Visit Indonesia Year 2008
Indonesia: ‘The Ultimate in Diversity’
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago comprising some 17,508 islands that stretch across the equator for more than 5,000 miles. There are five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes. The main islands are Kalimantan, Sumatra, Papua, Sulawesi and Java.
Indonesia offers a lot of things for visitors ranging from pristine beaches, sea gardens, exotic volcanoes and mountains, cultural heritage sites and activities, to shopping paradise. Indonesia, unmistakably, the most varied destination everywhere, and enjoy a wonderful journey of discovery.
West Sumatra is land of the Minang or Minangkabau. The Minang are wellknown for their sharp business sense. Due to its great scenic wealth and rich cultural heritage, West Sumatra is one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations. Around 92 km north of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra Province, there is a town of Bukit Tinggi which is one of the most picturesque towns in West Sumatra, even in the island of Sumatra.
History has left its footprints across Central Java, an area rich in culture and tradition descending from a powerful Hindu and Buddhist past, and more recent Islamic influences. Under the Syailendra and Old Mataram kings in the 8th and 10th centuries, the Hindu -Javanese culture flourished, and it was during this period that Java’s most remarkable religious monuments were built such as Borobudur, the most magnificent monuments to
Buddhism in the world; the enormous Hindu temple complex of Prambanan, and the ancient site of the oldest Hindu temples in Java on the Dieng Plateau.
Bali has such a relaxed atmosphere. It is also gaining recognition as a fabulous destination for water sports. Apart from the island’s top beach resorts, the island boast superb windsurfing, sailing, diving and norkeling, as well as surfing. Hardy travelers may try white water rafting down Bali’s longest river, the Ayung. While divers will find Tulamben and its World War II wreck is a popular diving spot with coral reefs and colourful collection of fish.
Lombok and Nusa Tenggara
Looking for sun, sea, and sand without the usual holiday crowd? Senggigi is Lombok’s most developed tourist region and many first-class resort have mushroomed around the secluded bays and tranquil beaches.
Some of the world’s most beautiful underwater environments are located in Sulawesi. There is the Bunaken Marine Reserve, North Sulawesi, with white sand beaches, a dense population of fish, coral, and deep underwater gullies and valleys; Lembeh Straits and its WW I shipwrecks and unusual black sand bottoms; the Togean Islands which host all major reef formations (fringing, barrier, patch and atoll); Wakatobi in the Tukang Besi Archipelago and its fascinating fossil reef formations and a myriad of marine species, such as sperm and pilot whales, spinner, bottle-nose dolphins and dugongs; the sea gardens of Takabonerate National Park, southwest of Selayar Island, which is the third largest coral atoll in the world, as well as the Banggai Archipelago, the Makassar Straits, Kapoposang, Bira and Selayar islands, list of amazing locations is endless.
Witness the ancient culture and ceremonies of Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. Apart from the wonderful scenery of lush valleys and rice fields sheltered by rocky cliffs, Torajan villages are architectural masterpieces, consisting of the beautifully decorated Tongkonan houses. Coffins containing bones and skulls are kept in the cliffs and cave graves. These unique burial sites are a typical Toraja ritual.
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