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7 reasons to travel to Indonesia

Indonesia - 17,000 islands and as many reasons to go there. Whether you go to Indonesia for a romantic holiday, trekking, scuba diving or to discover the culture of the country, there is something for all tastes.

A culinary discovery

Each dish will ravish your taste buds. Travelling from island to island, you will discover Indonesian and local cuisine. Don't miss the Nasi campur (a tasting platter of the main Indonesian specialties), the gado gado (salad of vegetables and soybean sprouts), the krupuk (large crisps of shrimp or fish) or satay kebabs (chicken, pork or fish). But beware - Indonesian cooking is one of the spiciest in all Asia. To "put out the fire", you can accompany your dishes with rice or coconut milk. Those with sensitive palates should avoid them or ask for dishes without spices.

Admire the stunning and varied landscapes

Apart from its temples and culture, Indonesia is a real mosaic of landscapes. Admire the smoke from the volcanic crater at Mount Bromo in Java, stand in awe at the rice paddies of Jatiluwih in Bali, laze on the idyllic beaches of the Gili Islands in Lombok or set out to encounter orangutans in Kalimantan. In Indonesia, nature offers you its most beautiful treasures.

Conquer the seabed

Indonesia possesses stunning underwater biodiversity which can rival the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It's a paradise for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. You will find it hard to choose among the wreck of the USS Liberty in Tulamben in the east of Bali, the Gili Islands, Nesa Tengara between Flores and Komodo or Bunaken Island. Depending on the site, you will have the chance to see manta rays, ocean sunfish, coral valleys, silvertip sharks and turtles.

Meet the Indonesians

Composed of 1,110 ethnic groups and nearly 700 languages and dialects, Indonesia possesses a unique cultural diversity which delights budding ethnologists. You can set out to meet the Javanese and Malays in Java, the Sasaks in Lombok or the Ngadas in Flores. Each ethnic group has its own cultural specificities: beliefs, rituals, and social structures. But they all have one thing in common: a warm smile and unrivalled kindness.

Let yourself be amazed in Ubud

Visit Ubud for an immersion in the heart of Balinese culture. A city of unmatched wealth, it possesses many art galleries and a multitude of temples to discover. It is famous for its dance performances and it is impossible to miss out on this important aspect of the cultural and night life of Ubud. It is here that you will enjoy the best food in Bali. 

Discover the magic of the Buddhist and Hindu temples

Indonesian temples represent the power of a culture and the importance of the beliefs of a whole people. Whether it is the Borobudur in Java, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the Tanah Lot or the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bali, or perched on a mountain top or at the water's edge, each temple sweeps the traveller away to a universe of spirituality.

Climb the volcanoes

With 150 volcanoes, Indonesia is the country that has the largest number and the highest density of active volcanoes in the world. It is possible to access most of them by a trek of one or several days, or by car. Among the most well-known volcanoes are Mount Bromo on Java, Mount Agung on Bali and Mount Rinjani on Lombok. You can see smoke streaming from their craters. Nothing is more astounding than a sunrise or sunset with view on a volcano.
Aurélie Chartier
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Updated 26 October 2018
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