Indonesia, known as the largest archipelago-made country in the world, offers incredible traveling experiences for many. From honeymooners to families, Indonesia is one of the best places to retreat to for a relaxing vacation filled with culture, festivities, and history. Not only does Indonesia present a wonderland of numerous adventures for everyone, but it also has affordable accommodation and cuisine, which is perfect for the traveler on a budget. With over 18,000 islands in Indonesia, there’s much to see, but so little time, so start with these five hotspots when traveling to Indonesia.
- Borobudur Temple
Located in Java and as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Borobudur Temple is known for its jaw-dropping architecture and rich, historic background. Constructed in the 9th century during the era of the Syailendra dynasty, the Borobudur Temple is known as today’s largest Buddhist monument in the world. With stone carvings of Buddha’s life of enlightenment, Borobudur displays not only history and artistic architecture, but spirituality and education as well. Visitors of Borobudur are allowed to walk to the top of the temple and are free to take photos. It’s advised to go with a professional tour guide to help explain the stories the temple’s stone carvings present. Although the temple in itself is a majestic view, the surrounding lush area and mountain landscape makes the Borobudur temple a breathtaking scene to behold.
- Mount Bromo
As the most visited, volcanic mountain in Indonesia, Mount Bromo presents a natural phenomenon with its landscape, breathtaking sunrise scenes, and sheets of volcanic smoke surround the mountain area. With the danger of being near an active volcano and viewing one of the most stunning sceneries in the world, a mountain trekking adventure is a must on Mount Bromo. Tourists can go up the mountain by horse riding or walk up the mountain. There are steps to help guide hikers up the mountain and vantage points to watch sunrises at the top of the mountain. Surrounding Mount Bromo is the local Tenggerese community, filled with unique Tenggerese people, homes, and culture. A must-see event when visiting Mount Bromo is the Kasada festival to watch the Tenggerese people toss food and money as offerings in the volcano’s crater for their gods. The Kasada festival is held on the 14th day during the Kasada month on the Hindu lunar calendar, which usually happens between August to November.
- Lake Toba
Named the largest and deepest lake in Southeast Asia, Lake Toba, located in northern Sumatra, is known for more than its massive size. Formed by a super volcano, Lake Toba is a giant crater that even has its own island in the middle: Pulau Samosir. At a height of 2,953 feet above sea level, the cool and clear climate of Lake Toba makes for a relaxing paradise for tourists. From fishing to swimming, Lake Toba offers various activities that tourists can do while on vacation. Along with its climate and water activities, Lake Toba’s island, Pulau Samosir, offers other relaxing hotspots as well, from the island’s hot springs to the waterfalls. The Batak Toba locals who live on the island are known for their hospitality, so tourists can expect to be greeted with warm welcomings. In the town of Tuktuk, visitors can find affordable hotels to stay in and continue to enjoy the island’s magnificent culture.
With hundreds of attractions to choose from, Bali is one of the most popular places in the world to visit. From snorkeling in the reefs of Lembongan Island to cycling through rice paddy fields, Bali presents countless activities that are infused with culture, entertainment, art, history, and more that tourists can enjoy during their stay. For travelers on summer vacation, be sure to visit Bali during its Bali Arts Festival, which lasts for a whole month from June to July and is filled with colorful dance performances and more. For tourists wanting to get away from the stresses of daily life, visit Bali’s Bedugul, a mountain-lake resort known for its exquisite scenery and landscape that is sure to please every busybody.
- Komodo National Park
Dedicated to the Komodo Dragons inhabiting the area, the Komodo National Park is a famous tourist attraction that adds an adventure with danger and exotic animals into any visitor’s vacation itinerary. Starting out as a reservation to protect the unique species of Komodo Dragons, the Komodo National Park has extended its protection to other animals as well, from the Sunda deer to wild boars. When visiting the Komodo National Park, tourists will be accompanied by a professional reservation park ranger to ensure the safety of both visitors and animals.
John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a site that helps you save money by "doing the homework for you."