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10 Places You Should Visit in Indonesia

Indonesia is known as the world’s largest archipelago. It has wonderful natural attractions, from underwater life to the peak of the mountain. When visiting Indonesia, most tourists come to Bali,the most popular destination. But you need to know Bali is the only small piece of the wonderful Indonesia. There are a lot of destinations that should be visited. A week, a month or maybe a year is not enough to explore Indonesia. Here are some overviews of the 10 Indonesia’s best places.


1. Bali

Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. Most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority lives there. This island offers many beautiful beaches, interesting culture, and fantastic views of nature. Its famous beaches are Kuta beach, Sanur beach, and Nusa Dua.  If you are looking for peace and want to relax, then visiting the village of Ubud is a must. It is quite different with the atmosphere in Kuta beach. Kuta beach and its surroundings are suitable for those who love the nightlife. Tourists usually rent a motorbike or a car with driver to explore Bali Island.  Because Bali is a popular tourist destination, you can easily find flights to Bali from many countries and cities.


2. Toraja Land

Toraja Land or Tana Toraja located in South Sulawesi, 328km north of Makassar city.  ‘Toraja’ or to riaja is a word of Bugis language which means “people who stay at the highland.”  This sacred highland is a home of the Torajan people. They have interesting cultures such as massive peaked-roof houses known as tongkonan and amazing funeral ritual. The body of a dead person is kept for several years until the funeral ceremony is held, because the dead person is considered only a sick person. The funeral ceremony called as Rambu Solo. The purpose is to respect the spirit and the people who deliver death to the spirit, which is returned to the immortality with their ancestors. During the ceremony, some animals are sacrificed, with the number representing the deceased’s social status.

The peak season in Toraja Land is June to August when the biggest funerals are usually held. It is better to prepare your reservations well in advance if you want to visit during this time.


3. Tanjung Puting National Park

As a tropical country, Indonesia has a lot of national parks. One of them is Tanjung Puting National Park, which is located on the islands of Borneo.  This national park is well known as home for the orangutans and other wild animals. There is a camp named Camp Leakey where you can learn more about orangutans. The best way to get around the jungle is by foot, or you can rent a boat to explore the jungle through the river. You can take a flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, to Pangkalan Bun to visit this national park. It’s better to arrange your trip in advance so the tour operator will pick you up from the airport and transport you straight to the river.


4. Bukit Lawang

Located on the eastern side of Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Lawang is a home to a lot of species of bird, plant, and mammal. Same with Tanjung Puting National Park, there is also a preserve for orangutans. You can see and feed orangutans in their natural habitat. Bukit Lawang also offers jungle treks and your choice of tour packages. If you want to spend more than three days at Bukit Lawang, you can choose the four-to-seven-day package. It will give you an amazing experience for walking, sleeping and living in the vast tropical rain forest jungle. The tourist guide will also teach you some survival techniques in the jungle.


5. Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta offers historical places, nature, and good shopping. The most popular historical places are Kraton Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Palace), Prambanan Temple, and Borobudur Temple.  Kraton Yogyakarta is a palace where the King of Jogja and his family live. It is a museum located in the palace area where you can learn about Javanese culture. Yogyakarta also offers beautiful beaches where you can enjoy the sunshine and the sea. After visiting some tourist destinations, try to visit the traditional market, Beringharjo Market. It is located in the famous street called Malioboro Street. You can find a lot of sellers who sell souvenirs, local food, and Batik, the traditional fabric of Indonesia.


6. Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It consists of three major islands and numerous smaller ones. The three major islands are Rinca Island, Komodo Island, and Padar Island. Founded in 1980, the national park was dedicated to protecting the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, and in 1991 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Komodo National park also selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The Komodo dragons live on Rinca Island and Komodo Island. Even though the name of the island is not ‘Komodo’, you will find more Komodo dragons in the Rinca Island. You can choose plane or boat to take you there. There are daily flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo/Komodo Airport and Pelni ship from Bali and Lombok that stop over there every two weeks. In addition, you can also take tour packages which give you additional affordable choices.


7. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is named after two mountains and the  Tengger people who inhabit the area. Mount Semeru is known as the highest mountain in Java Island. Beside Mount Semeru, there is Mount Bromo, which is surrounded by the sea of sand. The best time to enjoy Mount Bromo is during the sunrise. If you are lucky enough, you will have clear skies and experience the best sunrise. You can catch the sunrise by hiking to Mount Penanjakan and seeing the landscape of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru. After it, try to trek down then upward to reach the summit of Mount Bromo. There are a lot of stairs up to the summit. Because Mount Bromo is easy to hike and very popular among tourists, maybe you shouldn’t visit it on the weekends, to avoid the crowd.


8. Flores Island

Flores Island is located in the eastern half of Indonesia. It can be your best choice when you need another amazing island besides Bali Island. Flores is famous for  Kelimutu, its three-colored lakes, which will give you amazing sunrise experience. Each lake has different color and it can change from brown to green or from turquoise to blue. The color changes are caused by a geochemical process in the bottom of the lake which produces certain chemicals in the water. It happens unpredictably. There is a belief among the local people that the lakes are the resting place for the departed souls. The name of the lakes represents the place for different souls, one for the souls of most people, another for the spirits of young people and lastly for spirits of soothsayers.

The best time to visit the lakes is during the dry season, May to September. You can go to Flores by air from Bali to Maumere or Ende. Going there by ferry boat is also possible from Bali to Flores. Some tour packages also include stops at places like Komodo National Park.


9. Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat is a piece of heaven located in West Papua, Indonesia. This archipelago is famous for its underwater life and has become one of favorite diving spots in the world. Divers from all over the world come to Raja Ampat due to the diversity of underwater life. There are 540 types of corals, 1,000 types of coral fish, and 700 types of mollusks which live under the turquoise water. But don’t worry if you aren’t a diver, you can still have the best time in Raja Ampat. So, what’s to do in Raja Ampat for non-divers? You can go snorkeling, swimming, Wayag and remote area sightseeing, and cultural tours to the village. Some of the fishermen who live in there have become tourist guides. They are very friendly and will help you to explore this little piece of heaven.


10. Lombok Island

Lombok Island is located in the east of Bali and also has amazing beaches and nature. The different is that Lombok Island still less famous than its neighbor. The main attractions are the Gili Islands and Mount Rinjani. The Gili Islands consist of three paradise islands. The first island is Gili Trawangan, known as the main island. Second is Gili Meno and the last is Gili Air. They have an amazing underwater life, white sand, and blue sea that can make you feel relaxed.

But if you don’t like to spend your time exploring the underwater life, try to hike up to Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia. On the top of the volcano, there is a caldera which is filled partially by a crater lake called Segara Anak, or Child of the Sea. There are daily flights and public ferry travels from Bali to Lombok. If you don’t have much time for traveling, it’s better to choose to go to Lombok by plane rather than the ferry trip.


So, from 10 Indonesia’s best places, which one is your favorite?


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Originally posted 2017-03-30 07:11:37.

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