100 Reasons to Visit Indonesia

Indonesia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. It is an incredible country to explore and generally a safe one, as long as precautions are taken in certain areas. With 17,071 Islands, Indonesia, offers a lot more than your average country. Exotic and developed destinations such as Lombok and Bali, the Komodo Islands, historical destinations such as Yogyakarta and the capital city Jakarta, make for a very interesting country to visit. Here are 100 reasons to visit Indonesia.

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    The People

    Long before the tagline “the land of a thousand smiles" even existed in the mind of some marketing executives it already existed and flourished in reality. Indonesians are naturally the glass-is-half-full type of people who take a great joy and pleasure in family and simple pleasures. Indonesians are very friendly and welcoming people. In the majority of the places you travel to throughout the country, you will be met with some of the biggest smiles you have ever seen. They are also very proud of their history, culture, wildlife, food and more, and are passionate about sharing it with others.

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    The Komodo Dragons

    Currently the largest living lizard in the world and the closest thing we have to dinosaurs, these fierce dragons are quite the tourist attraction for the thrill seeker. Indonesia is the only place in the world where they can be found living in the wild on the four islands that make up Komodo National Park.

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    Borobudur temple

    Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.

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    Vast swathes of tea plantations

    Between volcanic hills that stretches from Bogor to Bandung, you can find vast swathes of tea plantations and paddy fields. They extend as far as the eye can see and everywhere you look, you’re sure to see women hard at work picking the tea leaves.

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    Great Weather

    Indonesia is tropical, which makes good weather pretty easy to come by.

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    Indonesia has 33 provinces. Each province usually has a traditional dress, language, traditional musical instruments, customs, dance areas, and typical food.

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    Fly from tree to tree in the jungle

    In Bali you can fly. Experience the amazing Flying Fox, where you are propelled through the jungle for up to 160 metres at a time. You are attached to a wire strung between high points in the forest and gravity provides the propulsion, but the experience is of being like a bird.

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    Learn to Ride the Waves

    Bali has been a mecca for surfers. If you've ever wanted to surf, book a course at one of the surfing schools on the island. Within a few days you could be riding the waves like a pro.

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    A Visit to the Tana Toraja

    It is ironic that Tana Toraja is listed in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (by Patricia Schultz) and this exotic land of Toraja is famous for its unusual and elaborate funeral feasts.

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    Bustling Nightlife

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    Jakarta is often called “the city that never sleeps” for a reason. The city has its own charm when the night falls. The skyline decorated by millions of lights looking beautiful and nightclubs and bars are never found lacking patrons.

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    Snorkel in the middle of the Indian and Pacific Oceans

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    Wake up to the sounds of nature

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    Photography Opportunities

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    Wildlife, temples, people, street life. All amazing inspiration to the buddy travel photographer.

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    Strawberry Picking

    A small little town in Southern Bandung, Ciwidey, holds beautiful landscapes and highlands. A fun activity to enjoy is strawberry picking.

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    Indonesia has got Teh Botol

    It is one of the best local beverages that’s easy to grab and quench your thirst while on the go.

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    Try Kopi Luwak - World's priciest and rarest coffee

    These strange coffee beans go through an Asian palm civet before transforming into a drink in your cup. Yes, it is eaten and defecated by this mammal before it is reproduced into coffee. Kopi luwak is said to benefit the skin and prevent disease.

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    Travelling Hawkers

    These ‘travelling hawkers’ are there to save the day! It is easy to spot colorful and vibrant cart hawkers along the roadside. Most of them are family-run businesses, set up around the area of their humble abodes.

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    Spas and relaxation

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    Any spa treatment you can imagine can be found here, from seaweed wraps to fish spas, aromatherapy to the most amazing massage of your life. Many of these services can be offered at your hotel, as a separate business or even on the beach as you enjoy the sun.

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    One of the best ways to see them in Indonesia is to rent a Klotok boat, take it down the Sekonyer River and visit the Camp Leakey Orangutan rehabilitation reserve in Tanjung Puting National Park.

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    Lake Toba

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    Lake Toba is a large natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. The lake is about 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide, and up to 505 metres deep

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    Solo Batik Carnival

    Annual street carnival celebrating Indonesian heritage.

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    Mount Bromo

    Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known.

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    Iconic Tugu Monas

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    The National Monument is a 132 m (433ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence.

