Places to visit in Indonesia
As mentioned above, the entire country of Indonesia is one great pleasure trip. However, as a tourist you may not have sufficient time to take in all the places and attractions of the country, and may have to make do with a few important destinations. There are some places in Indonesia which you definitely should not miss if you are visiting this country. Needless to say, all these places have different pleasures and experiences to offer from hobnobbing with nature to immersing in a sea of culture and history. There is something for everyone here which is why Indonesia is popular with both genders and people of all ages. From singles traveling with backpacks to families everyone will find something interesting.
Jakarta: Jakarta is the capital of the country of Indonesia and this city is usually the first or last stop in this country for tourists. Jakarta is also an important international airport hub for the entire country serving many airlines to all places in the world. It is important to get absorbed in the hectic and congested city if you really want to get a taste of modern Indonesian lifestyle. Once you have become attuned to Jakarta you will be able to take on the rest of the country quite easily. The shopping and nightlife of Jakarta are especially famous all over the world, while there are some historic and religious sites worth visiting as well.
Lake Toba: Traveling can be hectic and if you are on an extended tour of Indonesia, then taking a while to relax on the banks of the Lake Toba is advisable. This is the largest volcanic lake in the world and swimming across it can be a unique experience. You can spend the afternoon swimming followed by a leisurely Balinese massage and a good meal towards the end of the day. The Lake has some quiet and serene beauty that is relaxing to the soul and most travelers who want to simply unwind and laze away, usually prefer the Lake Toba. This is especially advisable after hard core backpacking or trekking. Lake Toba is one of the most visited lakes in the country and its popularity is simply rising.
Baliem Valley: Papua is an area in Indonesia which abounds in ancient tribes which still practice their original rites and rituals. These tribes exist close to nature practicing their ancient lifestyles in places among cool air, misty purple mountains and the buzz of everyday human activities. The best way to visit these tribes and experience their lifestyle is to trek through the areas of the lands of Lani, Dani and Yali tribes in the remote Papua region. Apart from the ancient tribes there is a lot of natural beauty which you can enjoy in this region.