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About Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, a huge country situated in Southeast Asia. The country consists of about 17,500 islands and boasts 127 active volcanoes. The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta. The country is known for quite a number of things chief of which are its spectacular housing of varying cultures, its tropical jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers to name a few, and its ideal beaches. In the 16th century, spices such as nutmeg, mace, and cloves were globally consumed commodities that grew nowhere else but in the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

The climate of Indonesia is an almost entirely tropical one and can be primary sectioned into two seasons; the dry season and the wet season. Although there are regional exceptions, the dry season generally spans from May to September and the rains fall from October to May. It is best to visit Indonesia between May and September as the days are dry and sunny then.

Indonesia is multi ethnic, multi cultural, and multi lingual with 240 million people who speak over 250 languages derived from some 300 ethnic groups. The country has a complex cultural mixture that is not always well defined or differentiated as some cultures appear to overlap. The largest ethnic groups in the country are the Juvanese who make up 40% of the entire population, the Sundanese, the Malay, and the Madurese. There are also culture influences from the Indian subcontinent, mainland China, the Middle East, and Europe in Indonesia. Indonesia is 87.2% Islamic. The country's official language is Indonesian.

Because of how large and diverse Indonesia is, regional dishes vary. However, staples in the country are rice, vegetables, meat, fish, and soup and these are the constituents of a traditional meal generally. The food is usually served hot and spicy. There are Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Indian influences on Indonesian cuisine.

Indonesia is a home of natural wonders and ideal locations. A few of them are:
  • Mount Bromo: Mount Bromo is a magnificent, ethereal site located in the middle of Tengger Caldera, a crater of fine volcanic sand. Mount Bromo is still one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of the most prominent natural wonders of Indonesia.
  • Komodo National Park: Komodos, the world's largest lizards are native to the forests of Indonesia. The Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia where you can get uplclose and personal with the "last of the dragons". 
  • Raja Ampat: Raja Ampat is a diver's paradise and is well known for its riches in pristine reefs, corals, and marine wildlife. It houses more than 3000 species of fish. It is a splendid place for nature and marine lovers to explore.
  • Candi Borobudur (Temple): This temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world consisting of 6 square platforms, 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The 9th century structure is an Indonesian UNESCO Heritage Site and quite a spectacle to behold.

Indonesia is home to the world's largest and smelliest flower appropriately dubbed "corpse flower" for its pungent odor by which it attracts flies and insects to be eaten.

There are thousands of hotels in Indonesia ranging from budget to luxury so there are lots of options open to visitors.