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    Kolbano Beach

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    Kolbano Beach is an unique beach in East Nusa Tenggara. The feature of the beach is different than other beach. Usually, a beach has white or black sand. But, when you come to Kolbano, you will find pebbles. The size and color of the pebbles are various.

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    Panoramic view at Kalibiru, Bukit Menoreh

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    The glowing lava at Kawah Ijen Volcano

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    The Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java, Indonesia. It is inside a larger caldera Ijen, which is about 20 kilometers wide.

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    Feel like James Bond

    Relax and take in a spa treatment at Ayana’s Aquatonic - a seawater therapy pool. Afterwards, visit the Rock Bar to feel like James Bond

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    Jomblang cave in Yogyakarta

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    Light from heaven

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    Wayag islands at Raja Ampat

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    Wayag Island is one of the islands within the Raja Ampat district in the province of West Papua. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares (about 383,013.3 acres).

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    Crater Lakes in Mount Kelimutu

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    Some people may only dream about trekking to Mt Kelimutu on the island of Flores with its three colored lakes, while others make it a reality.

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    Underwater life is really interesting

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    Madakaripura Waterfall

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    Leaving misty Mount Bromo behind and descending into the Probolinggo Regency, one will find a spectacular sight secluded within the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: this is the enchanting Madakaripura Waterfall.

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    Countless Pristine Islands

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    Jakarta has one of the best Hard Rock Cafe in the world

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    Witness the Caci Whip Fight

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    Swimming and snorkelling at Pink Beach

    From the beautiful colour of the sands, through to the stunning underwater life, you’ll not want to leave this little bit of paradise.

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    Temple Hoping at Yogyakarta

    Yogyakarta in central Java is one of the historical and religious centres of Indonesia. The Prambanan and Borobudur temples just outside the city are both Unesco World Heritage sites. The thousands of pieces of volcanic rock they are built from make them an arresting sight.

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    Sit a becak to sightseeing in the city

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    Use one of the becak (trishaw) in cities like Yogyakarta or Malang, and just let it take you around the city in style. It can wind through narrow streets and let you immerse in the environment better. With wind in your face, you feel the place and let sights and smells sink in from all corners of the city.

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    Balinese Massage

    Balinese massage is part of the traditional culture and the spas on the island use the freshest ingredients from the jungles and gardens. There are hundreds of places to choose from, ranging from simple massage huts in Kuta to lavish spas such as the award-winning spa at the Four Seasons Hotel outside Ubud.

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    Coral Reefs

    Indonesia is home to 20% of the world’s coral reefs and some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling you can find. There are many opportunities available for beginner and experienced divers.

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    Infinity pool at Munduk Moding Plantation

    If you’re a dreamer, you will fall in love with Munduk Moding Plantation’s “pool among the clouds”.

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    Green Canyon Java

    Cukang Taneuh also known as Green Canyon is a canyon located in Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia.

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    Stingless jellyfish in Kakaban islands

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    Water bungalows in Raja Ampat

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    Kawah Putih

    Kawah Putih is a striking crater lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater about 50 km south of Bandung in West Java in Indonesia. Kawah Putih lake is one of the two craters which make up Mount Patuha, an andesitic stratovolcano.

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    Kenawa Island in Sumbawa

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    Kenawa island is a small exotic island on the West Sumbawa Regency (Kabupaten Sumbawa Barat), its only 20 minutes cross by boat from public ferry harbor at Pototano harbor, the main land of Sumbawa. This is simply virgin island without any population in it, the sea water just so clean and blue, colorful corals and variety of fishes, white and bright sandy beach.

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    Puncak Jaya

    Puncak Jaya or Carstensz Pyramid is the highest summit of Mount Carstensz in the Sudirman Range of the western central highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia.

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    Mount Krakatau

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    The renowned volcano Krakatau (frequently misstated as Krakatoa) lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.

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    Bali Marine and Safari Park

    This adventure will guarantee that you are the coolest parents around. Wild animals, fire, and getting to stay up way past their bedtime.

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    How green it is

    Places like Green Canyon or Citumang on Java which are just perfect for some relaxing time close to nature!

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    Solidarity at its finest: Dine in the middle of paddy fields

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    At Pomegranate and Sardine, two of Bali’s most unique dining places, you can do just that.

