Indonesia Travel

Indonesia consists of hundreds of different ethnic and linguistic groups, the largest is the Javanese. Indonesia’s national motto is: “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” which means “Unity in Diversity” this is significant of the countries diverse ethnicity – meaning they are many “yet-one”.

Indonesia’s official name is The Republic of Indonesia – in Indonesian: Republik Indonesia.

The Republic of Indonesia is a unitary, transcontinental sovereign state located mainly in Southeast Asia, with some territories in Oceania.

Indonesian is the statutory national language of Indonesia – it is spoken by close to 23 million people. It is a second language for another 140 million people.

Most Indonesians are bilingual, and many are proficient in three or four languages.

Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, it is the world’s largest island country.

According to estimates made by the Government of Indonesia, Indonesia has 17,508 islands; 8,844 of those have been named and 922 of them are permanently inhabited.

This makes Indonesia the 14th largest country in the world – in terms of area – and the 7th largest country in the world in terms of combined sea and land space.

Jakarta is it’s Capitol, and home to over 10 million people.

Indonesia’s largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, and New Guinea.

Java, is it’s most populous island.

With a population of approximately 261 million people, Indonesia shares maritime borders across narrow straits with Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Palau to the north, and south Australia.

Tourism
Tourism is a large part of Indonesia’s Economy. Borobudur, it’s the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and one of the most visited places in Indonesia.

Indonesia has a well-preserved natural ecosystem with a wide spread rain forests and wildlife reserve.

Indonesia has one of world’s longest coastlines, measuring well over 54,716 kilometers.

If you enjoy Cultural Tourism, Indonesia is the place to go – The ancient Prambanan and Borobudur Temples, Toraja and Bali, and the Hindu festivities are some of the most popular cultural sites and events.

Indonesia owns a fair share of the world’s coral reefs, which inhabit over 3,500 different species of fish and over 600 coral species.

Indonesia’s clear sea waters make it an ideal place for scuba diving. Bunaken National Marine Park, is a well known for fish species.

Indonesia’s sea species include sharks, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus and scorpaenidae, just to name a few.

That makes Scuba diving in Indonesia an adventure – see how many of those species you can find, name; and photograph.

The Indonesian islands also have wonderful National Park Reserves – keeping the planet green – the most visited ones are – The Komodo National Park, The Cultural Landscape of Bali, Ujung Kulon National Park, and The Tropical Rain Forest Heritage of Sumatra.

There are also lots of sites to enjoy in the islands – significant of the Indonesian diversified History and Culture. The presence of foreign settlers – is present in some of their architectural designs and places you’ll visit, chief among them is their Dutch and East Indies ancestry.

Journey thru time and discover the archipelago mystery of this great country and relive their history in their Museums, Churches, Forts, and Royal Javanese Courts of Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Mangkunegaran.

Although Bali is Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination, Jakarta has the world’s largest shopping mall.

Bali
Bali is an island and province of Indonesia, with a population of 4,225,000 as of January 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority.

Bali is one of the world most popular tourist destination, which keeps seeing a significant rise in tourism since 1980.

Tourism in Bali is renowned for the Arts, Traditional and Modern Dance, Sculptures, Paintings, Leathers, Metalworking and Music.

For these reasons The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali.

In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveler’s Choice Award.

Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, with over 500 different marine species found.

This makes Indonesia a world renown place for sea food.

Food

It’s not surprising that some with such a rich diverse culture as the Indonesian people is also a great chef.

Superb cuisine, is chief among their delectable delights.

Some of the favorites are theSatay’s – a meat skewers that is cooked over coals. These juicy skewers is usually served with rice cakes and peanut sauce.

Beef Rendang which originated from Padang, Sumatra. It’s a flavorful spicy tender beef. It takes forever to cook but once you get your teeth in it you’ll know why.

Then there is Siomay considered by some – Indonesia’s best street food. This dish consist of steamed fish dumpling, steamed potato, cabbage, egg and it’s served with a savory peanut sauce.

If you want to try the best Siomay? – and – I know you do – then you find a bicycle vendor, the ones with a cart at the back of the bike. In that cart – is Street food at its best.

Last but not least is dessert – Sweet Martabak (one of my favorites). It’s like a pancake you can fill with either chocolate, cheese or peanuts.

Try each one separately, then decide if you need to mix any of those fillings.

