Kuil island, Belitung

Indonesia – An Amazing Archipelago in Southeast Asia

Devita Ayu Silvianingtyas

Devita Ayu Silvianingtyas

Devita Ayu Silvianingtyas is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Indonesia).
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Indonesia is an archipelago which is located in the Southeast Asia, next to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.  As the largest archipelago in the World, Indonesia includes 13,466 islands, around 300 different groups of native cultures, and it has more than 742 different spoken languages!

The biggest groups are – Javanese from Java island which speak the Java language, Sundanese from West Java which speak the Sunda language, Madurese from East Java which speak the Madura language, Dayak from Kalimantan which speak the Dayak language, Batak from North Sumatra which speak Batak language and many more.

With its 300 distinct native cultures, Indonesia has around 245 different local religions, though only six of the biggest ones are recognized by the government.  Therefore, there are a lot of beautiful and historic religious structures in Indonesia, which also serve as a popular tourist magnet, such as the Borobudur temple in Magelang Middle Java, the Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta, the Ubud Palace in Bali, the Sam Poo Kong temple in Semarang Middle Java, Lawang Sewu in Semarang Middle Java, and a ton of others.

In Indonesia, we also have a variety of unique customs and traditions, such as the burial corps in Minahasa Sulawesi, cow races in Madura, finger cutting in Papua, Mentawai tribe teeth sharpening in Kalimantan, buffalo wars in Banyu Wangi East Java, as well as Reog traditional dancing in Ponorogo.  And speaking of the Reog dancing – some people state that this type of dancing reminds them of a demon possession, and that is why they say we should be careful even when simply looking at it.  Finally, the most famous among these unique customs and traditions are the Sekaten from Yogyakarta and Solo, which contain a series of events that take place during a whole month.

Sekaten, Yogyakarta

Sekaten, Yogyakarta

As an archipelago country, Indonesia has many beautiful and amazing places.  Bali and Lombok with its natural beauty, Raja Ampat with its amazing undersea, Yogyakarta with its famous local culture, Toraja with its unique traditions, the island of Komodo which is full of the… Komodo dragons, that are actually a dragon-like animals; as well as the island of Sumbawa with its wild horse milk that a lot of people believe can cure all kinds of diseases, and finally – the Kalimantan island with its magical tropical forest, that has all kinds of animals and plants.

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Among the numerous well-known places in Indonesia, there are still a number of locations, that have not even been touched or exposed.  For instance, recently a lot of Indonesians suddenly became interested in a tiny island located near Sumatra, called Belitung, after they saw a film Laskar Pelangi which showed the beauty of this island.

Tanjung Tinggi Beach is one of those places that are currently popular on the Belitung island, with its great natural stones and its soft white sand.  Anyone who visits it for the first time will surely think that this is the true Heaven on Earth.  You can do many things here like swimming, diving or just sunbathing.  Also, anyone who loves fishing should visit Tanjung Tinggi, since that is the best place for fishing adventures.

Tanjung Tinggi Beach, Indonesia

Tanjung Tinggi Beach, Indonesia

Not far from Tanjung Tinggi, there is a stunning place called Tanjung Kelayang, which is the second most famous beach after Tanjung Tinggi.  It has the amazing Kelayang stone which is the mascot for the famous Sail Wakatobi.  This beach is located in the north of Belitung Island – only 30 minutes from Lengkuas island, and only 1 hour away from Kaolin lake and the Kuil island, which are the fourth and fifth most popular sights on the Belitung island.

Kuil island, Belitung

Kuil island, Belitung

So, if you are planning on traveling to Indonesia, don’t forget to check out all of those amazing places, and it’s guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed.  Using a plane is one of the best options to get to these places besides it’s more comfortable.  Because Indonesia is an archipelago country, it will be very difficult to visit all these places using a car, and it would require a lot of boat rides to cross from one island to another.

Where two waters meet, Tanjung Tinggi, Belitung, Indonesia

Where two waters meet, Tanjung Tinggi, Belitung, Indonesia. Photo © Trywira/shutterstock.com

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