Colourful and exotic, the vast archipelago of Indonesia encompasses more than 17,000 islands spread across 3,000 miles (5,000km) of ocean in Southeast Asia, including popular tourist destinations like Bali, Sumatra and Java as well as roughly 6,000 other relatively unknown but inhabited islands.
The mysterious islands of Indonesia each hold their own charms: the resorts of Bali offer nightclubs and beaches; the sprawling metropolis of Jakarta is a melting pot of Indonesian language, food, and architecture; the jungles of Sumatra are home to elephants, tigers, orangutans and other wild creatures; and the palaces and monuments of Yogyakarta offer a glimpse into an ancient civilization.
Ongoing unrest in Indonesia has had a negative impact on tourism in recent years, but many adventurous travellers still dream of a holiday in Indonesia.
Best time to visit Indonesia
Although the weather is pleasant for most of the year, the best time to visit Indonesia is in the dry season, between May and September. Monsoons can make more remote areas all but inaccessible in the wet months, but tourist hotspots like Bali, Java and Sumatra are always enjoyable. The worst time to visit Indonesia is the period immediately following Ramadan, when the resorts are crowded and prices are high.
What to see in Indonesia
-Visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
-Get a feel for traditional Indonesian architecture at Indonesia Miniature Park.
-Hike to the colour-changing lakes of Mount Kelimutu on Flores.
-See the fierce stone carvings in Batubulan. Read more about Indonesia Attractions.
What to do in Indonesia
-Swim with dolphins off the coast of Lovina.
-Party in the busy nightclubs of Bali.
-Go whitewater rafting in Sidemen Valley.
-Spot long-tailed Macaques in the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. Read more about Indonesia Activities.