Indonesia The Ultimate Travel Guide Best Places to Visit | Explore The Emerald of the Equator

18,000 Islands 300 languages spoken the largest archipelago in the world it's a big island country offering myriad adventures welcome to Indonesia join us as we discover the Emerald of the Equator misc Travel Guide bringing you the ultimate travel guides Indonesia with over 18,000 islands 6,000 of them inhabited this largest Southeast Asian country is no short of breathtaking sights inspiring diversity and deeply rooted histories the Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5,200 kilometers between the Asian mainland and Australia all of it within the tropics and comprises 18 thousand islands Indonesia has something unique to offer everyone from the cool white sands and raucous volcanoes of Bali to the vibrant capital city of Jakarta to the untouched lands of Sumatra you can always find something different here this island nation has some of the largest remaining tracts of tropical forests anywhere in the world and is home to several beautiful scuba diving and snorkeling spots as well an overview of the best places to visit in Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia s massive capital is a large bustling city with a population of over 10 million sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java a historic mix of cultures Javanese Malay Chinese Arab Indian and European has influenced its architecture language and cuisine the Old Town Kota tua is home to Dutch colonial buildings blood out jakarta's Chinatown and the old port of cyndaquil Appa for traditional wooden shooters dock central median Merdeka square is the site of the National Monument or Mona's a marble obelisk with an observation deck and the enormous Ishta Glau mosque the National Museum traces Indonesian history through archipelago relics statues ceramic and jewelry the city has numerous modern malls and specialist shopping areas such as the antique market Jalan Surabaya offshore are the Thousand Islands some with beach resorts some uninhabited all part of a marine National Park although the city is known for its heavy traffic and high levels of pollution it is filled with an exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping areas Lombok Lombok is an indonesian island east of Bali and west of San Bao a part of the lesser Sunda Islands it's known for beaches and surfing spots particularly Acuto and Bango Bango in south Lombok the motor-vehicle free gili islands gili trawangan gili air and Gili Meno a flan box west coast offer more beaches briefs for diving and snorkeling and a sea turtle hatchery to the west sing Giggy is a popular beach resort in the Gateway to the ghillies west Lombok also has important temples most notably the 18th century pearl links are and Matt Sorum the provincial capital home to craft shops and historical museum museum Negri in the central highlands are gunning rinjani National Park in Mount Rinjani an active volcano topped by a crater lake that's a tracking and pilgrimage destination northern Lombok features jungles waterfalls and traditional sac villages Lombok is often compared to its closest neighbor Bali the island has the same kind of beautiful beaches and volcanic sceneries with less commercialism and fewer crowds making it one of the best places to visit in Indonesia fan dung capital of Indonesia's west java province is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations it's known for colonial and Art Deco architecture a lively university town feel and thanks to its 768 meter elevation relatively cool tropical weather nicknamed the Paris of Java during the Dutch colonial period van dong retains 1920s and 30s landmarks like the neoclassical ji-dong say it c'├ętait building now the office of the provincial governor it has a rooftop resembling the Indonesian skewered meat dish there's also the Art Deco mansion Villa Isola and the Sudanese roofed ceremonial hall at the acclaimed institut teknologi bandung nearby natural sights include tango pon para vu upside down vote volcano with trekking and horseback riding above active craters there's also the light turquoise crater lake cow op huge and patching gang lake surrounded by tea plantations Surabaya Surabaya is a port city on the Indonesian island of Java a vibrant sprawling metropolis it mixes modern skyscrapers with canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past it has a thriving Chinatown and an Arab quarter whose ample mosque dates to the 15th century the Tugu palawan heroes monument honors the independence battle wage in surabaya streets in 1945 the city's shopping options range from glitzy multi-level shopping malls to overflowing chaotic bazaars and its food scene from street stalls to upscale international restaurants on the city's outskirts the modern enormous al-akbar mosque with its distinctive Bluegreen domes offers an elevator ride to the top of a minaret with panoramic views for most foreign visitors the city is merely a transport hub for locals Surabaya is closely linked to the birth of the Indonesian nation as it was here that the battle for independence began bromo Tengger Samir you National Park a lunar like landscape of epic proportions