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Indonesia travel guide

Indonesia offers so much more than Bali's famed sand and surf. Thinking of checking it out? You're in for one huge ride. This country is made up of around 18,000 islands and is home to 139 volcanoes, thousands of wild orangutans, and incredible marine life. Throw in ancient, mysterious temples, buzzing cultural hubs and the pristine, turtle-inhabited Gili Islands, and you've got yourself a traveler's paradise! OK now, planning hats on...
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Official language: Indonesian

There are more than 700 local
lingos,such as Javanese and
Balinese.
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Name: Indonesian rupiah
Code: IDR
Symbol: Rp
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Indonesia Western Time
(UTC+07:00)
Indonesia Central Time
(UTC+08:00)
Indonesia Eastern Time
(UTC+09:00)

Indonesia's best islands

This nation is as diverse as it is mammoth, so you'd be forgiven for not knowing where to start... but here's four ideas. Trek Sumatra's dense jungles to spot endangered orangutans, conquer the Borobudur and the mighty Mount Bromo in Java, head to Bali for rich culture and food, or float further east to the islands of Lombok or Komodo to find your own paradise. Spoiler: there's dragons!
The Borobudur Temple and mountains during a purple tinted sunset

Travel highlights in Indonesia

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Indonesia adventure tours

Mountains and low clouds in Java

Indonesia on a Shoestring: Jakarta to Bali | 15 days

Highlights: Jakarta, cultural Yogyakarta, sunrise over Mount Bromo, Borobudur temples, Red Island, blissing out in Ubud, catching waves in Kuta

 

A lone hiker with a pink backpack overlooking mountains and clouds

Indonesia on a Shoestring - Sumatra to Bali | 28 days

Highlights: Orangutan spotting in Sumatra, Lake Toba, Bukittingi, Mount Bromo, local villages and homestays, Yogyakarta and Borobudur, surfing on Red Island, Ubud.

 

A bright blue circular lake at Kelimutu National Park

Islands of Indonesia | 22 days

Highlights: Bali's cultural hotspots of Ubud and Kintimani, Tegalalang Rice Terraces, snorkeling with turtles in the Gili Islands, Komodo National Park, Flores

 

Do US citizens need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

If you plan on staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days, you don't need to worry about a visa - you'll be stamped into the country on arrival.

But trust us when we say you'll end up wanting to stay in this country longer! The best thing to do if you think you might want to travel (or chill) in Indonesia for longer than a month is to either get a visa on arrival, or apply online in advance for one. This type of visa can be extended for another 30 days at an immigration office or with the help of a travel agent. *Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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