“Wonderful Indonesia” Magazine Fourth Edition

10, May 2016 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Twinkling fairy lights light up every holiday destination. Holidays are just about to begin. We are about to end a year to make a start with the new.  So why not start the new, by heading off to the lagoons in Wonderful Indonesia where never-ending sea beaches, romantic sunsets and unbound adventures will relax you to rekindle the memories of the bygone and light your path afresh to step into the new?

If you want a perfect amalgamation of nature and cosmopolitan cityscape you can visit Berastagi, the picturesque town of the beautiful Karo highlands is 70 km from Medan, North Sumatra. The landscape here is dominated by distant views of the smoking volcanoes. This city is also famous for  its fruits, vegetables and flowers. You can also enjoy the stunning beach of Belitung Island. It is blessed with beaches of soft sand as white as palm sugar. You can also enjoy the beauty of nature and cityscape when you visit Palembang in Sumatra which we proudly boast as “the Venice of the East.” Flowing from the the Bukit Barisan mountains, the Musi river provides a stunning view where watching the bustling boats at the floating market by the Ampera Bridge during sunset  will make you travel in time back into centuries. For an adventurous hiker Bukittinggi in West Sumatra is a must visit as giant rock cliff faces, rugged trees which grow on top and the dramatic surrounding mountains make this canyon a spellbinding view.

Whilst many of you have travelled through the well trodden path of Bali such as Kuta and Nusa Dua, I urge you all to visit the less popular yet uniquely promising destinations such as Ubud  and Seminyak.  If you’re looking for peace and quiet, then Ubud is the place to be. Steeped in culture and enhanced by magnificent vistas, Ubud offers a respite from the humdrum of your busy life.Fine dining restaurants and spas here will delight and relax the senses. Ubud is a perfect place for you to experience spiritual awakening and enlightenment. You can also go to Seminyak which today is Bali’s up-and-coming fashion, dining and accommodation precinct, an upmarket coastal enclave just north of Legian and Kuta. The atmosphere there is much more sophisticated and laid-back compared to Kuta, while the beach in particular is relatively quieter during the day. For a little more adventure you can hop onto a ferry and head off to the Islands of Nusa Tengagara: Lombok, Gili Terawangan or Rinjani from where you can take day trips to the middle of the sea to explore the diversely magnificent marine life that lines the Austral-Asian belt or hike up mountains to watch the sunset amidst the never-ending stretch of beautiful aquamarine ocean.

If you are seeking for a unique holiday head off to Manado in Sulawesi. This city is one of a kind in Indonesia with its stunning underwater landscape and great mountain panorama. The local people are known for their warm hospitality as well as for the mouth-watering cuisine and unique authentic culture.  The city has expanded its attractions not only to draw mainstream tourists, but also utilizes its natural splendors as a backdrop for meetings and conventions. Alternatively, you can go off to Makassar which is the Gateway to East Indonesia, as well as the entry point to an adventurous tour to the Tana Toraja highlands, where awesome mountain scenery and the unique rituals of the Toraja people await .The island of Makassar are also known to have some of the best spots for diving. Just a mere 50 km from the city, Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park awaits with its stunning waterfall and hordes of enchanting butterflies, or visit Bulukumba’s fascinating traditional ship building dockyards and pristine beach at Bira. Freshly caught seafood served in a variety of ways, Chinese or local, is the highlight of any visit to Makassar.

So book your tickets, make your itinerary and head off to our little paradise to bid farewell to 2016 at a majestic sunset and watch the sunrise of the New Year in Wonderful Indonesia.

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