If you read our digital nomad article than you are probably interested to learn more about travelling being a technology entrepreneur! Here is a list of some of the most Serene Islands, pristine beaches, beautiful landscapes, exotic villas, vibrant cultural and tribal ethos, No, we aren’t mentioning heaven, but this place is no less than one. Known for offering a perfect concoction of outlandish island wonders and spine-chilling adventures, there’s no exaggerating in calling Indonesia the number one tourist destination.
If you are seeking some time alone or looking to spend some moments with your special someone, this country has got it all. Planning a trip already? Wait till you read the best places on our list to visit.
In this blog, we have mentioned some of the best tourist locations around Indonesia that you can visit at any time of the year.
Top Indonesian Attractions
Borobudur Temple– World’s biggest Buddhist sanctuary.
Komodo National Park– Known for giant monitor lizards.
Raja Ampat– Known for rare species of corals.
Mount Bromo– an active volcanic site.
Ubud– cultural capital with beautiful rainforests.
Lake Toba– Indonesia’s biggest lake.
Bangka Belitung Islands– known for white sand, granite boulders, and palm trees.
Lombok– known for its beautiful landscapes and beaches.
Nusa Islands– known as the Maldives of Bali.
Bukittinggi– known for its glorious highland views and cultural values.
Known to be the biggest Buddhist sanctuary in the world, The Borobudur temple is also famous for its beauty and charm. The temple is known to have been built around the 8th century and accurately reflects Indonesian history including the religion, culture, architecture, and customs. One can witness the ornamental stone carvings and the gaze of the grand structure that lies in the main courtyard.
Komodo National Park
Known to house the mighty monitor lizard, the Komodo National Park is the only interesting part in the string of exotic islands that include Padar and Rinca as well. The park has glorious hills and a beach view with an exotic coastline, lush green tropical hills, and exciting underwater wildlife. The Komodo National Park also has a pink sand beach, white Padar island, and a magnificent view of three bays.
Being home to over 530 species of corals, 700 mollusk species, and 1300 different species of fish, Raja Ampat is considered a tropical paradise. Despite the magnetic island views and the presence of exotic species, it doesn’t observe a great number of tourists due to its remote location and vast area. Heaven for divers, Raja Ampat also makes for a memorable destination for photographers, adventure lovers, bird watchers, and those looking for a luxury vacation with spectacular views.
An active volcano that remains surrounded by smoke and multi-colored sky for the most part of a year, is among the most iconic places in Indonesia. Mt. Bromo shares its boundaries with a desert, green hills, flower fields, and waterfalls, thus generating a view worth seeing. The sunrise view at Mt. Bromo from Java Island is also one of the main attractions.
Also known as Bali’s art and cultural capital, Ubud is sure to spellbind tourists with its art galleries and beautiful traditional performances. Some popular places in Ubud include Tegalalang Rice Terrace, lush green tropical jungles, rivers, and everything in between. Step out for a casual stroll, and you will be amazed by the lovely nature and architecture of the houses.
Stunning from every angle to look at, Lake Toba has the opportunity to be called Indonesia’s biggest lake. The lake is almost twice the size of the entire Singapore city-state. Surrounded by lush green hills, there are many viewpoints with the lake sight. While you are in the villages around the lake, you can also explore the local Batak culture. Lake Toba also has a small island in the middle with the name Samosir.
Bangka Belitung Islands
Located off the coast of Sumatra, this island is famous for its blissful white sand, idyllic beaches, iconic granite boulders, and palm trees. The locality is well-known for its impressive cultural and historical landmarks like heritage buildings belonging to the colonial era. You can also venture out to the surrounding smaller islands for even pristine sites.
This island is among the most visited tourist attractions and also has the most glorious sights including the Mt. Rinjani volcano and Pink Beach. The beaches and beautiful landscapes are no less than those of Bali.
Also referred to as “The Maldives of Bali” this string of three islands is a tropical paradise with breathtaking natural attractions. Each of the Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan have their own specialties. The areas are perfect for diving and water sports, cliff jumping in Nusa Ceningan, crossing the yellow bridge between Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan, caving, hiking, and more.
This charming city in West Sumatra has to be at the forefront of tourism in Indonesia. Situated 930m above the mean sea level, Bukittinggi has beautiful highland views and is famous for its climate. The town has a long history with extraordinary cultural values. Popular tourist attractions around this city are “Lubang Jepang” (the Japanese Caves built by the Japanese during the World War II), “Jam Gadang” (a large clock tower built by the Dutch in 1926), traditional markets named “Pasar Atas” and “Pasar Aur Kuning”, Rumah Bagonjong’s replica at “Taman Bundo Kanduang” Park, “Limpapeh Bridge”, and “Janjang Koto Gadang” a miniature of the Chinese great wall and also known as the Great Wall of Koto Gadang.