Things I can do in Indonesia: Entertainment & Recreation
Indonesia is a juxtaposition of thriving metropolises and vast stretch of natural environments. Amidst sprawling cities like Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia is home to about 150 volcanoes and about 17,508 islands.
There is a good mix of natural elements in this burgeoning nation and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do in Indonesia.
And some of these recreational activities come in the form of boating, scuba diving, surfing, volcano trekking, island hopping and jungle trekking.
There are eight regions where surfing takes place in; Sumatra, Java, East Bali, West Bali, Mentawai, Lombok, Sumbawa and East Indonesia. Indonesia has numerous beaches as it is the largest archipelago in the world, and the most famous of those beaches is Bingin Beach.
Volcano trekking, on the other hand, is an extreme and exotic sport adrenaline junkies can indulge in. The Semeru mountain in Java, which is the largest volcano in the state offers daredevils a chance to take a step into one of the most wild and untamed environments of nature.
Scuba diving off the coasts of Indonesia in places like Bali is sure to delight the most enthusiastic diver. Sharks, tunas, mantas and many other beautiful creatures populate the seas.
Boating in Indonesia is one way to take in most of the nation’s exotic locales, while island hopping and jungle trekking are also favourite recreational past times for expatriates and foreigners.
Recreational activities aside, Indonesia’s bustling cities promote a wide range of entertainment, after-hours and otherwise for expatriates. Within the cities, there are numerous malls that come with cinemas that screen not only local films but also the latest from Hollywood. Expatriates need to make sure the film is in English or at least have English-subtitles though as some tend to be dubbed in Bahasa Indonesia for the convenience of locals that may not understand English well.
Art enthusiasts can always check out the traditional Indonesian performances such as the wayang kulit (shadow puppet play), Gamelan music in addition to Western ballets and plays.
Indonesia has also been touted as having the best clubbing scene in Asia with Blok M, a district in South Jakarta being very popular among expatriates. Clubs such as X-Lounge to Stadium, expatriates have a wide range of upscale to underground clubs to patronize.
Yet, wherever they go in Jakarta, expatriates need to keep in mind that a dress code is strictly enforced in the city. No shorts or slippers are allowed in Jakarta and during the month of Ramadan, all nightlife places end at midnight while some operations close for the entire month.
Sumber : Rumah.com