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2 Weeks in Indonesia Itinerary | The 4 Best Places to Visit

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The Best Places to Visit in Indonesia

Off the Beaten Path Travel Guide | 2 Week Itinerary

Indonesia is one far flung country. I’ve just returned from two glorious weeks traveling around four main regions in Indonesia and loved every minute of it. From a mud-slinging off-roading adventure in Bandung to the cultural heart of Yogyakarta then off to pristine untouched diving in Raja Ampat and my first surfing lesson in Lombok… Indonesia was unforgettable.

If you’re thinking of a trip to Southeast Asia and have already seen Bali, here are some of the lesser known islands and best places to visit in Indonesia.

For more photos, check out #shershegoes_indonesia on Instagram

 

Top Places in Indonesia to Visit


Bandung

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Yogyakarta (Jokja, Jokjakarta)

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Raja Ampat

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Lombok

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All the Best Places to Visit within 2 Weeks in Indonesia


Before You Go:

  1. I read up on the main sights and regions using this Indonesia guidebook before heading east. If you already know you want to spend your time in the sun and sand on Lombok / Bali, pick up this region specific book instead.
  2. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago with 17,000+ islands spread out across more than 3,000 miles so if you want to really explore, you’ll likely be flying from place to place. Set alerts with Skyscanner to be notified of the cheapest flights and book in advance. Domestically, we flew with Tiger Air and and Garuda and both far exceeded my expectations (in fact, they were better than the long-haul flights I took getting in and out of Indonesia!)
  3. Borobudur, the 8th century Buddhist temple is one of the world’s greatest religious monuments and best visited at sunrise, when the mist lifts from the mountains. The monument sells a special sunrise ticket – buy in advance and show up early, as it gets quite crowded.
  4. Bring sunscreen and extra strength mosquito repellent – lots of repellent. I counted over 50 bites on myself during the trip and arrived home looking like I had chicken pox! For face sunscreen, my favorite is this Biore one and for body I’m loving this Tropic one which smells amazing and is very moisturizing. I got eaten alive by mosquitos while there so I’d also recommend cortizone if you’re as allergic to the bites as I am
  5. Curious about what to pack for a trip to Indonesia? My packing guide and outfits post for females is here.

 

Indonesia Itinerary

Click the toggles to expand each day. Outside of Bali, there are many fabulous islands in Indonesia to visit. I’ve focused this itinerary around culture, ancient ruins, good food and fabulous beaches.

DAY 1: Arrive Jakarta
DAY 2-3: Bandung
DAY 4-6: Yogyakarta
DAY 7-10: Raja Ampat
DAY 11-12 Lombok
DAY 13-14: Gili Trangwan

 

Indonesia Vacation Checklist

 


Planning a trip to Indonesia? Save this post by pinning it for later or read the full series: 

2 week indonesia itinerary covering bandung, yogyakarta (jogja), lombok, gili trawangan and raja ampat

 

General Indonesia


The Best Places to Visit in Indonesia Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok & Raja Ampat 2 Week Itinerary

What to Wear in Indonesia: A Packing Guide

 

Beaches


Paradise on Earth: A Raja Ampat Travel Guide

The Farthest Place I’ve Ever Been: How to Get to Raja Ampat

Bali Without the Crowds: Lombok & Gili Trawangan (soon)

 

Yogyakarta / Jogja


Yogyakarta’s 10 Most Stunning Attractions

Is the Borobudur Sunrise Ticket Worth It? Here’s My Experience

 

Bandung, Bali & More


You Can’t Leave Bandung Without Seeing These 7 Sights

Looking to explore Bali? Check out this Bali hotel guide.

 

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I was a guest of the Indonesia Tourism Board.

BrendaOctober 18, 2016 - 11:54 am

I really like the 2nd itinerary you listed. I am arriving to denpasar, bali, and will like to follow this one. I have two questions and I was wondering if perhaps you could assist. One for the second itinerary, do you think it would be possible to substitute something (like staying a few days extra in kanawa island ) and going to the Gili islands instead? Also, is it better and less expensive to rent hotels once there or to do it online? (i.e the rates for the places you stayed, did you pre-book?)

SherOctober 18, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Hi Brenda – I don’t quite understand your question as I only posted one itinerary, do you mean the second week? I did include the Gili islands on the trip and if you want a more fun / party atmosphere it’s worth exploring. For hotels yes, it’s definitely better to pre-book, you’ll get a cheaper rate.

Lately I’ve been getting comments from users who leave “check my gift card balance” and other strange websites as their URL. I’m not really sure why. I’m tempted to think your comment is spam! If i’m mistaken, please let me know.

CarmenOctober 18, 2016 - 5:56 pm

It looks absolutely stunning there. I really like how you captured the natural beauty of it. I definitely want to visit some day. Great post! :]

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SherOctober 19, 2016 - 12:22 am

Thanks Carmen! Indonesia is SO stunning – hope you make it out there soon :)

JoyceOctober 19, 2016 - 9:49 am

It looks like a dream!! I can’t wait to go back to SE Asia!

