Read our Indonesia backpacking guide and find out more about this intriguing island nation. Which islands are the most popular, what is solo travel like in Indonesia, visa information for travellers to Indonesia, why do backpackers flock to Ubud, where are the places of outstanding natural beauty, what is the accommodation like in Indonesia and lots of other useful tips and advice.



The island nation of Indonesia attracts many travellers each year. With around 6,000 inhabited islands out of more than 18,000 islands, Indonesia is the biggest island group in the world. Each island is unique in one way or another. All travellers are, therefore, sure to be able to find the perfect Indonesian destination to suit their tastes.  Backpacking in Indonesia is a popular choice amongst young travellers and those plotting gap year routes across the region, with so much natural beauty and lots to see across the country. 

Over 3000 different ethnic groups

One of the world’s most-populated countries, the faces of Indonesia are varied. It is also one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse nations on the planet. There are officially some 3,000 different ethnic groups that call Indonesia home! While Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, more than 700 languages are in use across the archipelago. Religious diversity can also be found in Indonesia.

Varied landscapes

For those backpacking in Indonesia for the natural beauty, you will be amazed by the varied landscapes. There are rugged coastal areas and sandy beaches, soaring mountains and volcanoes, wildlife-rich jungles, and flatlands. Life in the modern, built-up cities is far removed from the day-to-day activities in rural villages and remote settlements. Beautiful beaches, diverse cultures, tasty food, nightlife, water sports, fascinating wildlife, outdoor adventures, and intriguing natural attractions are just a few things that keep pulling people to Indonesia.

A country for every traveller

Backpacking in Indonesia can be diverse. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beach break, a holiday filled with endless partying and nocturnal fun, days of hiking in a remote wilderness, immersive cultural experiences, spectacular snorkelling and diving, sightseeing galore, or something else entirely, Indonesia is sure to be able to tick all your boxes.

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Last updated on the 8 October 2018