Indonesia tourism perking up

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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Indonesian tourism is on the rise. With tropical beaches and a booming economy, this country is increasingly a must-see destination for international travelers.

A record eight million foreigners visited Indonesia in 2012. This is estimated to be a three-percent rise over 2011, and the number keeps growing every year.

People visit Indonesia for a variety of reasons. The country includes 17,508 islands and only around 6,000 of them are inhabited. So there is plenty of wildlife and nature tourism to be done. You can rent a guide and take a boat to remote islands where you can watch orangutans in their natural habitat and scuba dive along pristine shores. Indonesia boasts the third-longest shoreline in the world, after Canada and the European Union. It is the world’s most populous country situated only on islands.

One of the most popular places to visit is Bali. This island is home to Indonesia’s Hindu minority and has a rich indigenous culture of dancing, sculpture, and music. But most people go for the beaches, which are truly some of the best in the world.

Other popular destinations are Bunaken, which hosts a national marine park perfect for diving, and Mount Rinjani, an active volcano that you can hike to the top of if you feel the strange desire to contemplate lava. There are beach resorts and hotels in all of these places.

There are 50 natural parks in Indonesia, of which six are listed as World Heritage sites. The largest natural parks are in Sumatra, and this is where the most rare and exotic wildlife, such as Sumatran tigers and rhinos, are to be found. To catch a glimpse of the birds of paradise, you must go to Papua New Guinea, another popular Indonesian tourist attraction.

But Indonesia is not only a destination for outdoorsmen. The country consists of 300 ethnic groups with unique cultures and forms of entertainment. For instance, the island of Yogyakarta is the center of classical Javanese fine art, which includes ballet, theater, live music and poetry, and puppet shows. All of this was heavily influenced by international cultures, since Indonesia has been a trading hub from time immemorial, but it all retains a distinctive Indonesian flavor.

There are also numerous Hindu and Buddhist holy places dotting the landscape. The best preserved Buddhist temple is Borobudur in Central Java, built in the 8th century. A few miles from there is the largest Hindu temple in the country, Prambanan. At these places you can find traditional dances and performances that offer a glimpse of their ancient culture.

There are many reasons to visit Indonesia, but if you do so this year you will most certainly not be alone.

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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Indonesian tourism is on the rise. With tropical beaches and a booming economy, this country is increasingly a must-see destination for international travelers.

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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Indonesian tourism is on the rise. With tropical beaches and a booming economy, this country is increasingly a must-see destination for international travelers.

A record eight million foreigners visited Indonesia in 2012. This is estimated to be a three-percent rise over 2011, and the number keeps growing every year.

People visit Indonesia for a variety of reasons. The country includes 17,508 islands and only around 6,000 of them are inhabited. So there is plenty of wildlife and nature tourism to be done. You can rent a guide and take a boat to remote islands where you can watch orangutans in their natural habitat and scuba dive along pristine shores. Indonesia boasts the third-longest shoreline in the world, after Canada and the European Union. It is the world’s most populous country situated only on islands.

One of the most popular places to visit is Bali. This island is home to Indonesia’s Hindu minority and has a rich indigenous culture of dancing, sculpture, and music. But most people go for the beaches, which are truly some of the best in the world.

Other popular destinations are Bunaken, which hosts a national marine park perfect for diving, and Mount Rinjani, an active volcano that you can hike to the top of if you feel the strange desire to contemplate lava. There are beach resorts and hotels in all of these places.

There are 50 natural parks in Indonesia, of which six are listed as World Heritage sites. The largest natural parks are in Sumatra, and this is where the most rare and exotic wildlife, such as Sumatran tigers and rhinos, are to be found. To catch a glimpse of the birds of paradise, you must go to Papua New Guinea, another popular Indonesian tourist attraction.

But Indonesia is not only a destination for outdoorsmen. The country consists of 300 ethnic groups with unique cultures and forms of entertainment. For instance, the island of Yogyakarta is the center of classical Javanese fine art, which includes ballet, theater, live music and poetry, and puppet shows. All of this was heavily influenced by international cultures, since Indonesia has been a trading hub from time immemorial, but it all retains a distinctive Indonesian flavor.

There are also numerous Hindu and Buddhist holy places dotting the landscape. The best preserved Buddhist temple is Borobudur in Central Java, built in the 8th century. A few miles from there is the largest Hindu temple in the country, Prambanan. At these places you can find traditional dances and performances that offer a glimpse of their ancient culture.

There are many reasons to visit Indonesia, but if you do so this year you will most certainly not be alone.

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