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Two words: True story.
During my time living abroad, I’ve met people who have never heard of Indonesia before. But, when I mention Bali, they often recognize the island. And on a few separate occasions, the people I talked to have been to Bali but did not know that it is part of Indonesia.
The Indonesian government realized that Bali has overshadowed the rest of Indonesia, and has been trying to diversify tourist destinations by transforming their tourism marketing strategy to promote “Wonderful Indonesia”. Indonesia, as the largest archipelagic state in the world, has more than 17,500 islands (some sources claim 13,000 islands, but let’s not get into that).
Bali is indeed beautiful, and its tourism industry is far more established in comparison with other parts of Indonesia. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bali; I have traveled there on a number of occasions, and my husband and I got married there back in 2014; but as an Indonesian, I believe it’s important to introduce Indonesia as a country with its eclectic culture, enchanting nature and delicious cuisine.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country with a population of 250 million. Jakarta, the capital city, is the world’s second largest metropolitan area. There are over 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, spread in 34 provinces, with more than 700 regional languages. Our national language and lingua franca is Bahasa Indonesia (bahasa literally means language).
So, what does Indonesia has to offer?
If you like beaches, Indonesia has many beautiful beaches all over the country. Derawan Beach (East Kalimantan), Karimunjawa (Central Java), Ohoidertawun Beach (Maluku) to name a few. Fun fact: Komodo Island (East Nusa Tenggara), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has one of the world’s most beautiful pink beaches.
Nature lovers and adventure seekers, you have many options such as hiking Mount Bromo (East Java), or Puncak Jaya (Papua), which is one of world’s seven ultimate summits; diving in Bunaken National Marine Park (North Sulawesi) or Raja Ampat (West Papua). If you’re interested in observing wildlife, visit Tanjung Puting National Park (Central Kalimantan) or Mount Leuser National Park (Northern Sumatra).
Culture buffs, Indonesia will surprise you. There are 34 provinces in Indonesia, each have their own unique architectural styles, which reflect their unique cultures. Indonesia is also home to magnificent temples such as Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple Compounds, both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you want to experience authentic local culture, visit Karapan Sapi (bull racing) festival in Madura (East Java), or witness a peculiar traditional funeral rite in Tana Toraja (South Sulawesi).
There are so many other amazing places across Indonesia, and obviously it is impossible to cover everything in one post. I hope this short post will intrigue you to find out more about my beautiful country.