|The beaches of Indonesia are perfect for snorkelling.|
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The Komodo Dragons
|a Komodo Dragon walks on the beach in Komodo National Park. (Source: Bohemian Traveler)|
Indonesia is home to Komodo National Park, named after its celebrity residents, the Komodo Dragon. Currently the largest living lizard in the world and the closest thing we have to dinosaurs, these fierce dragons are quite the tourist attraction for the thrill seeker. Indonesia is the only place in the world where they can be found living in the wild on the four islands that make up Komodo National Park. Having been known to eat a human or two, if you visit make sure you do so with a few park rangers as protection to witness this deadly creature in the flesh.
Traditional Food & Coffee
|Gudeg, a tradition in Indonesia. Photo by Cailin O.|
You can literally eat for days in Indonesia and always be trying something new. Some popular Indonesian foods are satay (like lamb or chicken skewers), nasi goreng (a fried rice plate with other foods added to it like fried eggs, vegetables, and chicken), gudeg (a dish made from boiled young jackfruit, often served with rice, sambal sauce and chicken) and my favorite, sambal sauce - a spicy sauce that can be added rice and many other dishes. Indonesia is also one of the largest coffee producers in the world - the phrase “a cup of Java” actually comes from Indonesia’s island of the same name, where the coffee comes from. They are also famous for Kopi Luwak, which is coffee made from the poop of the Luwak - aka civet cat - that has eaten coffee beans and pooped them out. Sounds gross but it is actually rare and quite expensive coffee.
|Bananas are used in many Indonesian dishes. Photo by Cailin O.|
When we were visiting Indonesia, bananas were very popular everywhere we went, which is no surprise seeing that the country is one of the top six producers of bananas in the world. If we weren’t having them at breakfast, we had them as dessert, deep-fried (aka pisang goreng), drizzled with chocolate, or served many other ways.
|The Borobudur Temple at sunrise, Java, Indonesia|
Dating back to the 9th century, Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is found in Java, Indonesia. Made up of 2,000+ relief panels and over 500 Buddha statues, this temple is an amazing monument to see. Often crowded in the day, one of the best times to explore the temple is early in the morning when you can watch the sunrise while standing at the very top.
|These images were taken in villages “on the outskirts of Jakarta, unspoiled [by] technological advances”|
|Orangutan hanging out in the jungle, Photo by Cailin O.|
Spas and relaxation
|Aromatherapy center in Indonesia. Photo by Cailin O.|
If you are looking for a place to relax and get a good massage, then Indonesia is a great place to visit. Any spa treatment you can imagine can be found here, from seaweed wraps to fish spas, aromatherapy to the most amazing massage of your life. Many of these services can be offered at your hotel, as a separate business or even on the beach as you enjoy the sun. Now that is relaxation.
Have you ever been to Indonesia? What other reasons might you suggest for people to want to visit?
[Source: 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD VISIT INDONESIA]
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