Indonesia's sprawling capital, home to 10 million people, is a melting pot of cuisines and cultures.
The old town of Batavia will transport you to Indonesia's Dutch colonial past while the fashionable Menteng district is a hive of live music venues, exclusive restaurants and hip hotels. World-renowned restaurants, bars and nightclubs perch on top of towering skyscrapers, while shoppers can choose from dozens of gargantuan shopping malls.
The Komodo Dragons
Indonesia is home to Komodo National Park, named after its celebrity residents, the Komodo Dragon. Currently the largest living lizard in the world and the closest thing we have to dinosaurs, these fierce dragons are quite the tourist attraction for the thrill seeker. Indonesia is the only place in the world where they can be found living in the wild on the four islands that make up Komodo National Park. Having been known to eat a human or two, if you visit make sure you do so with a few park rangers as protection to witness this deadly creature in the flesh
Food & Coffee
You can literally eat for days in Indonesia and always be trying something new. Some popular Indonesian foods are satay (like lamb or chicken skewers), nasi goreng (a fried rice plate with other foods added to it like fried eggs, vegetables, and chicken), gudeg (a dish made from boiled young jackfruit, often served with rice, sambal sauce and chicken) and my favourite, sambal sauce — a spicy sauce that can be added to rice and many other dishes. Indonesia is also one of the largest coffee producers in the world — the phrase “a cup of Java” actually comes from Indonesia’s island of the same name. They are also famous for Kopi Luwak, which is coffee made from the poop of the Luwak — a.k.a. the civet cat — that has eaten coffee beans and pooped them out. Sounds gross but it is actually rare and quite expensive coffee.
Dating back to the 9th century, Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is found in Java, Indonesia. Made up of 2,000+ relief panels and over 500 Buddha statues, this temple is an amazing monument to see. Often crowded in the day, one of the best times to explore the temple is early in the morning when you can watch the sunrise while standing at the very top.
The backpacker haven of Bali
Bali is an island in Indonesia, located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.
The island of Bali is a popular tourist destination for both backpackers and people looking for a relaxing vacation. With accommodation ranging from budget homestays to luxury hotels and boutique resorts, Bali caters for travellers on any budget. Since it is relatively close to Perth in Australia, Bali remains a popular spot for Aussies from the Land Down Under.
Republic of Indonesia is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country located mainly in Southeast AsiA. Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, it is the world's largest island country, with more than thirteen thousand islands. Indonesia is the world's 14th largest country in terms of land area and the 7th largest in terms of combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people. Indonesia has 34 provinces. Its capital is Jakarta, which is the second most populous urban area in the world. Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group being the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a Muslim-majority population.
Indonesia's climate tends to be relatively even year-round. Indonesia has two seasons—a wet season and a dry season—with no extremes of summer or winter. For most of Indonesia, the dry season falls between April and October with the wet season between November and March. Indonesia's climate is almost entirely tropical.
Indonesia has a mixed economy in which both the private sector and government play significant roles. Indonesia is one of the large economy in Southeast Asia and a member of the G20 major economies. Over time, the structure of the Indonesian economy has changed considerably. Recent strong economic growth has been accompanied by relatively steady inflation.
Demographics of Indonesia
The population of Indonesia according to the 2010 national census was 237.64 million, and it was estimated to reach 255.4 million in 2015. 58% live on the island of Java, the world's most populous island.