Have you ever dreamt of a place with exotic islands, silvery sands stretching as far as the eye can see, transparent ocean waters beckoning you to dive into a fascinating world? Then you have surely dreamt of Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world. Indonesia consists of more than 17,500 islands out of which more than half may not be found on any map, for the simple reason that they are unnamed.
While the sheer natural beauty of Indonesia is awe inspiring, there are many more reasons why one must visit Indonesia and this includes its rich local cuisine, its vibrant culture, unique wildlife and biodiversity.
Here are 5 compelling reasons to pack your bags and take off to Indonesia now!
The Seductive Beaches
Indonesia boasts a coastline of 54,716 Kilometers and hence it is no wonder that it is home to some of the most serene and beautiful beaches in the world. Here you can just take off your shoes and walk on large stretches of silvery sands and gaze at the crystal waters of the ocean or you can discover the amazing underwater world by snorkeling and scuba diving. Some of the popular beaches are on the island of Bali and include Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran among others. Read Backstreet Nomad’s post about cruising along Komodo National Park here.
Borobudur is a UNESCO world heritage site which is situated in Central Java, Indonesia. It is supposed to be the largest Buddhist temple in the world and stands majestically against the backdrop of mountains as a paean in stone to the spirit of Buddhism. The temple is embellished by 2,672 reliefs and 504 Buddha statues.
It was constructed sometime in the 9th century and is a place of pilgrimage for the Buddhists who congregate there once a year to celebrate Vesak, a Buddhist festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of The Buddha. Another Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage is Yogyakarta. Check out the things to do in Yogyakarta.
Komodo National Park
This park is a UNESCO world heritage site and consists of 29 islands including the Komodo island. The Park was instituted to protect the Komodo dragon, which is the world’s largest lizard. The waters around the island are rich in marine biodiversity and this has led to the Park being selected as one of the ” New 7 wonders of Nature”.
The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of Lizard known to mankind, some of them are known to grow up to a size of 10 feet and weigh 70 Kilograms. The Komodo National Park is the only place in the world where you will find this rare and exotic species of lizard.
Dances of Indonesia
The dances of Indonesia are a mirror of its rich diversity of culture and ethnicity. Indonesia is home to more than 700 ethnic groups and all these groups have their own dances which are in turn influenced by different regions and cultures over time. The richness and diversity is evident in over 3,000 original, colourful and vibrant dances of Indonesia.
The Saman dance from the Gayo ethnic group in Sumatra is one of the most popular and visually appealing dance forms from Indonesia. The perfect harmony and synchronization of the dancers and the speed of their movements combined with lively music makes the Saman Dance an unforgettable visual experience.
Food of Indonesia
The rich diversity of Indonesia can be found in the flavors and aromas of its cuisine too. The cuisine includes over 5,300 traditional recipes that have traveled down across generations, spanning the chasms of time. Indonesian cuisine varies across its regions and the influences of Indian, Chinese and Polynesian cuisines is evident. Java is the region where the cuisine is indigenous. The top dishes of Indonesia that you must taste while you are there are:
- Rendang, a spicy meat dish that is cooked and served during ceremonial occassions
- Nasi Goreng, Fried rice mixed with various spices and accompanied by ingredients like prawns, shrimp, chicken, eggs
- Satay is a dish made of skewered and grilled meat seasoned with spices and sauce
If these reasons have prompted you to pack your bags and head off to Indonesia, do check out the following information that I hope shall be useful.
Depending on where you want to head out to first you may chose your entry airport, check out this link for a list of the airports.
Flight and Hotel Booking
You can book your international flights and domestic Indonesian flights as well as Hotels on this link.
Best time to head to Indonesia
The best time to travel across Indonesia would be between May and September.
So are you ready to wake up from the realms of dreams and head to a real DREAM destination called Indonesia? After reading our fellow travel blogger – Janet’s post on 50 Unique Things To Do In Vietnam, we now plan to explore Vietnam.