and surreal beauty the volcanic bromo region is one of Indonesia's most breathtaking sights the bromo Tengger Sameera National Park is best known for its awesome scenery of a vast ancient volcanic crater and a host of picturesque volcanoes that have emerged from it the park is named after two mountains mount Sameera mount bromo and the Tanger people who inhabit the area Samira is the highest mountain in Java as well as one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes the smoldering cone of bromo stands in a sea of volcanic sand surrounded by the lowering cliffs of the craters edge the bromo Tengger samara national park covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres in the centre of east java for anyone with an interest in volcanoes a visit to the park is a must lake toba lake toba is one of the awesome natural wonders of the world this enormous crater lake has an island almost the size of Singapore in its centre at over 1145 square kilometers in a depth of 450 meters lake toba is actually more like an ocean formed by a gigantic volcano eruption some 70,000 years ago is probably the largest resurgent caldera on earth Tovah has been part of a traveller folklore for decades this grand ocean blue lake found up among Sumatra's volcanic peaks is where the amiable christian Batak people reside this is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest lakes in the world towba is a beautiful place to come and sit back relax and absorb some beautiful pristine scenery as the lake sits 900 metres above sea level there is a cooler climate here making a refreshing break from the heat humidity and pollution of the city Joao Jakarta if Jakarta's Java's financial and industrial powerhouse Jakarta is its sole central to the islands artistic and intellectual heritage yoshikata is where the Japanese language is at its purest the Arts at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible Yoshi Carta often called joke shop is a city on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and a cultural heritage its ornate 18th century royal complex or kraton encompasses the still inhabited Sultan's palace show Jakarta together with its twin city surakarta solo is the cradle of civilization on Java this city was a seat of power that produced the Magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the eighth and ninth century in the new powerful matram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century Joe Jakarta is known as neverending Asia for its endless appeals this city is one of the foremost cultural centres of Indonesia all of this and many more to explore has brought Joe Jakarta as the second most visited destination in Indonesian after Bali Raja Ampat Islands the sparsely populated Raja Ampat Islands comprise more than 1500 islands just off Sarang with their sublime scenery of sleep jungle covered Islands scorching white sand beaches hidden lagoons spooky caves weird mushroom shaped islets and pellucid turquoise waters Raja Ampat has to be one of the most beautiful island chains in Southeast Asia located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea Raja Ampat the four kings is a fast archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands and Cays marine survey suggested the marine life diversity around the Raja Ampat Islands is the highest recording on earth making it one of the most famous dive destinations in the world the staggering abundance of marine life is due in part to its incredibly low human population density the Raja Ampat islands are a truly natural phenomenon with enormous biological diversity the amazing marine landscape means that underwater photography should be on the top of your list during your stay however with Raja amp its natural conditions high endemic level of land sea biodiversity coastal ecology and local culture and tradition the islands offer more than just amazing landscapes to photograph Bali Bali is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards the very landscape rugged coastlines tropical beaches lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides all provide a picturesque backdrop to its colorful deeply spiritual and unique and new culture the combination of friendly people a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving have made Bali the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia Bali is one of the most evocative and popular tourist islands of the entire Indonesian archipelago despite the clamor and chaos of the main tourist areas the island is rich in natural beauty for the tractions for every kind of traveler ubud is the heart of Bali a place where the culture of the island is most accessible and it shares the island's most beautiful rice fields and ancient monuments with the East and West Bali tanah lot temple is one of Bali's most important lien marks in ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop admits constantly crashing waves tonality empal is simply among volleys not to be missed icons the mere mention of bali evokes thoughts of a paradise it's more than a place it's a mood an aspiration a tropical state of mind thanks for watching if you enjoyed please don't forget to comment like and subscribe you