Indonesia is the sleeping giant of Southeast Asia. It's with over 18,000 islands (of which 6,000 uninhabited) the largest archipelago in the world that spans the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. And it's the 4th most populated country in the world. It also has the largest Muslim population in the world.
With an extensive, but quickly carved out amount of green forests on all of its islands and halfway between the poles, Indonesia is nicknamed 'The Emerald of the Equator'.
Beaches & volcanoes
The many Indonesian islands providing 108,000 km of beaches. Indonesia has also more than 400 volcanoes, of which 129 are considered active, as well as many undersea volcanoes.
There is no one unified Indonesian culture per se, as the country is made up many diverse ethnic groups and variations across geographical areas. Prepare to be surprised as you jump between islands! The tall roofs of Sumatran traditional residences are different to the long houses of Borneo and a cluster of structures in a Balinese home.
Travellers to Indonesia tend to have Bali at the top of their mind as their reason to visit, which is a shame as there are even more breathtaking natural beauty and cultural experiences elsewhere that are waiting to be explored. The vastness of the estate and the variety of islands offer significant cultural differences that are worth sensing.
But don't misunderstand. Bali is also great. It's by far the most popular tourist destination and has the most complete facilities for all kinds of tourists in Indonesia. Bali's blend of unique Hindu culture, legendary beaches, numerous religious and historical sites, spectacular highland regions and unique underwater life make it a perennial favourite amongst global travellers.
Jakarta is Indonesia's capital and largest city, with about 10 million inhabitants, and a total 30 million in Greater Jakarta on the Java island.
It's one of the most bustling and cosmopolitan cities in Asia, with a cheerful nightlife, vibrant shopping malls, a variety of foods, refreshing greenery, cultural diversity and a rich history, that caters to all levels of budget.