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Selamat Datang! Means Welcome in Bahasa Indonesia, the language.

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Getting around by air Indonesia is well connected to the rest of the world by numerous airlines. Many international flights, especially those to Bali, stop first in Singapore due to runway restrictions at Bali.

Airports & Airlines The principal gateways for entry to Indonesia are Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (which is sometimes shown as Denpasar in schedules).

Both are in the midst of expansion and projects. Other airports with international links � albeit limited � include Balikpapan, Medan, Surabaya, Lombok and Manado.

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Unknown to many travelers, there are actually many things to do in Indonesia, and some of them are unique to only in Indonesia. Be it from swimming in the largest natural volcanic lake to shopping in one of the major cities in Asia to immersing in culture and histories and having adventure and activities on the sea to something different like sitting the becak around soaking in the environment. Indonesia is the place for every independent traveler, promising many experiences and adventures to those who seek them. Here are the top 10 things you must do in Indonesia:

Shop till you drop One of the best shopping places in Asia or some might even say the world is in Indonesia. You may find from international brands in the big shiny malls of Jakarta to affordable and cheap bargains in the markets and smaller malls.

Sit a becak to sightseeing in the city Use one of the becak (trishaw) in cities like Yogyakarta or Malang, and just let it take you around the city in style. It can wind through narrow streets and let you immerse in the environment better. With wind in your face, you feel the place and let sights and smells sink in from all corners of the city.

Immerse in history and culture Indonesia itself host two of the most beautiful ancient wonders in the proximity of Yogyakarta � the famous Borobudur temple and the revered Prambanan temple. Be wow by the well preserved remains of the two great kingdoms of two very different religion � Buddhism and Hinduism and then look around you to find that currently the majority of the people here is Muslim. Now this is the epitome of religions and cultures experience.

Hike up and watch sunrise from/over volcanoes Trek and hike up one of the many volcanoes of Indonesia, one being the most famous is the Mount Bromo in Java another is Mount Rinjani in Lombok. The hike up to view sunrise over Mount Bromo is famous for many reasons, but sometimes viewing it from the tip of the volcano across crater is also breathtaking.

Diving in world most beautiful spots Indonesia is not a stranger to the serious divers of the world, with amazing dive spots like Raja Ampat and Togian islands. The marine life around Indonesia boast more than 3000 species and huge biodiversity. Put on your dive gears and explore the well preserved ocean in search of new species that you have never encounter before.

Trek in natural rainforest in search of Orangutan Bukit lawang is one of the last few places on Earth to see Orangutans living in the wild. Trek through the lush tropical rainforest in search of Orangutans, not only you will have the jungle trekking of your life, the Orangutans will bring your last breath away.

Island hopping and snorkeling With 17000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, it brings the idea of island hopping to a new scale. With its clear blue sea, snorkeling is a natural thing to do at every new spots in the ocean and nearby all the pristine beaches. Snorkel off beautiful islands like Togian islands, or Karimunjawa and Gili Islands in Lombok.

Surf the powerful waves Surf in the many spots of Indonesia that promises powerful waves for beginners to expert. One of the few best surfing spots of Indonesia around the many islands it has, such as Mentawai or Panaitan and even the famous Bali and Lombok! You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to surfing in style in Indonesia. Check out our Top 10 Places to Surf in Indonesia

Join in ancient culture and rites that had stood the test of time Up in the highlands of Tana Toraja, the people are still practicing funeral rites from more than 100 years ago or explore the land of the indigenous tribe of Baliem Valley, Papua that still live like their ancestors in terms of cultures, clothings and way of life.

Swim in one of the world�s largest crater lake Lake Toba, also known as Danau Toba, is the largest volcanic lake in the world measuring at 1,707 sq ft. Swim in this natural world wonder clear lake amidst mountains reflecting on the clear water. This is definitely one experience you would not want to miss.

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There are over 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia.95% of those are of Native Indonesian ancestry.

The largest ethnic group in Indonesia is the Javanese who make up about 40% of the total population. The Javanese are concentrated on the island of Java but millions have migrated to other islands throughout the archipelago because of the transmigration program. The Sundanese, Malay, and Madurese are the next largest groups in the country.Many ethnic groups, particularly in Kalimantan and Papua, have only hundreds of members. Most of the local languages belong to Austronesian language family, although a significant number, particularly in Papua, speak Papuan languages. The Tionghoa population makes up a little less than 1% of the total Indonesian population according to the 2000 census. Some of these Indonesians of Chinese descent speak various Chinese dialects, most notably Hokkien and Hakka.

The classification of ethnic groups in Indonesia is not rigid and in some cases unclear due to migrations, cultural and linguistic influences; for example some may consider Bantenese and Cirebonese to be members of Javanese people, however some others argue that they are different ethnic groups altogether since they have their own distinct dialects. This is the same case with Baduy people that share many cultural similarities with the Sundanese people. An example of hybrid ethnicity is the Betawi people, descended not only from marriages between different peoples in Indonesia but also with Arab, Chinese and Indian migrants since the era of colonial Batavia (Jakarta).

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