“Wonderful Indonesia” Magazine Second Edition

23, Jun 2016 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

Spring is here. As the leaves shed and blow in hues of oranges, yellows and ochre covering our porches and driveways, denoting time for spring cleaning, I believe all of us have packed in our winter wear and are prepping for summer. Whilst summer comes to mind, we all do wonder summer holidays are not too far. Therefore, on behalf of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Bangladesh, I welcome you to visit wonderful destinations and adventurous holiday spots that await your arrival in Jakarta, Bandung, Batam and Bintan.

Jakarta, whose current name derives from the word “Jayakarta” translating in Old Javanese as “victorious deed” or “complete victory”, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Being one of the one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world, Jakarta is the Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political centre. It is not only the primary business hub of the nation but also a paradise for shopaholics who will be spoiled for a choice of malls like ITC, Thamrin city, Tanah Abang. History buffs can stroll about in The Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), Museum of Fine Art and Ceramic as well as the Sunda Kelapa Harbour and buy antiques from the famous Jalan Surabaya ending their stroll in the lovely Café Batavia. Jakarta can also be a lovely host to Golf enthusiasts who will be excited when they discover the wide variety of golf adventures that await them during their stay there. Aside from entertainment and relaxation Jakarta being the capital can also be called the capital of the vast Indonesian culinary experience. Starting from gado-gado a specialty of Jakarta one will find almost all the flavors and specialties of each Indonesian state just around the corner.

Bandung, Indonesia’s third largest city after Jakarta and Surabaya is another great place to visit at any time of the year. It is a large city set amid volcanoes and tea plantations. It’s known for its colonial and art deco architecture as well as its picturesque open vista. Owing to its 768m elevation due to being situated on a plateau in the Parahayangan Mountains, the city enjoys relatively cool tropical weather. Surrounded by green fertile mountains, Bandung is also Indonesia’s most prestigious university town center for learning and creativity. Often called The ‘City of Flowers’ or “Kota Kembang ,” Bandung is one of the most favorite getaways for tourists both local and international tourist who go there to enjoy the relatively cooler weather and shop around at the numerous factory outlet shops that dot the city. Bandung features a large collection of Dutch Colonial architecture, as well as a beautiful botanic garden, zoo, golf courses and a wide variety of culinary offerings making it one of the most preferred destinations in Indonesia.

Batam and Bintan are two of the 2,400 islands which are a part of Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago in the South China Sea. Just a short boat ride from Singapore, they fall into the free trade zone with multiple busy ports known for its beaches, exciting nightlife and malls offering duty free shopping. Both islands are definitely worth a visit for a relaxing short vacation of golf, sailing, family fun or simply enjoying the mouthwatering fresh seafood available there.

As summer holiday is peeping around the corner, plan on packing your bags, stamping your passports and set sail and lose yourself amidst the joy, wonder and the mouth-watering delicacies that’s waiting for you in ‘Wonderful Indonesia.’

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