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    Nasi Goreng and Mie goreng

    Nasi goreng is a national Indonesian dish – fried rice, often with vegetables or chicken. The only thing different about mie goreng is noodles instead of rice. You can get it everywhere – in warungs, eateries by the road, on the street, in the restaurants.

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    The temples of Prambanan

    Prambanan is one the largest Hindu temple sites in South East Asia, and the largest in Indonesia.

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    Rooftop plane mall: The Gate 88

    The Gate 88 is a relatively new shopping mall with a unique, futuristic design, and the disembodied plane is a main feature.

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    Entertainment for Everyone

    Here’s a no-effort way to keep the whole family happy. Most malls in Jakarta are family-friendly, allowing parents to entertain their kids as they roam the plethora of shops and restaurants.

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    Go ghost-hunting in Bali’s abandoned places

    If you’re a budding paranormal investigator or an amateur ghost buster, a trip to Bali’s various abandoned places should surely not be missed.

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    Experience one day as a Balinese Rice Farmer: Four Seasons Sayan

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    As part of Four Season Sayan’s Extraordinary Experiences Initiative, guests can sign up for the complete rice farmer experience, from a scenic meal amongst rice paddies, planting seeds to transplanting little shoots.

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    Walk in awe around Lembah Harau, West Sumatera.

    You can make echoing scream because of the huge stones in both side of way.

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    Chill out in Lake Samosir, North Sumatera

    The largest volcanic lake in the world.

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    Tanah Lot

    About 30km to the west of Bali's capital Denpasar, Tanah Lot is a special place where Hindu temples sit on outcrops of rock along the volcanic coastline.
    The black sand, craggy rocks and white spray from the pounding sea look strangely like Auckland's west coast beaches but the temples, thought to date from the 15th century, add a mystic feel especially at sunset. Eating dinner outside at the Melasti Restaurant as the sun goes down is a wonderful experience.

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    A Certified Millionaire

    Don't wait for my retirement or hope to win in the lottery to be a millionaire. All I have to do is to book a flight to Indonesia, and exchange some dollars, and call myself a millionaire!

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    Beautiful Mosques

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    Indonesia is a Muslim country with around 88% of its total population composed of Muslim. Aside from the beautiful buildings and interesting architectures, you will find beautiful Mosques all over the country which not also serve as places of worship, but also tourist attraction.

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    Come face-to-face with the dead: Trunyan island

    The people there don’t bury and cremate their dead, so if you’re brave enough to make a trip there, you’ll find skeletons from ages long past, staring straight at you with their eyeball-less eye sockets. Interestingly, you won’t smell the stench of rotting bodies on this island, as the perfumed scent from a huge Taru Menyan tree masks it perfectly.

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    Attend a buffalo race

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    Although races are only held from July to late October or early November, special courses for tourists are available all-year round, on every second Thursday.

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    Ancol Dreamland

    If you are looking for a break from the rough and tough, this is as cheesy as it sounds, Ancol Dreamland is could be your dream place. It is open for 24 hours with amusement park – Fantasy World (Dunia Fantasi (dufan)), Atlantis Water Adventure, Ocean Dream Samudra (pentas lumba) for animal shows, Seaworld, beaches (pantai), Art Market (pasar seni), golf range, bowling, Ocean Eco Park, gondola, Hailai club, art academy, paintball and wakeboarding.

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    Big Bargains. Big Savings. At Factory Outlet Stores

    Rumah Mode Factory Outlet is the mother of all factory outlet stores

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    Get yourself a piece of Batik cloth

    If you’re planning to get yourself a piece of Batik cloth as a souvenir before leaving the country, be sure to know what the patterns represent.

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    Underwater prayer: Pay a visit to Pemuteran hidden underwater temple

    This temple in Pemuteran lies hidden under the sweeping waves of the sea.

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    See the Moon Rise at Gili Trawangan

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    Kuta Beach - Bali

    Kuta Beach is located on the western side of the island's narrow isthmus and is considered Bali's most famous beach resort destination.

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    Bask in an untouched piece of nature: Blahmantung waterfall

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    Jember Fashion Festival

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    Jember Fashion Carnaval or JFC (Indonesian Karnaval Busana Jember) is an annual carnival held in the East Java city of Jember.

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    Bali Reef Cruise and Lembongan Island Day Trip

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    Escape Bali for a day and spend it on the turquoise waters of Nusa Lembongan, a small, low, protected island about 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Bali, just across the Badung Strait.

