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Volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, exotic wildlife and a varied cultural heritage make this string of islands an appealing vacation destination.

Set along ancient trading routes leading to the Far East, the island nation of Indonesia is home to a wide range of religions, races and cultures. Discover the impact diverse ethnic groups have had on Indonesia’s cultural identity, from the rich, spice-laden cuisine to the colorful festivals.

Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, is located on the island of Java and serves as a reminder of the country’s days as part of the Dutch East Indies. View Dutch colonial architecture and look for wooden schooner boats docked at the harbor.

In the center of Java lies the Borobudur Temple complex, a Buddhist site dating from the 8th and 9th centuries. Survey a series of Buddha statues and three monuments representing the phases in the attainment of nirvana.

A different perspective awaits on Raja Ampat Islands, an archipelago often considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Dive around the coral reefs here to see the teeming marine life.

If you are traveling with family, don’t miss the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. Over 600 macaque monkeys inhabit this forest, which was created as a conservation area for both plants and animals.

Make your way to Tanah Lot, a Hindu pilgrimage temple sitting on top of a rocky outcrop in the sea, off the coast of the popular island of Bali. Visit at sunset to witness first-hand one of the most-photographed sights in all of Indonesia. In the northern part of Bali, follow a guide to the Sekumpul Waterfalls. Hike to the base of this series of waterfalls and cool off with a swim.

There are three main airports serving Indonesia, the largest being Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Once you have arrived, there are numerous public transportation options to help you navigate. In the towns and cities, hire drivers to take you around on motorbikes, in taxis, private cars and becak (three-wheeled carts), or jump on a public bus.

Take a trip to Indonesia during the shoulder season of May and June, when there is little rainfall or humidity, and fewer crowds.

From wildlife-watching and scuba diving to white-sand beaches and religious sites, Indonesia offers adventure, relaxation and cultural engagement.

Popular cities in Indonesia

Istiqlal Mosque featuring interior views, heritage architecture and modern architecture
Jakarta
Known for Shopping, Business and Cafes

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  • Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
    Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
  • National Monument
    National Monument
  • Grand Indonesia
    Grand Indonesia
Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta
Known for Temples, Culture and Historical Buildings

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  • Borobudur Temple
    Borobudur Temple
  • Malioboro Street
    Malioboro Street
  • Prambanan Temple
    Prambanan Temple
Bajra Sandhi Monument showing interior views, heritage architecture and a monument
Denpasar
Known for Beaches, Family-Friendly and Romantic

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  • Sanur Beach
    Sanur Beach
  • Bajra Sandhi Monument
    Bajra Sandhi Monument
Bandung featuring a sunset, landscape views and mountains
Bandung
Known for Coffee, Theme Parks and Culture

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Gili Islands featuring a sandy beach and tropical scenes
Lombok
Known for Beaches, Relaxing and Sunsets

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Surabaya
Known for Coffee, Dancing and Golf

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Popular places to visit in Indonesia

Tanah Lot
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Tanah Lot

As one of Bali’s most photographed and mythological natural features, this unusual island temple is one sight you won’t want to miss.

Borobudur
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Borobudur

The world’s largest Buddhist temple dominates the surrounding landscape. This ancient architectural spectacle is a must-see attraction on any Java itinerary.

Prambanan Temple
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Prambanan Temple

Embark on a fantastical toy train journey through a compound of spectacular pointed Hindu temples built more than 1,000 years ago.

Ubud Monkey Forest
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Ubud Monkey Forest

Enter a dense rain forest full of banyan trees and flowing streams to visit ancient Hindu temples and baths and see agile macaques swing in the treetops.

Uluwatu Temple
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Uluwatu Temple

One of the oldest temples in Bali is located atop rugged cliffs, a spectacular setting from which to enjoy the sun setting over the ocean.

Dieng Plateau
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Dieng Plateau

Enjoy access to sights and activities in the surrounding area during your stay in Dieng Plateau.