Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and consists of thousands of small and large islands connected by straits and sea. Local and foreign tourists like Indonesia because of its naturally beautiful sites. Indonesia won two awards, “Best Innovative Stand” and “Best 10 Sqm & Over Stand” at the Travel Tourism Exhibition (held in Sydney, Australia) in July, 2016 for promoting its interesting destinations and activities. Islam is a dominant religion in Indonesia and Indonesia promotes Islamic Tourism; therefore, Muslim tourists will easily find halal hotels in Indonesia even in Hindu dominating sites in Indonesia.
Indonesia considers tourism expectations of both business and leisure travelers, hence offers all kinds of accommodation options to tourists including Indonesia resorts, 1 to 5-star hotels, hostels, apartments and guest houses. Muslim tourists should expect following halal facilities while booking a hotel in Indonesia:
Indonesia Hotel Jogja or Hotel Santika Premiere Jogja is an iconic 4-star hotel in Yogyakarta (an Indonesia city) suited for both business and leisure tourists.
Indonesia is a Muslim country; therefore, Muslim tourists will find abundant halal food restaurants in Indonesia. Restaurants that Muslim visitors in Indonesia must visit for eating top quality halal food are as follows: (a) Popolamama in Jakarta (especially for halal pizza and pasta), (b) Crispku Fried Chicken in Jakarta (especially for their fried chicken), (c) Nanamia Pizzeria (for eating fresh and healthy Italian food) in Yogyakarta, (d) The Halal Boys (serves tasty Middle-Eastern food) in Bali, and (e) Cafe de Dapoer (a 4-star resort’s restaurant serving Indonesian, Asian, and International foods) in Bali
The major airports in Indonesia is Jakarta International (Intl.) Airport (Soekarno-Hatta). Bali Ngurah Rai Interntional Airport and Surabaya Juanda International Airport are the other two busiest Indonesian airports after Jakarta Intl. Airport. Visitors can take a shuttle bus or rent a car or hire a taxi (by paying 4 – 6 Indonesian Rupee per KM) from Jakarta Airport terminals 1, 2, and 3 to reach a particular area in Jakarta. Travelers arriving in Bali Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport will find the official taxi counter at their right after exiting Arrival Halls where they can acquire a receipt for an airport taxi after paying the exact fare for a particular destination in Bali. Tourists arriving at Surabaya Juanda International Airport can buy a fixed price taxi coupon from airport’s Transportation Counter (located on Arrivals Hall after Baggage Claim) before proceeding to the taxi stand outside the airport.
Muslims should visit the following Indonesian destinations: (a) Jakarta, (b) Yogyakarta, (c) Bogor, (d) Bandung, (e) Bali, and (f) Lombok. National Monument (housing the first Indonesian flag representing Indonesia’s Independence Day – Aug 17th, 1945), National Museum (expressing Indonesia’s prolong history with its collections), Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (made of 26 replicas of Indonesian chieftains traditional houses and contains natural attractions), and Ancol (a popular park with water adventures and an art market) are Jakarta’s best tourist attractions with excellent praying facilities.
The Keraton (Sultan’s Palace in Yogyakarta) and Parangtritis Beach are places in Yogyakarta that may interest Muslim tourists. Taman Safari – a family-friendly attraction allowing visitors to watch animals wandering freely is a recommended attraction for tourists in Bogor. Saung Angklung Udjo (a cultural attraction), Tangkuban Perahu (an active volcano), and Pasar Baru Trade Centre (offering Bandung’s finest products and Muslim Wear) are famous places for travelers in Indonesia in Bandung.
Kuta Indonesia Beach or Kuta Beach (where visitors adore to swim, parasail, and travel on banana boats) In Kuta and White Sandy Beaches in Nusa Dua are popular tourist spots in Bali. Mount Rinjani (3,726 metre high), Senggigi Beach, and Gili Meno (a popular island for romantic honeymoon) are Lombok’s major attractions. Muslim travelers must visit the beautiful Mosques in Indonesia, especially The Grand Mosque of BaiturRahman (Banda Aceh), Istiqlal Mosque (Jakarta), and The Great Mosque of Sumenep (Madura Island).
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