Indonesia - The Nation Of A Thousand IslandsIndonesia is a Southeast Asian nation comprising of thousands of volcanic islands (18,307 to be exact). This group of islands is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and cultures. It’s known for its amazing beaches, volcanoes and jungles, as well as its exotic wildlife, including elephants, tigers, Komodo dragons and orangutans. Begin your adventure on the island of Java, where you’ll find Indonesia’s bustling capital city Jakarta. On Java you’ll also find the city of Yogyakarta, which is known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry. Then of course there’s Bali, with its endless rice fields, pristine beaches, epic volcanoes and dazzling coral reefs. Need to cool off? Visit Kuta beach, where the gentle rolling waves are ideal for beginner surfers. Head along and see the Borobudur Buddhist temple in Magelang and marvel at the immense size of this 2 million block monument. Most indonesians agree the best food is found in Padang in West Sumatra. Padang food is served the traditional way everywhere in Indonesia. You can usually spot a Padang restaurant by the towers of dishes seen through the windows. Speaking of food, try not to become a meal on the islands of Komodo national park, the only place in the world where you can see Komodo dragon’s in the flesh. Finally, be sure to experience the culture in the town of Ubud, known as the arts and culture hub of Bali.
Check Out The Magical Borobudur TempleTake a step into the magical Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the known world. You’ll find this incredible site just outside of Yogyakarta in the central island of Java. The immense size of this two million block structure will blow your mind. And even more impressive is the rich and intricate details of the architecture up close. You could spend hours analysing the sites and sounds of this temple. If you’re willing to pay a little extra you can also have a sunrise experience, making this amazing sight even more incredible.
Indonesia: Have A Scuba Diving Experience In FloresThe island of Flores is one of Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands and lies just east of Komodo Island. Home to world famous marine and dive parks, get ready for close encounters with excited pods of dolphins, reef sharks, rays, and schools of thousands of colorful fish swarming above the coral beds below. There are several diving companies you can book your experience with and most can cater to people of all experience levels.
Have a Komodo Dragon EncounterThe fearsome Komodo dragon is an ancient species which can only be found in Indonesia. Komodo Dragons are the world’s largest lizards, growing up to two meters long and weighing 90 kg. Komodo National Park is made up of four islands: Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, and Gili Dasami. On these islands tourists can witness these incredible creatures roaming freely in their natural habitats. While there you can also enjoy the amazing landscapes, coastlines and forests these islands have to offer.
Tips and Travel Information for IndonesiaMoney The Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) is the currency of Indonesia. ATMs are fairly common in Indonesia aside from rural areas. Most will accept international cards, just be aware they will not always work. ATM’s in Indonesia also have a limit for withdrawals. On average the limit is 2,000,000 Rp, but it can sometimes be as low as 500,000 Rp, which isn’t much when converted to foreign currencies. Getting Around There are many different options when it comes to transport in Indonesia. Metered taxis are available in the major cities and there’s an extensive network of buses in Jakarta. Train travel is mostly restricted to the island of Java and a small system in Sumatra. If all else fails try a “Becak,” you’ll typically find these three wheeled carts in the backstreets as they are banned from the main streets of some cities. Best Time To Visit Peak Season (Jul & Aug) Shoulder (May, Jun & Sep) Quiet Season (Oct - Apr) High season in Indonesia comes between the months of July and August. Expect tourist numbers to increase across regions in Indonesia like Bali and Sulawesi. Low season hits around October through to April. During this time it’s the dry season and a great time for diving in Maluku and Papua. It’s also relatively easy to find deals and you can travel without having to book in advance.
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