Indonesia is my favorite travel destination in Asia. The islands are stunning, with beautiful beaches, volcano hiking options, scuba diving, and other adventure activities.
I first visited Indonesia on a backpacking trip with friends and have since returned numerous times to explore more of the country.
Bali is the most popular place for tourists, but I encourage you to go off the beaten track and visit the other islands, such as Flores, Lombok, and Java.
Best time to visit Indonesia
The rainy season in Indonesia is from December to February, and it gets extremely humid during these months. If you’re planning a backpacking trip, you’ll need some flexibility in your schedule as the rain makes it harder to get around.
But don’t let this deter you from visiting Indonesia in the rainy season. I had a great time and while the rain showers are strong, they don’t last very long.
The dry season is from April to October. You can expect less humidity and ideal conditions for exploring.
The high season is between July and September. I recommend planning your trip for either April or October when it’s not as busy, and the weather is optimal.
What to expect
- Capital city: Jakarta, Java Island
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Safety: I felt safe in Indonesia, just be aware of petty crime and pick-pocketers
How to travel around Indonesia
Flying between the islands is quick and cheap and the best way to travel. Once you’re on the island, you’ll either need to organize a private driver or rent a scooter, as the public transport options are limited, especially in Bali.
How many days to spend in Indonesia
3 Weeks in Indonesia is enough time to see the highlights and tick off the main attractions on your Indonesia bucket list. But I recommend at least 4 weeks as there is so much to do and see. If you want to explore the country at a slower pace, you’ll need at least 2 months.
Bali travel planning
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular island and is a must-see for tourists. It has everything from white sandy beaches to rice fields and beautiful volcanoes. Plan to spend at least 2 weeks here – you won’t want to leave!
Kuta, Canggu, and Seminyak are crowd favorites thanks to their beach clubs, luxury resorts, and shopping. But they get extremely busy! Here are some of my favorite places that are away from the hustle and bustle of the south.
Flores is Indonesia’s adventure island. I loved my time here and recommend adding it to your Indonesia travel itinerary.
Off the beaten track
Traveling off the beaten track in Indonesia requires a bit more patience and time. But those who make the effort will be reward with a a once in a lifetime experience.