Indonesia Tourism - 2020 (90 Tours & Activities)

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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28 November 2019
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"An awesome experience in Bali and had enjoyed it fully.The major credit goes to our tour guide cum driver Mr Gaing from Bali....He was such a nice and honest person and he was the one who made our trip to the best.... Everything mentioned in the trip itinerary had completed well and was well managed by thrillopholia team special mention to Saransh Kumar.....Thanks to the entire team for making our days special and Bali is such a beautiful place that no one should miss....."
26 October 2019
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"Awesome tour and awesome service.... Its my first trip.. Really great.. If u visit bali must go there.\n\nThanks for the rearly nice service"
16 November 2019
Excellent
Recently went to Ubud and experienced this Chedi Club there. It was amazing experiencing something adventurous like this and of course Thrillophilia's team was perfect with there arrangements and other stuffs. I just loved the overall view of this beautiful place and also clicked some pictures.
27 October 2019
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"Great.. Experiance. "
30 September 2019
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It was one of the best adventures of my life...totally loved this activity.
08 July 2019
Excellent
Had a lot of fun...Staff were really supportive and drop off service is provided which is very convenient for us!

Frequently Asked Questions About Indonesia

  1. Travel Advice

    • Take care of your belongings while traveling to places, especially on beaches.

    • Carry a photocopy of your passport all the time and also carry an address card of the hotel in which you stay.

    • Though Indonesia is a safe place, there can be scammers who can try to sell you different fake items or facilities. Beware of such situations.

    • Pre-decide the taxi fare if you are using a public transport.

    • Review your accommodation where you plan to stay properly, at every destination.

    • Make all your travel booking through authorized tourist assistance centers and make sure you make the right choice.

    • Earthquakes and tremors are very common in Indonesia and hence, be prepared with the techniques to keep yourself safe in such situations.

    • Keep emergency numbers like Ambulance and police written down with you all the time.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The legal age to consume alcoholic drinks in Indonesia is 21 years of age. Make sure that you carry your age proof whenever you want to consume alcohol.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Jakarta
    Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is the most fun places of all. It has many treats for you like a vibrant street culture and night life, famous shopping hotspots and other hidden treasures like temples and shrines. You can also visit some of the most famous night clubs and bistros here and relax yourself.

    Yogyakarta
    Located in Java, Yogyakarta has everything a real traveler seeks. Right from ancient monuments to shopping and amazing food, you will have everything in one place. You will witness the cultural blend of Hinduism and Buddhism while sight-seeing here. So indulge yourself in this cultural place and get the feel of traditions and art of this place.

    Mount Bromo
    The majestic and grand Mt. Bromo houses active as well as inactive volcanoes and you can watch them from the top of the peaks. You can take a horse ride or a jeep tide to reach the top and witness this mesmerizing view. You should go here early morning and watch the sun rise over the blue volcanic craters.

    Bali
    Bali is undoubtedly the most famous tourist destination in Indonesia but it is not at all over rated. Just visit this place gearing up for the most rejuvenating experience ever. You can visit some ancient temples, relax at luxury resorts and spas, beaches, laidback coasts and enjoy misty treks across volcanoes in Bali. You can also party at night clubs or at private resorts here.


    Baliem Valley
    If you are curious about the culture of Indonesia, you should not miss out on visiting the Bailem Valley. This place is a home to tribes which still practice ancient traditions and rites and live a totally nomadic life, away from urban civilization.

    Raja Ampat
    This is officially declared as the best diving destination in Indonesia as well as the world. It is a home to almost 75% of the world’s total coral species and many tropical fish and unique marine species you will never see anywhere else. It is a heaven for any diving enthusiast and hence, you should not miss out on this divine experience.

    Komodo National Park
    Declared as a UNESCO World heritage site, this National park has the world’s most famous and largest living lizard, the Komodo Dragon. This park is also a home to flying foxes and fruit bats and hence, it is indeed worth visiting.

  4. What you will like there?

    Sparkling beaches
    The beaches in Indonesia are purely serene because of their crystal clear waters and a warm breeze blowing over them. Sitting on these beaches and relaxing is going to be a dreamy experience altogether and you will indeed fall in love with the entire landscape of Indonesia.

    Street Shopping
    Street shopping and the overall street culture of Indonesia as well as all the other South-East Asian countries have got their own charm. Right from food stalls to apparel stalls and jewelry, you can have everything in front of you while you roam on the streets of Indonesia.

    Diverse culture
    Despite of being a very small country, Indonesia has got a diverse culture, where tribes living an entirely nomadic life live in the same country as people living in urbanized cities. The main religions followed here are Buddhism, Christianity and Islam and there are no instances of instability due to religious riots.

    Safe Environment
    Indonesia is a very safe place to travel. Crime against tourists as well as the locals are minimum as the enforcement of law is very strict. It is a perfectly comfortable place even for solo travelers or tourists with kids and there are minimum chances of facing any difficulty or crisis situation.
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  6. When is the best time to visit Indonesia?

    Indonesia enjoys a tropical climate and is hot and humid throughout the year. However, the seasons are divided by wet and dry, with not much obvious difference in both.

    • The best time to visit really depends on what you are looking for during your vacation. If you priority is to have a calm and laid back holiday, visiting during the low season (October and April) is a good time given the crowds are much lesser and so are the prices.
    • On the other hand, the months between May and September are peak tourist season with a plethora of festivals and activities to attend to.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. What are the things to do in Indonesia?

    Indonesia is a one stop destination when it comes to all the things you want to do on a holiday. Here are the top things to do during your visit to Indonesia:

     

    • Go Surfing in the beaches of Bali
    • Eat the local Padang food on the streets
    • Go on heritage visits to the numerous temples – Tanah Lot, not to be missed.
    • Go Island hopping and discover some great getaways – Gili Islands is a must!
    • Street shopping at Kuta and Seminyak in Bali for some great local and traditional stuff.
    • Try water sports and activities in the various islands of Indonesia
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.

  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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