The Seran Lake in Banjarbaru South Kalimantan

Seran Lake (Danau Seran) is a lake located in Banjarbaru in Guntung Manggis District. To get to that location from Banjarmasin, after passing Jl A. Yani then go to Jl. Trikora. After that, go to Jl. Danau Seran. Otherwise you could type the keyword Chik n Go Danau Seran in Google Maps. The road is quite good, so it can be passed by motorcycle or car.

When arriving at the location of Seran Lake , every motorcycle that enters parking area should pay IDR 5,000 and pay more for cars. When entering the tourist location, every visitor is required to pay IDR 5,000.

There are so many people selling there. There is also a dining place located on the lake. To reach it, there is a small bridge for walking decorated with umbrellas.

The food in the floating shop is quite affordable. There are fresh vegetables, fried rice and juices. Visitors can order food there while enjoying the lake view.

The water in Seran Lake is very clear. The green plants at the bottom of the lake are clearly visible. It made the one who see it wants to jump to enter. Even so, the water of Seran Lake is not shallow.

Across the lake is a small island. If you want to cross there, you can take a boat by paying IDR 5,000. If you want to get around the lake and enjoy the view from the boat, you should pay IDR 10.000.

For those who want photographs, there are many places with good views. Among them is the background writing of Danau Seran and the lake with the island behind it. You can also take pictures with the hanging umbrellas on the bridge.

Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin South Kalimantan

Bekantan is a long-nosed monkey and a typical animal of South Kalimantan. Its rare presence causes it to be one of the protected animals.

As a typical animal of South Kalimantan, there is a statue of bekantan in Banjarmasin. The location is on the banks of the Martapura River.

The bekantan statue was built facing in the direction of the river. It is holding duku fruit.

Around the statue, visitors can take pictures and enjoy the view of the river.

There are many boats. Some are selling food that tourists can enjoy.
Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin

This many boats also be rented by visitors to enjoy the river tours. They can go down the Martapura River to the Barito river and go to Kembang Island and Kaget Island.

Kembang Island is a delta in the middle of Barito River. This island is the island of the monkeys. Kaget Island is the island of bekantan.

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As the mascot of South Kalimantan, the visitors who come to Banjarmasin should go to Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin.

10 Priority Tourism Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia has many tourism destinations. The destinations consist of beaches, sea, mountains, lakes, temples, and various local cultures. To accelerate the development of tourism, in mid 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism launched a new program named "10 Priority Tourism Destinations (Indonesian: 10 Destinasi Wisata Prioritas)". 

Let's see the list.

1. Tanjung Lesung

Tanjung Lesung Beach is famous for its beautiful natural scenery. Not only that, the white sand and the charming underwater scenery is also a tourist attraction to come. No wonder if this beach area in Banten became one of the priority destinations in the coming year. Moreover, infrastructure in the region has also undergone many improvements.

2. Wakatobi

Wakatobi is located in South East Sulawasi. Wakatobi is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.
In Wakatobi there are 750 species from a total of 850 species of coral in the world. Nevertheless, Wakatobi still gets less visits when compared to other diving spots.

3. The Thousand Islands

The islands were figuratively called The Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) because it has many islands. In reality, only 110 islands exist. Even then, only 36 islands are used for recreation. Of that, only 13 islands are fully developed: 11 islands are homes to resorts and two islands are historic parks. Twenty-three islands are privately owned and are not open to the public. The rest of the islands are either uninhabited or support a fishing village.

The Thousand Islands Marine National Park is located 45 km (28 mi) north of Jakarta. It is mostly located on the subdistrict of North Thousand Islands, which is the northern part of the Thousand Islands. The complex contains 342 reef platforms, with 110 forming an island larger than half an acre. There may be as many as 700 individual reefs in the complex.

4. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century. This is one of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama.

Borobudur consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with no less than 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues of various types. The main dome, located at the centre of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas. 

5. Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

This national park is named after its two mountains, Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676 m), Mount Bromo (the most popular) and the Tengger people who inhabit the area.

Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase desolate beauty, then this is surely it. Rugged, barren volcanic peaks, gravel plains and that sea of sand. Truly unworldly. The park also includes large areas which are very lush and green fed by rivers from the high tops. The medium elevations are clad with much thinner forest before this gives way to the barren plateau and peaks.

6. Lake Toba

Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km2 (1,000 km2 bigger than Singapore) with an island in the center. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. The island in the middle - Pulau Samosir - was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of Batak tribe who are mostly Christians in the modern days.

7. Labuan Bajo

Labuan bajo is an ever-deserted port from tourist activity. From this region, tourists can visit many of the leading tourist destinations in NTT, such as Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Pink Beach.

Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by both the WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands.

The most famous of Komodo National Park's animals is the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis). It is the world's largest living lizard and can reach 3m or more in length and weigh over 70kg. Other animals include the Timor deer, the main prey of the Komodo dragon, wild horses (kuda liar), water buffalo, wild boar (babi liar), long-tailed macaques, palm civets, the endemic Rinca rat (Tikus besar rinca), and fruit bats.

8. Morotai Island

Morotai Island is an island in the Halmahera group of eastern Indonesia's Maluku Islands (Moluccas). It is one of Indonesia's northernmost islands. Morotai is "Heaven in East Indonesia". Morotai Island has many interesting sides that can be enjoyed. The gentle beach with white sand and clear water tempts many people to swim.

9. Mandalika

West Nusa Tenggara is one of the leading tourist destinations in Indonesia. In the coming year Mandalika area in NTB become one of the priority of tourist visit. Mandalika Lombok as a nature reserve is one of the most unique places in the world. The local art and culture of Lombok become masters in their land to be enjoyed and learned by the tourists.

10. Tanjung Kelayang

Belitung is a place for many beautiful beaches. One of the charming beaches in Belitung is Tanjung Kelayang. White sandstone and rocky rocks make the beach has its own characteristics. Infrastructure development and coastal management are the focus of future improvement.

That's 10 priority tourism destinations in Indonesia that proclaimed in 2016. Remember to visit at least one of them while in Indonesia. In addition to various tourist destinations, Indonesia still has many other tourist destinations that are not less interesting to visit.