THE GOVERNMENT is promoting various tourist villages in Indonesia as holiday destinations. Tourism villages are considered potential in expanding employment opportunities and revitalizing the Indonesian economy.

In early December, the Ministy of Tourism and Creative Economy has completed a visit to 50 tourist villages in Indonesia at the 2021 Indonesian Tourism Village Award (ADWI). The ministry believes these villages will contribute to developing Indonesia in the future.

This tourism village and creative village are job creators. So, the drivers are village communities, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and local entrepreneurships with local wisdom.

Check out some lists of interesting tourist villages to visit in the country, inspiration for vacation spots in 2022:

Tetebatu tourist village, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
This tourist village is located in the Rinjani mountain valley area. The atmosphere is cool and fun, even this place is nicknamed the Lombok version of Ubud. Visitors can take a leisurely walk around the foot of Mount Rinjani. Visitors can enjoy views of Mount Sangkareang and Mount Rinjani from the village. There, there is also a Swallow’s Nest waterfall or Bat Cave which can be reached by walking for 15 minutes. There is also a Kokok Duren waterfall.

Then, tourists can also visit the Monkey Forest by seeing the endemic black monkey’s native to Tetebatu. Eco farm tours are also offered in this tourist village, including seeing the process of making coffee and coconut oil.

Wae Rebo tourist village, Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara
This tourist village has unique potential. Located above an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, Wae Rebo Tourism Village is often called heaven above the clouds. In addition, this village also has 7 traditional houses that are icons of Wae Rebo, namely Mbaru Niang, which are cone-shaped.

Their customs and culture have mingled with the habits of the people of Flores Island. However, the architecture of the building still has Minang elements. Minang influences can be found in the architecture of Niang Dangka, the roof of this Mbaru Niang.

The expanse of green grass surrounded by mountains complete with fog also becomes the charm of the village. So that it gives a magical impression, but is peaceful, calm, and prosperous. Thanks to the natural and cultural exoticism of Wae Rebo Village, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the village as a world cultural heritage in August 2012.

Bonjeruk tourist village, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara
In this tourist village, visitors can see various old buildings with European architecture that contrasts with the rural atmosphere. This tourist village has a fertile nature and offers a variety of agro-tourism experiences, visitors can taste the fruit picked directly from the garden.

Traditional games that evoke nostalgia are also present here, such as top and stilts. Don’t forget to listen to Reading Lontar, a tradition of reading saga stories using the Sasak language.

Nglanggeran tourist village, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta
This tourist village has been named the World Tourism Organization or the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as one of the World’s Best Tourism Villages in 2021. It can be reached about an hour away by car from Yogyakarta, visitors can see the natural beauty and uniqueness of the Ancient Volcano which is the main attraction.

There are dozens of homestays to stay at, giving you an exciting experience feeling the countryside and living with the locals. Visitors can learn various things, ranging from flora and fauna, processing chocolate into special souvenirs, batik to uploading.

Lembang Nonongan tourist village, North Toraja, South Sulawesi
The tourist village of Lembang Nonongan offers several attractions of community life for tourists to enjoy, such as To Mangrengnge ‘Pare which is a community activity for harvesting rice, To Ma’lambuk as a rice mashing activity, To Mangrengnge’ Utan, community activities for harvesting forest products, and To Mewai as a form of community activities taking water from the river.

This tourist village also has a variety of culinary delights such as Depatori cake which is made from rice flour then mixed with brown sugar, Pa’piong in the form of processed foods such as chicken, fish, and meat cooked using bamboo.

Visitors can also see a variety of woven fabrics, beaded decorations to Tongkonan Nonongan which is the oldest traditional house and has high historical value, both in terms of the mythology of the Toraja people as well as from the cultural system and customs that apply until now.

Tamansari tourist village, Banyuwangi, East Java
This village offers natural tourism to tradition. Visitors can visit Ijen Crater which has an alluring blue fire, the Sendang Seruni water pool whose source is from mountain springs, pine forests to flower villages. Tourists who are curious about what the miners are doing can stay at a homestay in Kampung Miners to get a closer look at their activities.

This village also offers educational tours of dairy farming to honey bees. The arts that can be witnessed in this village include pencak silat, jaranan and goat racing which take place once a year. [antaranews/photo special]