3 tourist attractions in Indonesia to discover in this vast and varied country

3 tourist attractions in Indonesia to discover in this vast and varied country. Indonesia is a huge country, in both population and land area, with significant cultural and geological diversity. With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, it is the largest archipelago in the world.

The population of around 240 million people is derived from 300 ethnic groups who speak over 250 different languages.

While Bali is usually the destination most familiar to foreign visitors, there is a wealth of other top tourist attractions in Indonesia to discover in this vast and varied country.

3 tourist attractions in Indonesia

1. Lake Toba 
Lake Toba indonesia
Lake Toba indonesia
Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra is an immense volcanic lake about 100 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Genetic estimates suggests that there were only a few thousand humans that survived the catastrophe.

The island in the middle - Pulau Samosir - is the largest island within an island and contains two lakes. Besides visiting “a lake on an island within a lake on an island” tourist also come here to kick back and relax and swim in the volcanically warmed waters.

2. Tanjung Puting 
island of Borneo in the Indonesian
the tanjung puting national park borneo indonesia
The Tanjung Puting National Park is located on the island of Borneo in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The park is a popular ecotourism destination, with many local tour companies offering multi-day boat tours to view wildlife and visit the research centers. Wildlife include gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, pythons, crocodiles and - most famously - orangutans. Unfortunately the park is heavily threatened by illegal logging and forest clearing for agricultural uses.

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3. Baliem Valley 
Baliem Valley indonesia
Baliem Valley indonesia
The Baliem Valley in the highlands of Western New Guinea offers a glimpse into what was recently a stone-age world. The valley was not known to the outside world until 1938 when an aerial reconnaissance flight southwards from Hollandia (now Jayapura) discovered a large agricultural population. Wamena is the starting point for most visitors who come nowadays to marvel at the mountain views, roaring rivers, tribal villages and at the tough but sweet spirit of the warm Dani people.

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