If you’re looking for somewhere close by to kick back, preferably somewhere with beautiful beaches, stunning views and ancient architecture, then look no further than Indonesia. We’re all familiar with the tourist favourite, Bali. But there are many more places in our neighbouring country that are just as spectacular and rewarding.
From the mist-drawn peaks of Mount Bromo to the pristine waters of Lake Toba and ancient history-steeped temple of Borobudur, there’s much to explore. Here are a few places you can start with.
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.
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.
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.
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.