10 things to do in Indonesia
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of a total of 18,110 islands of which 6000 are inhabited. Its immense geological and cultural diversity can be assessed from the fact that there are more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia who speak over 250 different languages. In this land of diversity, there are a number of diversions for all types of tourists. Though it is a hard-task to pick from the variety of Indonesian scene, below are the ten places that one must visit to make their Indonesia tour complete.
1. Lake Toba
Lake Toba in the north of Sumatra is a huge crater lake with the freaking dimension of over 1,145 square kilometers and is also known for being the deepest lake in the world at 505 metres. There are a number of fun activities around the Lake that includes hiking the mountains, sailing or swimming in the cool waters, or exploring the island of Samosir that lies in the middle of this huge Lake.
2. The Borobudur and Prambanan temples
Both the temples have the magnificence of traditional sculpture of Indonesia and are a happy reminder of the close cultural association of Hinduism and Buddhism in Indonesia. The Borobudur (see picture), the Buddhist temple and Prambanan, the Hindu temple are situated close to each other in the region of Central Java.
3. Rinjani Volcano
This massive volcano is situated in the Mount Rinjani National Park, where it stands 3,726 meters. This mountain offers breathtaking scenery surrounding it, replete with lush forests and several waterfalls. This place is of spiritual value for the locals who can be seen performing their ceremonies here. It is considered one of the top ten treks in South East Asia.
Bali in itself is a place with a variety of tourist experiences. It has volcanic hills, sand beaches, and green rice fields. One can learn diving and surfing at the beaches in Bali, or one can go among the villages on a bicycle and interact with the warm locals and get a glimpse into the Hindu culture of the place.
If you are looking for a memorable diving and snorkeling experience, you should be guided towards Bukanen, located at the north of the Sulawesi island. Here one can see more than 70% of all fish species that is found in the western part of the Pacific ocean.
If you are of a more adventurous kind, Toraja would provide an ideal experience. It is a place newly opened to the world. Here you can see the people practising centuries old traditions. The most striking features are tongkonan, the massive peaked-roof houses and the spectacular and gruesome funeral rites that last several days.
7. Thousand Islands
This cluster of islands is situated in the Bay of Jakarta very close to the buzzing and thriving city. On these islands you can get yourself tanned, fish, snorkel or dive. There are a number of luxury resorts to choose from. Or you can choose to be guided towards islands which have villages for cultural excursions. These islands are also the hatching spots for green turtles and hawksbill turtles.
8. Old Batavia
The city, brimming with life, is an important trade city of Jakarta. A map of the city can be used to guide towards the various museums in the city like the Wayang Museum, the Fine Art and Ceramic Museum (see picture), the Fatahillah Museum and the Maritime Museum. These museums provide a rich insight into the local history and culture of Indonesia.
9. Mount Batur
Mount Batur is a small volcano and has a deep crater lake inside its folds. All around it are elegantly sloping mountains. Hot springs bubble from near the volcano. The volcano is still active and smoke still belches out of its frightening mouth which remains hung in the air. This place has a sublime, unearthly beauty.
10. Pangandaran Beach
The Pangandaran Beach in West Java is where you should be guided towards if you are looking for a perfect family getaway location. The beaches have white sand and the waves are softer, ensuring safer swimming experiences. One can go hiking and explore a number of natural caves. A beautiful waterfall drops straight into the ocean, making for nature’s spectacle.