Flights from Indonesia
Flights from Indonesia
If you’ve seen the Komodo dragon anywhere else in the world besides Indonesia, they were imported. That’s because the natural habitat of Komodo dragons are a group of five islands in Indonesia and these lizards can only be found there. That’s only one species. Indonesia is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, where you’ll find a whole host of creatures unique to the country, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of. Besides wildlife, Indonesia also has myriad islands that are all charming in their own right and worthy of you paying a visit. Hence, if you’re planning on heading out already, check out these places in Indonesia before you leave:
Krakatoa is a volcanic island that has become the obsession of many geographers and explorers due to its history. If you thought the atomic bomb was powerful, this volcano’s eruption in 1883 is estimated to be 13,000 times stronger and unsurprisingly devastated a massive number of towns and villages. While the volcano has been relatively peaceful ever since, the sight of Krakatao still stands as a reminder of nature’s authority.
Another volcano-related attraction in Indonesia is Lake Toba, which is also home to the remains of a huge eruption that occurred decades ago. However, unlike Krakaktoa, Lake Toba resonates with people more for its immense beauty. At more than a thousand square kilometres in size, it is also the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Besides hiking along the terrain, you can also swim and even sail in the lake.
Tropical weather combined with silky white beaches and clear blue waters characterizes the Derawan Islands, which lie along the east coast of Kalimantan. The archipelago is one of Indonesia’s most beloved places, its waters are home to dolphins, turtles, barracudas and even whales. This biodiversity also makes it one of the most treasured diving spots worldwide.
If you’ve seen it all in Indonesia, the following countries make great subsequent destinations:
The Philippines is the north eastern neighbour of Indonesia and is only a three hour flight away. Situated along a stretch of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country has many volcanoes for you to visit, such as the Taal Volcano, Kanlaon Volcano, and Mount Masaraga. You can also see the green rice terraces in Banaue, which were carved into the mountains two thousand years ago, and the mysterious Chocolate Hills in Bohol, which look like gargantuan Hershey’s kisses scattered across a plain.
Turkey is located at the divide between Asia and Europe, making it a part of both. With a population that’s largely Muslim, Turkey is home to some of the most prominent mosques. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Blue Mosque, houses the tomb of King Ahmed I and derived its name from the blue tiles on its walls. Alternatively, you could visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, which was rebuilt in 1660 after a devastating fire. Finally, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, also built in the 16th century, is noted for its exquisite red tiles, which were very hard to manufacture at the time of construction.
China is another interesting country to explore, with urban attractions in cities like Beijing and Shanghai as well as natural scenery in cities like Changchun and Guilin. You can also find restaurants that serve Halal food in China, such as Donglaishun Hot Pot, which has many branches country-wide with numerous lamb and beef hotpot items on its menu.
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