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Updated by Lavinia Woolf on Jul 27, 2014
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Reasons to visit Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of over 17000 breathtaking islands which are called home by over 4 million people. Although Indonesia is more famously known around the world as the destination of Bali, there is so much more to see, do and experience in the nation as a whole. Here are 9 reasons that make travel to Indonesia an absolute must.

1

Komodo Dragons

Komodo Dragons

One of the most fascinating creatures that call Indonesia there home is the Komodo Dragons. These massive creatures are the largest living lizards in the world and are the closest thing we have to dinosaurs. Being the star creatures in the country an entire National Park is dedicated to the Komodo Dragons.

2

Underwater Paradise

Underwater Paradise

Indonesia boasts some of the most exotic underwater sceneries. With an ocean embellished with a myriad of rare and beautiful species, this destination is paradise for those who love their snorkeling and scuba diving. Adorned with 20% of the world's coral reefs and some intriguing ship wrecks further into the sea this island offers so much for those keen on exploring the underwater world.

3

Food

Food

For those of you who like to constantly tickle your taste buds with new flavors Indonesia is the perfect destination. With cuisine that will leave you craving for more, Indonesia is one destination where you can simply never get tired of eating. If you love your food don't miss the Indonesian traditional Satay, Nasi Goreng or Gedeg; the 3 favorites among the locals.

4

The Coffee

The Coffee

The famous term Java originating from Indonesia speaks a great deal about Indonesian coffee. In a word, Indonesian coffee is heavenly and is quite like no other coffee in the world. From the technique of brewing to the ample variety readily available, Indonesian coffee is unique in every way.

5

Bali

Bali

Every year planeloads of people arrive at the doors step of Indonesia solely to bask in the breathtaking scenery of Bali. The island of Bali is Indonesians biggest treasure. Embellished with the finest of scenery and adorned with art, history and spirituality, Bali is an absolute must for all those holidaying in Indonesia.

6

Borobudur

Borobudur

The rich history of Indonesia is best portrayed by locations such as Borobudur. Constructed in the 9th century Borobudur also makes the largest Buddhist temple in the world. In this temple you can find over 500 Buddha statues and 2000 relief panels making it one fascinating attraction in the city. For the best experience of Borobudur visit early morning; the sunrise from the top is absolutely heavenly.

7

Mount Bromo and other Volcanoes

Mount Bromo and other Volcanoes

Geographically Indonesia is located in one of the most active volcanic zones in the world which is also known as "the Pacific rim of fire". The country alone has had 150 volcanoes that have given rise to some of the most fascinating Mountains. Climbing mount Bromo is a popular adventurous excursion in the country. It may seem challenging but it is absolutely worthwhile getting to the top, as the sunrise from this height is nothing short of magnificent.

8

Beaches

Beaches

Being an archipelago that boasts a plethora of islands the beaches of Indonesia are one the nation's biggest attractions. For the adventure buffs these beaches offer a world of exciting water sports and for those who like scenic relaxation the Indonesian beaches are perfect for that as well. In fact, some of the finest Indonesian accommodations like the Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Indonesia are all located along the coastline.

9

The People

The People

Nothing beats the hospitality of the Indonesian locals. Warm, friendly and very welcoming, everywhere you go their large smiles will make you feel at home. The Indonesians love their country and all the heritage that it comes with. If you are new to Indonesia the locals are more than happy to lend you a helping hand in finding your way around the city.