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Indonesia

The tourism brochures call it a land of fire and journey of flavours. Indonesia is also the largest archipelago in the world with eighteen thousand plus islands in its fold, of which only six thousand are inhabited and more than half of them not even bearing a name. It holds out plenty for the visitor: beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls, forests, adventure, cuisine, art, culture, history, heritage and even elephants, giant lizards and orang-utans. Its many countries blended into one; and on the equator, that imaginary line that cuts our globe into two halves. Indonesia is a land of endless exploration. Extraordinary is the norm here. Feed Orangutans at their Centre in Bukit Lawang and enjoy the salty sands at the tip of the Sumatra in Pulau Weh. Try a variety of delicacies at Jenny's and visit the jungles of Gunung Leuser National park. Explore Java, trek to the top of Mt. Bromo or the Ijen Crater for a surrealistic experience.

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Things to do

Borobudur - Apart from being one of the seven wonders of the world, it is also a warrior of a structure having survived a multitude of disasters like eruptions, bombs and earthquake to still stand proud and strong. A paramount testament of human will and labour, Borobudur remains, to this day, the highlight of the architectural brilliance in Southeast Asia.

Komodo Island and Pink Beach - Named after the dragon it is most famous for housing, Komodo is a wakeup call for the senses. From its breath-taking views to the aromas and sounds of the jungle, it is also the largest island in the National Park. Apart from the infamously sinister Dragons, wild animals such as buffalo, deer, pigs and tropical birds like the cockatoo can be seen.

Bugisan - Make your way to Bugisan where you get to learn and play the Gamelan, an ensemble of musical instruments varying from percussions to flutes. Educate yourself on the manufacture of the significance among the people of a traditional and predominantly herbal medicine called Jamu.

Sightseeing in Medan - Overflowing with everything that symbolizes a city, Medan is lined with malls and restaurants and the perfect blend of excitement and calm to while the time away. Head to Bukit Lawang via the Maimoon Palace of Medan, built by the Sultan of Deli, as Medan was formerly called.

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Best time to visit November - April

The best time of year to visit Indonesia is unarguably between the months of May and September, when the days are dry and sunny. The wet season/monsoon season (October and April) see intense tropical downpours that tend to last for a couple of hours. The hottest months are February and March, with temperatures steadily around 30C. Temperatures remain fairly constant year round with averages of 28 degree C throughout the region.

Dry season is recommended if you plan to scale Indonesia's many volcanoes, such as Mt Bromo or Mt Rinjani. You can feel the temperature getting cool as you proceed up. It also makes good visit to wild beaches and lush plains of luminous rice paddies.

November to march can be the ideal period to witness Indonesia's rich collection of temples. This time is relatively quieter, making exploration much more rewarding. Ramadan is the main Indonesian holiday. Untravel recommends you to avoid visiting Indonesia during Eid al-fitr, or Idul Fitri. Public transportation can become chaotic and many businesses might be closed this time.

October 19.7/27.70 C
November 19.8/26.90 C
December 19.3/25.90 C
January 18.5/26.50 C
February 18.5/28.20 C
March 19.1/28.50 C

How to reach

Air

  • Almost all international flights to Malaysia land either in Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta or Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

  • State-operated Garuda Indonesia and almost all domestic airlines offer connections flights to all major cities and remote islands; Some even to major Asian cities such as Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Road

  • Getting around in Indonesia needs some planning, whether you are getting to one island to another or just manoeuvring around popular destinations.

  • Transport infrastructure is often poor.

  • Cars and scooters can be rented from airports or recognizable storefronts In Bali, Java, Sumatra and from many other spots in Indonesia. International license is officially required to fetch one.

  • Car ferries are also available if you plan inter-island travel. Muddy roads can be a problem during wet season if you intend to explore more remote locations.

  • The island country is serviced by a good network of ferries that cover all islands.

  • PELNI shipping company have passenger liners that serve practically all inhabited island in Indonesia.

  • Boat services can even carry you to far-off places and forests areas of the archipelago.

Train

  • Travelling by train is one of the most comfortable ways to get around Indonesia, but sadly Indonesia doesn't have a vast railways network.

  • PT Kereta Api runs trains across most of Java and some parts of Sumatra.

  • Java by far has the best railway network, with trains connecting the capital city of Jakarta with other main cities.

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