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Adventure looms large in this vast and steamy archipelago, where the best of Southeast Asia’s spicy¬ melange simmers tantalisingly. Heady scents, vivid colours, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures spin and multiply to the point of exhaustion, their potent brew leaving your senses reeling.

Rippling across the equator for nearly 5000km, Indonesia encompasses more than 17,000 islands, two-thirds of which are inhabited and richly layered with character. Indonesia’s cities are in a constant state of urban evolution, where dense populations, technology and construction live in hectic symbiosis. But most of the archipelago’s territory remains unexplored, concealing a wealth of cultures and a myriad of landscapes. Oceanic rice fields and ancient sultanates in Java are humbled by haunting volcanic cones. Maluku’s alabaster beaches and desert islands remain pristine while the tourist trail heads elsewhere. The jungles of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Papua are zoological wonders, revealing impish monkeys, stoic sun bears, leopards, orang-utans and remarkable marsupials.

Thank you to the Lonely Planet for the information above.


Indonesia is a rich, spiritual, fun and increasingly cosmopolitan country. For useful information and further ideas about what sights & sites should be on your itinerary take a look at these links:

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Asia by Global Grasshopper
Indonesia by the Lonely Planet
Indonesia by Travelfish
Asia by Lucy James


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