In this review, I will explain to you how to bypass Internet censorship (mostly porn) in Indonesia by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. I will also give you tips on how to watch Hulu and Netflix in Indonesia.

Note: The VPNs I recommend here also work well for China, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, etc. 

Most porn and torrent websites are blocked in Indonesia. This includes all the most famous ones like XVideos, YouPorn, PornHub, XHamster, KickAss Torrents and The Pirate Bay. It is also not possible to visit some forums like Reddit or InternationalSexGuide. Same thing with the dating website Adult Friend Finder.

Some regular websites have also been banned like Vimeo. Tumblr was shut down for 24 hours earlier this year as well.

Another problem internet users are facing in Indonesia is the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions Act. This vague set of laws can make you the target of a defamation suit for exposing your views online. You are not allowed, for instance, of suggesting that someone might be corrupt.

Because of this law, posting a comment on Facebook, Twitter or Path in Indonesia can land you in jail. This is what happened to Alexander Aan or Florence Sihombing.

Since about a year ago, I decided to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in Indonesia. This allows me to visit any websites I want on the internet without anyone knowing about it. It is 100% legal, secure and safe. Actually, according to this 2015 study, Indonesia is the country with the most VPN users in the world: 23% of its Internet users are bypassing censorship by using a VPN.

The cost is cheap (less than 10$ per month) and it works great. If you travel a lot in Asia, it is also very useful in heavily-censored countries like Vietnam or China.

Since VPN companies usually give you a free trial for a few days up to 1 month, I tested several of them to make sure I was choosing the best. There are so many different companies that you could probably get a free VPN for at least a year just by changing provider once in a while. The prices are really reasonable though so once you've found one that works well, it's really easier to just pay.

Here are my top 3 recommendations for best VPNs in Indonesia (I used the 3 of them and they worked great):

Hide My Ass (HMA) - Best VPN in Indonesia
Hide My Ass is often considered the best VPNs in the world here because they have a whopping 700 servers in almost every country on earth, including in Indonesia. This means your connection is fast and smooth anywhere you go. If you can afford the extra dollars to get full speed (compared to free VPNs), HMA is an excellent choice. Remember that in the end, it is still only 60$ per year.

Hide My Ass is the VPN recommended by the Wall Street Journal to access blocked websites in China and it was also selected as the best VPN by the Guardian, Bloomberg and Forbes.

You can now try Hide My Ass for FREE! Just open the following link Hide My Ass Free and click on "Free Trial". You need to give your credit card details so don't forget to cancel after one month to avoid being charged.

If you decide to keep the paid version, it is much more interesting to choose a full year:

4,99$ per month with 1-year plan
7,49$ per month with 6-month plan
9,99$ per month without plan

The set up is super easy even if you are not good on computers and they are really fast to answer your questions of you have any.

Golden Frog - Vypr VPN - Fastest VPN Indonesia (with 3 months FREE)
I found that Golden Frog's Vypr VPN was even faster compared to Hide My Ass. They also have a server in Jakarta and a strong presence in Asia. The support is excellent (ask any question and they will answer you within a few minutes). You can pay with Alipay or PayPal and you can use up to 5 devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, TV, etc).

NEW! You can do a free trial for 3 months by opening this link: Promo Deal for Vypr VPN - Indonesia!!!

If you choose to keep it after the free trial period, you will pay the following:

Pricing of Basic Plan:
3.75$ per month (billed annually)
9.75$ per month (billed monthly)

Pricing of Premium Plan:
5$ per month (billed annually)
12.95$ per month (billed monthly)

Update April 2017: Vypr has been unblocked by Netflix.

NordVPN - Cheapest VPN (Good for Watching Netflix too)
This is often considered the best VPN on the market as they have a great support team that will help you with any of your requests. If you are planning on using US Netflix, this is your an excellent choice too as they have not been banned yet. This means you can use NordVPN to watch Netflix if you position your IP in the US. The only problem for Indonesian web users, they don't have a server in Indonesia at the moment so the speed is slower than the VPNs listed above. It is still good enough for most people (you can still download from torrents, watch movies, etc).

To try their services for free, you can just visit the following link: Nord VPN - 30-Day Money Back Guaranteed.

Since you can cancel and get your money back anytime within the first month, I advise you to choose the 1-year plan directly to save on the long term.

NEW: 2 Years Deal for 3.29$ per month - Click here to get the offer: 72% Off Nord VPN
4$ per month with 1-year plan
5$ per month with 6-month plan
8$ per month without plan

Express VPN: The VPN I'm Currently Using
Update February 2017: I saw a 1-month free trial by Express VPN and I decided to try it. One of the reasons I changed was that they had servers in Myanmar and Laos where I was traveling. Both countries censor Internet heavily, particularly porn websites.

Express VPN advertise itself as the fastest VPN in the world, but since the speed of internet is very slow in Laos and Myanmar, I cannot really confirm.

That said, it worked great and I managed to open any websites I wanted in those two countries (using a server location in Singapore). They are also compatible with Netflix and you can use it to download torrents.

If you want to check their claim that they are the fastest, you can make a free trial by clicking on this link: 1-Month Free Express VPN.

