Looking to spend 3-4 weeks backpacking in Indonesia. Already been to Bali, no real desire to go back... would love some recommendations as to where to go & what to see. Looking to stay on a tight(ish) budget, love to do anything active and outdoors (esp. watersports!! ;) ) Thanks for your help!! :)
Oh boy. So much to see and do in this nation of 17,000 islands. But here goes:
Tana Toraja in Sulawesi - amazing culture.
Diving and snorkeling in North Sulawesi - especially the Togena islands.
The jungles and orangutans in Kalimatan.
Seeing Komodo dragons and the easy pace of life in Flores.
Lombok's beaches and the Gili islands.
Immersing in gorgeous Javanese culture in Solo and Yogyakarta. over 10 years ago
I'd highly recommend going to Flores ... Especially the tiny weaving village of Nggella: never mind the world class ikat, the bus ride there and the ferry back are the stuff of legend (well they are if you want some old fashioned adventure). Time is more important than budget - to get the most from Indonesia you need to take your time and explore. over 10 years ago
Consider checking out Lake Toba in Northern Sumatera. There is an island inside the lake which is inside a volcanic crater. The weather is cooler here, it is clean, not too touristy, nice to swim in the lake, plenty to see around the island. i highly recommend staying at Catalina in traditional batak houses, from a paltry 6000idr per night! over 10 years ago
I can't recommend enough for you to visit Lombok, and especially nip across to the Gili Islands- from here you can do some of the most amazing snorking/diving, walks, bike riding, etc. Loves the Gili's to as there is no cars/scooters! over 10 years agoAnswered by Cakers via WorldNomads.com
Jogjakarta, you will have a lot of beautiful culture shock moments! over 10 years agoAnswered by viera via WorldNomads.com
Oh what an open ended question- so much to see and do in Indonesia.
My great loves are Sumatra and Aceh.
Ketambe for wild orangutans- flora and fauna. friendly people.
Banda Aceh for that magnificent Mosque.
Pulau Weh off Banda Aceh for diving, snorkelling and just general relation.
Check out this website http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulauweh/
North Sumatra -
Bukit Lawang - rehabilitated orangutans, trekking, partying with the locals.
Tangkahan - quiet paradise in the jungle- accomodation nestled in the jungle
Mega Inn, Jungle Lodge, Bambu River and Green Lodge
You can river trek, lay in hot springs and read a book, sit under a small
waterfall and get a shoulder and back massage.
Go for an elephant trek and wash the elephants in the river - so much fun.
Brestagi Go climb a volcano
Lake Toba Batak culture, swimming in the lake, trekking, relaxing, great food.
Fly into Padang.
Bukittinggi - cooler than Padang as high up.
Jungle trek to Lake Maninjau.
Stay in Harau Valley at Abdi Homestay - a new clean place - listen to the
gibbons call in the morning amongst the mist.
Painan - 3 hrs by bus south of Padang - definitely off the beaten track
Magnificent scenery- great people, stay with Edi at his homestay- he is a
crazy lovable friend of mine - has crocodiles out the back.
Get him to take you over to Cingkuk Island and laze the day away.
Oh I could rave on forever,
Pamela about 10 years ago
If I were you, I will visit Manado, North Sulawesi. It is located in East Indonesia. Many tourist just know about West Indonesia. Manado has a sea garden named BUNAKEN. It's located in Bunaken Island. There, you can diving, snorkeling, or see the underwater with a special boat.
If you don't wanna go to Bunaken Island but you wanna go to beach everytime, you have to stay in Sedona Hotel. You can walking on the beach everytime because this hotel has a free access to the beach. This hotel has a privat lagoon too!
You'll never regret if you visit Manado! All the people in Manado are friendly and easy to smile too :) That's why many tourist called Manado as a 'City of Smiling people'! over 9 years ago
Me and a friend was in yogyakarta last year and had a really good time. Stuff to do:
Take a sunrise tour of Borobudur (huge temple). The temple itself isn't amazing, but the surroundings are, especially during sunrise.
Climb mount Merapi.
Tour of sulphur springs. over 9 years ago
Indonesia has so many beautiful places to see: Here is my list:
1. Kelimutu Lake in East Nusa Tenggara
2. Raja Ampat Islands in Papua
3. Gili Islands in Lombok
4. Toba Lake in North Sumatra
5. Bunaken in North Sulawesi
6. Tana Toraja and Wakatobi in South Sulawesi
And other thousands beautiful place.. about 8 years agoAnswered by Kardoman Tumangger via Travellr.com