In 2019, there were 16.1 million tourists that traveled in 2018 through the breathtaking Country of Indonesia. Comprised of 17,000 islands, each year, Indonesia was ranked at 20th in the world tourist Industry in 2017, also ranked as the ninth-fastest growing tourist sector in the world and saw around 20 millions tourists in 2019.
Despite the tourist frenzy, for Gregg Jaden, it is an incredible place to photograph and film.
Even if you're not looking to take stunning photos like Jaden, Indonesia has something for everyone. Whether it is foods to taste, places to explore, or interesting people to meet you will never be bored in this beautiful country many people call home.
Come Along on the Ultimate Travel Guide for 7 Incredible Must See Locations When Traveling to Indonesia.
1 - TumpakSewu Waterfall In East Java, Indonesia
TumpakSewu waterfall is quickly becoming famous as one of the most incredible waterfalls in Lumajang, East Java. Social media has exploded tourism to this location that offers endless angles to photograph.
It is made up of so many waterfalls unlike anything you have ever seen. You can hike down the steep mountain side to see these falls first hand being submersed in the rushing water or take a breather gazing ad its entirety from above.
These waterfalls roar into a horseshoe shaped jungle ravine that looks like something right out of a movie. The feeling can only be described as an enchanted experience if you visit these incredible falls.
2. Borobudur Jawa Tengah
On your trip to Indonesia, you need to explore the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur Jawa Tengah near Yogyakarta.
This fascinating ancient architecture allows tourists to see every single level of this 1,200-year-old temple.
If you're planning to see Borobudur, then it's ideal to wake up early get a good spot for sunrise. Around five in the morning is the most tranquil time of the day and perfect for taking photographs as the sun rises in the distance of this beautiful temple.
3. Jomblang Cave
You are about to be mind blown. Traveling to the Jombalang Cave will take you about a day hike but the view and feeling of silence mixed with unreal sunbeam light is well worth the journey. Another location to arrive early as you'll be spending half the day there. Check times for best light conditions inside the cave.
Jombalang Cave isn't necessarily a cave either, rather a sinkhole that is apart of a cave system. You will need to book a tour for this cave experience because you will be lowered down into the cave using rappelling equipment and a harness.
Don't worry if you're a first-time cave explorer either! Since you need a tour to explore this cave, then it is without a doubt perfect for beginners. They will walk you through every step of the way so there is no need to worry.
4. Prambanan Temple
If you're looking to experience traditional Indonesia's cultural, then Prambanan Temple is a magnificent place to visit. The temple was built over 1,000 years ago so you can only imagine how fantastic it looks today.
Exploring these temples is a trip that you want to absorb all day long. You can walk in the temples and on the grounds of these fantastic beasts. The tall central tower is 154 feet high and stands right in the middle of it all.
If you're looking for a bit of an explanation of the temple, guided tours are offered. If you're looking to spend the day photographing the beautiful sights, then you will want to venture off and explore on your own.
5. Kampung Warna-WarniJodipan
The Kampung Warna-WarniJodipan is located in Malang, Indonesia, and is also known as the village of color. The residents of this one of a kind place have really put this on the map. You will want to visit and see the rows of brown and white houses all of a sudden transform into rows and rows of vibrant and magnificent colors like a rainbow.
This was a project done by the community which goes to show how kind and hospitable the people here truly are. They want to bring peace and happiness to everyone around them. Make sure to take the time to meet some of the people who are living within the village during your visit!
6. Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is one of the best adventures in East Java. It is one of the many active volcanos in Indonesia. It also is the second-highest waterfall and provides some must-see views.
There are so many different angles to take photos of if you're planning to travel to Mount Bromo. You're going to want to spend lots of time here. Get there early. You will need to rent a jeep to get up the mountain as the roads turn to sand near the top. The crowd usually leaves after sunrise.
One of Gregg Jaden's favorite things to do at this spot in Indonesia is to get there early and catch an amazing sunrise. You will need to start your journey in the middle of the night like at 2:30 am to see the beautiful sunrise and snap a few amazing moments.
7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Another stunning location right in Bali is the Tegalalang Rice Terrace with its green rice paddies on countless levels that seem to stretch on for miles and miles with no end in sight.
When you get to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace you will see the view from above as it rolls down as a hill would. It will take you about 30 minutes to an hour and a half to hike down and explore the entire rice terrace but it is well worth it!
This is a favorite place for Gregg Jaden, he always flies his drone as the shots from above are truly awe-inspiring. To increase the magic of this amazing location, having a model in the middle of the rice fields will stamp the photos timeless.
Why Everyone Must Travel to Indonesia
Whether you're planning a trip to travel to Indonesia or you're only adding it to your bucket list there are plenty of places that you will want to see in this incredibly gorgeous Country. You can without question take Jaden's word for it as you can see from the photos.