Feeling dreary? Less-than-cheery? Perhaps it’s time to leave the endless work and stress behind for a slice of paradise in Indonesia. But don’t just go for the usual cities—expand your horizons and seek out these lesser-known, short-haul destinations. Perfect for a quick, relaxing, and affordable getaway.


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From misty volcanoes, chilly highlands, to hectares of luscious tea plantations—picturesque sights are all within reach of Bandung’s booming metropolis. Here, you can wander around backstreet markets and sip on splendid coffee, all before setting out for a relaxing daytrip to the city’s surrounding awe-striking nature.
 



The best places to unplug and unwind

Escape the sleepless nights and stressful days. Here are five must-see attractions in and around Bandung that will restore your work-life balance.
 

 

 

 

 

If you’re in need of some vitamin sea, look no further than Belitung, an island paradise with stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters—all set on a backdrop of coconut palms. This charming, laid-back and relatively undiscovered seaside town is perfect for snorkeling, water sports, or simply doing nothing at all.
 



The best places to unplug and unwind

There’s no better way to soothe your stressful mind than being near sand and sea. Here are five must-see attractions in and around Belitung that will save your sanity.
 

 

 

 

 

Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia and a port-of-call to the many natural wonders of North Sumatra. More importantly, it is a culinary haven filled with backstreet food stalls and old-school restaurants. A 5-hour ride takes you to Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world, where you can discover the indigenous Batak tribe.
 



The best places to unplug and unwind

Leave the concrete jungle for a volcanic lake, lush jungle and towering waterfalls. Here are five must-see attractions in and around Medan to help you relax and recharge.
 

 

 

 

 

Yogyakarta (pronounced ‘Jog-ja-kar-ta’) is known for its rich and ravishing local art, as well as centuries-old temples. But there’s more to it than its artistic and archaeological heritage. From trekking, sandboarding, to rappelling down a 60-metre deep cave—this ever-intoxicating city offers a range of activities even for the most intrepid traveller.  
 



The best places to unplug and unwind

Hike up an active volcano. Or venture deep into a cave. Here are five must-see attractions in and around Yogyakarta to escape the incessant email notifications.