On the 18th of March 2016, Indonesia announced that it will be waiving visa fees for 79 new countries, bringing it to a total of 169 nationalities that can travel visa-free to the Asian archipelago.
Here are some places you must visit while travelling around this Southeast Asian country:
Komodo National Park
Located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, the Komodo National Park is a UNESCO Heritage Site between Sumbawa and Flores consisting of three major islands; Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as a number of small islands. Home to the popular komodo dragon, this national park also is rich in various types of marine environments.
Pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’ and fondly known as Jogja, Yogyakarta is dubbed the ‘beating heart of the Javanese culture’ by Lonely Planet. A must visit in this area are Borobodur Temple and Prambanan Temple grounds, two of Indonesia’s most historic sites, the perfect destination for the culture seeker!
Mt Agung, Bali
The highest peak in Bali at 3,033 metres above sea level, Mt Agung has a spiritual significance to the locals and is home to Besakih, the ‘Mother Temple’ on the island. According to legend, Mt Agung was created by the Hindu God Pasupati split the spiritual axis of the universe, Mt Meru. The best way to enjoy Mt Agung is by taking a sunrise hike.
Tri-Coloured Lakes of Kelimutu, Flores
Located in the same volcanic peak, the tri-coloured lakes of Kelimutu on the Flores Island are crater lakes with a unique colour variation that does not happen anywhere else on Earth. According to legend, the lakes are resting places of ancestors and its colours change according to the mood of the spirits.
Mt Bromo, East Java
An active volcano located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Mt Bromo is named after the Javanese version of the name of the Hindu God, Brahma. A four-hour drive from Surabaya, Mt Bromo is an impressive collection of breathtaking views and dramatic landscapes. Visits to this volcano usually start from the Cemoro Lawang village, 2,217 metres above sea level.
Tana Toraja, Sulawesi
Tana Toraja, Indonesian for ‘The Land of Toraja’ is known for its painted houses with boat-shaped roof village houses. Funeral ceremonies are a highlight as it is a major event for the Torajan locals with animal sacrifices, traditional dancing and plenty of eating and drinking. Don’t forget to check out the hanging cemeteries protected by life-sized wooden effigies called ‘tau tau’.
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan
Initially a game reserve in the 1930’s, but designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and established as a national park in 1982, Tanjung Puting National Park is one of the best places to see free-roaming orangutans. This area is a well-known ecotourism destination as it is home to a variety of flora and fauna, perfect for the outdoor adventurer.
Raja Ampat, West Papua
Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’ in English, this place is named after the four major islands in this small archipelago. The perfect destination for the scuba diving explorer, Raja Ampat is not easily accessible but well worth the hassle as its located in the Coral Triangle which has the richest marine biodiversity on earth.
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