With an astounding number of more than 17,000 islands and over 300 languages spoken across the country, Indonesia offers a diverse and dramatic landscape that attracts visitors with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs in the islands of Pulau Banyak, remote jungle trekking with volcanic vistas in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, lush green rice terraces in Tegalalang and the oldest and largest ancient shrines in Gunung Kawi. A trip to Indonesia is not complete without a visit to the Komodo National Park, declared as one of the new seven wonders of nature, a sprawling natural preserve that protects the world’s only living dragons from extinction.
Public transportation is the cheapest way to get around and local food is extremely cheap compared to western food, so you can lepak and enjoy a new variety of Asian cuisine on your trip. Don’t be afraid to say ‘mahal’ (expensive) as most prices offered by sellers here can be bargained or haggled for lower price. If you intend to hop around using local airlines, book flights through local travel agents as non-Indonesian credit cards are not accepted online. If you’re one of many that has made a beeline to Bali for an island holiday, do consider getting travel insurance to Bali, especially if you are volcano trekking to Mount Batur for stunning views and sceneries!