Why go backpacking in Indonesia?
The most popular spots in Indonesia for anyone taking a gap year are Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, but with 18,110 islands making up the country, backpacking in Indonesia leaves you with a lot of choices. You can stop here briefly as part of a wider South East Asia trip, or spend months exploring everything it has to offer.
Indonesia is steeped in tradition and religious ceremonies are plentiful. It has the largest Muslim population in the world: bells ring for morning prayer and the smell of incense lingers wherever you go. The country straddles the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is the largest archipelago in the world.
Indonesia’s tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil, and are being logged and cut down at the same alarming speed.
Anyone with any money shops and parties in Jakarta and Bali or enjoys the 108,000km of beaches with a cocktail in hand. Nevertheless, Bali is a great spot for anybody on a tight budget.
Indonesia is a beautiful country and is sure to be a favourite for anyone visiting on their gap year.