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A wonder called Indonesia
January 6, 2018, 4:08 pm

The beauty of its nature, its diverse culture and the famed hospitality of its people, have made Indonesia one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world today. The astonishing array of cultures and customs, the amazing landscapes and wildlife of this nation of islands is truly unparalleled.

Few, if any other countries on the planet offer the mind-boggling array of holiday options that Indonesia has within its borders, though many people often know only of Bali, Indonesia’s primary tourist destination. So when the Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E.Tatung Razak invited a media team on a week-long trip, we were initially disappointed that Bali was not on the itinerary, but what we experienced was beyond our expectations.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah a visual delight

Our first stop Jakarta, the capital city has the charm of a huge sprawling metropolis. The crowded city has all the trappings of the hustle and bustle one would see in big cities. From shopping to restaurant streets, nightlife and hotels, art, culture and waterfront relaxation, Jakarta can provide the perfect beginning to a wonderful Indonesian experience.

The National Museum, also known as Elephant Museum, is a centrally located ‘must see’ place in Jakarta. Our visit there revealed a very comprehensive collection of cultural artefacts from all over the Indonesian archipelago. The objects on display are categorized as prehistory, archaeology, ethnography, numismatic, geography and historical relics. The museum is well designed with many rooms and wonderfully displayed artefacts giving visitors a view of the past and present. The museum also has some nice places to sit and rest if you are tired. It will be a good idea to see this museum even before travelling to other parts of Indonesia. In fact, it is one of the oldest, well organized and nicest museums of Asia.

Media team from Kuwait at the Museum

Media team from Kuwait at the Museum

Another delightful experience we had during the trip was our visit to the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park). Spread over an incredible area of 250 acres it attempts to compress the entire archipelago into a single attraction. One will get a unique glimpse of the many thousands of Indonesian islands that one may not be able to visit on just one trip. Taman Mini has 33 main pavilions — one for each of Indonesia’s provinces and is constructed in traditional architectural style of each province using only authentic materials. Thirty more attractions, including a tropical bird park, orchid gardens, IMAX cinema, cable car ride, and transport museum can overwhelm any visitor with its charm and beauty that is both a captivating and an exhilarating experience. 

Museum director presenting a book to The Times

As we began our discovery of Indonesia we were quick to notice the warm and infectious smile, the happy disposition and courteous demeanor with which Indonesians welcomed visitors to their country.

Our next stop was the Jakarta Aquarium where we saw a remarkable number of species numbering more than 600. Our short but memorable stay in the lively city would not have been complete without a visit to the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town where there were a variety of colourful items and bargains that were second to none.

From the nonstop throb of Jakarta we drove further and higher to the mountain-pass of Puncak, a popular weekend get-away and a refreshing change for Jakarta residents eager to enjoy the fresh clean air and beautiful green scenery of the town. 

 Reaven D’Souza
Managing Editor

(To be continued in the next issue)

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