Whether you’re looking for an active adventure or a relaxing spa break, Indonesia is certain to offer the thrills you’re after. Here are 5 reasons to take a trip to this diverse and vibrant country.
Relax on the beaches
Millions of tourists flock to Indonesia’s tropical beaches every year. White sands and turquoise waters can be found across the various islands making up Indonesia. The most popular beach destination is the island of Bali which attracts everyone from surfers to sun worshippers. There are plenty of luxury villas in Bali which beachfront positions and private pools. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants here for soaking up the nightlife.
Explore the history
Indonesia also has a rich history and there are many remnants of its past kingdoms. Borobudur is one of Indonesia’s most visited historical sites – this 9th century structure is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Prambanan is another huge 9th century temple worth visiting dedicated to the Hindu gods. You can take guided tours of these temples to gain a better understanding of the history and cultural significance.
Hike through the wilderness
There are also lots of opportunities for getting your hiking boots on in Indonesia. Mount Bromo is one the country’s most famous volcanoes – it’s still active and you can hike up to the summit and stare into the crater. You can also hike through the Sumatra jungle – Indonesia’s rainforests are dense with many parts that are practically unexplored, although you’re probably safest sticking to the known trails.
Take a wildlife tour
You’ll find all kinds of exotic animals in Indonesia. The country’s shores and reefs are home to various aquatic creatures such as manta rays and turtles – divers from all around the world are attracted to Indonesia’s waters due to the marine biodiversity that lurks here. Indonesia is also the only place in the world where you can see the rare and fearsome Komodo dragon in the wild. This man-eating lizard inhabits only a few islands – you can take guided tours of these islands to get a chance of spotting one of these creatures. Other animals worth visiting Indonesia for include monkeys, tigers and rhinos.
Soak up the culture
Indonesia also has a fascinating culture of its own. Its cuisine has become popular around the world consisting of spicy curries and street foods such as satay-skewered chicken. You can enjoy the food in a fine dining environment or you can taste the food fresh from stalls if you’re travelling on a budget. You can soak up the city life in the likes of Bandung and go shopping in the buzzing night markets, or you can see a Kecak fire dance take place in one of the country’s ancient temples. The country is rapidly becoming more westernised, so it’s worth visiting the country sooner rather than later whilst the traditional culture still exists.