Some years back, when I asked to my foreign friends about what they knew about Indonesia, most of them were only mentioning Bali. Nowadays, Indonesia has started to become one of the popular tropical destination in the world, among Thailand and Philippines, and people start to explore more touristic destinations in Indonesia. Maybe some of you still have no clue what Indonesia could offer other than Bali, but no worries, you are here!
So why Indonesia?
Being a home for 13,466 islands makes Indonesia as the largest archipelago in the world. You will find more than 200 ethnic groups which also means more than 200 different local dialects. Located right in the equator so that the climate is tropical with averagely uniform temperature and humidity. There are two seasons, dry and rainy season. Dry season starts from June to September while the rest is rainy season. Dry season is the favorite time for people going for holiday, yet however, during rainy season people still also do. In any season, you need to remember to put on your sunblock when you are doing activities with sun exposure.
Above map shows you 5 biggest islands of Indonesia, starts from Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and Irian Jaya (Papua). There are many other islands too though, for example Bali, with its rich culture, beaches, ricefields and nightlife, remains as a popular destination in Indonesia, then there is Flores, Lombok, Belitung, etc.
Indonesia is like a complete package for its visitors, you can enjoy surfing in many beautiful beaches with a blue sky and clear water, snorkeling and even diving with manta, going for a challenging trekking in Rinjani mountain or just simply having fun riding banana boat. If you are more to the cultural side, there is Jogjakarta with its famous Buddhist temple, Borobudur then the next day you can hop to Hindu temple Prambanan and Hindu-Buddhist temple Ratu Boko.
After being immersed in the beauty of Indonesia, you will want to taste more of it. So don’t forget food! Various choice of cuisine with various kind of spice. This is the right place if you enjoy a strong spice, FYI strong spice doesn’t mean that its spicy/hot, instead the taste is rich. Most of my foreign friends really enjoy nasi goreng (fried rice), so first thing you should try is definetely nasi goreng. For the original taste and fair budget, I will suggest to eat local at local kiosk/shop (we call it warung here). One portion of nasi goreng in Jakarta cost around IDR 17,000 to IDR 20,000 (USD 1.3 – 1.5).
At last, Indonesia literally offers you diversity in term of natural beauty, intense culture and cuisine.
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