4 of Indonesia’s Most Memorable Attractions
Australians flock to Indonesia’s legendary slice of paradise, Bali, during the Christmas holiday period. But Bali is just one of 17,000 islands in Indonesia – there are so many other regions in Indonesia that are most definitely worth a visit!
Here are some of our favourite things to do in Indonesia. Before you set off to explore these out-of-the-way places, just remember that the more remote you go, the less likely a reliable, secure ATM will pop up on a street corner – so it pays to travel with your spending money already sorted with WeXchange.
Get your cultural and historical fix
Base yourself in cosmopolitan Yogyakarta, Java to explore some of Indonesia’s most magnificent and historical temples. Start with the famous Buddhist temple Borobudur, which is about two hours from Yogyakarta. Dating back to the 8th century, Borobudur is surrounded by lush Javanese forests and is steeped in history.
Closer to Yogyakarta, Prambanan Temple is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Southeast Asia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has towering temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma; and hundreds of surrounding shrines to explore!
Get back to nature
For some of Indonesia’s most stunning wildlife – including ancient, biodiverse rainforests and their remarkable inhabitants – a trip to Tanjung Puting in Kalimantan, Borneo is a must-do. In an area made famous by Jane Goodall and other primatologists, you may spot free-roaming orangutans hanging out high in the canopy, as well as proboscis monkey, kingfishers and many more creatures of the rainforest!
The only way to explore this area is by taking a boat up the Sekonyer River on a klotok, or a more comfortable barge if your budget allows. It is certainly a memorable way to drink in the beauty of this incredible landscape.
Head east to discover lost tribes
Papua is as far east as you can go in Indonesia. It is well worth the effort if you are keen to discover an ancient way of life that is still preserved. Travel to the highlands – the town of Wamena is a great place to start – to see Papua’s Dani tribespeople living their traditional lives. Trekking through these highlands is a wonderful – although sometimes challenging – way to interact with the locals, and you are rewarded with stunning scenery across vast ranges!
Laze on a beach
Lombok is the quiet cousin of Bali. This blissfully uncrowded island is a great place to come and unwind at the end of your adventures, with beautiful beachside accommodation just begging for you to bags a banana lounge, order a cocktail and chill out on a pristine beach for the day.
If you’re feeling adventurous while on Lombok, you could trek up Gunung Rinjani – an active volcano with a breathtaking crater lake within it. Or, you could catch a boat across to the stunning Gili Islands for some out-of-this-world snorkelling!
Ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime to Indonesia? Get your currency sorted – that’s Rupiah, for the uninitiated – with WeXchange before you go, so you can explore its most out-of-the-way islands with confidence! Order online or visit us in store today.