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    Paragliding in Puncak, West Java

    Besides being famous for its tea plantation, the cool climate and the various culinary choices around Puncak make it one of little places in Indonesia try Paragliding.

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    Gunung Padang

    The incredible megalithic site for those who love archeology.

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    Tangkahan, North Sumatra

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    Enjoy Elephant playing with the water in Tangkahan, North Sumatera.

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    Traditional Puppet Performance

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    Enjoy the traditional puppet performance called Wayang in Keraton Jogjakarta, Central Java.

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    Watch the sunset at Uluwatu sea temple

    With sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s best sea temples you can’t miss during your trip.

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    Hike to Merapi Mountain

    Hike to Merapi mountain in Central Java, Krakatao, Papandayan mountain in Garut to get incredible view once in your lifetime.

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    Try Indomie

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    Just make sure to limit the consumption of instant noodle.

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    The home of lots of tropical fruits that only available in Indonesia

    Duku, Salak, the honey sweet tasted potato called Ubi Cilembu, Matoa fruit from Papua, strong smell Durian, fruit that has powder called Kesemek and lots more!

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    Beach Hopping

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    With 17,000 (or more) islands to choose from, Indonesia is perhaps the world's greatest beach hopping destination.

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    Sempu Island

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    Sempu is an island located 800 meters from the southern coast of the province of East Java in Indonesia, about 70 km south of the city of Malang. The island is 3.9 km long and 3.6 km wide.

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    Enchanted forest - Gili Islands

    Visit this magical place - The mist and the light filtering trough the top of the trees, the quietness broken only by the sounds of the animals living in the forest.

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    Snorkel with Turtles

    Dive among 75% of all known coral species in the world

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    Bali’s Coasts

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    Bali is probably the most famous island in all of Indonesia, and that is no surprise because it offers stunning mountain scenery and beautiful beaches, as well as the kind and friendly people. There is so much to see and do here that it is no wonder people love it. You will have your choice from surfing and diving, to fine dining, and exhilarating treks in the wild.

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    You get a whole island to yourself!

    If you thought only the one percent could afford to rent their own private island, think again. Head to Pangkil, an off-the-radar, Robinson Crusoe-style island in Indonesia, where three days of paradise can be all yours for just $500.

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    Taman Mini Indonesia

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    A huge park where you can see traditional houses in Indonesia.

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    Weekend escape to Belitung island from Jakarta

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    Pasar Baru

    Dating back to 1820, Pasar Baru is the oldest market in Jakarta. The pedestrian-only shopping area is filled with vendors hawking fabrics, vintage cameras and fresh flowers. It is also home to a diverse mix of Javanese, Indian and Chinese so it’s the perfect place to go to sample all sorts of food.

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    This part of town boasts beautiful buildings leftover from the Dutch.

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    Mine sulphur in a volcano

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    Nick-named the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is home to 127 active volcanoes. One is graced with multi-coloured lakes, several pump out geothermal energy, and the Ijen volcano in East Java is one of the world's largest natural sulphur mines.

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    Cycling trip in Sumatra

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    New Jakarta Skye Bar mixes sight and sound

    When it comes to skylines, Jakarta’s is ridiculously picturesque. If the panoramic view of Jakarta from the 56th floor of the 230m-high Menara BCA building is the main appeal of the Skye Bar & Restaurant, its sound system is the second.

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    Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church.

    This massive abandoned chapel in the middle of the Indonesian forest is both haunting and fowl

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    Indonesian Folk Dance

    Over 3000 original traditional dance. You can enjoy the Saman dance performance from Aceh, Jaipong dance from Java, Kecak dance from Bali and many more.

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    Symon's Art Zoo

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    Exotic, erotic, and esoteric, one artist's live-in Bali gallery brings a splash of color and madness to its surroundings.

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    Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

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    This tiny lake temple dedicated to a water goddess seems to float on the surface.

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    Candi are the Buddhist and Hindu temples of Indonesia built between the 8th and 15th centuries. Their rather unique look makes them great photo fuel, plus most are quite easy to get to as drivers for hire can be pretty cheap. Many areas have their own specific temples, though if you find yourself in Jogjakarta, Prambanan is a UNESCO listed site that boasts some of the greatest examples of Candi architecture.

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    And finally.. Indonesia has more pretty girls per square meter than anywhere else, with smiles that will melt your heart

    If you're more interested in guys, you'll have to judge for yourself.

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