In some ways, Indonesia is cheaper than backpacking other countries in Southeast Asia, yet some things cost a little more. For example accommodation, food, and sightseeing are extremely cheap when compared to countries like Thailand. But on the other hand, you’ll spend more money flying between the different islands than you would busing around other nearby countries.
For example, on my last trip to Indonesia (which lasted about a month) I took over ten flights, between different islands. However, if you are on a super tight budget your best bet is to stick to the main islands like Java, Bali, and Sumatra.
This will help lower your budget by limiting the number of flights.
You can easily sightsee around these islands by motorbike, bus, or tour.
Personally, I would suggest budgeting a little extra to give myself wiggle room to wander from the tourist track. The way I see it is that the cheaper price on all the other travel essentials helps balance out the cost of the flights
Recommended Budget for Travelers
Indonesia has a lot of options and prices vary drastically. You can stay in a hostel dorm for as little as 4-5 USD a night or rent a luxury villa on the beach that will set you back over $100.
I prefer saving money and staying in hostels rather than splurge at resorts and hotels are some of the cheapest in Southeast Asia.
Food is another area that is cheap! You can get awesome meals for as little as 3-5 USD.
Indonesia Daily Budget Breakdown
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Budget for Adventures
Indonesia is a land of fun and exciting adventures. From real life dragons to beautiful jungle hikes. From sweeping vistas to underwater worlds there are an countless adventures waiting for you in Indonesia.