11 The Komodo dragon
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.
22 JAKARTA, CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS
As capital city of a Indonesia, Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, this city is also Indonesia’s political center. Moreover, Jakarta is also the center and hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. It is no wonder, therefore that you will find Jakarta an ever dynamic city, a city that never sleeps.
33 Adventures Sumatra
44 Beautiful Scuba Diving
1) Sumbawa and Flores Islands
2) Pulau Bintan or Bintan Island, Riau
3) Bunaken Island
4) Bali Island
5) Lombok islands
55 Temples Of Java
Java is 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.
66 Incredible Bali
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali for few years awarded as the world best island by
The International Travel Magazine. There, however, are still many people who do not know in depth about the uniqueness of Balinese culture. Life in Bali is always related to Tri Hita Karana or a tripartite concept that include the spiritual relationship between human and God, and their environment.
77 Hiking Lombok
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.
88 A festival of festivals
There you are sipping a coffee at a cafe in, say, Seminyak or Ubud, when there’s a crash of the gamelan and traffic screeches to a halt as a mob of elegantly dressed people comes flying by bearing pyramids of fruit, tasselled parasols and a furred, masked Barong or two. It’s a temple procession disappearing as suddenly as it appeared, with no more than the fleeting sparkle of gold and white silk and hibiscus petals in its wake. Dozens occur daily across Bali.
99 Tribes of Kalimantan
“The wild island of Borneo (of which Kalimantan makes up around two thirds) has enchanted adventurers since the days of the Victorian explorers,” says Michelle Jana Chan. “Today, little has diluted that raw experience, and among its attractions are rainforests, indigenous tribes and the orang-utans of Tanjung Puting National Park.”
1010 South-east Asia’s biggest national park
Lorentz, a Unesco World Heritage site on the island of Papua, is vast – covering 9,674 square miles – and home to a huge array of ecosystems, including mangroves, rainforest, alpine tundra and equatorial glaciers. Its highest point, Puncak Jaya, is the tallest mountain between the Himalayas and the Andes.
There are 123 mammalian species and 630 species of bird, including many that are endemic to the region. But much of the park remains unexplored – so scientists believe more are waiting to be discovered.
Bandung, capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. It’s known for colonial and art deco architecture, a lively, university-town feel and – thanks to its 768m elevation – relatively cool tropical weather. Bandung is also a shopping destination, with fashion outlets clustered along Jalan Setiabudi and Jalan Riau in the Dago district.
1212 Cultural hub of Yogyakarta
Java’s second city, Yogyakarta, is the cultural and spiritual hub with all-night shadow-puppet performances, concerts and art exhibitions. It is also the best base for exploring the aforementioned Borobudur and the vast Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, with its principal temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma and hundreds of surrounding shrines.
1313 Spectacular lighthouses
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.
1414 Bali’s food
‘Oh goody!’ It’s virtually impossible not to say this when you step into a classic warung for lunch to find dozens of freshly made dishes on the counter awaiting you. It shouldn’t surprise that this fertile island provides a profusion of ingredients that combine to create fresh and aromatic dishes. Local specialities such as babi guling, roast suckling pig that’s been marinated for hours in spices, will have you lining up again and again. Try lunch at one of the excellent Balinese cafes in Denpasar.
1515 It’s green
51 per cent of Indonesia is forest, making it one of the world’s greenest countries.
1616 it’s cheap
Price surveys frequently attest to Indonesia’s suitability for budget travel. According to the website Numbeo, its Cost of Living Index (which takes into account the price of accommodation, restaurant meals, taxi fares and leisure activities) is 36.33, putting it ahead of south-east Asian rivals Thailand (40.2), Myanmar (51.57), Cambodia (47.29) and Vietnam (39.5). And when it comes to the cost of food and drink its beaches are among the world’s cheapest.