Ten of the Best Hotspots to Visit If You are in Indonesia
As the largest archipelago spanning 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a nation that is as populous as it is culturally diverse. With a population of around a few hundred million people as composed of 300 different ethnic groups that speaks 250 unique languages, going throughout Indonesia is as colorful as the people it comprises of.
Speaking of travels in Indonesia, the following are ten of the best hotspots you can be in when visiting the place:
1. Lake Toba
Born out of Mother Nature’s own making or as a result of natural volcanic activity in the area estimated to have occurred 70,000 years ago, the Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra is regarded today as the largest volcanic lake in the world. Basically an island within the island of Sumatra, Lake Toba makes for a perfect place to relax, unwind, and even have fun for its visitors.
2. Tanjung Puting
There is no better spot to find a good concentration of Orangutan and other exotic animals such as Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards, Gibbons, and Macaques, among others, all over Indonesia than in Tanjung Puting National Park in the island of Borneo.
3. Baliem Valley
Not known to the general public until its recent and accidental discovery sometime in 1938, the Baliem Valley is a region of the Western New Guinea lived by the Dani people, a Stone Age tribe. In addition to the interesting people you may encounter in this part of Indonesia, the Baliem Valley contains some of the most fascinating sights available in the tropics such as the Baliem River, the surrounding mountains, and even the tribal villages of the area.
4. Mount Bromo
The Gunung Bromo (or Mount Bromo) may not be East Java’s most towering landmark in the area, but it is certainly the most popular thus becoming it as one of Indonesia as well as Java’s most visited place in the country. As an active volcano with its top blown off, the Gunung Bromo constantly emits white smoke and is surrounded by fine volcanic sand.
Looking for Indonesia’s finest underwater experience may be best felt in Bunaken, just north of the island of Sulawesi. Therein lies an area that has Indonesia’s most popular diving and snorkeling spots. As an island that is part of the marine park of the same name, the area is a home to as much as 70% of all the species of fishes in western Pacific Ocean.
Finding some of the most unique architectural designs in Indonesia is best spotted if you are in Torajaland at South Sulawesi. Basically a home to the Toraja people, the area is most noted for its tongkonan, the uniquely designed homes, as well as the Torajan culture.
7. Gili Islands
Having a real relaxation and getting laid-back for a moment in your life is also best experienced if you are in Lombok’s the Gili Islands. Literally an archipelago of three islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, the islands are an ideal place of retreat for people who are getting tired of the life in the city.
8. Komodo National Park
Patterned after the name of the world’s largest lizard that roams the land of Lesser Sunda Islands, the Komodo National Park is a home to the Komodo Dragons, also referred to as the Komodo Lizards. As a specie nearing its extinction, the Komodo Dragons are protected in this area of Indonesia.
Said to be the world’s most famous Buddhist temple, the Borobudur is a historical landmark of the Sailendra Kingdom in Indonesia. Originally left hidden for centuries in the jungle under volcanic ashes, the Borobodur is now one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination.
Dubbed as the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud makes one of Indonesia’s most visited place for tourists because of its people’s rich culture and surrounding rice paddies, notably the rice terraces.