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Formed by a volcanic eruption 70,000 years ago, the 100km-long and 30km-wide lake sits 900m above sea level, so visitors get to enjoy a cool climate. The Silangit Airport will be upgraded later this month into an international-class airport, with its maiden international flight arriving from Singapore on Oct 28. Photo: Chasing Io/ Instagram ALSO READ: QUICK GETAWAYS FOR THE WEEKEND THAT TICKLE EVERYONE’S TASTE BUDS The peninsula is being developed into an integrated beach resort, with hotels overlooking Anak Krakatau, the remains of what used to be the Krakatau volcano. Toll roads connecting Tanjung Lesung and Jakarta are being built, while there may be plans to construct a new airport in Pandeglang, Banten. Photo: Tanjung Lesung Tourism ALSO READ: 7 COOL NEW ARCTIC EXPERIENCES TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST Better known as Thousand Islands - although really only a cluster of about 150 islands - the area is the hub of marine conservation efforts in Jakarta and attracts visitors seeking a break from the bustle of life in the capital. The government plans to build 10 new docks by 2019 to make it easier for tourists to reach the islands. Photo: 123RF ALSO READ: 7 OF THE BEST HACKS TO GET THE MOST OF YOUR HOTEL STAY Aside from its shallow and clear waters, the white sand beach has a series of unique granite formations. A consortium of companies is developing a special tourism economic zone in the regency, while the runway and passenger terminal at the H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin Airport are being expanded for wide-body aircraft. Photo: Wulan Anggraini/ Instragram ALSO READ: QUICK GETAWAYS FOR THE WEEKEND THAT TICKLE EVERYONE’S TASTE BUDS Built in the ninth century, Borobudur Temple was buried in volcanic ash for centuries until it was rediscovered in 1814, due to efforts initiated by Stamford Raffles when Java was under British administration. It is one of the most visited historical sites in Indonesia today. A new airport, which can handle 50 million passengers a year, is being built in Kulon Progo regency to replace the Adisutjipto International Airport. Photo: 123RF ALSO READ: 7 COOL NEW ARCTIC EXPERIENCES TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which covers 800 sq km, is the largest volcanic region in the province. The government plans to integrate visitors' infrastructure there with other areas, including the city of Malang, to boost tourism. Photo:123RF ALSO READ: 7 OF THE BEST HACKS TO GET THE MOST OF YOUR HOTEL STAY A main draw of this hidden gem in southern Lombok is a 7.5km stretch of beach facing the Indian Ocean. The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation plans to raise US$65 million (S$88.6 million) in investments to develop Mandalika into a premier ecotourism destination, with potential for Mice activities. Photo: Rdtlisn/ Instagram ALSO READ: QUICK GETAWAYS FOR THE WEEKEND THAT TICKLE EVERYONE’S TASTE BUDS The Komodo National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where one can find komodo dragons in the wild, is located in one of three major islands in Labuan Bajo. A commercial zone being developed there since April has drawn 400 billion rupiah (S$40 million ) in investments. Photo: Indonesia Juara Trip/ Instagram ALSO READ: 7 COOL NEW ARCTIC EXPERIENCES TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST The number of reef and fish species across more than 50 dive spots in waters off Wakatobi is second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Plans to upgrade its airport and develop a marina, hotels and restaurants are under way. Photo: 123RF ALSO READ: 7 OF THE BEST HACKS TO GET THE MOST OF YOUR HOTEL STAY One of Indonesia's northernmost islands, Morotai offers rugged forest terrain for trekking, as well as beautiful beaches and diving spots. Indonesia plans to build resorts on the island in cooperation with Taiwan, as well as turn it into a trade hub for seafood. Photo: Asoka/ Instagram This article was first published on The Straits Times. ALSO READ: QUICK GETAWAYS FOR THE WEEKEND THAT TICKLE EVERYONE’S TASTE BUDS
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