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If you are confused to choose between a relaxing vacation or a energetic happening vacation, your confusion ends here. Indonesia, an archipelago with about 17,000 islands, has everything to offer in terms of activities, budgets and fun. With the beaches on one side and the mountains on the other, it offers the best tourist places in Indonesia. With spiritual temple visits and never ending nightlife, with activities that will have your muscles sore to spas that will relax every part of your body, this place is a paradise of contrasts. There is something to enjoy for everyone over here, regardless of age, gender or interests. This should be a must-visit for every tourist who is looking forward to experience something new and amazing.

Indonesia is not going to disappoint you, it is going to make you happy in every sense. Although, many people visit with particular interests such as yoga retreats, spiritual pilgrimage, etc. it does not make sense to visit just one place during your visit given the vastness in diversity and geography of the region. With so much to do and see in this region, there tends to be a lot of doubt and curiosity on how to make the best out of your trip there. So, come and explore the best tourist places in Indonesia. Thus, to make your work easier, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers to them to help you get the best of your trip. Take a look:

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Bali Swing
Bali Swings, the perfect setup for your dream picture, is a fascinating place that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Secured by safety harnesses, you get to swing at roughly 40 meters above the ground looking over rice paddy fields and jungle views, and it is a mind-blowing activity to enjoy. Get the cameras ready and rolling as you swing with your partner to capture the best moments in Bali.
Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is home to more than 700 grey long tailed macaques living in an alluring natural habitat, making it a perfect place to explore for all the nature enthusiasts. The monkey forest is also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal as it is home to several age-old places of worship under the dense foliage. 
Bali Safari And Marine Park
While in Bali this is another place which you cannot afford to miss. Make your holidays a lot more exciting while you visit the famous Bali Safari & Marine Park and get a chance to dine besides the animals. The Bali Safari and Marine Park was set up by Taman Safari Indonesia; covering 40 hectares of land in the Gianyar regime.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Break away from the bustle of city life amid the lush and serene paddy fields at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The fields are uniquely cut out in a terraced layout along the hillsides lending the entire area a graceful pattern that is truly a visual treat. You can also interact with the local farmers to know more about Balinese culture.
Bali Zoo
Home to one of the most impressive collections of wildlife in Indonesia, Bali Zoo stands out among the biggest highlights of this stunning island city. While the sheer variety of biodiversity is staggering, Bali Zoo is better known for its range of immersive experiences- whether it be dining with jungle beasts, going on elephant safaris, or nighttime tour of the Zoo.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park gives you the opportunity to meet unique species of birds from all around the world nestling in the lush green garden. Spreaded over 2 hectares, the whole garden replicates natural landscapes of Bali forest. Home to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species, the park is considered to be the largest bird conservatory in Bali..

Indonesia FAQ's

How to reach Indonesia?

You can take a direct flight from any of the metro cities from India. It takes approximately 4.5 hours of travel to reach Indonesia. The main airports for arrival from India are the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta or the Ngurah International Airport in Bali.

Do I need a visa for Indonesia? How does one get a Indonesian visa?

Yes, you do require a visa for your visit to Indonesia. Although you can apply for a visa before hand through the Indonesian Consulate closest to you, travellers with an Indian Passport are entitled to a VOA (visa on arrival). This Visa lasts for 30 days, and can be extended in case needed through the immigration official. You are required to keep certain documents ready for your visa, such as: Valid Passport, Bank statements, etc.

What is the currency of Indonesia and where can I get my money exchanged?

The currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah and the code is IDR. The exchange rate for 1 USD = 13, 264 IDR and 1 INR = 206.9 IDR. It is always advisable to get your money exchanged at the airport as they give a good currency exchange rates. However, you will find foreign exchange booths all around the place once you get there. You need to find a place with the least interest charges and get your money exchanged. Exchange of money might also be possible at the hotel you are staying at.

What is the local food of Indonesia? Which are the best places to taste this food?

The staple food of Indonesia mainly consists of steamed rice and vegetables or meat. However, it is the spices and ingredients used to make these curries that make their local dishes. Famous Indonesian foods are Nasi Padang, Nasi Goreng, Bakso, Soto, Gado-Gado and many more. Best places to try these foods are:


  • Street vendors – with the street vendors, you will be able to taste the authenticity of the local food.
  • Restaurant Lara Djonggrang in Jakarta – serves typical Indonesian food
  • Restaurant Locavore in Bali

What is the best public transport to commute around Indonesia?

