No traveler will ever think that Indonesia’s nature is boring, because Indonesia does have a huge number of natural wealth that no one can explore all of them in their lifetime However, sometimes the desire for traveling overseas arises and it is just unstoppable; a mere desire to breathe different air and open our vision about other countries that are not similar to that of our beloved country.

Unfortunately, traveling overseas requires extra money; from getting passport, visa, until buying airline ticket and dealing with accommodation. If your desire to travel overseas is unstoppable but your wallet doesn’t support it, try these 25 places in Indonesia which have overseas-like sensation. Who knows they are located close to your house, and you won’t have to possess super high budget to reach them.

1. Dreaming of Stepping Your Foot on Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco? Let’s start by Trying Suramadu Bridge Connecting Surabaya and Madura

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge, via hdwallpapersinn
Suramadu Bridge
Suramadu Bridge, via khareulu.deviantart

As one of the most popular and most iconic bridge (as well as number one place for suicide), it is not so wrong if you have a dream of crossing this bridge.

But if you don’t have sufficient budget, you don’t need to travel far away to San Francisco. Though their shapes are not exactly the same, Suramadu Bridge should be enough to provide you Golden Gate Bridge-like atmosphere.

Suramadu Bridge at night
Suramadu Bridge at night, via brewuu

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2. This Soge Bridge in Pacitan Looks Like Eitai Bridge in Tokyo.

Eitai Bridge, via た!
Eitai Bridge, via た!/wikimedia commons
Soge Bridge in Pacitan
Soge Bridge in Pacitan, via panoramio

Eitai Bridge might not be the most iconic bridge in the world. But in Tokyo, this bridge is a well-known city landmark. With simple and beautiful shape as well as blue illumination at night, Eitai Bridge looks particularly cool when city lights start to shine.

If you dream of directly seeing that curved blue-colored bridge, Pacitan city also has curved blue bridge namely Soge Bridge. If you ignore background differences between those two bridges, you will feel a sensation of familiarity.

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3. Grand Canyon in Colorado Is Cool. Its ‘Twin ‘, Green Canyon in Ciamis Is Also Cool.

Havasu waterfall in Grand Canyon
Havasu waterfall in Grand Canyon, via 500px
Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh) in Ciamis
Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh) in Ciamis, via fotografindo

Wanna go to Grand Canyon in Colorado? Sadly, that place is far from Indonesia. We haven’t counted the complicated process in applying for visa, buying airline ticket, and other trivial matters. First, don’t be sad, because may be the Green Canyon (a.k.a Cukang Taneuh) in Ciamis is closer to reach and more affordable. Its beauty is not inferior to Grand Canyon in Colorado, but you have to come outside of rain season (because the river’s water is not muddy at certain time).

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4. They Say, Raja Ampat in Papua is Very Similar to Phi Phi Island in Thailand…

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island, via freewillyphuket
Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat, via trendwisata

Long time before people made it the shooting location for The Beach film starred by Leonardo DiCaprio, Phi Phi Island has already been famous for its beauty. And, Indonesia shall be proud because the beauty of Raja Ampat in Papua is not inferior to that of Phi Phi Island. Even, Raja Ampat is often called as the twin of Phi Phi Island because its atmosphere resembles that of the island.

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5. But, Many Also Say that Raja Ampat is Similar to Palau Islands in Oceania. What About You? Which One is More Similar?

Palau Islands, Oceania
Palau Islands, Oceania, via puesta-en-valor.blogspot
Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat, via blog.tiket

Besides considered as similar to Phi Phi Island, Raja Ampat is often said that it looks like Palau Islands in Oceania too. According to you, Is Raja Ampat more simillar to Phi Phi Island or Palau Islands? or both?

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6. Dreaming of Traveling to Maldives but Your Wallet is Thin? Just Go to Iboih Beach, A Beach with Maldives-like Sensation

Maldives
Maldives, via expatcassie.wordpress
Iboih Beach
Iboih Beach, via beachbeacho.blogspot

No one ever refuses to have their honeymoon in Maldives while relaxing on a white sandy beach and enjoying blue ocean which looks as if it was borderless. Unfortunately, for some people, going for honeymoon in Maldives may spend their salary for years, and Maldives will eventually be a mere dream.

Maybe you can try Iboih Beach in Weh Island, Sabang. You would find a piece of Maldives with more affordable price for your pocket.

