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 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 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.
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.
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.
Enjoy public transportation with minimal worries. Some islands limit or forbid the use of vehicles in their island.
Have a safe flight…… How may islands do you plan to see……
Selamat tinggal …….
Good Bye ………