Made up of over 17,000 islands – each holding its own unique identity, the Indonesian archipelago is home to a variety of ethnicities, exotic weather, a down-to-earth lifestyle, and hauntingly beautiful landscapes. Bali and Jakarta are the first things that come to our mind when others mention Indonesia, but this vibrant and dynamic country is full of surprises – probably more than you can expect! There’s always something new to discover in Indonesia, so if you haven’t had a chance to visit, here are 5 reasons Indonesia should be your next destination.
You can travel back in time at Borobudur
Did you know that the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world? Perched on a hilltop overlooking Central Java’s lush green landscape, this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is decorated with over 2,600 relief panels and holds more than 500 Buddha statues. According to the tenets of Mahayana Buddhism, climbing Borobudur is a form of pilgrimage in itself, as it is both a physical and spiritual experience.
Experience your head in the clouds at Mount Bromo
If you’re curious to find out what goes on inside a volcano, take a trip to Mount Bromo! Nestled between a broad valley in East Java, Mount Bromo is well-known for its active volcanoes, gorgeous sunsets and panoramic views. One of the reasons why Mount Bromo has gained a lot of popularity is because it doesn’t exist in isolation. Areas surrounding the valley show remnants of past volcanic action – a result of every significant eruption. But Mount Bromo is more than just a volcano; it’s a gift from Mother Nature – and best witnessed in person.
Explore a hobbit cave at Liang Bua
Do you believe in hobbits? The Liang Bua cave in Flores Island, Indonesia, was once a hobbit cave which was destroyed by a major volcanic eruption. In 2003, human skeletal remains were unearthed at Liang Bua, which confirmed the existence of Homo Floresiensis (a species of small and short pre-historic human beings). Creepy or intriguing? Hobbits aside, Liang Bua itself is beautiful. Surrounded by local plantations, rice terraces, friendly locals and beautiful sceneries, this destination is worth a visit.
Take in breathtaking views of Lombok from Mount Rinjani
Rising 12,224 feet above Lombok island, and surrounded by dense rainforests and mystical waterfalls, Mount Rinjani ranks the second highest volcano in Indonesia – comparable in height to Mount Fuji. More than 100,000 tourists visit Mount Rinjani each year to embark on a trekking expedition, and we know why! The view of the beautiful lake vistas from the top makes every step of the climb worth it. There’s no doubt that this sacred mountain will get your head in the clouds (literally) and charm you with its extraordinary beauty.
Seek solace in serenity at Lake Toba
Located in North Sumatra, Lake Toba is one of the most underrated destinations in Indonesia. This lake stretches on for 100 kilometres, making it one of the largest volcanic lakes in the world! Lake Toba was formed after a massive volcanic eruption which occurred more than 70,000 thousand years ago. Nonetheless, this lake will send you on a sensory overload with its sapphire-blue waters and forest-green hills. Tucked away near North Sumatra’s mountainous terrains, Lake Toba is a hidden gem that makes a perfect hideout spot if you’re in search of everlasting serenity.
Indonesia has it all. So, it’s time to make the most of these beautiful destinations we’ve listed above and start planning your Indonesian escapade. Just remember to use the ENTERTAINER App so you can get a 2 for 1 hotel stay for up to 6 nights with our summer offer! (Valid until 31st August 2018)
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