Southeast Asia is an exciting part of the world. If you love beaches, cultural heritage sites, and gastronomic experience, then there’s no place better for your next vacation. But perhaps you’re overwhelmed with the vast choices of places to see in Indonesia? Here are explore the best places to stay in Indonesia, starting with Bali and continuing through some lesser-known choices.
One of our favorite Southeast Asian countries is Indonesia. We could count the reasons we adore this quiet country, but instead, we’re choosing to take you around ten awesome places because that’s a more believable way to make you want to visit Indonesia.
If you’re ready to be amazed, come with us as we walk you through our ten best places to stay in in Indonesia.
Bali remains to be one of the most visited places in Indonesia. It’s a haven for backpackers, vegans, surfers, and travelers looking for something that would stimulate their senses.
This island is everything but boring.
A lively party scene with plenty of options depending on your taste, beach clubs where you can spend the entire afternoon chilling with your friends, and yoga centers for yogis who advocate for a healthier lifestyle — all these you can experience in this heaven of a place.
If you love Bali, we’re 100% sure you will also love Gili Islands.
It’s less crowded but with equally incredible beaches. Some may even argue that the beaches in this tropical archipelago are even better than those in Bali.
But of course, the judgment is beyond us. We both love the two islands, that’s for sure!
Besides beautiful shores for lounging, you can also experience booze cruises where you can unleash the party animal in you. Spend a night bar-hopping with friends, and then spend the next day relaxing in your villa while watching the sun’s splendid setting.
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As you may know, Indonesia is blessed with plenty of active volcanoes. Despite that fact, these mountains are still a top attraction in Indonesia because of their immeasurable charm.
One of the more popular ones is Mount Bromo in East Java.
Tour agencies often offer 3-day hikes to this mountain where you can experience the Tenggrenese culture up close.
There are plenty of hotels where you can check-in during your stay here. You won’t have to worry about bringing a tent.
All you need to bring is a pair of good walking shoes and hiking clothes to help you survive the trail.
Another gorgeous, natural product of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia is the beautiful Lake Toba. It’s the largest volcanic lake in the world.
In fact, it’s so large an entire island called the Samosir sits right in the middle of the lake.
What’s more interesting about this lake is that people mistake it as an ocean because it looks like one. Not to mention the views are immaculate once you’ve reached the top.
Its enormous size terrifies us of the idea that it is an actual active volcano. But just by looking at its beauty eases the fear.
Just a ferry ride away from Bali, Lombok is the tamed version of the famous island.
While there are also party scenes in Lombok, they are usually more controlled because it’s a Muslim island. This means that rules are stricter on this side.
Aside from parties, Lombok Bali is also a perfect getaway for travelers who love nature. Tiu Kelep Waterfalls is a must-see!
To be in the middle of all the trees, shrubs, and whatnots while gazing at the majestic flow of water from the mountain is something we’d pay to experience over and over.
Wondering what to see in Indonesia? How about a dragon?
Wildlife is bountiful on this side of the world. The closest encounter we could have with a dragon is well, visiting the Komodo National Park. That’s because this is where Komodo dragons are protected.
While Komodos aren’t really dragons, they still look terrifying but adorable at the same time. But nope, we’re not allowed to go near them no matter how cute they seem to you.
Gigantic lizards like the Komodo are dangerous. So keeping your distance is advisable. Just be thankful you get to see them at least once in your life when you visit this location among special Indonesia places.
If you like fun facts, a trip to Yogyakarta will give you plenty of those, especially when you visit historical sites like the Borobudur and the Prambanan temples.
These cultural heritage spots in Java will stir your curiosity, especially when you discover how these structures were built. They are some of the most beautiful places in Indonesia.
Massive temples like these two represent the rich history of Indonesia, including that of different religious backgrounds.
Yogyakarta is also a haven for arts. From fine arts to performing arts, a variety of options is available for every tourist.
Torajaland, also known as the Land of the Heavenly Kings, is a mystic island that will stir your thirst for the unusual.
This may not be the first name that comes to mind when you say Indonesia, but it’s definitely worth visiting. Moreso, when you want a taste of the mountain living with impressive rice fields and limestone peaks.
Because of its unusual geographic location, Torajaland has become a breeding ground for unique species. In fact, 62 of these species can only be found on this island and nowhere else. That’s how special Torajaland is and why I think it should be one of the top Indonesia sites to see.
In our entire traveling escapades, the waters of Raja Ampat is probably the clearest we have seen.
It has the kind of blue that makes you feel at peace knowing you are on an island that cares about the environment.
Its beauty is something that will leave you speechless. It’s like not a word can describe how it is to be surrounded by such a beautiful display of nature.
This place is paradise. Period. No wonder it’s among the must see places in Indonesia!
Dieng Plateau is the unspoiled part of Indonesia where you can genuinely experience almost empty national parks, explore off the beaten path treks, and see the sunset above the clouds.
Apart from that, the amazing perspective you can get atop the mountain will make your stay here even more worthwhile. You can also end your day bathing at one of their hot springs.
This is the perfect way to cap off a day of exploration.
Did our list tire or inspire you? If we inspired you to see Indonesia, you might also take it to the extremes and visit Anyer, Indonesia – another gem waiting to be discovered. Discover for yourself how awesome Indonesia truly is.
We hope you enjoyed our little virtual tour. Guess after all the beautiful things we have to say about each of the places in our Indonesia list; it’s only fitting to say, see you on that island soon! Start planning your very own Indonesia experience today.