25 Reasons You Should NEVER Travel To Indonesia

Indonesia. Emerald of the Equator. Millions of visitors every year, bucket list destination for many others. One of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2019. Well, I felt it was my duty to travel all the way to Indonesia so you don’t have to. It may have 17000 islands but I have 25 reasons why you should not go to Indonesia.

1. I don’t really get what all the fuss is about

Stupas at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur
Borobudur, Java

2. Indonesia is pretty boring. I’ve no idea why people travel here

A man standing with arms wide open in front of the sea
Angel’s Billabong, Nusa Penida

3. It definitely isn’t for the bland food

A selection of Indonesian food in a banana leaf
Delicious Indonesian platter, Ubud

4. Or its uninspiring architecture

Prambanan temple complex
Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Java

5. Indonesia is basically just Bali

Religious offerings in front of the Mt. Bromo caldera
Mt. Bromo crater, Java

6. There is nothing to do other than lie on a beach

A moped parked at a viewpoint overlooking rice fields - 25 reasons you should never travel to Indonesia
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Bali

7. And beaches are all packed with tourists anyway

A woman using a swing at a white sand beach

8. The scenery doesn’t really stand out

A woman walking down a rocky path
Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida

9. There are probably better views outside your bedroom window

Raja Ampat Islands dotted around a blue water lagoon
Raja Ampat Islands (Source: Feet Do Travel)

10. Indonesia’s cities really lack in colour

A man pedalling a cart laden with produce through a city

11. And are just a bit dull

An old van adorned in colourful street art in Yogyakarta

12. The country is just full of fields

A woman looking out onto green rice fields
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Bali

13. And the hiking scene isn’t great

Rocky slopes of an active volcano
Mt. Merapi, Java

14. The locals are really unfriendly

A group of people taking a photo at Borobudur
School children at Borobudur

15. The sunsets are not very impressive

Sun setting over rice fields - 25 reasons you should never travel to Indonesia
Banyuwangi, Java

16. Sunrises aren’t anything to write home about either

A man standing amidst stupas at Borobodur at sunrise
Sunrise at Borobudur, Java

17. There is really no point in getting out of bed early

A group of people at the summit of Mt. Merapi volcano
Sunrise at Mt. Merapi volcano, Java

18. There is no wildlife

A close up of a komodo dragon
A komodo dragon (Source: Feet Do Travel)

19. There are too many tourists at major sites

A winding path through greenery
Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud

20. The diving is overrated

Fish and coral during a scuba dive
Gili Air (Source: Feet Do Travel)

21. Did I mention the food wasn’t great?

An overhead view of plate of food and a coffee on a wooden table
A lunch in Canggu, Bali

22. And there is nowhere to shop

A busy mareetrket st
A market in Ubud, Bali

23. There really isn’t much to see

A statue in the foreground of a temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Candi Sewu, Yogyakarta, Java

24. I mean there are way way cooler places to visit

The rocky slopes of Mt. Ijen, Indonesia
Mt Ijen, Java

25. Hopefully I have convinced you not to go to Indonesia

A child watching a sunset at a beach
Kerobokan, Bali (Source: Flikr/ditatompel)

Pin this for later to remind yourself of all the reasons not to go to Indonesia


If, for whatever reason, you STILL want to go, check out some of my other posts on Indonesia to find out the stories behind some of the photos in this post!

Nusa Penida Travel Guide – Best Things To See and Do

The Ultimate 3 Days/2 Nights Yogyakarta Itinerary: What To Do, See and Eat

How To Hike Kawah Ijen Volcano To See The Incredible Blue Flames

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Hiking Indonesia’s Most Active Volcano: Mount Merapi

7 Top Things To Do Around Banyuwangi, Indonesia

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