Decide which part of the Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world, to visit can be a little confusing. If you can stay for 2 weeks,you would likely to get the best of your Indonesian trip.
Where to to go?
There are more than 17,000 islands, 300 native ethnic groups and 700 different languages, exploring truly Indonesia will be a life long! However, don't let these figures not frighten you. You can still discover the best of the Indonesia if your trip is well planned.
According to the Ministry of Culture and tourism, more than 6 millions foreigners visited Indonesia in 2008. This number is much bigger than 2007, despite the recent negative media coverage of the situation of the Indonesia, Indonesia Tourism has never lost its value.
Here are some top tourist destinations in Indonesia:
Bali - the island of the gods.
Bali has now become one of the main world destinations, for its white sand beaches blue sky, beautiful waves, tropical climate and friendly people. For several years, the International Travel Magazine awarded Bali as best of the world island. There are more than 1.4 million tourists in Bali in 2008. You have to ask myself, what makes Bali as the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia?
First, the island is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the Equator with the Java Sea to the North and the Indian Ocean, to the South, which gives Bali a tropical weather wonderful year-round!
It has rich cultural experience you're looking for, Bali is just for you. The Balinese people have very strong Hindu beliefs. This is represented by statues and temples you can visit all around Bali. A form of art the most popular is "tari kecak" or the Ramayana monkey Chant. A fact that most of the people is not known "tari kecak", is that this art form was originally a ritual traditional trance.
Bunaken - a paradise for the Navy on Earth
It is said that Bunaken Marine Park has one of the higher levels of marine biodiversity. The Park extends over 89,065 hectares of the warm tropical waters. It is a paradise of beautiful coral reefs. Many tourists come to this site to dive or snorkel to see direct corals. Bunaken received international recognition for its preservation of the Marine Park. For example, The International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) chose Bunaken as its site of unique Asian demonstration for tourism sustainable reef. You are guaranteed to have a spectacular diving experience here!
Stay on the Marine Park, it is also a relaxant. Lifestyle casual provides tourists with pleasure that they do not usually receive in the life of the city. Here, everything flows gently and you need not worry. Start your day by going for a dive in the morning, then return for breakfast quick and NAP before leaving for a dive of the night.
Jakarta - a metropolitan city in Indonesia
Jakarta, the capital and largest city in Indonesia is 8 million people. It is the twelfth largest city in the world. You might ask what you can see in Jakarta. There are actually many places that you can not expect to see in Jakarta.
If it's Museum experience you are looking for, Jakarta is home to more than 22 museums with their own distinctive specialties. For example, National Museum displays historical aspects of Indonesian culture with its vast collections of artifacts and relics that date from the stone age.
The Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese ceramics dating to the Han, Tang and Ming Dynasties, and collections of gold and bronze of the Indonesian classical period. On the other hand of the city, Wayang Museum collects thousands of puppets of all regions of the Indonesia.
There are many other things you can do when you visit Jakarta. One thing for certain, a culinary adventure is a must! Jakarta has a wide selection of traditional kitchens because of the unique mixture of ethnic origins Indonesians in Jakarta. At the end, you can fully enjoy the Indonesia culinary adventure while staying in Jakarta!
As you read above, adventure never ends in Indonesia. However, please visit http://www.turisku.com and discover at least the best of the Indonesia.
Agustian Hermanto is the founder of Turisku. It is dedicated to help the companions travel junkies struggling with the best of the Indonesia. Turisku is the most complete of the Indonesia travel guide