labuan Bajo, Flores. You can get a flight to Bali from your city/country or have a direct flight from Jakarta to Labuan Bajo. If you are from Bali, you can go to Labuan Bajo by plane or get a bus.
Then, if you have arrived at Labuan Bajo, its only has one way. You need a boat that will take you to Loh Liang ( Komodo Island ) or Loh Buaya ( Rinca Island ). It has a various of prices according to class of boat.
Or you can use a travel tour that will help you to get a trip to Komodo National Park from your town.
10. Raja Ampat Islands
Welcome to Raja Ampat Islands. Its a very beautiful Island in Indonesia, even in this planet. Fit with its name, this island consist of 4 islands, there are Waigeo Island, Misool Island, Salawati Island, and Batanta Island.
Raja Ampat located in the province of Papua Barat, more precisely at Sorong. If you want to go to Raja Ampat, you need a flight from Jakarta or Bali to Sorong. And from Sorong just take a fast boat for 2-3 hours to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat.
So many beach in this island with a beautiful views of white sands and a clear of blue waters. Its not wrong if everyone says that this island is a paradise, not only for surfing and diving, but also to explore the flora and fauna in Papua.
And don’t miss to see the most beautiful bird in the world, Cendrawasih bird, a bird of paradise. Yes, Everything in Raja Ampat Islands is paradise, right?
Maybe from all of the best places in this article, Raja Ampat need more much money to spend your holiday, but that’s all will be paid off by a beauty views of beach, tropical forest, nice people with various culture, and of course the beauty of Raja Ampat undersea.
There are The Top 10 Best Place to Visit in Indonesia. Are you ready to arrounds Indonesia from Sabang until Merauke? Come on makes a schedule to get holiday in one of the best places in Indonesia above. What do you want? Backpacker or executive trip?