With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, a nation that stretches all the way from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific and includes fabled isles like Bali, Java, Sumatra and New Guinea.
It’s also a melting pot, hundreds of languages, lifestyles and ethnic groups, from the rich Hindu culture of Bali and the Muslim sultanate of Yogyakarta to the Batak Christians who live around Lake Toba and “lost” rainforest tribes in West Papua who shun all contact with the modern world.
Indonesia’s tourism offers are just as diverse. The beaches of Bali and Lombok are justly famous. But there’s so much more: the flamboyant Kraton Palace with its own music and dance traditions; 1,200-year-old Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest ancient monument in the southern hemisphere; and an array of wildlife that includes orangutans, Komodo dragons, and Sumatran tigers.