Unknown to many travelers, there are actually many things to do in Indonesia, and some of them are unique to only in Indonesia. Be it from swimming in the largest natural volcanic lake to shopping in one of the major cities in Asia to immersing in culture and histories and having adventure and activities on the sea to something different like sitting the becak around soaking in the environment. Indonesia is the place for every independent traveler, promising many experiences and adventures to those who seek them. Here are the top 10 things you must do in Indonesia:

Shop till you drop

Shopping mall in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

One of the best shopping places in Asia or some might even say the world is in Indonesia. You may find from international brands in the big shiny malls of Jakarta to affordable and cheap bargains in the markets and smaller malls.

Sit a becak to sightseeing in the city

Becak in Indonesia

Use one of the becak (trishaw) in cities like Yogyakarta or Malang, and just let it take you around the city in style. It can wind through narrow streets and let you immerse in the environment better. With wind in your face, you feel the place and let sights and smells sink in from all corners of the city.

Immerse in history and culture

Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Indonesia itself host two of the most beautiful ancient wonders in the proximity of Yogyakarta – the famous Borobudur temple and the revered Prambanan temple. Be wow by the well preserved remains of the two great kingdoms of two very different religion – Buddhism and Hinduism and then look around you to find that currently the majority of the people here is Muslim. Now this is the epitome of religions and cultures experience.

Hike up and watch sunrise from/over volcanoes

Catching sunrise @ Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Trek and hike up one of the many volcanoes of Indonesia, one being the most famous is the Mount Bromo in Java another is Mount Rinjani in Lombok. The hike up to view sunrise over Mount Bromo is famous for many reasons, but sometimes viewing it from the tip of the volcano across crater is also breathtaking.

Diving in world’s most beautiful spots

Diving Pulau Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Indonesia

Indonesia is not a stranger to the serious divers of the world, with amazing dive spots like Raja Ampat and Togian islands. The marine life around Indonesia boast more than 3000 species and huge biodiversity. Put on your dive gears and explore the well preserved ocean in search of new species that you have never encounter before.

Trek in natural rainforest in search of Orangutan

Mother and Baby Orangutan @ Bukit Lawang

Bukit lawang is one of the last few places on Earth to see Orangutans living in the wild. Trek through the lush tropical rainforest in search of Orangutans, not only you will have the jungle trekking of your life, the Orangutans will bring your last breath away.

Island hopping and snorkeling

Beach at Gili Islands, Indonesia

With 17000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, it brings the idea of island hopping to a new scale. With its clear blue sea, snorkeling is a natural thing to do at every new spots in the ocean and nearby all the pristine beaches. Snorkel off beautiful islands like Togian islands, or Karimunjawa and Gili Islands in Lombok.

Surf the powerful waves

Surfing in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Surf in the many spots of Indonesia that promises powerful waves for beginners to expert. One of the few best surfing spots of Indonesia around the many islands it has, such as Mentawai or Panaitan and even the famous Bali and Lombok! You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to surfing in style in Indonesia.

Join in ancient culture and rites that had stood the test of time

Dani People @ Baliem Valley, Papua, Indonesia

Up in the highlands of Tana Toraja, the people are still practicing funeral rites from more than 100 years ago or explore the land of the indigenous tribe of Baliem Valley, Papua that still live like their ancestors in terms of cultures, clothings and way of life.

Swim in one of the world’s largest crater lake

Fishing boat Lake Toba @ Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Toba, also known as Danau Toba, is the largest volcanic lake in the world measuring at 1,707 sq ft. Swim in this natural world wonder clear lake amidst mountains reflecting on the clear water. This is definitely one experience you would not want to miss.