If you are in desperate need of a vacation but lack of a proper destination is delaying it, let me present you 10 facts that will make you pack your bags and leave for Indonesia right away.
The country is one of the favourite tourist destinations for a number of reasons, aside from being affordable and comprised of more than 17.000 islands. The rich culture and eye catching beauty has been the magnets and successfully attracts a wide number of people from all over the world each year.
Let me give you a brief introduction of the country before I start
Capital: Jakarta (I know it will break your heart but Bali is not the capital of Indonesia)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (Rp) (IDR)
Official Languages: Indonesian
President: Joko Widodo
Population: 255,461,700 (2015)
GDP: $3.010 trillion (2016)
Calling code: +62
Here is a list of 10 interesting facts about Indonesia that makes it a perfect tourist destination.
1. Among the biggest islands of the world
Out of all the 17,000 islands, 3 of them are among the top 10 biggest islands of the world.
They are Sumatra (being the 6th), Borneo (being the third) and Papua (being the second).
2. Biggest importer of shovel
Next time someone asks you the country responsible for the biggest shovel import in the world, you should know the name.
Yes, you guessed it. Indonesia is the biggest importer of shovel in the whole world.
3. Home to endangered species
A lot of endangered and rare species of animals and birds are found here. The exotic climate of Indonesia helps in their survival, nourishment and growth.
Some of the popular species are Komodo Dragon, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Orang Utan and many more.
4. Rafflesia Arnoldi
Rafflesia Arnoldi is the largest flower in the world that was discovered in Indonesia.
It was discovered by British scientist J Raffles in Bengkulu (Bencolen).
5. Ring Of Fire
Have you watched the Lord of the rings? Well, this has nothing to do with the movie.
It has more than 400 registered volcanoes. Most of them are dormant and the dormant ones serve as an attractive spot for the tourists.
The presence of the volcanoes may sound thrilling but they cause at least 4 earthquakes each day.
6. Mount of Jaya Wijaya
What if you are struck by a sudden urge to ski during your vacation?
Fear not, Indonesia may have an exotic climate on large but the highest point Mount of Jaya Wijaya, Papua is covered in snow.
So it will serve both as a fun and an adventurous spot.
7. Homo erectus Palaeojavanicus
If your parents or guardians are against the idea of your Indonesian tour, tell them the country holds a great historical background that will help you in your studies.
And when I said history, I am not referring to a decade ago.
Homo erectus Palaeojavanicus, one of the earliest humans of the world are believed to have originated from the Java islands.
Little do your parents know that you will probably spend all the time at Bali.
8. Biggest island due to the volcanoes
Did I tell you 3 of the top 10 biggest islands of the world are from Indonesia? Yes?
Did I tell you that there are more than 400 volcanoes? Seems like I am done with this one too!
Did I tell you that Toba Lake is recorded as the biggest Island of volcano causes? No? Then let me tell you in detail.
The abundant number of volcanoes has done something positive for the country through the Toba Lake. Toba Lake is the biggest island in the world that was created due to volcanic activities.
9. Chinese population
Indonesia has given shelter to a lot of Chinese population.
It is known for being the home to the largest Chinese population in the world consisted with Hakka Chinese, Han Chinese, Wu Chinese etc.
10. Strong emphasis on their native culture
Indonesia have been invaded many times by the foreign countries including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan and even some believe Arab invaded them too.
Despite the fact, they have never adopted the foreign languages.