Indonesia may not be the first place that many people would think to go but it is a truly hidden gem in the Southeast Asia even though it is a giant in size, having more than 17,000 islands with 240 million people!
You will find that a lot of tourists love coming to Indonesia because of how beautiful and diverse this country is. Known to many as Wonderful Indonesia, it brings you the second largest tropical forests, many pristine beaches with great dive sites and surfing waves, amazing hikes to active volcanoes and wildlife.
Being a large country in size with such diverse culture and covering many time-zones, one can find from mysterious Balinese spiritual to the fascinating Komodo Dragon. Indonesia is still very much off the radar of travel map, except for Bali, with its infrastructures still lacking and development very much challenged. Backpackers can enjoy the thrill of exploring the unbeaten tracks while luxury seekers may find that they do indeed have many choices as well.
Natural Tourist Attractions
Indonesia have most of nature’s best such from pristine beaches and deep sea to tropical forests and mountains. Be wow by idyllic beaches like in the famous Bali, the emerging Lombok, luxurious Nusa Dua or the quiet Gili Islands. You may also find hiking here amazing as you can hike up the many active volcanoes, such as Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater in East Java, Mount Rinjani in Lombok and Mount Batur in Bali. Many tropical forests here are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia like Ujung Kulon National Parkk in West Java and three major parks in Sumatra. Not to forget is the famous Komodo Dragon found in Komodo Island and the permanent glacier at Lorentz National Park in Papua, a part of Indonesia which sets it a bit different from its Asia counterparts.
Historical Attractions and Ancient Rites
For those who are interested in historical and cultural tourist attractions, Indonesia have its long history, giving birth to places like Borobudur in Central Java with its world’s largest Buddhist monument dating from 8th century, Prambanan with its Hindu monument and the famous Yogyakarta, all in Central Java. For more historical interests, check out the ancient funeral rites still in practice by the people in Tana Toraja.
Diving and Surfing
There are many beautiful dive sites that goes unnoticed in Indonesia such as Bunaken, Raja Ampat and Wakatobi. You’ll also be surprise to find that it is another surfer’s paradise, with great waves at Nusa Lembongan, south of Lombok or for even greater waves at Sumbawa.
People, Culture, Festival and Indonesian Food
With people from diverse origins and religions, Indonesia has a good mix of cultures and Indonesian festivals, creating a unique melting pot of sorts. But one thing similar about the people is that they are generally nice to travelers. Diverse cultures bring amazing food of varieties and taste. Try out all the delicious Indonesian food such as nasi padang, nasi timbel, nasi uduk, bakmi, kuetiaw, bakso, soto ayam, ayam bakar, gado gado, sambal, kue and fresh local fruits just to name a few. From street food to eating house (restaurant) to higher end dining, you can be sure to satiate your appetite in Indonesia. Here’s Top 10 Indonesian food for you to start with.
All in all, Indonesia has a lot to offer even for those who travel on a budget in Indonesia but willing to take the extra time and effort to get to some places which is good to know that are worth it. In summary, you should go to Indonesia for the untouched nature of beaches, tropical forests, active volcanoes and wildlife, and magnificent history of monuments, and for great diving and surfing. But most of all, you should go to Indonesia to experience all it has to offer from people to culture and food, which in the end seal up what we would call a fulfilling and unforgettable trip.