Indonesia is a country with wide cultural diversity, a great history, and a huge population. Indonesia will always fascinate you no matter what you do. Whether visiting on a budget or staying in a great Bali villa or even if you just sit in nature and experience the beauty of the country.
To list the ten must-see attractions in the country can be a very tough job as it is very hard to rate one destination above the other. With the natural and cultural diversity and the ancient history, Indonesia is in the abundance of tourist sites. But one cannot see each of them. Thereby, to make your job easier, here are the ten most popular and worth visiting sites in Indonesia.
Many people rush to Bali thinking about the warm sand and the blue water, but this place is much more than that. Apart from beaches, it has a great number of cultural spots and landmarks that should be visited. Kuta is by far the best beach here, with the highest attraction. Nusa Dua can be an option for those wanting to visit a quieter beach. If you are there for the culture, you must visit Sanur.
- Mount Bromo
There are various volcanic mountains on the southern belt of the country, the Tengger Massif, but Mt. Bromo is one of the most prevalent ones. It offers outstanding landscapes to the tourists. When traveling to the area, one can stay in the mountain town, located nearby, and hike up to the viewpoints. Those will be the most amazing view that the chain has to offer. You can also climb to the top and witness the interior of the beast.
- Lake Toba
After the volcano, comes the volcano lake, this lake is the biggest in the world. It spreads up to 100 meters in length and about 30 meters in width. It is also 505 meters deep. This is the biggest lake formed in a caldera of a volcano. There is one island in the lake that has various waterfalls and historical points. It is an astounding location to stay and enjoy the landscape.
- Tanjung Puting National Park
This is a beautiful national park located in the province of Borneo. This park boasts of providing you with some great vistas of wild animals including a crocodile, sun bears, pythons, and Gibbons. The major attractions here are the orangutans. This is an endangered species, so getting a glimpse of them can be very memorable.
- Komodo Dragon
Talking about wildlife, one should not miss a chance to see this ferocious creature. This does not look like much, but is very dangerous and can threaten one’s life. It takes just one bite of this animal to kill you. Indonesia is the only country host to them, so if you want to experience them yourself, this is the place.
- Raja Ampat
If one has an adventurous side, depths of the sea is the place to go. Raja Ampat is a set of 4 major islands surrounded by around 1,500 more small islands. These offer a vast variety of the coral species, nearly half of those present all around the world. This is the best diving place in the country and one of the best in the world.
- Baliem Valley
This valley is located in the highlands of Western New Guinea and is home to the tribe of Dani people. This valley offers sights of beautiful landscapes of mountains, roaring rivers, and the tribal villages. You can witness the tribes performing rituals and ceremonies in their traditional dress. The efforts to trek to this place are very rewarding.
- Tana Toraja
This place offers an insight into the long-standing culture of Indonesia. It is situated in the South Sulawesi Province. The boat-shaped houses and architecture are an attraction to the place, but the people are what make it distinct. They are one of the most welcoming people you may ever meet. Their funeral ceremonies are elaborated, and can last for days.
This is the city that can easily be called the cultural hub of Indonesia. Situated on the island of Java, this city boasts of two great temples, namely Prambanan Temple and Borobudur Temple. While the former is an ancient Hindu temple, the latter is the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. These two destinations attract flocks of tourists to them and accommodate themselves in Yogyakarta.
Located in Bali, it is considered to be a cultural capital. Ubud is rested among terrific rice fields and is one of the top tourist destinations in Indonesia. There are several art galleries across the city, and the dance and music event almost never stops. There are also various shops to explore which offer great deals for the local products.
Traveling and exploring liberates a person and makes them independent. In the list of all the places to visit before you die, Indonesia must be among the top. It is a country rich in all aspects. Among the various tourist destinations, these were the ten best to visit before you die.