EXPLORER HEAVEN INDONESIA
One of the most underrated travel destinations in Asia, Indonesia has still to reach its potential as a popular travel destination. The worlds largest archipelago with 245 million people living in its 17000 islands ( 8000 inhabited ) speaking more than 400 languages and belonging to over 300 ethnic groups is an explorers heaven.
Intriguing, Intoxicating and surprising, this land holds some of last great adventures on earth. Indonesian islands are sprinkled with some of the most pristine beaches and underwater worlds, dense rain forests and volcanic mountains, wildlife and aquatic life, culture and age old traditions, stunning natural beauty and friendly people. Java, Bali and Gili Islands are the favored touristy islands of Indonesia but if you venture outside you will find strings of volcanic mountains, mountain covered lakes, some of the best surf breaks and you might stumble on yet another white sand uninhabited beach in Sumatra, unique customs, many ethnic tribes and groups and some of the best diving sites in the world in the islands of Papua, Kalimathan and Sulawesi. For the culture and history the temples of Bali, Prambanan and Borobodur are significant. The diversity of Indonesia is astounding and spell bounding. It is not one country but many countries merged into one.
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Indonesia is the worlds largest archipelago with an estimated population of 250 million people living in its 17500 islands speaking more than 400 languages and belonging to over 300 ethnic groups. Indonesia has 34 provinces with 5 of them have special status. The main islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimanthan, Sulawesi, Bal, Muluku, Nusa Tenggara and Papua. Java is the main island and financial headquarters with the capital Jakarta and other important and big cities like Bandung, Surabaya and Semarang located in it. The main ethnic groups are Javanese and Sundanese who comprise more than 50% of the population. Some of the other important ethnic groups are Malay, Madurese, Batak, Balinese, Dayak, Minangkabau, Bugis, Makassarese, Minahasan, Acehnese and Betawi. Indonesia is the world’s 15th largest country in terms of land area and the 7th largest in terms of combined sea and land area stretching on both sides of the equator north-south and from the Andaman sea in Ache province in west to Papua in east.
With such a broad selection of islands Indonesia has a vast and varied topography : dense tropical jungles, fertile plains and rice fields, volcanic mountains, numerous rivers and streams. Indonesia’s ecosystem abound with a rich variety of flora and fauna including the very rare Sumatran tiger and elephant, the Javan rhino, orangutans in Sumatra and the Komodo Dragon and a variety of birds and primates. Around 40 primates from 200 primate species in the world are found in Indonesian forests including the Sumatran orangutan, Siau Island tarsier, Javan slow loris and the pig-tailed langur.. Indonesia has the second largest coastline in the world and is number one is coastline to land area for any country there are innumerable beaches reefs, beaches, bays and lagoons, making it a diver’s and surfers paradise.
1. Relish in the flavorful Indonesian delicacies and experience a local meal be it Padang, Betawi or Sundanese style.
2. Visit the historical sites of Prambanan & Borobudur and get immersed in the serenity of the place.
3. Try your hand ( or leg ) at surfing in Bali or Batu Karas and if you a seasoned surfer ride the big waves of North Sumatra.
4. Explore the night life in Jakarta or Bali or the cultural treasures of Yogyakarta, whichever is your thing.
5. Climb a volcanic mountain and watch the sunrise. You will be spoilt for choice with the number of volcanic mountains where this can be done.
6. Get off the beaten track ( for there are many ) and explore secluded beaches, mountain tribes and centuries old cultures and traditions in the islands of Sulawesi, Papua and Kalimanthan.
7. Search for our elusive but friendly relative – the orangutans, in the jungles of Sumatra.
8. Explore Bali – See a Balinese dance, hit the night clubs, learn to surf , savor Balinese cuisine, visit a Balinese temple or browse the galleries and boutiques of Ubud.
9. Stay at a homestay around Lake Toba with the friendly Batak people.
10. Try your hand at Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in the numerous spots around Indonesia.