Did you ever wonder what country would give a visitor the most satisfaction in terms of natural beauty, climate, adventure, cost and character of the people? The answer varies from person to person, depending on a number of factors, such as ease of travel, climate, cost, safety, culture, language, etc. One candidate is Indonesia the best place to travel. There are many beautiful places to see in Indonesia and it is a popular tourist destination for people from Australia, Malaysia, China, Singapore, East Timor, India, Japan, United States, South Korea, France and Germany.
I have personally traveled to 22 countries in my lifetime, and the two countries that stand out most for me are Nepal for its breathtaking natural beauty, and Indonesia for the same reason but also because of the genuine friendliness of its people. Not many tourists come to Indonesia each year, and if they knew of the very friendly people, and the beauty and wonder of this country, they would quickly change their plans for a visit.
Beautiful Places to See in Indonesia
Indonesia has everything to offer every class and age of visitor. Popular tourist destinations include the beautiful beaches of Bali, the famous Komodo Dragons in Flores, the Mt. Bromo Volcanoes in Eastern Java, the ancient Borobudur Buddhist Temple in Central Java, the wild Orangutans of Borneo, amazing Tana Toraja traditional homes in Sulawesi, or the quiet guest houses overlooking the beautiful peaceful rice fields in Ubud, Central Bali.
Map of Indonesia
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world and has 13,466 islands, of which 922 are inhabited, and it has 54,716 km of coastline providing excellent opportunities for diving, surfing, snorkeling.
The Dutch occupied Indonesia for more than 300 years, and independence was gained in 1945. The government established is based on ‘Pancasila’, an ideology that promotes national unity, humanitarianism, democracy, social justice, social prosperity, religious tolerance and belief in one God. Although Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world (231,000,000 people), it lives in peace side-by-side with Hinduism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism and Confucianism (35,000,000 people). The diversity of religion, race, language and local traditions makes Indonesia one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
There are countless things to see and experience, and many visitors feel that being here for only one week is a great disappointment. Most who come to Indonesia always make a return trip. One of the best things about Indonesia is the low cost of travel, accommodation and meals outside of the major tourist destination areas. You can travel for a whole month on a budget between $500 and $1000, and if you are backpacking, this cost would be even lower.
People also enjoy the beauty and entrancement of the Balinese dance, each dance telling a mystical story of Hindu folklore. The costumes are beautifully colored and the dancers portray anger, humor, bravery, fear and compassion with great zeal and convincing realism. you are free to take pictures and video shoot throughout the performance.
People also visit the famous 9th century Borobudur Temple in Central Java, the beautiful Mount Bromo volcanoes in Eastern Java and the Tanjung Putting National Park on the island of Borneo which is home to the wild but beautiful orangutan.
The East Nusa Tenggara Province is home to the world acclaimed Komodo National Park, home to the Komodo Dragon – the world’s largest living reptile.
This province is also famous for the an ancient Rebo Village on Flores Island, an ancient traditional village whose cone-shaped huts seem frozen in time.
Other Reading Material
There are two other blogs that you should read if you are thinking about a visit to Indonesia, these are Tips on Preparing for Travel in the Tropics, Surviving in Tropical Climates and Tropical Island Clothing – The clothes you choose for your vacation.
The first one will remind you of the basic steps in preparing for a vacation, as well as information on vaccinations, effects of heat on the body and solutions to avoid heat stress, and the second will give you tips to keep you comfortable and safe during your vacation.
A brief history of Indonesia can be found at Facts About Indonesian History, Culture and Religion, and information on the economy and the geography and natural disasters can be found in these two posts, Facts about the Indonesian Economy and Facts About Indonesia Geography and Disasters.
I would also recommend that you practice some of the Indonesian language before you arrive. this will add an extra dimension to your visit and open up much more information from local people that you would not normally get. Indonesian is one of the easiest languages in the world to learn. Please visit this post to get you started on this, Indonesian Language Basics.
Like Going back in Time
During your travels in Indonesia, you will be fascinated by the fact that people are still using what we consider as old technology. People still wash clothes by hand; carpenters work without electrical tools; farmers cultivate the land, plant and harvest crops by hand; vendors sell fresh fish or vegetables on foot in streets throughout the town or village; where there is no electricity, people still iron clothes with an iron filled with hot stones; people still use traditional musical instruments made from bamboo; roosters crow throughout the day and night; domestic animals roam freely throughout the neighborhood, and the Islamic Call to Pray is heard at various times throughout the day and night, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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