Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands, 6,000 of which are inhabited and form the 4th most populous country in the world. With diverse landscapes and an even more diverse population, Indonesia is a truly fascinating holiday destination. From unwinding on the paradisiacal beaches to exploring Java’s Prambanan Temple Complex and hiking through volcanic landscapes, there is something for every type of traveller to enjoy.
Situated on the island of Java, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Guide (CGK) is both Indonesia’s busiest airport and a major South East Asia hub. Usually, a flight from London to Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will take at least 14 hours. Travellers will be required to make at least one stop along the way. Popular stops include Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Denpasar Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) serves Bali and is Indonesia’s second busiest airport. On average, you can expect a flight from London to Denpasar to take about 18 hours. There are no direct flights to Denpasar so travellers will have to make at least one stop along the way, usually in Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
What to Do in Indonesia
Whether you spend your Indonesia holiday island-hopping or you want to stay in one place, there are plenty of fun things to do and see. The rest of the article explores some of Indonesia’s highlights.
Ubud Monkey Forest is not to be missed while on holiday in Indonesia. Officially called Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana, the forest has three temples and is home to more than 600 crab-eating macaques. Animal lovers may also be interested in visiting one of the country’s orang-utan rehabilitation centres. These centres rescue injured, captive or orphaned orang-utans and look after them until they are able to be released back into the wild.
The small island of Bali is the country’s leading tourist destination. Bali owes much its charm to the diversity of its attractions. Bali has a number of excellent beaches, such as Kutu beach and Sanur Beach, which are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and even surfing. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, there are plenty of attractions to explore inland such as the traditional town of Ubud, Bali Barat National Park and Denpasar, Bali’s capital city.
Indonesia is home to a number of important and beautiful landmarks, one of the most famous is the Prambanan Temple in Java. The temple complex comprises of three main temples and dates back to AD 900. In addition, the nearby Borobudur is not to be missed. Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and features more than 3 miles of beautiful relief carvings.