The largest island country in the world, with over 17,000 islands to explore, it is fair to say that there is definitely something for everyone travelling to this part of the world.
The beauty of Indonesia lies in its diversity, from conservative Aceh Province is the west, down to enchanting Papua in the southeast, with crater lakes, active volcanoes, protected swathes of jungle, and stunning tropical beaches in between.
Top picks in Indonesia
Make sure not to miss the surf breaks of the Mentawai islands which are said to rival Bali, as well as take a trip to Aceh Province for a slice of a completely different way of life in Indonesia. You can also swing by Lake Toba, the largest crater lake in the world and spend a few days relaxing in this out of the way retreat.
On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, a university city known for its traditional Batik making techniques, you will find the majestic Borobudur temple. This is not to be missed, especially at either sunset or sunrise and from there you can move on to and climb Mount Bromo, just one of Indonesia’s many volcanoes.
Bali and Lombok
From volcanoes to the beach, Bali is definitely an experience, particularly for those who like tropical party islands with lots of surfing opportunities. If you want a similar experience without the crowds, consider going to Lombok or the Gili Islands, or the Nusa Islands.