1. Kete Kesu Village
The first Hidden gem is Kete Kesu Village. The Village has already been one of the tourism spots located in Toraja, South Sulawesi. The village is known for its the traditional houses called Tongkonan and the tomb on a rock cliff. This village is used as a spot for Toraja traditional events like Rambu Solo, Rambu Tuka, etc.
Kete Kesu Village is 5 km from Rantepao and can be easily reached. The entrance fee is 10 thousand rupiah for 1 person which is quite cheap because you can see various Torajanese historical heritage. If you are lucky, you can see the traditional ceremonies.
2. Gong Cave
This cave is located in Pacitan, East Java. It is famous for its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. It is considered as the most beautiful Cave in whole Southeast. At first, the cave is created by volcanic activity and seismic movement that happen thousands of years ago. It is called Gong (a flat circular percussion) because there is sound similar to a “gong” inside the cave. This sound come from the water drops that fall to the stalactites. In addition, there are also gong like sound when you hit the rocks.
3. Pink Beach
Most beaches have white or grey color sand, but not this beach in Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara. This beach has pink sand! This beach is one of the seven beaches in the world that have pink color sand. The pink color is made because the original white sand has mixed with pink coral pieces.
The refraction of the sun and sea waves made a contrasting color so that we can see clearly the pink color. This beach is located behind a hill so that it is very remote. But, take your time to go here and try to dive or snorkel in this beach.
4. Tanjung Puting National Park
People who are curious and want to see Orangutans by themselves can go to Tanjung Puting National Park. It is located in the heart of Borneo. This place is one of the few places on the planet at which you can see orangutans in their natural habitat. The conservation area gives you a trip down on a river with boat. While riding, you can see and take picture of orangutans in the forest jumping from tree to another tree.
Inside the national park, there is a rehabilitation center and research station for Orangutan Foundation International called Camp Leakey. When visiting the camp, you can see orangutans up close and learn about the efforts done to conserve this endangered species.
5. Bukit Cinta (Love Hill)
Bukit Cinta is located on Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara. If you want to go to Komodo Dragon Island, you have to start at this port city. Other than going to the famous island, this city carries a gem that is equal to the island. Try to climb to the peak of the hill for a beautiful and mesmerizing view surrounding you. If you want to go here, keep in mind that the best time to look at the view in the evening where the sun is setting. You will see the beautiful bright yellow light shining your body.