Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands that make Indonesia the largest archipelagic country and the 7th largest country in the world, land and sea are combined. Right now, Indonesia has 34 provinces with more than 300 distinct native ethnics and more than 740 different languages including dialects. In other words, Indonesia is enormous and rich. Like it is not enough, Indonesia also the house of exotic floras and faunas, some of them are only found in Indonesia. So, if you have a plan to explore Indonesia but you have no idea where to start, below is the top 10 destinations in Indonesia you must see, 8 of them are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Borobudur is a Buddhist temple and probably the most popular site in Indonesia you must see. It is located in Central Java from 8th or 9th century from Syailendra Dynasty. This temple is stunningly beautiful especially during sunrise.
A century younger than Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple is located not far from Borobudur, specifically in the border of Yogyakarta. If you are so familiar with Ramayana story, don’t miss the performance of Ramayana Ballet in open stage with the stunning Prambanan as background.
Komodo National Park
Surely you know that there is no other place where you could find dragon like feature animal but in Komodo National Park. Right now there are around 5,700 komodo lives in the island. Moreover, aside the Komodo is being so aggressive and sometimes scary; the island is totally a natural wonder and perfect place to test your new diving gears.
Ujung Kulon National Park
Another natural wonder you should visit for you who love faunas is Ujung Kulon National Park. In this national park you could find one-horned rhino which population is totally in endangered list.
Sangiran Early Man Site
Do you know that Sangiran is one of the important places in the world where you could study about the early human revolution? It is because half of world’s hominid fossils were discovered in this place.
Lorentz National Park
Another national park in Indonesia you should visit is Lorentz National Park which is located in Papua, one of the Indonesia’s biggest islands after Borneo. This national park is also the largest national park in Southeast of Asia.
Tropical Rainforest North Sumatera
Besides Borneo, Sumatra is also well known from its tropical rainforest. This rainforest is not only a natural wonder a perfect destination for hiking and camping but this rainforest is also the house of more than 200 mammals, 10,000 of plants, and more than 100 bird species could be found in this tropical rainforest.
Subak Cultural Landscape of Bali
Bali is one of the famous vacation destinations in the world and asides from all the exotic beaches and cultures; Bali also has earned one UNESCO World Heritage Site in Subak, the cultural landscape of Bali. It is more than just irrigated rice field but the combination of supernatural, spirit and the nature.
Do you want to experience the most unique, scariest and yet the most interesting funeral rituals? Tana Toraja is the perfect place you should go.
Great Mosque of Demak
Most of Indonesians are Island and Great Mosque of Demak is the representation how strong Islam culture in Indonesia is. This mosque is the oldest masque in Indonesia and a must place to visit for you who are interested about history of Islam in Indonesia.
Those are only the short list of awesome destination you could find about Indonesia from 8 provinces of Indonesia, there are 26 more provinces with more awesome destinations in Indonesia you could explore with the combination of natural wonders, traditional cultures, ethnic customs and many more.