Jakarta & West Java

Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and the centre for government and finance is a bustling metropolis which is home to over 9 million people. Jakarta is a city of contrasts, from the modern high rise concrete structures to the old Dutch colonial architecture in areas such as Kota or the busy old port of Sunda Kelapa to the Chinese neighbourhood of Glodok, the city is a truly fascinating place. And for those looking for entertainment, there is a vast array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that will cater to everyone’s taste.

Ujung Kulon National Park is situated in a remote part of south west Java. It contains untouched rainforest and remote pristine beaches. The area has some wonderful hiking opportunities and is home to the one horned Javan rhinoceros as well as countless other flora and fauna on land and in the surrounding coral reefs.

Central Java

The administrative capital of central Java is the city of Semarang. It’s old city and Chinatown are worth exploring.

The volcanic Dieng Plateau is an area of lush fields and terraces and home to a huge number of ancient Hindu temples, some dating back over 1,000 years. The main access point to the region is the city of Wonosobo.

Borobudur is a traditional rice growing region that houses one of Indonesia must see sights of the Borobudur Buddhist Temple which was built around the 8th century AD.

Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex that was built around the 8th century AD. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest Hindu Temple Complex in Indonesia.

The city of Solo still maintans many of it’s Javanese traditions and is an excellent place to see traditional dance performances. It has some wonderful traditional architecture and and an amazing batik museum.


The  Yogyakarta area is home to over 3 million people and is a very pleasant city to visit being a centre for art and culture. The Kraton area houses some wonderful ancient buildings. There also a huge selection of entertainment options whether it be seeing traditional dance or eating in the numerous restaurants or cafes to the modern nightclubs. Yogyakarta has something for everyone.

East Java

The capital of east Java is the city of Surabaya. It is Indonesia’s second largest city. Although not high on most tourists lists of places to visit, Surabaya does have an interesting old town with colonial Dutch architecture.

Malang is a far more laid back city than Surabaya and has some nice colonial buildings. Around the city are the Singosari Temples which date from around the 14th century AD.

The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is a volcanic area of east Java with some spectacular volcanic cones that offer wonderful hiking trips. There is also the Tengger Sand Sea, which is a desert like area. Mt. Semeru is the highest peak on Java at over 3,600 metres.

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