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Advisory: Various kinds of sexualities are an integral part of Indonesia's cultural mosaic. Many married men and women may also maintain same-sex relationships. Indonesia's first Gay Pride celebration took place in Surabaya, on June 25, 1999. There are no laws which deal concretely with HIV or AIDS, but to avoid problems with uninformed officials, it is recommended that people living with HIV be discreet about their status. Contact Spiritia for further information.

In mid-2012, Indonesian ISPs began blocking websites with gay content. If you want to access your favorite websites on holiday, avoid using SIM cards from Telkomsel, Indosat, or staying at hotels that use these providers for their Internet. Try other ISP sim cards for your phones and smart devices. Or, circumvent blocking by adding Google's name server in front of the ones used by the local providers. Go to your Settings menu and navigate to your Wi-Fi settings to find the DNS settings for the provider you are using in Indonesia. Then, insert [8.8.8.8,] (without the brackets) in front of the other DNS numbers in this field. You can then use your device as a Wi-fi hot spot for your laptop as well.

Indonesia Listings by City or Island:

BALI | JAKARTA | SURABAYA | YOGYAKARTA

Other cities and provinces are listed below...



General Information

    Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation and the largest Muslim-majority country on the planet. But the islands that make up Indonesia are hardly homogenous, reflecting not only an astounding repository of natural diversity, but also rich threads of cultural and religious traditions woven into its social tapestry.

    Economically emerging, and rather slowly at that, Indonesia is shockingly cheap. While the low value of the rupiah contributes to the country’s many social and political challenges, it’s great news for travelers.

    If you ever wanted to feel like one of the grand old explorers of the past, there are plenty of world wonders here within easy access; from the astounding cosmic pyramid of Borobudur in Yogyakarta, to the Hindu enclave of artists that is the island of Bali.

    With nearly as many homosexuals in its population as the United States has, Indonesia's large number of long established queer social organizations and activists stands in contrast to the relative lack of social spaces by and for gays and lesbians. But as the general economy grows, gay entrepreneurs are also beginning to flex their muscle.

  • Fascinating Time Magazine article on a fading homosexual tradition in Ponorogo, Indonesia
  • Indonesia Gay & Lesbian News Archive
  • Additional Links and Resources


Articles and Publications

  • GAYa NUSANTARA
      Jln Mojo Kidul I/11A, Surabaya 60285
      (62-31) 591-4668, email

      Indonesia's long-running GLBT magazine.


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Travel Services

  • Magellan Resorts
      Jln Karangsari No 88, Sanur, Bali
      (62-361) 271-484, FAX 286-087, email

      Gay-managed and friendly luxury villas and resorts in Bali, Lombok and Java. Magellan Resorts hand-selects accommodations to anticipate the individual requirements of international travelers. Balance your body, mind and spirit to ensure that your vacations are superior in every sense.
      Add your review, comment, or correction

  • Seth Tailored Trip Guide



BALI



Balikpapan (Kalimantan Timur Province)

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    The population of Balikpapan is about 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


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Banda Aceh (Aceh)

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Bandar Lampung (Lampung Province)

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    The population of Bandar Lampung is about 800,000 (that's 32,000 Utopians).


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Bandung (Jawa Barat Province) -- area code +62-22

General Information

    The population of Bandung is about 2 million people (that's 80,000 Utopians).


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Discos

    • Amnesia UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2013
        Paskal Hyper Square

        It might seem like a gay club, since the vast majority of customers are men. However, most guys come here just to drink and dance and they're not gay -- even though they may be physical with their male friends (just part of Indonesian friendly culture). That said, there are still a lot of local gays, most of whom come in groups: some attached, some single. Very few westerners, so be prepared to be 'hit on' by straight guys who just want to know where you're from and maybe dance. It is still possible to meet (and pick up) like-minded guys, though. On Sat nights, things start picking up after midnight, really getting going close to 1am, and start quieting down around 4am.
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    • Mansion UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2013


Fitness and Gyms


Massage and Spas

    • Asgar Massage
        22 Jln Srimahi Dalam
        701-47632

        Not only blind masseurs, but mixed with some cute guys. There is also cruising between the clients. If they like each other, they go to the massage rooms and have fun there. There are also some gloryholes. Open 24-hours. Usually busy until 11pm.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Very dirty. Only one masseur giving a bad massage when I visited. No gloryholes or cruising." -- Thomas, Jan 9, 2016

    • Seven Kings Spa UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2013
        Next to 22A Jln Aceh
        420-4084

        The building is shared with Selaras Spa, which seems to be a bona-fide beauty spa for ladies. There are separate entrances, but only the one for Selaras Spa in the left is clearly marked. Seven Kings has a lit sign which is only visible after dark. At the entrance, there is a counter where you can choose from a menu. You can choose the masseurs from a photo album. The staff speak simple English. Rooms are spacious, but need a good cleaning. If that's a turn off for you, consider using a hotel room instead. Ask if you want a more experienced masseur. Open until 11pm.
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    • Tasik Panti Pijat Tunanetra


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Banjarmasin (Kalimantan Selatan Province)

General Information

    The population of Banjarmasin is 600,000 (that's 24,000 Utopians).


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Banyuwangi (East Java)

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Batam (Riau Kepulauan Province)

General Information

    The population of Batam is 160,000 (that's over 6,000 Utopians).


