10 reasons why Indonesia should be your next holiday destination

 
The ex USA President Barack Obamas have been on holiday in Bali. Their itinerary has included rafting down the Ayung River and visiting the Jatiluwih rice terraces, after which they are expected to visit Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Here are 15 reasons to follow them to the vast archipelago.   
1. The Capital - Jakarta City

Indonesia’s sprawling capital, home to 10 million people, is a “melting pot of cuisines and cultures”, wrote Simon Parker for Telegraph Travel in 2015.

“The old town of Batavia will transport you to Indonesia’s Dutch colonial past while the fashionable Menteng district is a hive of live music venues, exclusive restaurants and hip hotels,” he added. “World-renowned restaurants, bars and nightclubs perch on top of towering skyscrapers, while shoppers can choose from dozens of gargantuan shopping malls.” 

2. The Dragons of Komodo Island

The world’s largest lizards exist on just five Indonesian islands – Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Padar. They are truly fearsome, weighing up to 150lbs and possessing toxic bites, allowing them to hunt and kill far bigger animals – even humans.

Stanley Stewart visited the islands on a cruise for Telegraph Travel in 2017. He wrote: “Our guide Harry Christensen, a proper locker Aussie who has been sailing these waters for years, told us how the Komodo’s venom induces shock and heart failure in its victims, how it dislocates its jaws like a snake to devour large prey, how it is a miniature replica of a much larger Jurassic ancestor. ‘AMAZING!’ Harry raved, flapping his arms like a man trying to escape his own body. ‘These dragons inspired the legends of King Kong!’”

Labuan Bajo has increasingly been a very popular tourist destination with nice hotels and beautiful places for picture taking and snorkelling. 

 

We do tours to Labuan Bajo and you can find them here – https://tourinindonesia.com/labuan-bajo/

3. The adventure playground of Sumatra

Named one of Telegraph Travel’s top 20 places to visit back in 2014, lesser-visited Sumatra is a wild and beautiful hotspot for adventure

“Most visitors head to see the orang-utan of Bukit Lawang,” wrote Guyan Mitra at the time, “and the army of vigilante elephants which are commissioned to protect the northern rainforest of Tangkahan (seriously). You can join them for their dawn lake-shore bath, and scrub their nails before the morning patrol. Topped off with a cup of strong Sumatran coffee, there are few better ways to start a day.”

“The seriously intrepid should consider a trip to Kerinci Seblat, the biggest national park on the island, where you may get to see tigers and the Sumatran rhino, if you’re lucky. Creature comforts are few, but the rewards are high. There’s also hiking across the lunar craters of the volcanoes of Berastagi, lakeside lounging in Danau Toba, diving with whale sharks in Pulau Weh, and surfing off the Mentawaii Islands and Pulau Nias.” This places are harder to reach. 

 

We do tours to Medan and Lake Toba – https://tourinindonesia.com/exotic-packages/

You can check out our tours in the URL above. 

4. World class diving - Rajat Ampat

Nowhere in the world offers better diving than the Coral Triangle, an area of the Pacific Ocean that includes the waters around Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. One of the best ways to explore it is on a liveaboard boat around the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia’s West Papua province. Divers will find 75 per cent of all the world’s know coral species, and up to 2,000 species of reef fish.

Read more about things to do in our Rajat Ampat section – 

https://tourinindonesia.com/mt-bromo-ijen-open-trip-4d-3n/

5. The Beautiful Vocalno Crater of Mt Bromo

It might be the most populous island in the world, with around 140 million residents, but Java has plenty of places to escape the crush. There are 12 national parks to explore – including Unesco-listed Ujung Kulon – and volcanoes – including Bromo and Merapi – to hike up.

One fo the most famous volcano national park is Mt Bromo National Park. Just about 5 hours drive from Mt Bromo is the famous Blue Lava of Mt Ijen.  

Check our open trips to this 2 places here – https://tourinindonesia.com/mt-bromo-ijen-open-trip-4d-3n/

6. Home To The World's Largest Buddhist Template - Yogyakarta

Java is also home to the world’s biggest Buddhish temple, Borobudur, with its intricate lattice stupas set among paddy fields.  It’s often crowded, so consider lesser-known sites such as Pawon, Mendut, Plaosan Lor and Kalasan, which retain an air of contemplation and peace.

Thinking of a 4D3N Yogyakarta Adventurous tours? Check out our trip here – https://tourinindonesia.com/yogyakarta-adventurous-tour-4d-3n/

7. The Haven of Bali

“This is one of very few islands that manage to combine spirituality and hedonism; visitors can witness coming-of-age ceremonies, as well as enjoy sundowners, first-rate dining and chic shopping,” says Telegraph Travel’s Michelle Jana Chan. “At Ubud, the island’s cultural capital, there are frequent musical and dance performances, as well as galleries selling woodcarving, silverware, textiles, paintings and sculpture. There is trekking around terraced rice fields and two volcanoes in the north, Agung and Batur. Bali Barat National Park is a haven for deer, boar and macaques, and the offshore Menjangan Island has dive sites with schools of batfish, giant trevally and jacks.”

Much has been said about this island. And it is definietly one of the top tourist destination in indonesia. 

While being in bali, you can take a day tour to visit Nusa Penida. Definitely worth the trip.

Check out our Bali trips here – https://tourinindonesia.com/bali/

Nusa Pendia Day Tour – https://tourinindonesia.com/nusa-penida-day-tour-from-bali/

8. And Lombok – Bali without the crowds

Millions of people visit Bali each year seeking a beach paradise, but they may do better looking about 30 miles east, to the lesser-known island of Lombok, known for its good surf, spectacular beaches and mountainous interior, or the neighbouring Gili Islands, ringed by coral reefs. 

“Until recently the Gili Islands were mainly visited by backpackers paying £10 a night for simple beach accommodation,” wrote Michelle Jana Chan back in 2012. “Now the biggest island, Gili Trawangan, is going upmarket with the opening of villa resorts, eco-lodges and spa retreats. But there is still a bohemian feel: instead of cars and motorcycles, local transport is by bicycle or horse-drawn carts called cidomos.”

Check out our trips to Lombok – https://tourinindonesia.com/lombok/

Also. while in Lombok, you can climb the famous Mt Rinjani – https://tourinindonesia.com/mount-rinjani-trekking-tour-from-senaru-3d-2n/

9. The ‘Paris of the East’ -Bandung

This sobriquet has been applied to numerous cities, including Bandung, on the island of Java. Its cooler climate makes it a popular weekend destination for residents of Jakarta; expect an array of fashionable boutiques and a surprisingly large number of Art Deco buildings.

Check out our trips to Bandung – https://tourinindonesia.com/bandung/

A popular tour will be this 5D4N Trip – https://tourinindonesia.com/bandung-family-tour-5d-4n/

10. One of the world’s most spectacular lighthouses - Pulau Belitung

This 12-storey gem was built by the Dutch in 1882 on the little island of Lengkuas. It can be reached by boat from Tanjung Kelayang on the island of Pulau Belitung.

Belitung islands is a cluster of islands in which alot of tourist island hop on speedboat to visit this beautiful part of Indonesia. 

To save the hassle, you can also book a tour with us at this link – https://tourinindonesia.com/belitung/

So here are the top 10 reasons to come to Indonesia.  There are also other places in Indonesia that are really attractive and yet to be unexplored. One example is Sumba Island – https://tourinindonesia.com/sumba/

We also created a list of exotic places in Indonesia for you to consider visiting – https://tourinindonesia.com/exotic-packages/

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