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  • 1 Jakarta National Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    12 Jl. Medan Merdeka

    Indonesia's oldest museum is without doubt the most interesting. It is home to fabulous collections from Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Don't miss the well-represented Chinese ceramics, Hindu-Buddhist sculptures, including the Bhairava statue, more th..

  • 2 Ujung Kulon National Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A Unesco World Heritage Site, Ujung Kulon national park, covering more than 76,000 ha of land and 44,000 ha of sea, is home to an exceptionally rich variety of fauna and flora. The last preserve of the famous Javan rhinoceros, in danger of extinction..

  • 3 Climbing up Mount Gede Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Take the marked path to the summit of Mt Gede (2 958m) to enjoy a stunning walk crowned with sublime views over the whole of the region. The walk takes you past the Blue Lake, whose blue-green waters stretch out in the middle of the jungle. After rea..

  • 4 Kraton Area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A genuine city in a city, the kraton district, protected by a white wall with four vaulted openings, comprises a vast residential neighbourhood crisscrossed by lanes. The one-storey houses were traditionally set aside for palace servants and employee..

  • The various temples are spread about the huge quadrilateral divided into three concentric courtyards. In the centre stands the most sacred, domain of the main temples, dedicated to the Trimurti Trinity: around Candi Siva, the highest and holiest, sta..

  • 6 Candi Siva Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Incontestably the most beautiful and refined of the Prambanan temples, Candi Siva (47m high) boasts panel after panel of bas-reliefs, each more exquisite than the last. Note the typical motifs of lions and the tree of life mixed with half-man, half-b..

  • 7 Mount Penanjakan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The best place to watch the sun coming up over the Tengger Caldera and its three volcanic cones is Gunung Penanjakan, the highest volcano on the site (2 770m), which stands at the western edge of the caldera. After a short section crossing the sea of..

  • 8 Kawah Ijen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Kawah Ijen volcano (2 148m) rises up out of the forest and coffee plantations that cover Ijen Plateau, making for an enchanting setting. The sight awaiting you at the crater (1hr on foot from Paltuding) is breathtaking: a lake with jade waters lies a..

  • 9 Mount Batur Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Whether you opt for a brief excursion to admire the grandiose site of the caldera, a lake cruise within the collapsed ancient volcano itself or decide to climb the volcano and its smoking craters, Batur, one of Indonesia's most magical sites, will re..

  • 10 Batur Caldeira Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A breathtaking sight! At the centre of this giant rock circle rises the sombre cone of Mount Batur (1 717m), from where a wisp of smoke almost constantly emanates. On its desolate slopes may be discerned, in a subtle cameo of brown hues, the various ..

  • 11 Climbing Mount Batur Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Getting to Batur's main crater is easy enough, provided you take the right equipment and clothing, and the climb is not attempted alone in the dark (even though selecting a guide can be tiresome, given their tenacious pestering...). Sunrise is the be..

  • 12 Borobudur Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The mandala of Borobudur, a treasure of Buddhist art, constitutes a majestic architectural complex, comprised of a 10-level pyramid adorned with 1,460 low-reliefs and over 500 statues of Buddha. This tropical stupa, older than the city of Angkor, is ..

  • 13 Mount Bromo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Gunung Bromo, the last active volcano of the Tengger Caldera, is also the most famous, despite being the smallest (2 392m). Steep steps lead up to the crest of the caldera, an infernal mouth noisily wheezing out a thick white cloud smelling of sulphu..

  • 14 Wayang Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    27 Jl. Pintu Besar Utara

    Fans of shadow theatre, the national art, can step backstage here to admire the finely crafted puppets made of leather (wayang kulit) or wood (flat wood wayang kelitik), or rod puppets wayang golek) that star in these dreamlike shows. While the major..

  • 15 Traditional Pavilions of Taman Mini Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc Taman Mini

    In the heart of Taman Mini Park, the series of traditional pavilions (there are 33, one per province) give an insight into Indonesia's incredible architectural diversity. Designed like small art and craft museums, each one has folk dance shows.

  • 16 Kebun Raya Botanical Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jalan Otto Iskandardinata

    Founded by the Dutch in 1817, this botanical garden, an oasis in the town centre, offers an ideal opportunity to find out more about the tropical flora. The size of the collections reflects the gardens conservation and research role; it introduced se..

  • 17 Mount Halimun National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Taman Nasional Gunung Halimun (40 000ha) encompasses the largest primary equatorial forest in Java. It is a sanctuary for the extremely rare Javan gibbon, long-tailed macaque, and over 130 species of bird. This vast forested area plays an essential r..

  • 18 Gede Pangrango National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Taman Nasional Gunung Gede Pangrango is named after two volcanoes. It covers 15 000ha of primary tropical rainforest: a fascinating environment where with every step you come across an indigenous plant or unusua..

  • 19 Panorama over Bandung Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Make your way up to the Dago teahouse perched above the city in the heart of one of the chic districts. From here you can enjoy a superb panoramic view over Bandung and its surroundings and set off on a lovely walk that takes you to a pretty waterfal..

  • 20 Tangkuban Perahu Volcano Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Although it hasn't erupted since 1969, the low-lying Tangkuban Perahu ("Capsized Boat") volcano is active. The smoke, bubbling pools and sulphur fumes give the impression of having reached the ends of the earth, even though the road leading..

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