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7. Or, Go and Visit Ora Island in Maluku. Many Agree that This Island Also Has Maldives-Like Sensation

One of the resorts in Maldives
One of the resorts in Maldives, via traveleress
Ora Island in Maluku
Ora Island in Maluku, via travelingdictionary

Or, if you are located in Eastern Indonesia and Iboih is too distance away too reach, you could also find a piece of Maldives in Ora Island, Maluku. Not a few people referred to this island as “Little Maldives” from Indonesia. The surroundings in Ora Island might even be a bit more exotic because it has mountain scenery as its background.

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8. The Sensation of Everest-Like Snowy Mountain Peak Can Be Found in Carstensz Pyramide, Papua.

Peak of Everest Mountain
Peak of Everest Mountain, via boomsbeat

Everest Mountain is the highest mountain on earth. Carstensz Pyramid is Jayawijaya Mountain’s highest mountain peak in Indonesia. Both of those mountain peaks have similar surroundings, with eternal snow covering most of its surface. For you dreaming of conquering Everest Mountain, maybe you can start first by conquering Cartens Pyramid.

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9. Feeling Curious with Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Kediri has a Similar-But-Not-Alike Twin, Simpang Lima Gumul Monument.

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, via inzumi
Simpang Lima Monument in Kediri
Simpang Lima Monument in Kediri, via hartoyosbk.wordpress

Seeing a monument as great as Arc de Triomphe in Paris must be very cool, right? But if Paris is so far to reach, just visit Kediri city. There you will find Simpang Lima Gumul Monument, which is similar-but-not-alike to Arc de Triomphe.

And if you have chance to see Simpang Lima Gumul Monument directly, don’t easily get satisfied with getting photographed in front of the building. There are many interesting facilities in this 6-story high monument, from a minimarket on the ground floor to an auditorium on its upper floor.

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10. Ever Imagining of Traveling Down a River in Amazon but Haven’t Made It Come True? You Can Start Your Training by Boating Down Maron River.

Amazon River
Amazon River, via quotespics.quotes8
Maron River in Pacitan
Maron River in Pacitan, via kaskus

You may ever imagine of traveling down Amazon River. But if you fear of encountering Anaconda, you can feel the atmosphere of Amazon River in Pacitan city. This city has Maron River whose surroundings are not inferior to the rivers in Amazon. Just take a look at the image above, do you agree with that opinion?

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11. And, If You Are Curious of Amazon Jungle Surroundings Sensation, the Jungles in Kalimantan Has Similar Atmosphere.

Amazon Jungle
Amazon Jungle, via misterelders.wordpress
A Jungle in Kalimantan
A Jungle in Kalimantan, via iwantantomi.wordpress

If Maron River in Pacitan is famous for having Amazon river-like surroundings, the Amazon Jungle-like atmosphere can be found in Kalimantan jungles. Boating down its river will make you feel as if you were thrown to a river in Amazon.

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12. Wanna See Sahara Desert Directly and Feel the Sensation of Sandboarding? No Need to Travel Far Away There, Because the Surroundings in Parangkusumo Sand Dunes in Yogyakarta Has Similar Sensation.

Sahara Desert
Sahara Desert, via prew
Parangkusumo Sand Dunes in Jogjakarta
Parangkusumo Sand Dunes in Jogjakarta, via jogja

Sahara Desert might be the most famous desert in the world. But the people of Jogja might feel proud, because there are Sand Dunes in Parangkusumo no less cooler than Sahara Desert. You can also do sandboarding in this “desert” of Jogja.

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13. Before Seeing Taj Mahal in India Directly, You Might Be Interested to Visit An-Nur Mosque in Pekanbaru. Its Silhouette Will Remind You of That Eternal Love Monument.

Taj Mahal in India
Taj Mahal in India, via wallpaperawesome
An Nur Mosque in Pekanbaru
An Nur Mosque in Pekanbaru, via perigunawan.deviantart

OK, frankly speaking, An Nur mosque in Pekanbaru and Taj Mahal in India are not so similar. However, this silhouette of An Nur Mosque should be enough to remind us of the silhouette of Taj Mahal, moreover at night. If you are unable to visit Taj Mahal in this near future, there is no harm in visiting An Nur Mosque to admire its architecture (you could also pray there to be given opportunity to visit the real Taj Mahal).

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14. Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar is Not the Only Existing Golden Pagoda, Medan City Also Has Lumbini Natural Park Pagoda with Golden Nuance (and a Replica of Shwedagon Pagoda).

Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, via skyscrapercity
Lumbini Natural Park Pagoda
Lumbini Natural Park Pagoda, via indonesiananelok.blogspot

A popular landmark is often duplicated in another location. This is also the case for Shwedagon Pagoda located in Yangon, Myanmar. Now, you don’t have to travel distance away to Myanmar to see that 99-meter tall pagoda, because its “twin” can be found in Brastagi, Lumbini Natural Park Pagoda. Visiting this pagoda for a while will make you forget that you are still in Indonesia, and ‘fly’ your imagination away to Myanmar.

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15. If So Far You Can Only See Stone Statues of Easter Island from Books, Lore Lindu Megalithic Statues in Central Sulawesi Might Be Closer To Reach.

Stone statues in Easter Island
Stone statues in Easter Island, via ianmcburney
A stone statue in Lore Lindu National Park
A stone statue in Lore Lindu National Park, via serbavintage.blogspot

Easter Island is well known of huge sized stone statues called as moai. It is believed that those statues had been made since 1600’s. However, Indonesia also had very ancient stone statues originated from 1300’s. Just go to Lore Lindu National Park. There are 431 megalithic sites you can reach more easily than that of Easter Island.

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16. Visiting Sukuh Temple in Central Java Might Cure Your Curiosity of Mayan Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico.

Mayan Chichen Itza in Peru
Mayan Chichen Itza in Peru, via blog.scottdunn
Sukuh Temple
Sukuh Temple, via Daniel Julie/wikimedia commons

Year 2012 might be the year of “popularity” for Mayan people. Mayan prophecy regarding 2012 doomsday did become trending topic in that year, which eventually triggered curiosity about Mayan people and their iconic Chichen Itza pyramid.

But if a ticket to Mexico is too expensive, maybe you can reallocate your traveling budget to visit Sukuh Temple in Karanganyar, Central Java. The shape of Sukuh Temple and Chichen Itza is almost the same, if you take the basic form of a pyramid whose upper portion is cut off. As a bonus, this Sukuh Temple is known as an erotic temple because some ornaments depict the art of making love. Feeling curious?

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17. Has the Sleeping Buddha Statue in Wat Pho, Thailand, Been Moved to Mojokerto? Or They Are Just Similar

Sleeping Buddha statue in Wat Pho, Thailand
Sleeping Buddha statue in Wat Pho, Thailand, via Wikipedia
Sleeping Buddha statue in Mojokerto
Sleeping Buddha statue in Mojokerto, via dhelittyafinaly.blogspot

Dreaming of directly seeing sleeping Buddha statue in Wat Pho, Thailand? Before traveling far away there, it’s better that you stop away first in Mojokerto, East Java. In Vihara Majapahit, located in Trowulan District, you will find a sleeping Buddha statue sized 22-meter long, 6-meter wide, and 4.5-meter tall.

Just like the sleeping Buddha statue in Wat Pho, this Mojokerto statue is also golden colored. Even though the model and the size are different from the sleeping Buddha statue in Wat Pho, you can feel Thailand temple-like atmosphere sensation in this place.

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18. This Cool Scenery Reminds You Of Bahama Island. But, That’s Actually Balikpapan City in Kalimantan.

Nassau City in Bahama
Nassau City in Bahama, via sitedebelezamoda
Balikpapan
Balikpapan, via skyscrapercity

Bahama, located in Florida, is very famous of its beautiful beach side city scenery, besides its extremely beautiful beach scenery. But you don’t actully need to go distance away to Bahama to enjoy the atmosphere of a beach side city. Some corners of the city also have special charm reminding you of cities in Bahama, especially when you look at its seaside buildings.

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19. And, You Can Also Find Bahama or Hawaii Streets-Like Surroundings When You Walk Down the Streets Heading to Meulaboh Beach in Aceh

A Street in Meulaboh, Aceh
A Street in Meulaboh, Aceh, via kapanlagi

If you look at the picture above, you might think that those streets are in Bahama, Hawaii, or other cities and other countries. The point is, that shouldn’t be in Indonesia!

If you think so, you are wrong because the street in that picture is in Meulaboh, Aceh. The surroundings are not like Indonesian streets, though it is quite difficult to specify other locations resembling that situation.

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20. A Seaside City and Rolling Waves Hitting Shorelines; This Miami-Like Surroundings Turns Out To Be Located Behind Plaza Balikpapan, Kalimantan.

