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I have travelled to many places in this country and each encounter still awes me. My travels to many countries outside Indonesia only confirm that Indonesia is one of a kind.
I remember spending about USD2,000 for one-week travel abroad and when I was looking out onto an island from my room in an adjacent island somewhere outside indonesia, a foreign friend of mine asked me, “Do you have something as beautiful as this in Indonesia?”
And I said, “In Indonesia, this kind of view will never make it to the tourist map as the people won’t consider that heap of soil there as something beautiful or worth-selling.”
Then I remember the many dollars I spent to another country to a city that they say “beautiful” and when I got there I said, “Only this?!”
One thing for sure, because 50% of Indonesians are Javans and Javan’s highest value is “humility”, marketing themselves is considered a shameful act, and they tend to downplay everything. No wonder many good things about this country is left hidden and you have to turn the stones to find the gems. Like every good traveler, you must plan your trip well and know where to go.
Its major drawback is that the country doesn’t have tourism infrastructure as advanced as it is in Australia: Car-rental with reliable companies (e.g. Eurocar, Avis, Blue Bird, etc.) is twice (if not thrice) the cost it is in Australia, many small lodgings do not have internet reservation and do not take any credit cards, the pick-pockets outnumbered the policemen, some places are acccessible only by back-packers or super-rich (no middle-class tourists).
Its major strength: It has everything for every kind of travelers.
Beware that though in general Indonesia is cheap, Jakarta is not.over 4 years ago
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