Indonesia is made up of 17,000 islands, and around 300 different languages are spoken across the country. It’s a land of diversity with so many cultures, people, animals, customs, plants, artworks and foods to discover.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Indonesia, you’re sure to have an amazing experience. And with Three, you can share your adventures with your friends and family back home, at no extra cost with Feel At Home. You can call and text back to the UK, and get online using your data.
So what should you do when you get there? Here’s our pick of the best things to see and do in Indonesia, along with some awe-inspiring Instagram snaps, to whet your appetite:
Hit the beach.
With thousands of islands stretching between two tropical oceans, Indonesia is one big beach-goers paradise. Pink Beach, Komodo - with its mixture of white and red sand - is one of the best. Try snorkelling or diving, or stay on dry land and hunt for the island's Komodo dragons.
Bukit Lawang's famous orang-utan centre was set up in 1973 to help primates readjust to the wild after captivity or displacement through land clearing. Twice-daily feedings are open to the public and will give you one of the closest views of the forest ape outside the confines of a zoo.
Go diving and snorkelling.
With colourful coral reefs and a many species of fish, Indonesia has some of the world’s best diving spots. Whether you’re looking to learn at one of the many diving schools in Bali, or want to check out more remote spots for expert divers, there are opportunities aplenty.
Visit Kerinci Seblat National Park.
This is one of the largest national parks in Indonesia. It protects almost 14,000km² of tropical rainforests, and it’s also one of the most important tiger reserves in the world. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s home to Mount Kerinci too, which is Indonesia's highest active volcano.
Catch sunset at the Uluwatu Temple.
Also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, this is one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. It’s famous for its amazing location, and has stunning views overlooking the Indian Ocean. Add ‘check out a daily Balinese Kecak dance performance’ to your bucket list.
Seminyak is a vibrant place and home to dozens of restaurants, clubs, shops and galleries. World-class hotels line the amazing sandy beach, and when it comes to food, you’ll find the largest choice in Bali. There are also workshops where everything is wholesale.
Take in Prambanan.
This intricate structure is the largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia. Built in the 9th Century, the tallest temple of Prambanan is 47m high, while a group of temples nearby is called the Candi Sewu, or the Thousand Temples.
Look around GWK National Park.
This expansive park is a great tourist destination and centre of international events located on the white stone hill of Jimbaran. From the big statue of Lord Vishnu, daily Balinese performances and exhibitions, to traditional food and souvenir shops, it’s well worth a look.
Get up close to elephants.
No trip to Indonesia is complete without an elephant trek in Sumatra. On many of the organised expeditions you can get up close to the elephants while they take a bath, enjoy an Indonesian-style riverside picnic, go ‘tubing’ down the river and stop off at bat caves and hot springs.
Check out Lombok.
If you’re looking for something a bit different to Bali, then a Lombok stopover is a must. White-sand beaches, world-class surfing, lush forests, and hiking trails through tobacco fields make it a travellers dream. It’s also home to Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia's second-highest volcano.