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ChloeOctober 23, 2016 - 11:35 am

Such a lovely write up and gorgeous pics. I want to go back and do it all over again! Cx

SherOctober 23, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Thanks Chloe!!

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Great photos, layout and information! Was such a great trip!

SherOctober 26, 2016 - 9:02 am

Thanks Mike! Appreciate you stopping by. Hope we see each other again soon!

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Jasmine from My Suitcase JourneysOctober 28, 2016 - 4:03 pm

Wow! These are such beautiful photos and awesome suggestions too, definitely adding some of these to my bucket list. Really love how you organize your blog as well. It’s so clean and love that little drop-down option. Thanks for sharing!

Cherene SaradarOctober 29, 2016 - 3:35 pm

Hey Sher, it’s Cher. Lol. I loved this post. Very helpful and gorgeous pics. I’m bookmarking this for when I go next spring!

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stephanieNovember 19, 2016 - 10:35 am

This summer I went to Bali and the Gilis for two/three weeks.
But i wish I had had time to see more of Indonesia!
Hopefully i can go back soon!
Thanks for sharing, ive written these things down.
x

SherNovember 19, 2016 - 11:21 am

Ooh wish I had spent 3 weeks in Bali, sounds amazing!

MariaNovember 25, 2016 - 3:04 pm

Hi Sher. Thank you for sharing your experiences in this beautiful countrie. I´m very interested in going to Indonesia, specially Bali for honeymoon. Your itinenary is interesting. I´m flying from either LAX or San Diego. I see that you flew to Jakarta… from where did you flew back to your home? Same? Jakarta?

Please let me know or make suggestions. Many thanks in advance.

MariaNovember 25, 2016 - 3:15 pm

Sher,

I wondered if you received my previous e-mail? I´m going to Indonesia going from either LAX or San Diego. You flew Jakarta way. What airport/city do you suggest coming back to LAX or SD?

Thank you very much!!!!

SherNovember 25, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Hi Maria, I’m happy you’re planning to visit Indonesia. The best place to check flights is either google.com/flights or skyscanner – both will give you great options and allow you to set price alerts for the best deals. Happy to help!

Suzanne HarrisonNovember 26, 2016 - 5:48 am

Hi really great blog, itinerary, photos- what a fab trip. Definately want to do. Just a question you spent 3 days on Raja Ampat- as it takes 2 days to get there? Do you give yourself 6/7 days to get there, 3 days there and get back? just thinking how many days we need to get there and back. I read you said it’s better to pre book rooms/ places to stay- as it’s cheaper. Would we be ok just turning up and asking? Done so in other countries but better to book ahead on Raja ampat. Thanks for all your photos and itinerary and travel ideas- brilliant! Suze

SherNovember 26, 2016 - 3:38 pm

Hi Suzanne – so glad you enjoy the content! To answer your question, I spent 3 full days on the islands of Raja Ampat and the travel time to and from was additional time. If you’re coming from Jakarta or Denpasar, it’s a hair more straight forward as it cuts out one flight, but you should budget at least a full day, possibly a day and a half, for travel time each way.

I covered the full logistical details of getting to Raja Ampat in this post: https://shershegoes.com/how-to-get-to-raja-ampat/

I do recommend booking ahead for a couple reasons. First, it’s quite expensive. Raja Ampat is remote so everything about the trip is pricey – the flights, the ferries/speedboats and the hotels themselves, not to mention diving. If you book ahead you’ll avoid the sticker shock. Secondly, Raja Ampat is a series of islands and the main island where you ferry into, Wasei, is just a industrial port/hub without any tourist infrastructure. Most people choose one of the smaller, more private islands to stay at and to get to the smaller island you need a speedboat which the hotel will arrange for you in advance (at extra cost). If you just show up, you’ll be a bit stranded. You can’t relaly walk around ha. Finally, there aren’t many lodging options. There’s a dive eco center closest to Wasei, the Raja Ampat Dive Lodge I stayed at which is probably the most “luxury”, local home stays on some islands (but these aren’t well advertised unless you are already on the smaller islands) and perhaps 5-8 other hotels so supply is limiting.

Do you speak Indonesian? If so, I think showing up and asking around could be potentially ok. I have to admit I never show up without a hotel booked, even if just as a backup. It sounds like you are comfortable doing it so maybe you may feel differently. I do like booking with booking.com bc you can then cancel without charge if you change your mind.

a final note – Raja Ampat sees very few tourists out in West Papua except “luxury” tourists and die hard scuba divers so there isn’t much infrastructure to cater to Westerners.

Hope that helps and please check the Raja Ampat post for all the logistical details. I put it in there for anyone looking for dedicated info on Raja Ampat! Let me know if you have any other questions, happy to help.

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