Indonesia. The beautiful Islands of Indonesia. Bali.
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The beautiful Islands of Indonesia
Construction of Java’s Borobudur Temple, one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments and a World Heritage site, began in the eighth century, under the Sailendra dynasty. Framed by four volcanoes, it stands 105 feet (32 meters) high.
Brastagi is a lovely tourist town in the Karo highlands, 70 km on the way from Medan to Lake Toba. Brastagi is well known for its flowers, vegetables and fruit, most famous of which is the ‘Marquisa’ passion fruit. The local markets are swarming with activity and scenes from traditional Karo life. Days are extremely pleasant and nights can be quite cool. Gundaling Hills provides a clear view of Mt. Sibayak and Mt. Sinabung volcanoes, there is a pleasant colonial-style hotel with a golf course. While you’re here, make sure to visit the local markets and buy samples of the exotic fruits.
Palembang is a metropolitan city with population of more than 1.5 million. It is also the capital city and gateway to the province of South Sumatra. It is located on the banks of the great Musi River, which runs through the city and divided it into two parts, called the Ulu (upstream) area and the Ilir (downstream) area. The Ampera Bridge, a symbol of the city, connects Ulu, where the majority of the population lives, and Ilir, where most of the hotels, shops, offices, and well-to-do residential areas are located. Palembang is also the oldest city in Indonesia.
Manado, on the northern tip of Sulawesi is nothing short of a paradise for nature seekers. It may not be bustling and jostling with urban activity at all times but instead is a fresh alternative for all things tranquil and natural. One of the top ten dive sites in the world, Manado is welcomes throngs of visitors each year to this garden of eden – literally, under the sea. Home to a multitude of corals, fish and on the path of rare migrating species, it is known to be the destination for many diving photographers. On land, Manado doesn’t fall short either; bursting with wildlife diversity found no-where else in the world due to its unique geographical location.