Laid-back Island Life
The Indonesian archipelago covers over 5,200km between Asia and Australia, and includes 17,000 islands. Tourists love coming to Indonesia because of its beauty and cultural diversity. Here the ethnic customs and lifestyles vary across the immense span of the country, with over 500 languages and dialects spoken. The volcanic landscapes of the islands feature cloud-reaching mountains, terraced rice fields and lush rainforests. Indonesia holds Southeast Asia's most important wilderness areas, along with the many pristine beaches and striking blue seas of the more remote islands. You’ll never run out of things to do here as the trekking, surfing, and scuba diving options are endless. Then again, resting by the pool at a five-star resort is also a nice way to enjoy a relaxing Indonesian getaway.
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From the dark, richly-scented alleys of Chinatown and Glodok to Kota's traces of colonial history, the old city of Jakarta has many surprising corners to discover. The city's astonishing diversity means you can discover nearly all of Indonesia in one place. Many Indonesians, in search of a better life, have been pouring into the city from all corners of the country, bringing their home island’s cultures, religions and flavors to the mélange that is Jakarta. Roaming Jakarta’s streets, you’ll rub shoulders with Indonesia’s new leaders, artists, intellectuals and more. Spend the afternoon in a bohemian café, the evening in a sleek lounge bar, and then go clubbing until dawn. Street food stalls abound, with a mouthwatering variety of local flavors on display. Who knew chicken could be prepared in so many ways? Just a few hours outside the city center you can sail the Thousands Islands (Pulau Seribu) and let your boat drift to gorgeous beaches, coves, and inlets.
Bali’s landscape is a tropical paradise of stunning beaches, spiritual temples, iconic rice fields, lush jungles, gorgeous waterfalls, and flower gardens. The island has every kind of natural beauty. Bali is dominated by the impressive volcanoes of the Central Mountains, and the tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is the island's spiritual core. Bali has some 10,000 temples, many of which are scattered on the surrounding hillsides, like the famously photo-worthy Pura Luhur Batukau. While Bali ‘s interior is covered in dense vegetation, the coastline is dotted with stunning beaches, and there are spectacular canyons, sea temples and caves to be explored. The vibrant culture of Bali is intoxicating, and visitors are enthralled by the flower-scented temples, joyful Hindu celebrations, mysterious music and traditional dances performed everywhere. The arts and crafts in Bali are truly wonderful so be sure to pack light and leave space for all the wonderful decorations you’ll find here. Bali’s coastline, beaches and surrounding islands are best discovered by boat. Hop aboard for an unforgettable vacation in Bali!
Komodo & Rinca
Snuggled between Sumbawa and Flores, the secluded islands of Komodo and Rinca are the central focus of the UNESCO-acclaimed Komodo National Park. Their landscapes are uniquely diverse, consisting of mountainous hills, tropical rain forests, grass-woodland savannah, mangroves, and white sandy beaches. The park is home to over 2,500 Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizard. These amazing reptiles can grow to over 3m long and feed on animals as big as antelope and buffalo. In the waters surrounding of Komodo and Rinca, the merging of warm and cold currents produces a nutrient-rich environment that draws large circles of pelagics, including sharks, dolphins, manta rays and blue whales. Much of the coral here is pristine, making it one of the best diving areas in the world.
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