Category Archives: Places to Visit in Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Papua: The Amazon of the Oceans

Raja Ampat, Papua: The Amazon of the Oceans

There are many things that are wondrous about the Raja Ampat Islands, but perhaps the biggest wonder of all is how a place this mystically beautiful has largely remained a secret. But it won’t be for long. The Raja Ampat Islands was deservedly voted as one of the best trips for 2013 by National GeographicContinue Reading

Baliem Valley: Your Gateway to the Indigenous Tribal Cultures of Papua

Baliem Valley: Your Gateway to the Indigenous Tribal Cultures of Papua

Papua is an incredible place and Baliem Valley, as its most popular and accessible destination, is no exception. Also known as Grand Valley, this valley measures around 80 km long and around 20 km wide and holds a population of 100,000 inhabitants. The Baliem Valley was thought to be uninhabited by people until as lateContinue Reading

Bangka-Balitung Islands: The Caribbean of the East

Bangka-Balitung Islands: The Caribbean of the East

Sumatra is fairly well-known internationally as a resource and natural beauty-rich island, but did you know that it also has several smaller and exquisitely beautiful islands not far from its coast? Some of the most beautiful of these islands is known as the Bangka-Belitung Islands, cutely abbreviated Babel. This group of islands is composed ofContinue Reading

Sumatra Travel: See Sumatran Orangutans at Bukit Lawang

Sumatra Travel: See Sumatran Orangutans at Bukit Lawang

If you love nature, you’re going to love Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang literally means ‘door to the hills’ and is a small, laidback tourist village located in North Sumatra.¬† Bukit Lawang happens to be the main access point to the Gunung Leuser¬†National Park, which is part of three national parks listed under the Tropical RainforestContinue Reading

Lake Toba: A Sumatran Island Beauty

Lake Toba: A Sumatran Island Beauty

If you find yourself traveling in Sumatra, Lake Toba is a must visit. The picturesque Lake Toba – known in Indonesia as Danau Toba – is the largest volcanic lake in the world, covering an area of 1,707 km2. That officially makes it bigger than several countries, including Singapore. It was formed by a giganticContinue Reading

Jayapura, Indonesia: Your Gateway to Papua, Indonesia

Jayapura, Indonesia: Your Gateway to Papua, Indonesia

Jayapura is the capital of, as well as the largest city in, Papua, Indonesia. The city has gone through multiple names, each reflecting a different period in its history. It was known as Hollandia during the Dutch colonial times and then adopted the names Kota Baru and Sukarnapura before finally becoming Jayapura in 1968. ItsContinue Reading