Mini Guide to Indonesia
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with just over 17,000 islands. It has a population of roughly 261 million people, though over half lives on the island of Java.
The nation has a long trading history with other Asian countries and has also been invaded by the Dutch and English Empires. Indonesia is therefore a melting pot of cultures with the largest Muslim population in the world, but also with strong influences from Hinduism and Buddhism, particularly in Bali. It’s also a nature lover’s paradise, with plenty of fauna, volcanoes, beaches, and diving sites.
Most international travelers arrive at Soekarno-Hatta (Tangerang) or Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) international airports, but it’s also possible to arrive by boat from Singapore or Malaysia. The fastest way to move around is flying with the low-cost carriers, but there’s also a well-established network of ferries between islands.
If you’re exploring the islands of Java or Sumatra, you can also travel by train or bus, which are well maintained and comfortable.