Indonesia

Preparing a sacrificial ceremony for the temple's anniversary

Preparing a sacrificial ceremony for the temple’s anniversary

Multicultural Indonesia, the world’s 4th most populous country, has cosmopolitan scenes in Jakarta, the capital, and on the Island of the Gods, Bali. The LGBT community in Indonesia has steadily become more visible and politically active, and on Bali the Rainbow Community supports World AIDS Day with charity events and promtes gay sporting events,notably tennis and badminton.

Bali has long been one of Asia’s most gay-popular destinations, with beautiful landscapes, active volcanoes, recreational activities galore and all levels of gay-friendly resorts – some of them tropical hideaways in the rainforest and on stunning coasts.

Another hotspot, Lombok, forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands. With a new international airport in the centre, it is drawing tourists fast to all of its shores, not just to the west where ferries have been going for years.

Java is the heartland of Indonesia, however. With 130 million residents, Java is the most populated-and most crowded- island in the world. Jakarta, the epicentre of politics and economies, alone is home to 12 million. Yes, 10% of them are GLBTs!

Yogyakarta is Java’s cultural hub and the access point to the mighty temples of Prambanan and Borobudur.

Don’t stop at Bali and Java. The minor but upcoming islands are worth a look, like Flores and the Komodo National Park and Lombok where there are already several gay-owned businesses.

From dive shops to restaurants and bars, from budget to luxury accommodation, and too many outdoor attractions to count, you’re going to love Gay Indonesia. Indonesia is quite remarkable geographically with no less than 6,000 populated islands to explore and diverse things to experience.

Indonesia regions by Creative Commons

Whether it is spectacular landscapes or idyllic islands, Indonesia has everything.