Safety Tip
Everywhere in the world tourist are targets for pick pockets, so whether you are male or female don’t forget to take shirts that you can wear outside your pants or skirt – and long T-shirts or Polo shirts – that cover your pockets – at least the entrance of your back pockets. Pick pockets are not looking for someone they have to pull up their shirt to get their wallet.

Avoid being easy prey. You are already attractive, because you are a tourist.

If you use your wallet in your back pocket – insert it the wide way – not the long way – the long way is easy to pull out – one bump and your wallet goes up and is taken away.

Placing your wallet in your pocket the wide way makes it hard to get in your pocket and pull it out. Remember is all about time – having your wallet the wide way in your back pocket takes time to get out. Time they do not want to count on.

If you must carry a bag make sure you have a long strap one – place the strap across your chest – / – that is – if the strap is on your right shoulder – the bag is hanging above your left leg. That makes it hard to pull – your chest is in the way.

Remember they look for easy prey, make your self unattractive to them with these few tips, and enjoy public transportation with minimal worries. Some islands limit or forbid the use of vehicles in their island.

Don’t forget to pack a converter if your going to take electrical appliances, in Indonesia the power sockets are of type C and F- (round tip types).

The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Have a safe flight…… How may islands do you plan to see……

Selamat tinggal …….
Good Bye ………

Australia Travel

The Commonwealth of Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country by area, it houses a Liberal Democratic political system that functions as a Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy.

Australia has the world’s 13th-largest economy and holds the ninth-highest place in per capita income.

Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.

The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis “southern land”, a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times.

Colloquial names for Australia include “Oz” and “the Land Down Under” usually shortened to just “Down Under”.
Australian forests are mostly made up of evergreen species, particularly eucalyptus trees in the less arid regions.

Among well-known Australian animals are the kangaroo, koala, and wombat.

The Australian Federal Government is separated into three branches: Legislature , Executive, and Judiciary.

Australia has six states; New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

It’s major two mainland territories are: The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT).
The 2016 Australian census reported that the most reported ancestries in Australia were: English – 36.1%, Australian – 33.5%, Irish – 11.0%, Scottish -9.3%, Chinese -5.6%, Italian – 4.6%, German – 4.5%, Indian – 2.8%, Greek – 1.8%, and Dutch – 1.6%.

Canberra is Australia’s Capital:

English is the general spoken language in Australia –  spoken by 72.7% of the population according to the Australian Census Department.

Other spoken languages are Mandarin 2.5%, Arabic 1.4%, Cantonese 1.2%, Vietnamese 1.2% and Italian 1.2%. This makes for a large bilingual population.

The Roman Catholic Church continues to be among the largest religious groups in Australia followed by Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.

Australia coffee continues to circle the world, widely used in New York City.

Australia has made a name for itself in sports, it’s no surprise to hear of the medals won by Australia in sports such as Swimming, Surfing, Tennis, Cycling, Basketball, Cricket, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Skiing, Rugby and of course Soccer.

Sydney is Australias largest urban area.

Australia is no stranger to the arts, with a series of soap operas circulating the globe and renown Ballet companies that have captured and warmed the hearts of many.

The Sydney Opera House – is an architectural miracle. Surrounded by the Harbor and the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Opera House is a precious landmark.

Sydney Tower – is the city’s tallest structure, offering 360-degree views of the compact metropolis, harbor and surrounding countryside.

Here are some Australian popular sites you might enjoy:

The Parliament House – the meeting place of the Australian Parliament located in Canberra. It contains 4,700 rooms – many are opened to the public.

Mount Wellington – is located in the southeast coastal region of Tasmania. The mountain rises to 1,271 meters (4,170 ft) and is frequently covered by snow, sometimes even in summer.

Cable Beach – is located in Broome in Western Australia. Cable Beach is famous for its camel rides on the beach. You can cross the sands in a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you prefer.

Fraser Islandflickr – This beautiful island, which is located in Queensland, has a rain forests, sand dunes, freshwater and sand cliffs.

Taronga Zoo – Entrance to the zoo is accessed by short gondola ride. Zoo tickets are available that cover ferry and gondola fares.

Australian National Maritime Museum – Tickets are available that include entrance to the museum as well as tours of several of the vessels moored outside.

Kakadu National Park – is the country’s largest national park, includes a large concentration of Aboriginal rock art; some are over 20,000 years old. Bird watchers frequent this park.

The voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz -Travelers from Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same voltage as Australia.

Japan, USA and Canada appliances use 100/120V 50/60Hz – you will need to purchase a voltage converter.

Have a good time down under, hope to hear about your trip.