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Pulau Nias– Pulau Nias is an island with a population of about 800,000. Here you can see the carved stone monuments at Tetegewois, Tundrumbaho, and Lolofitu Moi, or visit the village of Boro Nadu where the Nias believe they originated. If you enjoy museums, Gunung Sitoli offers the Pusaka Nias Museum.
Tenganan – This traditional village is located in East Bali and is easy for visitors to tour. You will need to make a donation upon entering the village, and it is polite to tip your guide well upon exiting.
West Sumatra – This region is known for its unique houses. The Pagaruyung Palace is a museum with historical artifacts in it, but it is still under reconstruction after a fire destroyed it in 2007.
Denpasar– Denpasar, population around 800,000, is where you will find the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali, which contains Balinese art and cultural objects. The Monument of the Struggle of Balinese People is another important cultural stop and tells the history of the Bali people.
Komodo National Park – Named for the famed dragons, they fill the park. You will get a guide for a brief tour, but you need to pay extra if you want to take a longer walk. All visitors must use the guides for their protection, komodo dragons have been known to attack and even kill people.
Kota Ternate – Kota Ternate has a population of around 100,000. Here you will find a sultan’s palace (Keraton/ Istana Kesultan) with an interesting museum inside it. There are also several forts to explore: Benteng Oranye, Benteng Tolukko, and Benteng Kalamata.
Pontianak – With a population of around 550,000, Pontianak is the home of the Istana Kadriyah, which was built in 1771 and holds a museum of royal relics. In the Museum Negeri Pontianak, you will find artifacts from Chinese, Malay, and Dayak cultures. Pontianak also is the site of the equator monument and Dayak and Saham longhouses.
Makassar (Ujung Padang) – In Makassar, population of around 1 million, you can visit Fort Rotterdam, a well-preserved Dutch fort, Old Gowa, the native settlement, and the Museum Balla Lompoa with Australian Aborigine artifacts.
Medan– With a population of 2 million, Medan has many colonial and cultural attractions. Stop by the Maimoon Palace to see the throne room, and the Tjong A Fie Mansion, a Chinese merchants residence, which was turned into a museum. The Bukit Barisan Military Museum details WWII, the Sumatran rebellion, and the War of Independence.
Aceh – There are around 4 million people in Aceh. You should tour the Gunongan, a palace built by Sultan Iskandar Muda in the 1600s for his wife. Other attractions of note are the Museum Negeri Banda Aceh, which contains artifacts from the Acehnese people and the newly created Tsunami Museum, which fittingly doubles as a tsunami shelter.
Java and Sumatra are the only islands with train service, but this service is limited. Buses are better connected, but they leave when they are full. This means they may wait at a stop until they are packed. Expect a hot, rough ride and conceal your valuables. There is a luxury bus offered in some areas, but you must make reservations in advance and cannot bring too much luggage. Also, these are not as well connected as the local buses.
There are several alternative local means of travel: horse drawn cart, taxi, motorcycle, and 3-wheel motorised and non-motorised vehicles. When animals are involved, expect them to be treated poorly. Make sure you decide on the fare before you get into any vehicle and also make sure the fare agreed upon is not per person.
Although the roads are rough, if you hire a 4WD car, you should not have any problems even in the interior of some islands. You can control the air conditioning with your own hired car, and you do not have to be worried about someone taking your belongings. If you are uncomfortable driving yourself, it is relatively inexpensive to hire a driver when you hire the car.
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