‘You are going to Indonesia? So Bali?’
‘Ah no, there is more to Indonesia than just Bali…..’
This seems to be a a pretty standard conversation when it comes to planning a trip to Indonesia. But what if I told you that there was more to Indonesia than just Bali? What?! You don’t believe me? Well let me tell you about this little hidden gem called Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Manado (pronounced Ma-nado) is the capital city of the North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. In 2010, Manado had a population of 408,000 of some of the happiest people you will ever meet. The name Manado comes from the words manadou which means ‘on the far coast’. Manado has a Spanish and Dutch influence due to early settlement. In 1942, the Japanese captured Manado and the city was heavily damaged by the allies bombing in WWII.