Indonesia, They call it ‘the world’s last paradise’ – and they aren’t lying!
With over 13,000 islands, Indonesia has something unique to offer everyone. From the cool white sands and raucous volcanoes of Bali to the vibrant capital city of Jakarta to the untouched lands of Sumatra, you can always find something different here. Indonesia is home to a vast array of indigenous animals, too (including the Komodo dragon!).
With extremely inexpensive local food and reasonably-priced accommodation, it’s no wonder Indonesia is a popular destination among so many travelers. Be sure to visit some of the lesser known areas in the country and just not stick to Bali and Lombok! Indonesia is really diverse!
The world’s fourth most populous country is a sultry kaleidoscope draped along the equator for 5000km. From Sumatra’s western tip to Papua’s eastern edge, Indonesia defies homogenisation. It’s a land of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, sights, artworks and foods that it’s like 100 countries melded into one.The people are as radically different from each other as if they came from different continents, with every island a unique blend of the people who live there.
Beaches & Volcanoes
Venturing across Indonesia you’ll see a dramatic landscape. Sulawesi’s wildly multi limbed coastline embraces white-sand beaches and diving haunts, while Sumatra is contoured by a legion of nearly 100 volcanoes marching off into the distance.
Bali’s beaches are the stuff of legend but you don’t have to travel far to find even more beautiful and less touristy stretches of sand in Nusa Tengarra. Banda islands in Maluku, Derawan in Kalimantan and Pulau Weh off Sumatra are all superb.
Top cities in Indonesia: –
Jakarta – Puncak – Bandung – Bali
One of the world’s greatest megalopolises, Jakarta is a dynamic city of daunting extremes with surreal juxtapositions on every street corner. Jakarta is Indonesia’s capital and largest city, with about 10 million inhabitants, and totally 30 million in Greater Jakarta on the Java island. One of the most bustling and cosmopolitan cities in Asia, the J-Town has cheerful nightlife, vibrant shopping malls, a variety of foods, refreshing greenery, cultural diversity and a rich history, that caters to all levels of budget and how much fun you want to have.
Sea-world is a great aquarium In Jakarta. There are many different types of sea life including sharks, a dugong, turtles, sea otters, stingrays and eels. On display is an animal I had never heard of – a whipray which is the largest species of stingrays and can weigh up to 450 kg!
The highlight is an 80 metre long tunnel and the touch tanks. The kids liked being able to touch some of the animals although they weren’t daring enough to pat a shark. If you are travelling with kids or like aquariums then this is definitely one of the best things to do in Jakarta.
Between Bandung and Bogor in the mountains lays Puncak, a cool area, which is very popular. Indonesians capital city residents spend their weekend and on public holidays from the heat and busy streets of the capital of Indonesia to Puncak.
Bandung to Puncak takes about 3 hours drive. The cool, fresh air, and the magnificent view offer a calm, fresh and peaceful feeling. In the afternoon, sunsets from the top of the pass can be quite spectacular.
It offers panorama with hilly panorama, which could only be found in Puncak. Activities that could be done are tea walk and seeing the making of the tea from the picking of tea until the tea is ready to serve.
Bandung, capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. It’s known for colonial and art deco architecture, a lively and – thanks to its 768m elevation – relatively cool tropical weather. Bandung is also a shopping destination, with fashion outlets clustered along Jalan Setiabudi and Jalan Riau in the Dago district. Nicknamed the “Paris of Java” during the Dutch colonial period.
Nearby natural sites include Tangkuban Perahu (“upside-down boat”) volcano, with trekking and horseback riding above active craters. There’s also the light-turquoise crater lake, Kawah Putih, and Patenggang Lake, surrounded by tea plantations.
Also by visiting Bandung there is a chance to have relaxing swim in the healing waters of Sari Ater Hot Springs.
Imagine lush vegetation, endless rice terraces, white and black beaches, world-class surfing, ancient culture and volcanic mountains. And all of this can be found on one tropical island: Bali. Tell me about any other island that has as much to offer as this paradise island!
Bali became so popular because it has something for everyone. You’ll find all kinds of travelers there, from the backpackers who travel all across Southeast Asia, the spiritual yogis, luxury travelers, families, divers, surfers. Most recommended places in Bali are Seminyak, Kuta , Nusa Dua and Ubud.