Must See Monday - Indonesia

With 17,000 islands to choose from, Indonesia can provide something for everyone. Whether you're looking for leisure, shopping, culture, history, or nature, one of these beautiful islands is sure to please your palate. Here are 3 of our favorite places to visit in Indonesia:

1) Bali

Bali has quickly become a major tourist destination and it's no wonder why. The trail of Eat, Pray, and Love guides any visitor to see the natural beauty that surrounds them. The city of Ubud is one you can't miss: considered the heart of Bali, it offers everything from colorful temples to man-made rice paddies and everything in between. If you're seeking adventure, we especially recommend that you climb climb Mount Batur at Kintamani. Located in Eastern Bali, this active volcano is a popular destination for tourists who hike up the 1700 meter summit to catch the 6am sunrise. The view from Mount Batur is sure to take your breath away.

2) Komodo National Park in Flores, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site's, this National Park is one the most visited places in Indonesia. Home of the Komodo Dragon, this National Park is ideal for travelers who crave a combination of nature and adventure. The marine life and coral reefs provide amazing opportunities to dive, snorkel, and kayak amidst sea turtles and manta rays.

3) Java

The main island of Indonesia, Java makes up 65% of the Indonesian population, making it the most populated island on earth. The active volcanoes and mountains provide excellent hiking trails while national parks encourage exploration. Train transportation keeps Java well connected from east to west, helping you travel to and from the island's attractions. Java is also home to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, the largest economy and cultural center of Indonesia. While there, the Borobudur Temple Compounds are a must see. This 8th century temple complex contains 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It stands as the largest Buddhist structure in the world, and is entirely different from the rest of the Buddhist temples seen around the world. If you're looking to visit Java soon, keep in mind that the wet season lasts from November to March so be sure to pack accordingly.

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This blog post was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.