Be wowed by Wow In­done­sia

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

IN­DONE­SIA, one of Malaysia’s “Negeri Ji­ran”, is truly the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a hol­i­day that of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions for you and your loved ones.

One of the nat­u­ral won­ders of North Su­ma­tra, Toba is the largest lake in South- East Asia.

The cooler cli­mate and the pic­turesque moun­tain back­drop against the clear lake makes Toba a re­fresh­ing get­away from the bustling city.

> Lake Toba in Medan:

Known as the In­done­sian “Paris van Java”, the cap­i­tal city of West Java Prov­ince of­fers trendy fash­ion wear at rea­son­able prices from fac­tory out­lets, de­li­cious lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cuisines, and a dis­tinct colo­nial Euro­pean- style at­mos­phere com­bined with cap­ti­vat­ing tra­di­tional arts.

Bali ap­peals through its sheer nat­u­ral beauty of loom­ing vol­ca­noes and lush ter­raced rice fields.

Be en­chanted by its dra­matic dances and colour­ful cer­e­monies, its arts and crafts, as well as in­tri­cately carved tem­ples and ex­cit­ing nightlife.

Try out the va­ri­ety of wa­ter sports avail­able or sim­ply pam­per your­self in one of its many lux­u­ri­ous beach re­sorts.

> Ban­dung: > Bali:

Dis­cover its pris­tine beaches, the ma­jes­tic Mt Rin­jani and spec­tac­u­lar marine life in the is­land of Lom­bok in West Nusa Teng­gara.

From surf­ing the mas­sive waves on the south coast, trekking up the steep vol­canic peaks, or cy­cling through lush ev­er­green rice pad­dies, has no short­age of at­trac­tions both in and out of the wa­ter.

Known as Nev­erend­ing

> Lom­bok: > Yo­gyakarta:

Asia, Yo­gyakarta is one of the fore­most cul­tural cen­tres of In­done­sia.

Climb the mag­nif­i­cent Borobudur tem­ple, visit the Ker­a­ton ( Sultan’s Palace), watch the sil­ver­smiths at Ko­tagede ply their trade and shop up a storm at Malioboro road; you will never be bored in this rel­a­tively small yet bustling city.

Dis­cover an­cient ar­chi­tec­tures such as the 8th cen­tury Shivaite tem­ple Candi Badut, the old Gereja Kather­dral Jun and Sin­gosari tem­ples.

Sup­port a worth­while cause with a visit to Nuansa Fa­jar, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that trains and em­ploys blind masseurs from around In­done­sia.

Spend some leisurely time tour­ing tea plan­ta­tions or vis­it­ing the mini zoo at Ke­bun Wonasari tea es­tate.

The eco­nomic and trad­ing cen­tre of Eastern Java is home to the na­tion’s navy.

The high­lights of the city in­clude the zoo­log­i­cal gar­dens, Sam­po­erna mu­seum or the lo­cal bull races at the is­land of Madura.

Surabaya is an ideal base to ex­plore other East Java at­trac­tions such as Mt Bromo, the moun­tain re­treats of Malang and the nat­u­ral beauty of Ijen Plateau.

Bromo Teng­ger Se­meru Na­tional Park is the largest vol­canic re­gion in the prov­ince.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the re­mark­able Teng­ger Caldera, with its 10km bar­ren desert- like sea of sand and see the im­pres­sive deeply fis­sured vol­canic cones of Ba­tok and Bromo.

The cap­i­tal city of In­done­sia is a huge, sprawl­ing me­trop­o­lis and home to nine mil­lion peo­ple.

It is not only the seat of the na­tional and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, Jakarta is also the po­lit­i­cal cen­tre of In­done­sia.

It is no won­der Jakarta is known as the city that never sleeps.

> Malang: > Surabaya: > Mt Bromo: > Jakarta:

For de­tails, look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

In­done­sia, one of Malaysia’s ‘ Negeri Ji­ran’, is truly the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a hol­i­day that of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions for you and your loved ones.

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