10 Places to Visit in Indonesia (That Aren’t Bali)

Written by Sebastian Modak

The country’s Ministry of Tourism wants you to expand your horizons a little bit.

The Indonesian island of Bali is known as “the Island of the Gods” for its unique position as the only Hindu-majority island in a Muslim-majority archipelago. But, it just as easily could have been given the title for that more abstract—dare we say spiritual—feeling you get as a visitor, sitting under a teak gazebo surrounded by rice paddies, the sound of gamelan music ringing out from some temple far away. These days, though, thanks to the Eat, Pray, Love effect and the popularity of its southern beaches as no-holds-barred party destinations, it takes a little more effort than it once did to find those moments of tranquility. Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism seems to agree—and wants you to discover what the rest of the country has to offer.

As the Jakarta Post reports, Hiramsyah Sambudi Thaib, head of Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, has ordered travel agencies and airlines to increase offerings to ten spots scattered across the country’s roughly 6,000 inhabited islands, with explicit plans to make them more known and accessible to tourists.

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