Miami seaside street
Miami seaside street, via miamistreetanimals
Behind Plaza Balikpapan
Behind Plaza Balikpapan, via virginmojito.wordpress

A seaside city, a white and clean beach, rolling waves hitting roadside fenced off with palm trees, those all descriptions perfectly match the surroundings of Miami city, Florida. And, you may also be imagining a row of luxurious cars roaming in Miami streets as well as people sunbathing at the beach.

But, if you go to Balikpapan, exactly behind the parking lot of Plaza Balikpapan, a piece of Miami situation can be experienced there. At least, the “rolling waves hitting roadsides” part will make you feel as if you weren’t in Indonesia.

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21. Bunaken Is Not Only Famous of Its Underwater Beauty, But Also Because It Keeps A Piece of Monaco Charm in Its Seas.

Monaco
Monaco, via franzdis.blogspot
Bunaken
Bunaken, via amriholiday.blogspot

Monaco is located in Western Europe, while Bunaken is in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their location is separated distance away. But who would have thought that you can enjoy Monacan sea-like atmosphere by visiting Bunaken? Just compare those two pictures above, you won’t believe that one of which is located in Indonesia.

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22. In Baluan National Park, You Will Feel As if You Were In An African Savanna

A Savanna in Africa
A Savanna in Africa, via famouswonders
Baluran National Park
Baluran National Park, via ulanday.blogspot

Wandering through savanna and conquering African wild nature might be a compulsory dream for wildlife lovers. Sadly, Africa is very far away. The ticket to Africa can’t be said as cheap, moreover if you calculate other additional costs. The solution is, you can explore Baluran National Park.

The situation is enough to satisfy your curiosity of the atmosphere in an African savanna. In this 25,000-hectare wide national park you can find broad meadows and various animals like bulls, deer, wild buffalos, and so on.

For a maximum experience, you can stay in a number of homestays located around this national park in order that you can feel satisfied in exploring this park from the hour it opens until its closing hour.

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23. And, Moramo Waterfall in South East Sulawesi Will Remind You Of Niagara Waterfall in The Border of USA-Canada.

Niagara Waterfall
Niagara Waterfall, via niagarafallslive
Moramo Waterfall
Moramo Waterfall, via galauananakhi.blogspot

If you want to mention the name of the most well-known waterfall in the world, Niagara waterfall may be one of the most mentioned. However, South East Sulawesi also has a waterfall reminding you of Niagara Waterfall i.e. Moramo waterfall.

You might even enjoy Moramo waterfall more because it is not very large that people can walk on its rocks while enjoying the atmosphere of the waterfall and the surrounding nature. Are you interested in visiting this waterfall?

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24. Beautiful Scenery of European Mountain Valleys Can Be Visited Without Having to Fly There, Because A Piece of European Taste Can Be Found in Kumbolo Lake.

A Valley in Austrian mountain
A Valley in Austrian mountain, via goodfon
Kumbolo Lake in East Java
Kumbolo Lake in East Java, via bromotourandtravel

The charm of European mountain valley in Europe like in Switzerland and Austria is really irresistible A clear lake reflecting green trees and mountains surrounding it can be easily seen in various desktop wallpapers, and we eventually dream of going there someday, just for sightseeing or rolling over grasses and shouting loudly “I feel free”.

Actually you don’t need to go that far to Europe. In East Java, exactly at the foothills of Semeru, there lies Kumbolo Lake whose beauty is not inferior to that of European mountain valley. Even more, when you get there at the right time, when the meadows around the lake are green, you will forget for time being that Kumbolo Lake is in East Java instead of Europe.

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25. Mount Bromo Is Not Only Famous For Its Glorious Festival and Its Beautiful Sunrise, But Also Because You Can Find New Zealand Mountain-Like Green Meadows There.

Rai Valley in New Zealand
Rai Valley in New Zealand, via summitpost
A Savana in Mount Bromo
A Savana in Mount Bromo, via tropicaliving/flickr

If you say New Zealand, you may directly imagine of green meadow that looks as if it was borderless and grazing cows roaming free. So beautiful, isn’t it? But you can also have that scenery behind Mount Bromo. Yes, Bromo is not just famous of its glorious festivals or beautiful sunrise, but also because of grass valleys that will “bring you away” to green valleys in New Zealand.

Actually, there are many other places in Indonesia that will remind you of the situation in foreign countries. Blessing Jesus Statue in Manado, for example, reminds us of Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So, you don’t need to be so obsessed to the atmosphere in foreign countries, because who knows you will find those “overseas” in other versions closer to your daily life.