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Ten reasons why you should visit Indonesia

Posted in Travel by avisoo on February 8, 2010

When I go traveling, travelers whom I met along the way usually skip Indonesia as a destination when they travelling South East Asia countries. As far as I know, they did not get clear information from the Internet, and many negative rumors about Indonesia. So, there are 10 reasons why you should visit Indonesia.

10. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur temple is located in Muntilan, Magelang and is about 2 hours (42 kilometres) from Yogyakarta city. The borobudur Buddhist sanctuary, moren than a thousand years old, it is the greatest Buddhist work of art existing in the world. Borobudur is recognized as one of the greatest stupa and World’s wonder of its kind in the world.

9. Toba Lake

Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world. Located in northern Sumatra, the largest of Indonesia’s many islands. The lake water is warm, clean and perfect for swimming. A great way to explore the lake and surroundings is by renting a motorbike for the day. The roads are clear and safe and even a beginner can quickly feel comfortable zooming around the green hills and valleys of the Lake Toba countryside. Lake Toba is a four hour bus ride south of the major city of Medan. Air Asia now flies into Medan from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

8. Komodo Island

Komodo island is located between Sumbawa and Flores islands, a small island of 280 square km. The sea surrounding the island offers vistas of sea life, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches. The only accommodation available is in simple guesthouses in the fishing village. The diving in Komodo Island is world class. There are some of the worlds richest and most beautiful coral reefs. Komodo Island is accessible from the sea only. Fly to Labuan Bajo, from where it is about 3-4 hours by boat to the island.

7. Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. I think it’s best view is from Mount Bromo to the sand sea below, and the surrounding volcanoes at sunrise. At Mount Penanjakan you can reach the viewpoint by foot in about two hours.

6. Bunaken Island

The island of Bunaken is rated in the top of best diving destinations on the earth. You can swim with dolphins, sharks, giant turtles and other colorful coral-reef fishes. Bunaken Island is just 60 minutes by boat northwest of Manado City. Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. You can reach Manado city by plane.

5. Sempu Island

Sempu Island is located about 60 km from Malang, East Java. Actually, this island is a natural  conservation area. No population in this island, except wildlife. Sempu Island have an exotic Lagoon. Bring ur food, water and tent here, and enjoy the natural nature of Sempu Island.

4. Bali

Bali is the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including sculpture, dance, painting, music and metalworking. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian and Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture.

3.  Mount Krakatau

Mount Krakatau is located on the Sunda Straight between Sumatra and Java, it is a volcanic island and part of Indonesia. An eruption in 1883 blew the island apart and caused a tsunami that killed more than 36,000 people. Mount Krakatau is the most amazing Volcano in the world!

2. Raja Ampat

Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas arounr Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. Raja Ampat includes the four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands. The archipelago is part of an area known as the Bird’s Head functional seascape, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. The bay at Ayau Island, Papua.

1. People

The people in Indonesia are some of the friendliest, most pleasant people you’ll ever encounter. If you gain the trust of Indonesian people, they may be willing to open doors for you that you never imagined could exist. Indonesia has more pretty girls per square meter than anywhere else, with smiles that will melt your heart.

So that’s it, Indonesia and Ten good reasons to go.