5 Days in Indonesia: Best Suggested Tours Ideas
Beyond a tropical beach paradise, Indonesia is also a captivating country full of interesting cultures, incredible food, spectacular volcanoes and amiable people that attract a lot of travellers from all over the world. It can take a month or longer to slowly experience all the best of this archipelago nation. However, for those just have a short time to savour this country, for example, 5 days, let us introduce you to some of the best-recommended itineraries for 5 days in Indonesia (Indonesia Day trips and Short Breaks).
Itinerary 1: Bali Highlights
Day 1 - Arrival – Ubud
Day 2 - Explore Ubud town’s attractions
Day 3 - Day trip to Mount Batur
Day 4 - Day trip to Lake Beratan & Tanah Lot
Day 5 - Departure
This short itinerary is packed with a lot of things to do and see on the lush tropical island of Bali, which gives you a slice of both Balinese culture and nature while still having some time for relaxation. Stick to the cultural hub of Ubud in 5 days, you will have the opportunity to experience plenty of Bali’s iconic attractions.
Start with visits to the local markets and museums inside the town, you will know why Ubud is the artistic and cultural centre of the island. Then on day three, travel further to Mount Batur, en route to Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul temples. The next morning, enjoy walking through the UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih rice terraces, seeing the incredible Tanah Lot temple and Lake Bratan. On the last day, round out your experience in east Bali with visiting Kertagosa and the Mother Temple Besakih on the western slopes of Mt Agung before heading to the airport in the afternoon.
Itinerary 2: Batik Javanese Experience
Day 1 - Arrive in Solo
Day 2 - Explore Danar Hadi Museum & Laweyan village
Day 3 - Drive to Yogyakarta, Explore Yogyakarta City
Day 4 - Day trip to Borobudur temple
Day 5 - Departure
For cultural buffs who are very interested in Batik, the famous Indonesian craft that highly developed on the island of Java, this itinerary allows you to explore its enchanting secrets in 5 days, in the capital of batik, Solo and Yogyakarta cities, where you can learn everything about the history and importance of this art to the Javanese.
After arriving and resting in Solo, you will spend the second day visiting the Danar Hadi Antique Batik Museum and Kampung Batik Laweyan to see the batik-making process in the city. The next morning, travel to Yogyakarta, en route to Prambanan temple, then visit Museum Batik Yogyakarta and Winotosastro Batik Factory, where you can make your own batik. On day four, you will take a day trip to the UNESCO-protected Borobudur temple and the small Mendut temples before driving to the airport the next morning.
Itinerary 3: Taste of Bali
Day 1 - Arrival – Sanur
Day 2 - Sanur Foodie Cycling Tour – Explore Alas Harum
Day 3 - Ubud Foodie Walking Tour - Paon Bali Cooking Class
Day 4 - North Bali Food Adventure
Day 5 - Departure
A perfect option for the foodie-traveller who wants to savour as much authentic Balinese food as possible in 5 days.
This short trip plan will take you to Sanur, a food paradise with a fun morning cycling tour on day two, followed by a half-day exploration in Alas Harum for an iconic Bali swing experience and coffee tasting. The next day, spend all of your time soaking in Balinese cuisine in the cultural centre of Ubud with a food walking tour before learning about the local recipes for Balinese dishes in Paon Bali Cooking Class. To wrap up the journey, get on a 6-hour North Bali Food Adventure that allows you to get up close to the local life in the countryside with salt farming, fishermen living or fruit picking. End up with breakfast the next morning before heading to the airport or the area for your next program.
Itinerary 4: Tribal Java
Day 1 - Arrive in Jakarta
Day 2 - Drive from Jakarta to Anyer. Explore Baduy Tribe
Day 3 - Day trip to Krakatau Volcano
Day 4 - Day trip to Ujung Kulon National Park
Day 5 - Drive from Anyer to Jakarta
This tour itinerary is a great introduction to the unique traditional life and distinct culture of Indonesian tribal villages in Java, plus an insightful nature exploration from Anyer city.
After arriving in Jakarta and transferring to Anyer, you will spend the second day of the vaunt discovering the hidden Baduy Tribe Conservation tucked away from the lush jungle. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, you will trek through the forest, cross the streams and experience the daily life of locals with farming and fishing. The next morning, embark on an adventure of exploring the impressive Krakatau Volcano in the middle of the ocean, along with some relaxation on the nearby Rakata Island. On day four, you’ll head to the heart of Ujung Kulon National Park, enjoy jungle walking or snorkelling in Peucang Island before driving back to Jakarta in the next morning.
Itinerary 5: Best of West Java
Day 1- Arrival – Bogor
Day 2- Drive from Bogor to Bandung
Day 3- Day trip to Cangkuang Lake. Drive to Pangandaran
Day 4- Explore Pangandaran
Day 5- Train to Yogyakarta
This trip plan includes some of the best tourist destinations in West Java, with visits to many natural wonders, historic sites and intriguing cultures.
Start your journey in Jakarta then transfer to Bogor, the famous mountain resort of Java. The next day, you’ll take a stroll around Bogor Botanical Garden, one of the oldest and largest in the world, and will head out to Bandung with a stop at Puncak highland’s tea plantations. On day three, you will explore Cangkuang Lake by a rustic bamboo raft and visit ancient monuments near the Kampung Pulo village, where your local guide will tell about the history and legends of these sites. After a light breakfast on day four, you’ll go for a full day tour inside Pangandaran National Park, enjoy animal spotting, do some beach activities or explore the Green Canyon. The next morning, enjoy one last breakfast and take a train ride to Yogyakarta.
There are a lot of ways to explore the beauty of Indonesia even when you have a short vacation, and we hope that these suggested tour plans can give you some ideas for your private trip to Indonesia. If you need more information, feel free to contact our Asia Tour experts at any time.