1 Month = 12.95$
6-Month Plan = 9.99$ per month
12-Month Plan = 8.32 per month

How Do You Access Porn/Blocked Websites in Indonesia? Do You Use A VPN As Well?
There are a lot of new VPN providers entering the market every month. If you are using a different VPN in Indonesia or if you have another way to visit porn/blocked websites in Indonesia, please leave a comment below to share your experience!

21 comments to '' Best VPNs in Indonesia- How to Access Blocked Websites "

  1. what about just using the opera browser with the built in free vpn? is that any good. I'm in aus now so can't really tell. i usually use HMA

    1. Free VPNs are slower. It's ok if you are traveling a few days in Indonesia but if you live here, just pay 25$ and get Ivacy for one year.

  2. For my mobile phone I use an app called "Betternet" which is a free download on iphone or android stores. Great app and even works in China too on the much tougher Great Firewall of China. If you're using your phone as a Wifi hotspot to your laptop this will enable you to view banned sites on your laptop too.

    For my laptop I use a Chrome browser extension called "Zenmate" which is also free and works fine in Indonesia on local Wifi networks but didn't work for me in China when using the Wifi there. You can select different locations around the world on Zenmate including the USA which may be helpful if you are online shopping and want to get to US shopping sites which are blocked for international users. The also have a Firefox browser add-on as well.

    If you're just on holiday in Indonesia for a couple of weeks I wouldn't bother with the paid VPN's. The two options I just mentioned work great and I use them all the time during my frequent travels to Indonesia.

    1. Hi, thanks for your recommendation... I tried ZenMate following your advice and they give a free premium account for 7 days... it works very well and it's really easy to install...after a week though they will cut down the speed... the price for a yearly plan is around 7$ a month then... it's good for people who don't need a lot of speed I guess (= those who don't watch porn haha)

  3. I've been using alternative DNS (Don't use the Google ones) and it's fine. Try and find any public Singaporean DNS and use that.

  4. I use Ivacy VPN and I'm really happy with it. I didn't try any other options but I don't see how they could be better considering I pay only 25$ for one year. I was using some free VPNs before that but they limit the speed so you cannot watch any videos without interruption. Unless you really cannot afford a few dollars per month, go for Ivacy really.

  5. Alternative DNSs have been blocked (if you are on Speedy or some other providers) you can use for free and that will get you around most blocks.

  6. Opera offer free vpn in their latest dev version, also you don't need to use vpn if you only wanted to access adult website, just use Dnscrypt which will force your computer to stop using the isp dns, which will allow you to access any site that are blocked

    1. The free VPN of Opera does not allow for P2P nor watching netflix... only 5 servers locations... and your internet connection is not totally encrypted therefore not entirely protected... It is an ok solution though for people who don't want to spend any money on a VPN...

  7. has anyone tried routing through the tor network?

  8. Yes ! Me ! I don't need any vpn, i just use tor network and i can access to any website

  9. Maybe you can just respect the rule of our government and not watch porn in Indonesia? Do you know that there is a reason those websites are blocked by our government? By unlocking them and by helping people to do so, you illustrate the complete disregard foreigners have for our laws.

    1. I wrote the message on October 15. I still use tor and I think it's one of the perfect way to surf on the web anonymously. @ msg of 30 november : give me any serious reasons to lock websites. I don't know why are youbso afraid. Jkt is the SEA's main city where the foreign's behavior is the most decent. Be lucky instead 😉

    2. Do you agree with all laws made by the Gov't? Should the gov't be able to determine personal behavior done in my own house away from the public? we know Indonesia has one of the most corrupt government in the world, so not everything they do and say is for our personal benefit.

  10. Until recently, I was only relying on free VPNs because I didn't want to pay 50$ for a yearly subscription... i used Ola and a few other.. they do the job fine if you are not into watching porn or downloading torrent (limited speed)... I got an offer from one of the VPNs listed above for 3$ per month thanks to a coupon... the total bill for 2 years was 72$ and i never regretted the switch from a free to a paid VPN... you cannot compare the level of service you get once you are an actual client... they help you set it up, you can choose an unlimited number of servers to connect to, the speed limits disappear, your data is not sold to external companies, etc... the more you use a good VPN, the more you get addicted to the freedom it gives you...

  11. PIA Private Internet Access. One of the few VPN providers that don't keep logs, therefore can't be forced to hand over any info.

  12. hard to believe that 23% in Indo use VPN, as for sure the large majority of the population can not and do not want to afford to pay 60$ a year for such thing (I don't want to pay that either, but then again, I live in another country in Asia where not that much content is blocked)

    1. 23% of Indonesian users, I imagine it only includes broadband users so mostly rich people...

      My Indonesian friends who have lower budgets use free VPN or just proxy extensions... but if you've tried a paid VPN honestly you can see the difference... It's not only about being able to access blocked content, but also making sure nobody can spy on your internet activities...

  13. So many Anonymous here.

    And the sample is a kickasstorrent page with list of The Act of Killing torrent.

    Do you all make the film, because there are so many Anonymouses in the credit title.

    Anyone has seen the film? And the second one from the diptych, The Look of Silence?

  14. Good news, Netflix is no longer blocked in Indonesia... That means you don't need a VPN to watch it (unless you want to watch the american version)