In this vast archipelago of countless islands nestled between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, holidays in Indonesia promise an unforgettable adventure. You’ll find lush rainforests, beautiful scenery and wildlife; become absorbed in the vibrant buzz of the cities and markets; marvel at extravagant temples and monuments; and relax on inviting sandy beaches.
The capital, Jakarta. is a heaving city with a massive population that simply has to be experienced. Close by is Bogor, home of the famous botanical gardens founded in the early 19th century and containing more than 15,000 species of plants and trees. Towards the northern end of the gardens stands the elegant white summer palace, built in 1856 as the residence of the Governor General of the Dutch East Indies.
Samosir Island is home to the largest and deepest lake in South-east Asia, Lake Toba. Situated 3,000ft above sea level, the lake fills a huge crater created by a massive volcanic eruption. Parapat is a mountain resort on the banks of the lake Toba. On your Indonesia holidays it is possible to visit a number of interesting sights in the region including Sipisopiso Waterfall, the traditional villages and Batak homes of Tomok, Ambarita and Simanindo.
Bandung, known locally as the ‘City of Flowers’, is a scenic, highland city surrounded by tea plantations and lush forests, and the cool mountain air is welcome here. Bandung makes for a popular retreat from the heat of Jakarta, which is around two hours away by road.
The sprawling city of Yogykarta, located in the heart of the ancient region of Mataram, is the site if the great central Javanese empires who built the magnificent temple of Borobudur. In the city be sure to visit the Sultan’s Royal Palace in the city centre. Traditional crafts are widespread in the city and you will see skilled craftsmen at work producing batik fabrics, silver items and leather puppets.
Close to Malang is Mount Bromo - the most famous volcano in Indonesia. Viewing the volcano at sun rise is the best way to admire this natural wonder. After a reasonably strenuous walk to the top, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views, a real highlight of your holiday in Indonesia.
Bali is a beautiful island with a colourful culture: tradition and rituals, especially exotic and hypnotic dances, are still adhered to with ceremonious detail. Bali’s natural landscape is a combination of pristine, inviting beaches and verdant, tropical mountains, and the island is widely regarded as one of the most idyllic on earth.