Unforgettable Indonesia is the quintessence of exoticism: the pristine nature of Bali and the black sand beaches of Sumatra, the palaces and batik of Java, and the rain forests of Kalimantan. Active and beach holidays, surfing, and excursions.
Local guides tell all newcomers to Indonesia a pretentious legend: it turns out that initially the island of Bali was equipped by the gods exclusively “for themselves” – and only later, having become generous (or maybe spent some money), they decided to open it to people. I must say that today’s heirs of the demiurges of antiquity take quite a decent rent from the guests of the island: Indonesia cannot be called a cheap destination. However, this country offers a really high-quality vacation, which justifies its cost, and the flow of those wishing to relax “like gods” is growing every season.
There are two main categories of tourists attracted by Indonesia: “seasoned” wealthy travelers in search of new experiences and equally wealthy newlyweds enjoying their honeymoon. If prices are not confusing, the only “but” maybe only the duration of the flight. As for visa formalities, they are reduced to a minimum: Indonesia “stamp” visas for Russians directly at passport control.
akarta’s Sukarno-Hatta Airport and Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport are the main international air gateways into Indonesia, with direct flights from several Australian cities – there are flights to Bali from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin. The archipelago also boasts international airports at Medan, Makassar, Manado, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta – with connections mainly with other Southeast Asian airports.
The season in Indonesia is divided into dry from March to September and wet from November to March. During the wet season, precipitation falls locally, as a rule, at night, in the form of short-term (1-2 hours) thunderstorm showers. Therefore, at this time there are problems with transport links, mountain tours and diving become unsafe. The average air temperature ranges from +26 ° C to +35 ° C. Water temperature – +26 … + 27 ° C all year round. The hottest months are July and August.
The capital is Jakarta, huge, many-sided, many-voiced. The heart of the world’s largest Muslim state is fraught with many mysteries: poverty here in some incomprehensible way coexists with luxury, the noise of avenues with endless traffic jams – with the serene silence of the islands, loyalty to traditions – with loyalty to cultural differences.
For a beautiful life, it is worth going to South Jakarta, where elite residential and shopping complexes are concentrated. Famous landmarks await in the Central Municipality and restaurants and seafood markets in the North. The western regions keep the memory of the Dutch colonialists, while the eastern regions are full of modern industry.
Thousand Islands District is a part of the capital that is completely different from it: in the national park in the middle of the Java Sea, nothing reminds of the bustle of the metropolis.
Most of the guests of Indonesia are nicer than Jakarta, but the islands famous all over the world. The leader in popularity is Bali with its magnificent beaches, formidable volcanoes, and developed tourist infrastructure. Capital Denpasar is cozy and calm, with temples, museums, and picturesque markets. Kuta is restless with non-stop hangouts, cheap bars, and great surfing opportunities. Seminyak is also noisy, but sleeker, oriented towards a wealthy public, and Sanur is a paradise for families with children and lovers of privacy.
Kalimantan, partly owned by Indonesia, is a kingdom of pristine nature. About 10% of its inhabitants are “bounty hunters” Dayaks as if lost in time and space. The center of the island is covered with dense jungle and riddled with rivers, the south is famous for fertile plantations and floating markets.
Sumatra boasts both natural and architectural treasures: palaces, mosques, and museums flaunt in cities, lakes, forests, and volcanoes in national parks. Sulawesi is a treasure trove of ancient traditions and a magnet for keen divers. Java is one of the most populous islands on earth with amazing landscapes, tea plantations, and old temples. The symbol of Lombok is deserted beaches: wide, clean, covered with coarse gray-beige sand. And Bintan and Batam have everything for a first-class vacation: from luxury hotels to spas and golf courses.