There are various modes of public transport to get around Indonesia. Some of them are:

  • Taxis – more expensive than other public transports. If meter isn’t available, passengers can bargain for better fares.
  • Buses – on the go in large cities like Jakarta. Relatively cheap. Can be cramped.
  • Ojeks – motorcycle riders for solo passengers, unique experience.
  • Minibus – cheap, moves around almost all nooks and corners of the city.

Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Indonesia?

Being a place where tourists flock in large numbers, it is always safe to take certain vaccinations before you go. The general tetanus shot or any other general vaccination program should be taken before your travel. Other vaccines recommended are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Cholera, etc.

What is the local language in Indonesia and which are the most commonly used greetings?

The local language spoken in Indonesia is Indonesian. Here are some common phrases that you can use during your visit:


  • Hello - Halo
  • Thank you – Terima Kasih
  • Good morning – Selamat Pagi
  • What is the price of – berapa harga
  • How far is – seberapa jauh
  • How are you – Apa Kabar?

Which are the best shopping places in Indonesia and what are they famous for?

Indonesia has tons of shopping experience to witness. From upmarket malls to street shopping, you can find all that you are looking for over there. Some best places for shopping in Indonesia are:


  • Grand Indonesia Mall in Jakarta – for all top class brands
  • Kuta Beachwalk in Bali – for souvenir and local pieces of handicrafts
  • Sukawati Art market – for local and traditional handicrafts
  • Ubud Art Market - for local and traditional handicraft and art pieces.

Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Indonesia

  • Try Local food joints or vendors for meals – local food authenticity and cheaper.
  • Pre-book your ferries for better rates when travelling to other islands
  • Bargain! – There is definitely scope for bargaining with all local vendors in Indonesia.
  • Try water sports and activities – beaches and resorts offer water activities and this could be the cheapest place to try these.
  • Relax – Do not miss the spa’s available there. The good and decent spas have really talented masseuses and are is very cheap.

Which are some hiking destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia has plenty of magnificent views and hills to trek at. Some really good treks are:

  • Mount Agung, Bali – 3142 metres tall, medium trek of 6-7 hours.
  • Mount Batur, Bali – 1700 metres tall, short trek of 2 hours, overlooks Lake Batur and rural landscapes.
  • Mount Kerinci, Sumatra – highest volcano in Indonesia, takes 3 days to complete this trek.
  • Kawah ljen, Java – crater with crystal clear sulphur water.
  • Mount Rinjani, Lombok – 3726 metres tall, second tallest volcano in Indonesia. Not so easy hike of about 3-4 days. Beautiful scenery through and up the hike.

Which are must visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Indonesia?

Indonesia has numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to visit that make it a great place for nature lovers. Some of the best ones to visit are:


  • Komodo National Park – UNESCO world heritage site, home to the world's largest reptile- Komodo Dragon.
  • Ujung Kulon National Park – has the rare species of one horned Rhino and many other rare species.
  • Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park – low key wildlife conservation society nesting Maleo birds.
  • Kerinci Seblat National Park – one of Indonesia’s largest reserves.

Which are some best beaches in Indonesia?

Indonesia is widely known for its beaches, the activities and events that take place there. Some of the best beaches of Indonesia are:


  • Nusa Dua Beach, Bali – top rated beach.
  • Kuta Beach, Bali – Great beach for surfing
  • Padang-Padang Beach, Bali – picturesque beach with hills, steep reefs and clear water.
  • Senggigi Beach, Lombok – good for snorkelling
  • Sanur beach, Bali
  • Dreamland Beach, Bali
  • Balangan Beach, Uluwatu Bali
  • Pink Beach, Komodo, Lombok – one of the seven beaches with pink sand in the world.

What water sports can be enjoyed in Indonesia?

With a lot of beaches in Indonesia, each beach is special by the kind of nature it supports and the activities it can offer. Some of the water sports that can be enjoyed in Indonesia are:

  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Fly fish
  • Parasailing
  • Deep sea walking
  • Banana boat
  • Jet-skiing
  • Diving
  • White water rafting

Which are must visit Islands in Indonesia?

The best ways to spend your Indonesian holiday is to go island hopping. However, with over 17,000 small and big islands in the Indonesian archipelago, it is difficult to decide which one to go to. Here is a list of some of the popular islands in Indonesia:


  • Bali
  • Lombok
  • Flores Island
  • Gili Islands
  • Sulawesi
  • Java
  • Komodo
  • Borneo
  • Nusa Penida
  • Bintan
  • Misool

How is Indonesia for honeymoon? What all romantic activities can be in enjoyed in Indonesia?

