VISA exemptions are a hot topic in Southeast Asia, after Thailand and Malaysia introduced visa-free stays for tourists from India and China, and other countries are reportedly considering the same. This trend inspired digital travel platform Agoda to dive into its search data and find the five most popular destinations that Indonesian tourists want to visit and do not require a passport stamp before travelling.

Indonesia currently has the 6th strongest passport in Southeast Asia, offering visa-free access to 78 destinations around the world, according to the Henley Passport Index 2024. In this regard, Agoda search data shows the five visa-free countries most searched for by Indonesian tourists, with Malaysia topping the list, followed by Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.

The Five Most Searched Visa-Free Destinations:
1. Malaysia
Malaysia is the most popular destination for Indonesian tourists, according to Agoda search data. Its diverse culinary scene, lively festivals and stunning views make it an ideal destination. Malaysia offers a variety of destinations, whether for tourists looking for the hustle and bustle of the capital Kuala Lumpur, the calming cool of the Cameron Highlands, or the beautiful beaches of Langkawi and Penang. Indonesia’s proximity to Malaysia makes it an ideal choice for enjoying a short holiday.

2. Singapore
Singapore, the Lion City, backs up with its iconic skyline, world-class attractions, and culinary delights. Indonesian visitors can explore attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa Island, and the famous (and recently refurbished) Merlion Park. With its efficient public transportation system and world-class shopping, Singapore provides an unforgettable experience for Indonesian visitors.

3. Thailand
Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Whether planning a visit to spiritual Chiang Mai and Sukhothai, bustling Bangkok, its beaches and islands, or a meditation retreat, it’s all in Thailand. And let’s not forget its reputation as a food paradise!

Apart from that, Thailand has become the main destination for those of you who like “Jastip”, which is the Indonesian term for entrusted services. Dive into Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market or browse the boutiques of Chiang Mai for unique finds, combining adventure with Thai shopping for a culturally rich trip.

4. Japan
Japan is a charming four-season destination, renowned for its rich traditions and cultural wonders. Starting from tea ceremonies, martial arts, ikebana (flower arranging), and the world of geisha to colorful pop culture such as anime, manga, cosplay, and J-Pop.

Exploring the temples will immerse tourists in Japan’s spiritual side, while festivals showcase lively celebrations. Tourists can indulge in a refreshing and rejuvenating experience at onsen, which are often located in hot springs surrounded by natural beauty.

5. Vietnam
Natural beauty, delicious culinary delights and rich history have made Vietnam a popular destination for Indonesian tourists. From the ancient city of Hoi An to the stunning Halong Bay, Vietnam offers a unique mix of adventure and relaxation.

Don’t miss a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, a popular destination that provides a variety of culinary experiences, from Michelin-starred restaurants to street food. Explore historical landmarks such as the Saigon Central Post Office, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ben Thanh Market, and take a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a relic of Vietnam’s French colonial era.

With the visa-free travel option, Indonesian tourists can enjoy adventures without the hassle of processing documents, thereby saving time and money. Plan a trip to these destinations and book accommodation, flights and activities all on the Agoda platform, which provides great deals to help travelers see the world more affordably. [sources/photo special]