Senior Travel to Java

Apr 4th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Well seniors, time for a little adventure and quite far away as well. Have you ever been to Java? Even heard of it? No, not the black plasma kind at Starbucks, but in Indonesia. Java (In Indonesian: Jawa) is an island of Indonesia.

With a population of 136 million, it is the world’s most populous island, and one of the most densely populated regions in the world. It is home to 60% of Indonesia’s population. The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is in west Java. Much of Indonesian history took place on Java. The island dominates Indonesian social, political and economic life. Formed mostly as the result of volcanic events, Java is the 13th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in Indonesia.

Indonesia offers a little of everything, from an attractive visitor equation of low cost to high quality service; has an exotic mix of fascinating cultures; a magical beach holiday in Bali, enjoying cultural diversity and heritage wonders including UNESCO World Heritage Sites Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple in Java, fantastic shopping at great prices in Jakarta and Bandung, playing great golf with no waiting and value pricing at international class courses through the country, marvelous spas with both traditional and international health and beauty treatments; and overall, a safe, family-friendly atmosphere in an enchanting archipelago.

Java lies between Sumatra to the west and Bali to the east. Borneo lies to the north and Christmas Island to the south. WorldAtlas has two nice maps to help you locate the island(s). Indonesia, with over 18,000 counted islands, is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on Earth. It spans almost 2 million square kilometers between Asia and Australia.

Many of the islands are still uninhabited, with the larger islands of Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Irian Jaya (Papua), Sumatra and Sulawesi home to most of the population base. Let’s turn to Lonely Planet for their input. Introducing Java has lots of good information for tourists. 120 million people are crammed into an area half the size of England. And with such unfathomable human resources, it’s no wonder that the nation’s political and economic past, present and future are decided within its shores. For many, Indonesia quite simply begins and ends with Java.

The Five Top Destinations on Java include an active volcano. Here you will want to watch artisans making their crafts, shop for batik cloths, silver jewelry or catch a theatrical show or two. Borobudur, a Buddhist stupa in the Mahayana tradition, is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Located on the island of Java, Borobudur was built around 750 AD. This magnificent temple is a three-dimensional mandala (diagram of the universe) and a visual representation of the Buddha’s teachings. Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, which also has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world, with approximately 202.9 million identified as Muslim (88.2% of the total population) as of 2009. Majority adhere to the Sunni Muslim tradition .

Here’s a new site for me called TravBuddy. They list places to visit in Java and include reviews. Lastly, Java Tourism is loaded with information on Java. In fact it may be the best of any of the other sites above as here you will find highlights, cultural attractions, national parks, accommodations and much much more. Enjoy the food too. jeb



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