The world may know that Indonesia is one of the best destination countries to visit. Thousands of beautiful islands combined with the unique cultures, tasty cuisines, friendly people, exotic beaches, volcanoes, lakes and many other things that make traveling to Indonesia become another level.
There are so many destinations to visit and of course, if you plan to go to this archipelago country, you should determine where to go and what are you going to do. It depends on what type of traveler you are, if you like spending time in luxury resorts, Bali might be the best for you because there are so many resorts and hotel there.
However, if you are a budget traveler who likes traveling for a bit longer period a that prefer going to many places. Here are the best destinations in Indonesia for budget traveler or adventurous traveler and things that you can do.
You can start your journey traveling to Indonesia from Aceh. You can reach Aceh with a cheap flight from Malaysia or if you prefer water transportation, you can use boat or ferry for a little bit cheaper.
Aceh is the northernmost of Indonesia well known as its religious people with a majority of Islam. This province produces the best robusta and arabica coffee in the world called “Kopi Gayo”.
Aceh people like to have coffee in the morning, in the afternoon and even in the night, so that’s why you can find almost entire of the region has coffee shops both small and big.
Kopi Gayo is the symbol of Aceh where there are many people working on the coffee plantation, so going to see the procedure to produce the best coffee would be the best thing to do here.
The main attraction in Aceh is Pulau Weh where you can do snorkeling and diving in a very clear sea with colorful coral reef and other marine life. Pulau Weh is a small island that you reach about 45 minutes till 1 hour from Aceh
Besar harbor using a boat or fast ferry that cost you about $ 10 depends on what type of boat do you prefer. Lying or sitting on the beach bench while drinking coconut water or reading book viewing beautiful Weh beach would be a good idea too to do in Pulau Weh.
There is also a volcanic area called Jaboi volcano crater where you can see yellow color rock formed by sulfur minerals, small mud pools and heat from the white ashy rock. The view in the volcanic area in Jaboi can be the unusual attraction that you have never seen before.
Consider this place if you are traveling to Indonesia.
From Aceh, you can go directly to Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra province about 9 hours by bus passing the rice fields, coconut trees, and other magnificent tropical trees. North Sumatra is very famous with its volcanic lake called “Danau Toba” which is the biggest lake in Indonesia.
Danau Toba offers varied activities that you do include swimming, riding motorbike or bicycle through the lake, and of course, chilling by the lake.
You can also visit Batak village and its culture and meet the local people who probably tell you about the history of Batak tribe and things about their culture. Your visit to this lake is not perfect till you eat local foodies with it’s savory and strong taste.
One of the best food around this lake that you can try is baby gulping or Batak grilled pork combined with coconut drinks and Batak beer or people often called it “Tuak”. Traveling to Indonesia is so much fun if you visit this place.
The other place in North Sumatra that you can visit is Bukit Lawang, a small tourist village where you do many activities here. Hiking in the jungle, splashing in the river or even camping is the best thing that you can do. Being a part of Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Lawang offer tropical ecosystem where you can see primates like tigers, rhinos, leopards, and elephants.
If you are lucky you can see huge mammal including orangutan, gibbons and other species of monkey. Trekking through Bukit Lawang can be a good experience added with exploring waterfall around here. there are small and bigger waterfalls that you can find in the jungle and even you can swim to refresh your mind after walking for hours.
If you want to go trekking to Bukit Lawang jungle, it’s highly recommended that you use guide help to lead you there for a safety reason. Traveling to Indonesia can be more exciting visiting north Sumatra province.
After exploring Aceh and North Sumatra, you can visit the province famous with its culinary, West Sumatra province. Just take a bus from Medan (North Sumatra) to get the first destination in West Sumatra called “Bukit Tinggi.
It is a small city that offers historic tourism where you can find buildings influenced by Japan and Netherland architectures. Both countries colonized Indonesia including this city, so it’s not surprising that there are many Japan and Netherland influences both culture, building, food and many other things including the famous tower “Jam Gadang” that symbolized Bukit Tinggi.
Going to Lubang Japan or massive cave, seeing the exotic canyon, exploring waterfalls and trying foodies are the best thing to do in Bukit Tinggi if you are traveling to Indonesia.
West Sumatra is also famous for its culture where you can see that a lot of cultural building called “Rumah Gadang” or big house where you can learn the tribe by visiting Rumah Gadang palace in Pagaruyung.
It takes about 1 and half hour from Bukit Tinggi, where you can see deeply the culture of trying to wear traditional clothes or learning traditional martial art and dance provided by this palace.
After experiencing tribal activities in Pagaruyung, you can go to a big lake named “Danau Singkarak. the lakes have spectacular scenery including rice fields, and you can round it by renting motorcycle or bicycle.
This lake is famous for its fish called “Ikan Bilih”, the species of fish that only live in this lake that you try. Visiting West Sumatra is one of the best peasant experience if you traveling to Indonesia for your next trip.
There are many beautiful places that you can visit if you are traveling to Indonesia, but for the budget traveler, you can try these three recommended destinations.
Not only the places are not really touristy but also, almost everything in these places is cheaper rather than other touristy places in Indonesia like Bali.