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Jawa Sumatra Island, Indonesia

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Moving along the Malay coast, the convoy of Ibn Battuta anchored at the port city of Samudra, the Sumatran Port. He spent a few weeks on the island and left for China in April 1346. Ibn Battuta also refers to the island as Java.

Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world and an important island of Indonesia. The Banda Aceh is the capital of the Aceh province in Sumatra. The Masjid Raya Baiturrahman features amazing architecture. Travelers will also love visiting the Cut Nyak Dhien House and Gunongan and Taman Putroe Phang, Aceh Museum, Ulee Lheue-Banda Aceh, Indonesia Airline Monument ad the Tsunami Monument and Garden. There are a number of souvenir shops across the city.

Bengkulu is a beautiful city and the capital of the Bengkulu Province. Visitors can enjoy picturesque sunsets from Fort Malborough. While in the city, travelers can also explore the Enggano Island and enjoy outdoor activities like trekking, diving and surfing.

The city of Jambi is located in east Sumatra in the Jambi Province. Muaro Jambi is the largest archaeological site of Sumatra. The Bukit Duabelas National Park has the last remaining lowland rainforest and is home to the Orang Rimba tribe.

Medan is one of the largest cities of Indonesia and has a number of interesting places to visit. The Maimoon Palace, Old City Hall, Water Tower, Post Office Center and Titi Cantuary are worth visiting. Walk along the Merdeka Walk and get to know more about the area at the Museum of North Sumatra. The Medan Zoo is also an excellent place to enjoy. Medan has some exclusive shopping malls like Medan Fair Plaza, Medan Mall, Sun Plaza and Grand Palladium Mall.

Padang is another important city in Sumatra housing attractions like Museum Adityawarman, Pantai Air Manis, Taman Budaya cultural park, Sitti Nurbaya Bridge and the Padang Beach. The Ramayana shopping district has a number of shops.

Pekanbaru, the capital of the Riau Province is the hub for oil production in the region. There are a number of sites to visit in city including Mesjid Agung An-Nur and Mesjid Raya Pekanbaru. The Labersa Water Park is lovely to enjoy. The city has fantastic shopping malls.

From Sumatra, Ibn Battuta set out again for China making his next stop at the island of Java. The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is located on Java and features a vibrant life. Masjid Istiqlal is the largest masjid in the city. There are a number of historic buildings in the northern part of the city. The Jakarta History Museum is an excellent site. The city also has several recreational parks for travelers to spend a day and picnic in. Jakarta has various exclusive shopping malls.

Yogyakarta in Java is popular for its ancient relics and colonial architecture. The Grand Masjid of Yogyakarta is the main masjid in the city. The Sultan's Place Complex is one of the bets sites in the city. The Vredeburg a Dutch Fort, old capital of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom and the Royal Palace are among other sites. Adventurous travellers have several places to enjoy. Shopping is an enjoyable experience in the city.

Bandung has a number of interesting places like the Bosscha Observatorium, Geological Museum, Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung Zoo and the Alun-alun Bandung. Lembang located close to the city is an amazing place to visit. The Masjid Raya Bandung is the main masjid in Bandung. Bandung is the best place for shopping lovers to enjoy.

Surabaya is located in east Java and has several museums, amusement parks and historic monuments for travelers to visit. The Al-Akbar Masjid is the biggest masjid in the city. The Ciputra Water Park is a fun place for everyone. The Pasar Pabean in the city has the best shopping malls.

Finding Halal food in Java and Sumatra is never an issue. All the Halal restaurants carry a certificate from Majelis Ulama Indonesia. The Indonesian cuisine is varied; popular dishes include grilled chicken, mixed vegetables in Chinese style, grilled fish, jackfruit stew and potato patties.

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Indonesia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE/COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Jakarta

GEOGRAPHY

Indonesia is made of more than 17 thousand islands covering more than 1.9 million sq Kms with a coast line over 80,000 Kms.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 230 Million. Muslims account for about 88.2% of the population.

CLIMATE

A little variation can be seen with the temperature based on the seasons but it is fairly constant, 28°C (82.4°F) with the coastal plains , Mountain areas range from 26°C (78.8°F) to 23°C (73.4°F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Indonesian(Also known as Bahasa) is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

Indonesia West : GMT +7
Indonesia Central : GMT +8
Indonesia East : GMT +9

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
General: 8 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Years Day : January 1st
Good Friday : April 22nd 
Ascension Day : June 2nd
Christmas : December 25th

Based on the lunar & Other calandars:
Birth of the Prophet(Milad un Nabi)
Day of Silance(new year in Bali Calendar)
Buddha's Birthday
Idul Fitri
Idul Adha
Islamic New Year

CURRENCY

Indonesian Rupiah

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 110
Medical: 118/119
Fire: 113
Mobile or Satellite Emergency: 112

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