Thursday, August 11, 2011

Visiting the Beautiful and Exotic Islands of Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the most visited countries in Asia because of the abundance of beautiful and exotic islands in the territory. Both modern and traditional, Indonesia is where you can experience great modern living and interesting culture at the same time. There are many faces of Indonesia. At one side, you will see the exciting work and nightlife of places such as Jakarta, and on the other side, you will see the traditional way of living of the tribes in Baliem Valley.

If you are planning to visit this fascinating country, consider checking out the following destinations:

  • Jakarta

A visit to Jakarta is a must, since this is Indonesia’s capital. Malls and skyscrapers are the norm, and the city is the location of some of the best hotels in Indonesia. As the center of Indonesia’s business and nightlife, Jakarta is also one of the most expensive cities in Asia.

  • Bali

A trip to Indonesia is pointless with going to the famous beaches in Bali. Bali is a main contributor to the booming tourism in Indonesia, not surprising given the number of visitors that stay in Bali every year. Hotels in Bali are always fully booked especially during peak season.

  • Kota

If you would rather see culture than sun and sand during your visit to Indonesia, check out the town of Kota. Here you will see the colonial influence of the Dutch, and you can see old colonial buildings and other structures as a testament to that era. Other notable sites in the area are Taman Fatahillah, the pebble stone square, and the canal of Kali Besar. On Taman Fatahillah, you can visit the Jakarta History Museum, which was originally built in 1627. You can check out various types of memorabilia from the Dutch colonial period.

Another museum worth going to is the Wayang Museum, which houses a wide variety of Wayang puppets. You can also see puppets that originated from other Asian countries such as India, China, and Cambodia. The museum also houses memorials to former governors who are buried in the location. For admission price of only 1000 Rp, the place is worth every penny.

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