As a tropical country that lies on the equator, Indonesia is always a cordial place to visit all year long. You don’t have to worry about blizzard, heat stroke, and other climate-related problems that you have to deal with when visiting countries in the more extreme parts of the earth. There are only two seasons: the wet season that lasts from October to April and the dry season that lasts from April to October. If you wish to enjoy the most of Indonesia without being bothered by heavy rain, thick fog, and possible flood, be sure to visit Indonesia during the dry season.
Another thing to mind is event and festival. Indonesia is a multicultural country with a lot of cultural and religious festivals. If you want to observe or participate in any of those festivals, be sure to remember their schedule. Food vendors selling a variety of traditional Indonesian foods can be found in the afternoon throughout Ramadhan, you can watch Buddhists’ procession around the Borobudur area during Vesak festival, or you can watch Madurese bull racing (Karapan Sapi) on August or September. There is a Wikipedia page that gives you about all religious and cultural festivals in Indonesia. You can use the page as a reference to find out when actually a certain festival takes place.
Lastly, if you want to avoid high and peak season, be sure not to visit Indonesia during the New Year celebration, at the end of academic year (which occurs between June and August), and during the Lebaran celebration, which occurs at the end of Ramadhan.
Best Places to Visit in Indonesia
Even a thick guidebook can’t list all attractive places in Indonesia due to their large number, but here I show you some of the best places that you should not miss when you visit Indonesia.
For anyone who visits a tropical country, a beach is always the most popular destination. There are many beaches to visit in all major islands in Indonesia. The most well-known among them are located in Bali and Lombok, with some worth-visiting ones located in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua, and Java.
2. Hiking Spots
If you love to hike, there are some great peaks that you should visit. In Java, you can hike Mount Bromo in East Java and Mount Lawu in Central Java. If you have stayed in Bali for a while, be sure to visit Mount Batur and Mount Agung. Mount Rinjani in Lombok is famous due to its blue lake. Mount Kelimutu, which is located in Nusa Tenggara, is also attractive due to its colorful lakes.
3. Water Attractions
Most beaches in Indonesia offer great water attractions, but such attractions can be found not only on beaches. There are some inland spots that also offer amazing water attractions. If you are an avid surfer, you can find the world’s best surfing spots in Mentawai Islands, Uluwatu, Surf Desert Point, Ombak Tujuh, and Lagundri Bay. If you prefer going inland, Lake Toba, which is the largest volcanic lake on earth, is a great place to visit due to its scenic setting. Scenic waterfalls, such as Sri Gethuk, Gitgit, and Sedudo waterfalls, are also excellent destinations for tourists who enjoy water attractions.
4. Cultural Attractions
Cultural attractions in Indonesia include traditional festivals that are celebrated by people of different ethnic groups in Indonesia and ancient sites and monuments that are well preserved.
In addition to some popular festivals that are already explained earlier, there are some cultural sites that you should not miss. Borobudur, the biggest Buddhist temple on earth, should be your primary destination. You can also find ancient sites in Prambanan, Trowulan, and Sangiran, among others. A more comprehensive Indonesia travel guide book can provide you with complete information about all cultural festivals and sites that you can find in Indonesia.