Indonesia is the dazzling jewel in Southeast Asia’s crown – an unspoilt land full of historic and natural attractions. It doesn’t boast strong digital connectivity, but don’t let that put you off. With its volcanoes, forests, beaches and temples, you’ll have too many fantastic landscapes to capture to waste time applying filters and uploading albums, so save your battery and upload later.
Dating back to the 9th century, Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is made up of various platforms and domes – along with 504 Buddha statues. Get there super early to watch the sunrise (and avoid the crowds).
Tucked away in a corner of Indonesia is Raja Ampat: a picture-perfect paradise made up of 1,500 small, jungle-covered islands. You’ll find tranquil beaches, hiking trails, friendly locals, and some of the world’s best diving spots. The pristine coral reefs house marine life so diverse, it’ll make your local SeaLife centre look like a goldfish bowl. If you’re not too tired of paradise, then head over to the nearby western Pacific archipelago of Palau for similarly surreal desert-island scenes.
No visit to Java is complete without a hike up the towering Mount Bromo. Standing 2,329m tall, it’s an active volcano that still billows smoke, so some parts are closed to the public. Nevertheless, the two-hour hike to the top guarantees some stunning views, so don’t forget your selfie stick.
At the summit of Mount Kelimutu, an active volcano, is a truly unusual sight – a tri-coloured lake. Its three sections all have different colours that change over time, so any photo you take will be totally unique.