Organizations

  • Gaya Batam (gay and waria)
      Jln Bunga Mawar, No. 04A Baloi Kusuma Indah, Penuin, Batam 29444 - Riau Kepulauan
      0778-702-6865, Hotline 0778-721-7760, FAX 0778-421-369, email: ygb_aids@yahoo.com

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Bars and Clubs and  Cabarets

    • Noname Cafe UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2013

        In Nagoya area. Live bands and often frequented by middle to upper-class workers in Batam. Good Music. Lots of young guys after 11pm. PLU's just roam around. God balance of expats and locals.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Pacific Discotheque

        Located in the Batu Ampar/Jodoh area at the hotel they call "Titanic" (the hotel is shaped like a big cruise ship), just in front of Melia Panorama. Young crowd. Many Singaporeans and Malaysians also.
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    • Planet Ozone Discotheque


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Bengkulu

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    The population of Bengkulu is 260,000 (that's over 10,000 Utopians).


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Bogor (Jawa Barat Province) -- area code +66-251

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    The population of Bogor is about 600,000 (that's about 24,000 Utopians).


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Bukittinggi, West Sumatra (Sumatera Barat Province)

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    The population of Bukittinggi is 100,000 (that's over 4,000 Utopians).


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Cianjur (Jawa Barat Province)

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    The population of Cianjur is 150,000 (that's 6,000 Utopians).


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Cipanas

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Gresik (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Gresik is 100,000 (that's 4,000 Utopians).


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Jakarta



Jayapura (Papua Timur Province)

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    The population of Jayapura is about 140,000 (that's about 6,000 Utopians).


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Jember (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Jember is 270,000 (that's about 11,000 Utopians).


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Kediri (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Kediri is 300,000 (that's about 12,000 Utopians).


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Kupang (Nusa Tenggara Timur)

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    The population of Kupang is over 160,000 (that's 6,500 Utopians).


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Lhokseumawe (Aceh)

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LOMBOK, Senggigi -- area code +62-370

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Bars and Clubs

    • Berry's Bar

    • Happy Cafe UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUL 2013

    • New Marina Bar
        Senggigi

        Great music (rock and blues), pool table upstairs and nice atmosphere. Cover charge. One of the best places to go at night in Senggigi. Open daily from 10pm. The local gay community usually move between here and Tropicana. Some nights, the clientele of each place can be up to 40% gay.
        Add your review, comment, or correction


Massage and Spas

    • Lombok Tradisional Massage UTOPIAN VERIFIED DEC 2013


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Bumbu Café (Thai cuisine)
        Jln Raya, Senggigi (approximately half way between New Marina and Tropicana)
        818-540-989

        Easily identified by the large sign with a chili on it in front of the pavilion. Owner is gay as are a few of the staff, with the others being very gay friendly. Excellent food. Occasional drag shows on Fri nights.
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    • Cafe Pojok

    • de Quake (seafood)
        Art Market (Pasar Seni), Senggigi
        693-694, email

        Located on the beach, this gay-managed, open-air restaurant and lounge looks out onto the bay of Senggigi and offers stunning, unmatched sunset views. Relaxing in the afternoon or evening in their lounge area with your your favorite drink or specially prepared cocktail, or enjoy a romantic meal in serene tranquility with the sound of lapping seawaves. De Quake offers Asian and Indonesian seafood prepared by one of Lombok's premiere chefs, Edi Pono. Gay-managed.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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Madiun (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Madiun is 200,000 (that's 8,000 Utopians).


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Makassar / Ujung Pandang

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Malang (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Malang is 800,000 (that's 32,000 Utopians).


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Manado (Sulawesi Utara Province)

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    The population of Manado is 400,000 (that's over 16,000 Utopians).


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MEDAN (Sumatera Utara Province) -- area code +62-61

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    The population of Medan is nearing 3 million (that's about 120,000 Utopians).


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MOJOKERTO (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Mojokerto is 120,000 (that's 5,000 Utopians).


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PADANG (Sumatera Barat Province)

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    The population of Padang is 120,000 (that's about 5,000 Utopians).


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Palembang (Sumatera Selatan Province)

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    The population of Palembang is 1.5 million (that's 60,000 Utopians).


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Pandaan (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Pandaan is 40,000 (that's 1,600 Utopians).


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PANGANDARAN BEACH, CIAMIS (Jawa Barat Province)

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    The population of Ciamis is about 70 thousand (that's about 3,000 Utopians).


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Pasuruan (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Pasuruan is 160,000 (that's 6,400 Utopians).


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Pekalongan (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Pekalongan is about 275,000 (that's about 11,000 Utopians).


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Pekanbaru (Riau Province)

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    The population of Pekanbaru is over 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


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Ponorogo (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Ponorogo is over 80,000 (that's about 3,000 Utopians).

  • Fascinating Time Magazine article on a fading homosexual tradition in Ponorogo, Indonesia


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Pontianak, West Borneo (Kalimantan Barat Province)

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    The population of Pontianak is a half million (that's 20,000 Utopians).


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Rantepao (Sulawesi Seletan) -- area code +66-423

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    Click here for Rantepao hotels and accommodations.



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Salatiga (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Salatiga is 120,000 (that's about about 5,000 Utopians).


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Samarinda (Kalimantan Timur Province)

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    The population of Samarinda is about 500,000 (that's 20,000 Utopians).


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Semarang (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Semarang is 1.3 million (that's over 50,000 Utopians).


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Sidoarjo (Jawa Timur Province)

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    The population of Sidoarjo is 100,000 (that's 4,000 Utopians).


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Situbondo (East Java)

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    The population of Situbondo is over 600,000 (that's almost 25,000 Utopians).


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Solo / Surakarta (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Surakarta is 600,000 (that's 24,000 Utopians).


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Surabaya (Jawa Timur Province)



Tasikmalaya (Jawa Barat Province)

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    The population of Tasikmalaya is 230,000 (that's almost 10,000 Utopians).


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Tegal (Jawa Tengah Province)

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    The population of Tegal is 280,000 (that's over 11,000 Utopians).


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