Are you planning to visit Indonesia soon? If you do, then you might want to know which places you definitely have to go to when you are in Indonesia. Not to mention if this is your first time ever in visiting Indonesia. By knowing which places that are recommended for first-timer like you, your plan to visit Indonesia will be more enjoyable and easier. As you all know, Indonesia has so many islands that are spread across. With more than 17,000 islands, you will never run out of places to go and you will find new things every single day.
With Indonesia in 4th position in terms of population, you will see that Indonesia has plenty of beaches, jungles, and also volcanoes. Most tourists only know Bali as the top destination in Indonesia. However, there are also other places that you can visit besides Bali. Keep on reading this article if you want to know which places to go when you visit Indonesia.
The first island that you can visit when you go to visit Indonesia is Sumatra. For your information, Sumatra is the largest island in Indonesia and the land is split by the equator on the western edge of Indonesia. This island is the perfect place for those who are adventurous because this island is full of rainforests and endangered species. Not only that but Sumatra is one of the two places where you can still see wild orangutans. The most popular tourist area in Sumatra is Lake Toba. For your information, Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Also, in the center of the lake, there is Pulau Samosir which is the home of Batak, Karo and other indigenous tribes. Besides adventurous and seeing endangered species, there are other reasons why you need to go to Sumatra. Such as by going to Sumatra, you will be able to swim and lounge around Lake Toba, trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park, climbing active volcanoes, and experience indigenous culture.
Another island that you can visit when you go to visit Indonesia is Java. For your information, Java is the most populous island in Indonesia and in the world. More than 60% of Indonesian stay on this island. Despite being the busiest and crowdest island, Java is full of the real Indonesian culture. The most popular tourist place in Java island is Mount Bromo which is an active volcano on the island. There are several reasons why you need to visit Java, such as visiting Jakarta, experiencing modern life, climbing other famous volcanoes beside Mount Bromo, and visiting Yogyakarta.
The next island that you need to visit when you go to visit Indonesia is Sulawesi. This island is located in the east of Borneo and north of Flores. Just like Sumatra, this island is perfect for those who are adventurous as Sulawesi has plenty of beautiful small islands and indigenous culture. The most popular tourist place in Sulawesi is Tana Toraja which is located in the south of Sulawesi where you can see unique funeral rituals. Besides that, by visiting Sulawesi, you will also be able to see the ritual of animal slaughters, learn about the local culture, experience world-class scuba diving, and explore undeveloped islands.
Lombok is the next island that you need to visit when you go to visit Indonesia. For your information, Lombok is the second most popular island in Indonesia after Bali. Usually, many people will go to Lombok after they visit Bali. One of the most popular tourist places in Lombok is Mount Rinjani which is an active volcano. Another popular tourist place is the Gili Islands which are Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno. By going to Lombok, you will be able to enjoy and explore its beautiful islands, partying in Gili Trawangan, experiencing scuba diving, surfing in Kuta, and trekking in Mount Rinjani.
East Nusa Tenggara
East Nusa Tenggara is the next island that you need to visit when you go to visit Indonesia which includes Flores, Komodo, and Timor. For Flores, this is the place for those who are not afraid to get a little dirty. You will see plenty of villages, volcanoes, and undeveloped beaches. As for Komodo and Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park, they are famous for its Komodo dragons which are considered endangered species. Besides seeing Komodo dragons, volcanoes, and undeveloped beaches, you can also experience world-class diving, a chance to cross into East Timor, and visit colored volcanic lakes of Kelimutu.
Last but not least, Bali is the next island that you need to visit when you go to visit Indonesia. As we have stated before, Bali is the most visited island in Indonesia. Usually, the first-timer tourists will go to Bali instead of other islands. Bali has many beautiful things such as beaches with clear and blue water, green volcanic scenery, rich culture, and many more. Unlike the rest of Indonesians which are Muslims, Bali is predominantly Hindu. Hence, this island gives off different vibes. Also, many artists, writers, and other people decide to settle in Bali because of the unique and health-boosting atmosphere. The most popular tourist places in Bali are Kintamani and Ubud. Kintamani is famous for its lush and gorgeous view. Meanwhile, Ubud is famous for its cultural. In addition to all of that, when you are going to Bali, you will be able to experience romantic escapes with your partner, staying in luxurious resorts, experience massage or healing spas or holistic health centers, do shopping, do surfing, experience the nightlife in Kuta, visiting Hindu temples and learn the culture, and also visiting volcanic villages.
Those are the list of islands and places that you need to visit when you go to visit Indonesia. There are other places that you can visit but these islands are perfect for first-timer travelers or tourists. The most important thing before you go to visit Indonesia is that you need to know a few things about the country first so that you will know what you can do and cannot do while you are in the country. Happy traveling!