Indonesia is a great place for your honeymoon as it has something to do for everyone and you need to take in consideration your interests as well as your spouses. While you can explore and enjoy plenty of adrenaline rushing activities over here, there are also lots of places to help you rejuvenate from your stressful life and schedule. A couple of romantic things that you can do in Indonesia during your honeymoon are:

  • Relax at white sandy beaches
  • Book and enjoy a couple spa treatment
  • Enjoy the beautiful views and have a picnic at the Lake side – Lake Toba
  • Go on a spiritual yoga retreat
  • Walk/ hike amongst the green trekking trails enjoying a beautiful view

Which destinations are famous for Yoga in Indonesia?

The most famous destination for Yoga in Indonesia is undoubtedly Bali. A lot of people visit Bali just for the various Yoga retreats that take places over there. Among the numerous ways to relax the mind, body and spirit, Yoga is seemingly popular. Some of the best places to try a yoga retreat in Bali are:

  • Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa
  • Zen Resort Bali
  • The Yoga Barn
  • Desa Seni Yoga Retreat

Where can we go for cruising in Indonesia?

Cruising in Indonesia is getting popular by the day with many yachts being pulled in to keep up with the demand. The government is also supporting the development of the marine sector to keep up. There are already several cruise routes in the archipelago. Some of them are: Bali, Phuket, Bay or Benoa Harbour, Java, etc.

Which are must visit temples in Indonesia?

As happening and buzzing Indonesia is, so is it calm and spiritual. Indonesia still sticks to its roots and has preserved its culture as seen by the numerous temples it withholds. Some popular temples of Indonesia are:


  • Tanah Lot temple in Bali
  • Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta
  • Borobudur temple in Jawa Tengah
  • Pura Besakih in Bali
  • Pura Gunung Kawi in Bali
  • Tirta Empul in Bali
  • Goa Gajah in Bali

Where can we go for volcano trekking in Indonesia?

Indonesia has some of the best mountains to hike with great views and volcano trekking just gets even more exciting than the usual ones. Some of the best volcano treks that you can take during your visit to Indonesia are:


  • Mount Bromo in Java
  • Mount Kerinci – tallest volcano and highest peak, 3 days trek.
  • Mount Batur – 2 hours trek, 1700m high.
  • Mount Agung – 3142 m tall, 6-7 hours of trek.
  • Mount Rinjani – 3726 m, 2 days of difficult trek.

Which are some famous nightlife destinations in Indonesia?

While Indonesia is known for its fun packed activities and nature retreats, it also has some great nightlife to offer. Some famous nightlife destinations in Indonesia are:


  • Jakarta – Jakarta has many upmarket and trendy pubs/clubs that you could visit.
  • Kuta in Bali – the road along the beach is filled with many happening clubs, such as HardRock, and also the Kuta beach parties are quite happening.
  • Gili Islands- this laid back island is known to have great beach parties that happen through day and night.

Which are the UNESCO world heritage sites in Indonesia?

Indonesia has quite a number of UNESCO world heritage sites to be listed. Some of the inscribed sites are:

  • Komodo National Park
  • Lorentz National Park
  • Sangiran Early Man Site
  • Prambanan Temple Compounds
  • Ujung Kulon National Park

Indonesia Reviews

Niloy Dey
Reviewed: 01 Apr 2024
It was a really great time we spend. Driver was very friendly and good person. We stayed in multiple hotels. Each hotel was very goo and also the stuffs.
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Shweta Tiwari
Reviewed: 06 Apr 2023
Thank u for making this trip memorable for us. The whole thrillophilla team was available throughout the trip. The local staff and guide were quite knowledgeable. We created a lot of memories, thanks to the well planned trip. Would love you trouble you again for another trip 😜
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Sagar Kole
Reviewed: 21 Jul 2024
Bali Bliss and Hilarious Hijinks: A Journey Through Nature, History, and the Ultimate Party Pad Our Bali adventure was a rollercoaster of thrills, chills, and caffeinated spills. First up, river rafting! Picture this: us, intrepid explorers, battling the roaring rapids with all the grace of a cat i... Read More
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Devyani Panwala
Reviewed: 26 Dec 2023
It was amazing and fabulous trip.
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Priyansh Mistry
Reviewed: 16 Dec 2023
We had an amazing experience of travelling to bali via thrillophilia. The team has committed what was promised. The tour was well managed and become very easy for us due to all the facilities provided like hotel, travel car, driver, food & tickets inclusion etc. Travelled through small town road to ... Read More
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Ruma Rajak
Reviewed: 26 Sep 2022
Driver was superb such a genuine well behaved guy so helpful. Hotels were awesome, really nice staffs and breakfast was yum. We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all the sightseeing’s were excellent. Our driver Wiwied was the star of our tour very well mannered, always reach before time.
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