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There is a bounty of magnificent places and landscapes in Indonesia, from the idyllic beaches that most travelers have come to know, to the lush jungles that only those brave enough have explored, from the amazing temples and old ruins to the modern cities and cultural festivals. Indonesia is truly magical!
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, with about 6,000 islands that are populated from a total of over 18,000 islands. Practically, you, as a traveler, can have your own private Indonesian island if you wanted to. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country of the world and today, it is also one of the major tourist destinations of the world, with a wealth and diversity of attractions and destinations that cannot be found in many places.
The first ports of call, at least when first landing in Indonesia, are normally the cities and there are a large number of wonderful cities in Indonesia. The biggest and most popular has to be the fascinating capital of Jakarta, a truly wondrous destination. Once past its heavy traffic and constant congestion, travelers get to know the authentic atmosphere of the city and its friendly people, and they fall in love forever. Jakarta is a heaven for people searching for amazing nightlife and great shopping opportunities, but it also offers beautiful and interesting attractions, such as the Presidential Palace, Monas Monument, the Old Town and Old Harbor, Pasar Baru Market, National Museum, National Gallery, Istiqlal Mosque, Cathedral Church and many more museums, monuments, mosques and temples.
Beyond the capital, there are many other cities and towns that are worth visiting, including the picturesque and elegant Bandung, and Yogyakarta (or Jogja), renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. This city boasts stunning architecture and a truly spiritual sensibility. Other top destinations are Ubud, Seminyak, Kuta, Canggu and Jimbaran.
But the true cultural heritage of Indonesia lays in its traditional villages and old temples that can be found throughout the countless islands. The best known and most popular destination has to be the mighty Borobudur, the fascinating Buddhist stupa temple complex, the largest of the world and one of the most impressive, with endless temples scattered through the forests of Central Java.
Another great place to visit is Prambanan, a Hindu temple complex on the exotic island of Java. The next great attraction of Indonesia is the nature, with some idyllic beaches and magnificent rainforests, hiding a rich wildlife and many wonders.
The beautiful islands of Bali and Sulawesi contain the most famous beach destinations, and the Gili Islands are car-free desert islands of a thousand Bounty adverts. Year-round good weather, horse-drawn transport and a slew of boutique beach shacks make them a hot ticket.
Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia, of which the southern Kalimantan region belongs to Indonesia. The vast area is sparsely populated and the rain forests are some of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. And then there's Sumatra – a near-mythical destination high on everyone’s ‘if only’ list. Until now, that is, as the island, the fifth largest in the world, slowly opens up to tourism and its natural wonders make themselves known. Indonesia contains a great number of volcanoes and natural parks that are worth exploring, such as the Ujung Kulon National Park, located at the westernmost tip of Java, within the Banten province of Indonesia. The Komodo National Park near East Nusa Tenggara is home of the Komodo dragon and one of the top scuba dive sites in the world.
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