In this Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, photo, tourists visit Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage caliber that rise like dark giants from the countryside. Yet many tourists still bypass congested Yogyakarta and head to the relaxing beaches of Bali, the archipelago's most popular destination. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage caliber that rise like dark giants from the countryside.

Yet many tourists still bypass congested Yogyakarta and head to the relaxing beaches of Bali, the archipelago's most popular destination. Recently reelected President Joko Widodo wants to change this dynamic by pushing ahead with "10 new Balis," an ambitious plan to boost tourism and diversify Southeast Asia's largest economy.

Key to the plan is to upgrade provincial airports and improve access to outlying destinations, such as Lake Toba on Sumatra island, more than 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from Jakarta, the capital.

In this July 31, 2019, photo, tourists take photos of temples which is currently under renovation at Arjuna Temple in Dieng, Central Java, Indonesia. The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage. Yet many tourists still bypass the congested city and head to the relaxing beaches of Bali. Recently re-elected President Joko Widodo wants to change this dynamic by pushing ahead with creating
In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, photo, local tourists take a selfie with the background of Mount Merapi, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and its hinterland are packed with tourist attractions, including Buddhist and Hindu temples of World Heritage. Yet many tourists still bypass the congested city and head to the relaxing beaches of Bali. Recently re-elected President Joko Widodo wants to change this dynamic by pushing ahead with creating