The Indonesia Tourism Office’s slogan “Wonderful Indonesia” truly embraces diversity on so many layers. The country consists of 17,000 islands located between the Pacific and Indian Ocean; more than 200 ethnic groups with over 300 spoken languages; and a multitude of tropical forests, mountain tops and waterways.
Indonesia is consider the largest Archipelagic country in the world (meaning a large group or chain of islands located in a large body of water) and every island offers distinct natural features and cultures of the natives that call that particular island home.
There are seven different regions that make up the country of Indonesia that include Sumatra (location of the Kerinci Seblat National Park and Lake Toba as one of the largest volcanic lakes in the world) , Kalimantan, Java (where the capital Jakarta is located), Bali (undoubtably, the most popular visitor destination), Sulawesi (home of the Komodo National Park), Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Papua (known for its mountains, forests, swamps and vast wilderness)
Tourism is a priority of Indonesia and the country’s hospitality to foreign dollars is their focus. With regards to accommodations the range is far reach from smaller boutique properties to large inclusive resorts to fit the needs of discerning travelers.
According to Travel and Leisure’s 2018 Best Hotels which offer exceptional accommodations, service and amenities include:
1. Four Season Resort Bali at Sayan
2. The Mulia, Bali
3. Nihi Sumba Island
4. Amandari, Bali
5. Alila Manggis, Bali
Unfortunately, for lovers of international travel, Indonesia is a country that has its share of safety issues which means doing your due diligence with your country’s government’s travel advisory. As a US citizen, it is imperative to heed the advice of the United States Department of State as you’re making plans to visit. Indonesia, has been rated a level 2 which is defined as exercise increase caution with the increased threat of terrorist planned attacks planned in public spaces (i.e.,police stations, nightclubs, places of worships, hotels, restaurants). Two specific regions, Central Sulawesi and Papua, have increased rating to reconsider travel due to civil unrest. The Department of State’s website, (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/indonesia-travel-advisory.html ) provides many resources and solid information on safety and security preparation.
Safety also comes in the form of Mother Nature’s wrath as Indonesia has experience its share of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes, yet the country ‘s geography is so massive that a weather event can impact one part of the country and not be felt in other regions.
Even with all of its challenges, Indonesia’s unparalleled beauty from its mountains, countryside and beaches, the ability to engage in distinct culture and traditions, and the warmth and charm of the Indonesian natives, there is no doubt that this is a worthy quest to add to your travel bucket list. -AJ
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Hat Tip to Blog Sources for Indonesia sources
Lonely Planet – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia
Travel and Leisure – https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-indonesia
WikiTravel – https://wikitravel.org/en/Indonesia
United States Department of State Travel Advisories
Wonderful Indonesia Official Site – https://www.indonesia.travel/gb/en/home
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