Ambon, one of Indonesia’s Spice Islands, attracted European adventurers and colonists as early as 1521.
It is the capital of Maluku, a province, made up of about 1,000 islands formerly known as the Moluccas, or Spice Islands. Ambon embraces 294 square miles of general hilly, agricultural terrain that produces coffee, corn, copra, cloves and sugar, among others.
Banda Aceh is rich in events, attractions and unique culture. It is also blessed with natural beauty, waves and sea garden for diving.
Banda Aceh is located on the northern tip of Sumatra. It has a fascinating history which over the centuries has shaped and transformed the region into what it is today. In 1292, Marco Polo, on his epic voyage from China visited Sumatra on his way to Persia and reported that in the northern part of the island there were as many as six busy trading ports including Perlak, Samudera and Lamri. Islamic writings and Indian inscriptions from around the ninth century also named the area and its importance, primarily as a busy and highly strategic trading post.
In the heart of an unsung part of Borneo, Balikpapan is Kalimantan’s gateway city. Most venture here for business reasons, in particular the mining industry.
Yet the city still has the feel of an undiscovered corner of Asia, blending Bugis, Javanese, Dayaks and foreigners into a diverse ethnic melting pot. Fringed by jungles and sea, Balikpapan retains an otherworldly charm even as the city modernises.
Banjarmasin is affectionately known as the ‘River City’ as it is located on a delta island near the junction of the Barito and Martapura rivers. It is also the capital of South Kalimantan.
Banjarmasin has long been renowned as a center for gem trading, particularly rare diamonds and rubies. The diamonds produced in Banjarmasin are especially known for their exquisite brilliance too.
Batam is one of the 3,000 islands, which make up the Riau Archipelago and is closest to Singapore, which is only 20 km away.
One of Batam's biggest attractions is the fresh and delicious seafood. Giant prawns, live crabs, and fish taken straight from nets in the sea, lobsters, clams and shellfish are cooked in a variety of styles. Try the local 'gong-gong' conch shell where the succulent meat inside is fished out with a pin and dipped in a spicy sauce before eating.
Bengkulu is a province of Indonesia. It is located on the southwest coast of the island of Sumatra.
Bengkulu borders the provinces of West Sumatra, Jambi, South Sumatra and Lampung. The capital and largest city of the province is Bengkulu city.
Enjoy the unique Balinese heritage and culture. Visit the magnificent Pura Jagatnatha temple, which has breathtaking architecture.
To learn more about the arts in Bali, take a trip to Taman Wedhi Budaya, which preserves artifacts and exhibits. For a local experience, visit Denpasar’s night markets and dine at small Javanese food stalls. Enjoy shopping at the many textile stalls selling beautiful pieces of batik materials, intricate handicraft and souvenirs.
Historically Fakfak was a significant port town, being one of the few Papuan towns that had relations with the Sultanate of Ternate, being bound to it. The Sultanate later granted the Dutch colonial government permission to settle in Papua, including in Fakfak. The Dutch began settlement in 1898, and as a result the town still has some colonial buildings remaining from this settlement
Gorontalo is the capital city of the new Gorontalo Province and nestles on the calm waters of the northern shoreline of Tomini Bay, on the southern fringe of Sulawesi.
In Gorontalo, the weather is balmy and equatorial, and the landscape adorned by chains of mountains. This city is famous for its distinctive corn chowder known as ‘binte biluhuta’. It is made with corn, shredded coconut, cilantro leaf, and fish or tiny shrimp. You can also buy local souvenirs like ‘Krawang’ embroidery around the town centre.
Ho Chi Minh City
Take a trip down the Mekong River or navigate the city's bustling streets on foot, to gain a peek into the soul of its thriving community.
Explore the historic sites and architecture of this former French colony, and marvel at the intricacies of local Vietnamese handicraft. See how Ho Chi Minh City has risen from the ashes of war, and enjoy the warm smiles that greet you the moment you set foot in the city.
Jakarta is the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia, a country of more than 13,000 islands with a population of over 180 million. As the capital city, Jakarta is a melting pot of the different ethnic groups.
Jakarta is a city of contrasts; the traditional and the modern, the sacral and the worldly, often stand side by side in this bustling metropolis. Even its population made up of the ethnic and cultural groups, which is a reflection of the national motto; Unity in Diversity.
Jambi is the capital of Jambi province, on the island of Sumatra.
The city is a busy port on the Batang Hari River. It is also an oil and rubber producing centre. The city is located 26km from the ruins of Muaro Jambi, an important city of the ancient Srivijaya kingdom.
Jayapura is the capital of the Indonesian-administered territory of Irian Jaya, otherwise known as West Papua.
Most tourists head inland to Wamena to see the highland Danis, or down to Agatz to see the Asmat people of the south coast. You can also find places to hike around Wamena and try climbing to the waterfalls not far up Mount Cyclops which towers over Sentani.
Kaimana is a paradise located in the southern West Papua who have exotic natural marine. Kaimana’s exoticism extends from Venu Island in southwest to Triton bay in southeast. Kaimana consists of eight original tribes that are Mairasi, Koiwai, Irarutu, Madewana, Miereh, Kuripasai, Oboran, and Kuri. Kaimana which covers about 18.500 km are promising diverse attractions such as marine tourism, culture, and history. For those who love to dive, then the Namatota straits and Iris straits south of triton bay ready to greet with all the charm of natural beauty under the sea. At 30 meters from the surface into the ocean, you can explore the beauty of coral reefs and mingle with different kinds of marine animals.
Kendari is the capital of the Indonesian province of Southeast Sulawesi. The city lies along Kendari Bay. Moramo Waterfall is located 65 km east of Kendari. Some of Kendari's main attractions are its bay, nearby Bungkutoko Island, Bokori Island, and the city's many beaches. Another draw is the selling of local handicrafts and souvenirs. Handicrafts include gold and silver ornament making, filigree work, weaving, and woodworking. The silver jewelry industry is carried on mostly by the Chinese.
Kuala Lumpur radiates an exciting and enticing charm, which will no doubt pique your interest.
The city affectionately known as KL, is an amazing cultural melting pot. Here, you will wander through communities of Chinese, Malays, South Indians, and East Malaysian ethnic groups, Thais, Indonesians, Sikhs and a huge community of expatriates. While each community has its own festivals, food, music, art and fashion, they also enjoy experiencing each other's culture.