Ubud—made famous in the book Eat, Pray, Love—is downright blissful. The upland town is a haven of traditional arts, spirituality, and wellness with yoga centers, holistic spas (the perfect place to indulge in a Balinese massage), organic eateries, and galleries galore. It’s also a treasure trove of tranquil beauty, from terraced rice paddies and lush hillsides to Hindu temples and rock-cut shrines. Health-focused travelers will love these wellness retreats.
Indonesia’s capital is a true megalopolis—home to more than 10 million residents and 100 different ethnic groups. From the Dutch colonial buildings of Kota Tua to the Chinese temples of Glodok, the city’s architecture reflects its myriad cultural influences. The National Museum has an enormous collection of Indonesian statues, ceramics, and jewelry. Jakarta is also a shoppers’ paradise with numerous specialty markets, selling everything from antiques to handicrafts, plus modern malls.