Is Indonesia a good country for backpackers

The 5 most beautiful destinations for backpacking in Indonesia

Dream beaches, nature experiences, culture and fascinating landscapes - there is no shortage of interesting options when backpacking in Indonesia. Here you will find some of the most beautiful destinations.

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Kathi and Romeo from Vienna traveled through Southeast Asia with their backpacks for several months in 2013. Since then, they have always enjoyed coming back to Indonesia.

Together they run the page Sommertage, a wonderful travel blog where they share their passion for travel and photography. They tell of their adventures en route and of encounters with people. They inspire and give tips for individual travel. I am very happy that you have compiled your Indonesia highlights below. You can also find Kathi and Romeo on Facebook.

Backpacking in Indonesia: the most beautiful destinations

Indonesia is our favorite travel destination in Southeast Asia. The diversity of the country impresses us again and again: You can climb volcanoes, climb fascinating temples or just let your soul dangle on beautiful sandy beaches. Today we show you our five most beautiful destinations for backpacking in Indonesia.


The island of Karimunjawa is still largely neglected by western tourists, but it is an absolute dream destination: deserted beaches, white sand, turquoise blue water and probably the friendliest people you can imagine. There is no public transport, electricity is only available in the evening and at night and you won't find any large hotels either. You shouldn't miss the lonely and paradisiacal islands in the area!

How to get there:
From the port of Jepara in the north of the island of Java you need about 6 hours (60,000 IDR) with the slow ferry. Alternatively, you can take the speedboat, which will take you to Karimunjawa in 2 hours (140,000 IDR). Attention: If the swell is too strong, there are no boats!

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Bukit Lawang

Do you dream of seeing an orangutan face to face once in a lifetime? Then off with you to Sumatra! From the jungle village of Bukit Lawang you can go on simple or more challenging treks lasting several days through the jungles of Sumatra. To be very close to the "people of the forest" for once - an experience that you will definitely not forget!

How to get there:
The nearest airport is the Kualanamu International Airport in Medan / Sumatra. From there it will take you around four hours to get to Bukit Lawang in a private taxi. Many accommodations in Bukit Lawang offer packages that include transportation by private taxi. Alternatively, you can take the (much cheaper) public bus from the Pinang Baris Bus Terminal, but you should plan a longer time for the journey.


A bit of culture, a bit of relaxation and excellent food: The good mix is ​​what makes Yogyakarta so appealing. Here you can marvel at the two impressive temples Borobudur and Prambanan. No wonder that almost all Indonesia backpackers end up in Yogyakarta at some point. Caution: In the meantime, a few supposed artists have recognized this and are trying to cheat tourists with excessive prices.

How to get there:
Yogyakarta has an airport that is served both nationally and internationally (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore). Yogyakarta is also on the southern railway line of Java. Traveling by train is generally more relaxed on Java than by bus.

Ijen volcano

One of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country is on the island of Java. The Ijen is probably one of the most dangerous workplaces in the world: Here you can witness how dozens of workers take the arduous journey every day to mine the sulfur in the volcano's crater by hand. The natural setting is unique: at night you can see the blue fire, and as soon as the sun rises, the turquoise-blue crater lake glows.

How to get there:
The next larger town is Banyuwangi. From there you need about 1.5 hours to the parking lot in Paltuding, the starting point of the trek. You need a driver for the trip or you can book a tour. No guide is required for the hike itself. Dress warmly, it's freezing cold up there in the morning. If you want to see the blue fire, you should start around 2 a.m.

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Gili Islands

The three Gili Islands east of Bali are not an insider tip and are nowhere near as undeveloped as they were a few years ago. Nevertheless: If you are looking for a white sandy beach, turquoise blue water and lots of relaxation, you will love it here. Gili Trawangan is more recommended for sociable backpackers who like to party, Gili Meno and Gili Air are quieter.

How to get there:
Speedboats regularly drive to the Gili Islands from several port locations on Bali (Padang Bai, Serangan). Depending on the swell, the trip can be adventurous. Most of the boats go to Trawangan or Air. To get to Meno, you have to change to a slower boat on Trawangan.

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and since then has also written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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