The government in Jakarta plans to spend around four trillion rupiah ($278.4 million) this year on 108 basic infrastructure projects in five prioritised tourist destinations to spur visits.

According to the country’s public works and housing ministry, the projects comprise roads and transport, clean water supply, waste management, sanitation, residential housing improvements, and more.

The destinations, referred to as the “five new Balis”, are Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in South Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi.



Basically, the ‘new Balis’ is dependent on natural beauty and some history.  Lake Toba is a large lake in North Sumatra that sits in the caldera of a volcano. Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, which dates back to the eighth century. It was restored in the 1970s. Likupang is a popular diving and snorkeling site.



Labuan Bajo is a fishing town known as the gateway to the home of the Komodo dragon. Mandalika is a resort area that was designated a special economic zone in 2014. It is located on Lombok, an island that neighbours Bali, and is set to be the host of the Grand Prix Motorcycle race later this year.

According to Investvine