8 Must-See Sights of Indonesia

8 Must-See Sights of Indonesia

by Travelbag on 22 August 2017, 10:08AM

Consisting of thousands of tropical islands dotted between both the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Indonesia is the true epitome of what paradise should look like. Playing host to everything from culturally enriched townships and thriving cities to volcanic mountains and verdant jungles, the Indonesian islands serve as a scenic smorgasbord of beauty and splendour that takes exotic holiday escapes to a whole other level.

Cities

Jakarta

 Jakarta

Indonesia’s stunning capital is a melting pot of cultures, religions and landmarks; a thriving city that brings together some of the most contrasting but incredible sights Southeast Asia has to offer. Situated along the north western coast of Java Island, the city of Jakarta is the perfect place to get a taste of Indonesian life, with such highlights as the Istiqlal Mosque and the Dunai Fantasi theme park just waiting to be discovered. Wandering the streets of this booming city you can’t help but feel a vibrant buzz in the air. The patchwork mosaic that is Jakarta promises excitement around practically every corner.

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

Located on the island of Java, the city of Yogyakarta is well known for being the central hub for Indonesia’s art and historical lifelines, providing a pleasant change of pace from the larger cities. Filled to the brim with ancient temples, ornate palaces, and historical fortresses, visiting the city is like stepping back in time and uncovering part of Indonesia’s incredible past. Marvel at the 9th-century Hindu temples of Prambanan, take a look at the intricate architecture of the Kraton of Yogyakarta palace complex and wander through the Fort Vredeburg Museum to round out your visit to this stunning city.

Surabaya

Surabaya

The port city of Surabaya occupies the coastline of East Java and while it may not be as widely visited as other Indonesian cities, there is still much to see amidst the bustling streets of this charming escape. Seamlessly blending modern and historical elements, it’s not uncommon to be exploring Surabaya and discover looming skyscrapers and theme parks mixed in with colonial buildings and ancient quarters, but the real draw to the city is its proximity to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park; a natural wonderland whose main attraction is the active volcano known as Mount Bromo.

Medan

Medan

For the longest time, travellers have seen Medan simply as a gateway to visit the beautiful waters of Lake Toba; a body of water that rests in the caldera of a supervolcano, and while the splendour of Lake Toba is nothing to be dismissed, there is much more to the city of Medan than simply serving as a gateway destination. Medan is pure, unfiltered Indonesia, showcasing the gritty yet beautiful lifestyles of the locals, and providing the most authentic travel experience one could hope for. With charm pouring out of every riverbank shack and nature all around, Medan proves that beauty is not only skin deep.

Islands

Komodo

Komodo

Making up part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Komodo is an unfettered part of nature whose emerald hillsides, stony beaches and azure waters serve as breeding grounds for the largest living species of lizard in the world: the Komodo dragon. Catching these elusive reptiles in their natural habitat is a true rarity, especially with how potentially dangerous they are, but with the local national park guides on hand, these majestic beasts can be more easily spotted on scenic hikes and park trails. Dragons aside, the island itself is absolutely awe-inspiring, with dramatic scenery in all directions, making this a must-see Indonesian hotspot.

Lombok & the Gili Islands

Lombok & the Gili Islands

Pretty much each of Indonesia’s islands play host to some of the most beautiful shorelines in the world and are ideal for those tropical, picturesque moments. But when it comes to prime surfing hotspots, rugged splendour and beachfronts that stand out from the rest, Lombok is your oasis. From the white sands of Gili Air to the jagged peaks of the Gunung Rinjani volcano, Lombok is the idyllic setting that comes to mind when we think of exotic escapes, and if you’re considering visiting Indonesia, don’t overlook this often overlooked destination.

Java

Java

You may have noticed that many of the cities mentioned above find themselves on the island of Java, and while its cities are some of its most prominent destinations, there is plenty more to see away from the urban streets. One visit to West Java to see the still waters of Situ Gunung Lake or a trek out to the Ijen volcano complex in East Java should give you an idea of just how much beauty is peppered all across the island. Whether it’s to explore the labyrinthine cities or to stand in awe of the natural landmarks around them, you’re bound to discover just why Java is one of the nation’s most significant islands.

Bali

Bali

Bali really needs no introduction; the ever-popular island of Bali has been described countless times as one of the most visually stunning islands the world has ever seen and we can’t help but agree. Simply put, it offers the perfect holiday scenario – azure tides ebbing over coral reefs, emerald canopies stretching out for miles and volcanic mountains framing it all beautifully, these are just a few of the nuances you can expect on this tropical haven. Take in a healthy dose of religious culture at the unique island temple of Tanah Lot, see the Hindu statues of Garuda Wisnu Kencana or relax atop the soft sands of any one of the beaches that border the island for the holiday experience of a lifetime.

Discover your paradise among the Indonesian islands today; find out more, here. Alternatively, speak to an expert for a tailor made holiday perfect for you.


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