Owning many mysterious temples, green islands with rich and diverse ecosystems, Indonesia is compared to a wonderful land to be filled with plenty of amazing things attracting travelers.
Being an island country lying between South East Asia and Oceania, Indonesia possesses 13.487 islands and islets. In addition, thanks to the contribution of its racial and religious diversity, all of them contribute to create the featured cultural heritage of Indonesia captivating visitors all around the world.
Moreover, this island country is also famous for its immense green sandalwood forests, Bali- stunning island paradise, magnificent shrines and majestic mountains. It is worth to be a great stopover for those who love traveling experience and exploring.
1.Jakarta – Capital city of Indonesia
This city is the pride of Indonesia because it owns many interesting things as well as the unique traditional beauty hiding behind the modern buildings and streets.
- Monas – National Monument: Monas is considered as a symbol of Indonesia that travelers cannot ignore during the Jakarta trip. The best time to visit this monument is dusk, as the sun goes slowly down from the top of the monument and disappears on the horizon. In addition to the monuments, travelers can also take a visit to the National History Museum nearby Monas. This museum stores many precious documents about the history of Indonesia.
- Jakarta Old Town: It is the oldest town in Jakarta. There are some museums nearby Jakarta Old Town that are popular with many travelers such as the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), the Museum of Fine Arts and Pottery and Puppet Museum- the place presenting one of the typical performing art form of Asia. Travelers can rent a bike (cost around 3 USD) to explore Sunda Kelapa harbor while traveling there.
- Setu Babakan Village: It is a great place to learn about traditional lifestyle of Jakarta. The village is also called Perkampungan Budaya Betawi or Betawi Cultural Preservation Village. Coming to Setu Babakan, travelers will have opportunity to admire many interesting things of Betawi culture such as lenong (traditional Betawi comedy), topeng dance, traditional wedding of Betawi and Ondel-ondel. June and July are the best time to visit this village.
- Taman Mini Park: Being one of the biggest parks in Indonesia, Taman Mini Park is also a great tourist attraction for visiting with children. The park offers a variety of recreational facilities such as the giant wave pool, golf course and so on.
- Taman Safari Park: With an area of about 168 hectares, Taman Safari Park is the only park in Jakarta where you can see the animals walking freely in the park. This park is the home of more than 40 different species of animals, consisting of Sumatran tiger, Chinese bear and rhinoceros and so on. Travelers must travel by car or bus with guides when traveling there because the animals move freely in the park. Moreover, this park also owns a Baby Zoo, where visitors can watch and play with baby tigers, lions and other animals.
- Istiqlal Mosque: Located on Jalan Pintu Air Road, Istiqlal Mosque is considered as the symbol of Indonesia as well as the largest mosque in Southeast Asia at the time when it was completed in 1978. The name “Istiqlal” means “freedom”. The Istiqlal Mosque also is the site providing facilities for social and cultural activities, including lectures, exhibitions, seminars, conferences, fairs and programs for women, kids and youth.
2. Bali Island
Dubbed as the jewel of Indonesia, Bali not only captivates travelers via its compelling natural beauty, but possesses many sacred cultural values as well. Religion is an indispensable part of the people life in this island. Hindu plays the main role of the religion of the locals living in this island.
- Ubud: Ubud is one of Bali’s major arts and cultural centers. From the local guesthouses, spas to beautiful gardens, everything has traditional Balinese style. The highlight of this tourist destination is the Ubud Monkey Forest, a sacred sanctuary where monkeys live freely. Ubud Palace is also a place visitors should not miss out to enjoy the ancient royal architecture or visit the nearby villages of local people.
- Seminyak: Located on the west coast of beautiful island, Seminyak is very famous for its peaceful atmosphere and stunning scenery, especially sunset views.
- Uluwatu Temple and Tanah Lot Temple: Uluwatu Temple and the Tanah Lot Temple are rated as the most beautiful temples in Bali thanks to their unique geographic location.
- Tirta Gangga: Built in 1948, Tirta Gangga is the name of a village and palace located east of Bali, known as a maze of lakes and streams and unique stone statues.