Description:Country: Indonesia / World Region: Asia / "Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik ... more
Indonesia ... Indonesia), is a nation of about 17,500 islands in South East Asia, and the world's largest archipelagic state. With a population of over 200 million, it is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation. With a democratically elected parliament and president, Indonesia is considered the world's third largest democracy (after India and the United States). Its capital is Jakarta, and the country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia and by sea Indonesia neighbours Singapore, The Philippines and Australia. Indonesia is a unitary state consisting of numerous distinct ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups spread across its numerous islands that have not always been united. However, a shared history of colonialism, rebellion against it, a national language, and a Muslim majority population have helped to define Indonesia as a state and nation. Indonesia's national motto, "Bhinneka tunggal ika" ("Unity in diversity", derived from Old Javanese), reflects the amalgamation of a myriad cultures, languages, and ethnic groups that shape every aspect of the country. Sectarian tensions and separatism, however, have threatened political stability in some regions, leading to violent confrontations."
Newest Review: ... home to more white sand beaches to die for, but getting there can be difficult. You have to take Indonesian domestic flights and boats to Ambon and work from there. Plan it meticulously and check the political situation. Java - Overcrowded, but Mt Bromo is worth a look. Jakartha not a well liked city, very intimidating and lacks any sights. The train system is not so ... more
Customer Indonesia Reviews (4)
by - written on 31/05/09 (Very useful, 30 readings)
How to sum up a country as vast and diverse as Indonesia? It is home to well over 15,000 islands and is a highly active volcanic region being part of the pacific ring of fire. This was the source of the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands throughout Asia and even reach as far as Africa. But although the region occasionally harnesses such a destructive power it also somewhat paradoxically hides some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and coral rich dive locations on Earth. Although some parts of Indonesia are overdeveloped (Kuta-Bali) and well-trodden by backpackers (The Gili Islands and Lombok) it's ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/11/01, updated on 12/11/01 (Very useful, 76 readings)
While Sept 11 may have placed fear into peoples hearts regarding this wonderful country, I can say from personal experiance it is both safe and beautiful. The people right throughout Indondesia were by far the most friendly that I have ever encounted. This coming from a Kiwi who has also visisted the Pacific Islands and Thailand is a complement. Bali, while very touristy is still a wonderful place to visit. If you are young and keen to 'meet and greet' there are 1000's of other people you can find late in the evenings at the Sari Club (try the Jungle Juice). Otherwise you can go up to Ubud for culture and batiks, or the northern beaches to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 22/09/00, updated on 15/08/01 (Very useful, 64 readings)
Update 15 August 2001: The British Embassy in Jakarta has warned Britons in Indonesia that they may be the targets of a "terrorist threat". ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Update: 11 AUGUST 2001 - The US has issued a warning over Indonesian travel. The US State Department says information has been received indicating that extremists might target American interests in Indonesia, and this could include TOURISTS and TOUR GROUPS. American aid workers on non-essential projects have been ordered to go to Singapore. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Megawati has now replaced Wahid as President. ... Read the complete review
by - written on 20/07/00, updated on 20/07/00 (Useful, 34 readings)
I have been living in the archipelago for years now & still regard it as 1 of the most wonderous palce that God ever made. It may not be like that of the Garden of Eden, but close enough though. The country is made up of more than 13, 000 islands & these could fit across the atlantic from UK to the States in length!! 5 major island can be spotted easily & they are Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi & Irian Jaya. Indonesia is full of unpolluted nor marred paradise across the islands & thus it's name. For those who love wildlife, palce that 1 should visit are the rainforests & jungles in Kalimantan & parts of Sumatra. & those who love montainous ... Read the complete review
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