Mini Guide to Indonesia

Interesting Sites and Natural Wonders


As the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur is a UNESCO Heritage Site dating back to the 8th century. Researchers believe it may have taken 75 years to build the structure, which consists of nine stacked platforms, decorated with 504 Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels. Borobudur is Indonesia’s most visited attraction and it’s also where the Buddhist festival Vesak takes place.

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Komodo National Park

Located in Wallacea Region of Indonesia, Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority by WWF and Conservation International. The park is the natural habitat of the famous Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world, which can reach over three meters and more than 70 kilos. The park can accommodate up to 60,000 visitors a year, who come to see the 5,000 lizards that currently live on the islands.

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Lake Toba


Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world, covering an area of 1,707 square kilometers. It’s estimated that the lake was formed some 70,000 years ago by a gigantic volcanic eruption that represented a climate-changing event such as a previous ice age. Travelers can visit Samosir Island (which is technically an island within Sumatra Island) and see the Batak culture with their statues and ceremonies.

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10 Interesting New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

In the Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely-used calendar system in the world, the start of the New Year is celebrated on January 1. In North America, bottles of champagne are popped, kisses are exchanged, and everyone sings and makes noise to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Some traditions that we take part in are unique to our culture, even if it seems like everyone does them. In other parts of the globe, the celebration of the New Year looks quite different — some cultures even celebrate it on a completely separate day.

Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

The World in Liquor

When you go out for a night, how many options for liquor does your home base bar have on offer? Sure, they’ve probably got some standard gins, vodkas, rums, whiskies, and tequilas—but probably not much of anything else. If you’re traveling, one of the best ways to start to get to know the local culture is to indulge in a popular local drink.