Don’t let its steamy, sumptuous exterior fool you: Indonesia is a whole lot more than mere island paradise. But it does do a pretty good job catching your eye, dropping your jaw and utterly distracting you from its cultural intricacies with lush landscapes and dream-like beaches. With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia has everything from hectic cities to unexplored Edens, pampering resorts to rugged backpacker bliss, a mosaic of cultures and a wealth of wildlife. Star of the show, Bali lures you with its tropical beaches and plush resorts, and keeps you with its temples and Ubud arts. You can surf your days away in low-key Lombok, or club-hop and shop-til-you-drop in hip and harrowing Jakarta. Sulawesi’s elaborate indigenous rituals and Sumatra’s leopard- and monkey-filled jungles will transport you to entirely different world. Take a snorkeling break to sample the spices of the Banda Islands, or beat the crowds and discover the secrets of Borneo’s Kalimantan. Scuba diving, trekking, dodging urban traffic—it’s all an adventure in Indonesia. Just be sure to make time to enjoy some of that killer coffee.
Top Destinations in Indonesia