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As the fourth largest country in the world and home to more than 195 million people, Indonesia’s allure lies in its rich cultural tapestry and untamed wilderness, its bustling cities and resorts are also famed for world-class visitor facilities. With 8 Indonesian World Heritage Site, it is no surprise that tourist from around the world puts Indonesia on the top list of hot countries to visit.
Top Places to Go In Indonesia
We know what you are thinking if you hear about Jakarta - traffic!! While it is true that Jakarta is famous for it traffic jam in Asia, Jakarta is definitely embracing its famous malls, bars, and restaurants. Jakarta may be crowded, loud, and busy, but it certainly isn't boring.
In Jakarta’s city centre of Merdeka Square, stands the National Monument (Monumen Nasional (Monas)) tower which is a must visit for every tourist as it is a symbol to be beckon with. The monument stands to symbolize the fight for Indonesia and constructed under direction of President Sukarno. Another place to visit is the National Gallery of Indonesia which is a combination of museum and art gallery in Jakarta, where you can enjoy culture, history and visual arts. A really nice place to spend time with your family is the TMII which is a miniature park where you can learn interesting things about the country.
On another note, Old Town or Old Batavia has a very strong historical value, but it is unfortunate that most of the buildings in the Old Town are not well preserved. Around the Old Town, there are several interesting museums to visit. The Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic as well as the Puppet Museum are all around Batavia.
Known for colonial and art deco architecture, Bandung is a vibrant and lively university-feel town famous for being a shopping destination especially for the locals. Capital city of the West Javanese province, you’re never short on things to do in Bandung. It is a popular weekend destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Many travelers would say they have their best Indonesian experience here.
Top things to do in Bandung besides shopping is visiting one of the most beautiful lakes in the world - Kawah Putih. The place is cooling but beware of sunburn as it is still really sunny here without feeling it.It is actually a sulphuric lake as it comes from a volcano and the entire area can be explored under 30 minutes. Unknown to many, Bandung actually do have rolling rice fields and some rice terraces in the highlands as well.
If you are visiting Tangkuban Perah, don't forget to enjoy Ciater Hot Spring to soak all your stress away!
An island in the province of Indonesia, Bali is a go to destination not only for newlyweds but for families and group of friends as well. ke many islands, Bali has developed a world of its own. It not only captures what is special about Indonesia but also has a uniqueness of its own.
Over the years with many tourists from around the world especially Australia and United Kingdom, Bali has developed well as a tourist hot spot with delicious western food, amazing night life, an array of shopping streets, a surfers paradise as well as breathtaking views of cultivated rice terraces and impressive volcanoes.
Packist recommend to visit Seminyak where you can walk for hours visiting quaint shops selling clothes and items for your home. Extensive amount of cafe food with fresh avocados and farm fresh eggs is prepared fresh just for you. We recommend to go on a half day trip to Uluwatu and watch the famous Kecak dance during sunset.Explore the most beautiful nature in Ubud village such as waterfall, monkey forest, rice terraces, volcano or temples.
If you are travelling with kids, we recommend you to bring them to Waterbom Bali as it has exciting world class slides and rides that will definitely be an ultimate escape!
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