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The Indonesian archipelago has been a valuable region for trade since at least the 7th century when Srivijaya and later Majapahit traded with entities from mainland China and the Indian subcontinent. 

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It consists of more than 17,000 (seventeen thousand ) islands, including Sumatra, Java, Borneo (Kalimantan), Sulawesi, and New Guinea (Papua). Indonesia is the world’s largest island country and the 14th largest country by land area, at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles). 

Nature and culture are prime attractions of Indonesian tourism. The former can boast a unique combination of a tropical climate, a vast archipelago, and a long stretch of beaches, and the latter complement those with a rich cultural heritage reflecting Indonesia’s dynamic history and ethnic diversity.

Despite of more than 700 local languages, the country’s official language is Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesia Language), a variant of Melayu (Malay) based on its prestige dialect, which for centuries had been the origin language of the archipelago. It was promoted by nationalists in the 1920s and achieved official status under the name Bahasa Indonesia in 1945. As a result of centuries-long contact with other languages, it is rich in local and foreign influences, including from Javanese, Sundanese, Minangkabau, Hindi, Sanskrit, Chinese, Arabic, Dutch, Portuguese and English. Nearly every Indonesian speaks the language due to its widespread use in education, academics, communications, business, politics, and mass media. 

OUR DESTINATIONS IN INDONESIA

Bali

Bali or known as Island of Thousand Temple is Indonesia's main tourist destination, with a significant rise in tourism since the 1980. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Other international events held in Bali include the Miss World 2013 and 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world's top destination in its Traveler's Choice award.

Lombok & Gili Islands

Lombok is promoted as "an unspoiled Bali," or "Bali's sister island". Lombok has retained a more natural, less crowded island which attract travelers who come for its relaxed pace and the opportunity to explore the island's unspoiled natural environment. Other than the main island of Lombok, there are 3 Gili's (island) located in the northwest of Lombok Main Island, there are Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Gili means small island in the local Sasak language. These 3 islands are the most popular tourist destinations in Lombok for it's night life, under water life and beautiful beaches.

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the only Indonesian royal city which still ruled by a monarchy, it is a centre for classical Javanese fine arts and culture and home to a myriad of heritage buildings, landmarks and important monuments. Because of its proximity to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, and presence of the Javanese court Kraton culture of Kraton Yogyakarta. Malioboro street is the most popular shopping and culinary area within the city, which has pedestrian zone.

Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Situated on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it is the center of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia. The popular heritage tourism attractions are in Kota Tua (Old Batavia) and around Merdeka square. Kota Tua is the centre of old Jakarta, was named the most-visited destination in Indonesia in 2017 by Instagram. In the old ports of Sunda Kelapa, the tall-masted pinisi ships are still anchored. Other tourist attractions include the Thousand Islands, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Indonesia Miniature Park), Setu Babakan, Ragunan Zoo, Sunda Kelapa old port and the Ancol Dreamland complex on Jakarta Bay, which houses Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy World) theme park, Sea World, Atlantis Water Adventure, and Gelanggang Samudra. Thousand Islands, which is north to the coast of the city and in the Java Sea is also a popular tourist destination.

Bandung

Bandung or known as City of Flower is Located 768 metres (2,520 feet) above sea level, approximately 140 kilometres (87 miles) southeast of Jakarta. Bandung temperatures is year around much cooler than most other Indonesian cities. The colder climate of the highland plantation area, variety of food, less expensive fashion shops located in factory outlets and distros, golf courses, and the zoo, are some of the attractions of the city. Bandung is also a popular shopping destination due to the cheap textile and fashion products.

Bintan Island

Situated just a ferry ride away from Singapore or Johor Bahru in Malaysia, most visitors enter Bintan by sea. As the largest island in the Riau Island, Bintan is the perfect heavenly getaway for leisure and adventure seekers. Best known for its high-end resorts, world-class golf courses, and magnificent coastal beauty.

Medan

The booming city of Medan, capital of North Sumatra, is an economic hub and commercial center for the region. This is the largest city in Sumatra Island, whose long been attracting residents from all over Indonesia to come and stay here. Due to these ethnic diversities, Medan is known for scrumptious delectable culinary spots, rich with many flavors.

Komodo Island

Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the East Nusatenggara province, sits the vast and impressive Komodo National Park.. The Komodo National Park encompasses a total of 29 volcanic islands (including the 3 major islands Rinca, Padar and Komodo) and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo Dragons and other terrestrial fauna such as various species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. The park’s terrain is uniquely diverse, consisting of a mountainous hillside, tropical rain forests, grass-woodland savannah, and pristine white sandy beaches that harbor rich marine biodiversity. The marine environment in the Komodo National Park is one of the world’s richest in flora and fauna and is still relatively undiscovered. The 2,000 km2 park (which includes protected land and water), is recognized as a global conservation priority area and has an array of natural attractions.

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