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Scattered among the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, with their palm fringed beaches and fiery volcanoes, the thousands of Islands that make up the Indonesia Archipelago offer visitors some of the most beautiful and exotic destinations in the world- as well as an abundance of culture.

 Indonesia has magnificent temples and teeming cities along with thousands of different species of wild life ranging from orchids to tigers to strawberries.

The heart of the archipelago is Java ,that is not only the location of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital and largest city, but it also puts up a very big part of the population. Actually, Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country after China, India and the United States. Indonesia is also the largest muslim state. Although the islands are home to more than 100 ethnic groups, most Indonesians are of mixed Malay origins and practice Islam






Each island, from the legenary Bali home of the gods,where the sun lovers amongst you can pick from a number of glistening white beaches, as well as a range of luxury hotels and a lively night life; to Sumatra and Iran Jaya with its exotic jungles, is a world of it own offering something a little special.

On Lombok you can climb Mount Rinjani, one of the magnificent volcanoes in this country and take in the breath-taking views on the way up; and on Java you should stop by the 1,000 year old temple of Borobudur.

It's not just the diverse scenery that will get you excited, in Indonesia you can feast on a variety of mouthwatering dishes from fresh lobster to satay- grilled meats served with a peanut sauce.

Tourists are warmly welcomed  in Indonesia, so don't be surprised if asked which country your from, while you're out shopping for hand woven baskets, leather puppets and colourful batiks.

Indonesia's greatest distance from north to south is about 1,900 km (about 1,200 mi) and from east to west about 5,100 km (about 3,200 mi). The country's total land area is 1,904,443 sq km (735,310 sq mi).

Be sure to check out our guides on Jakarta, Bali and the green and lushy island of Sumatra as well.

 The People of Indonesia pride themselves on their different origins and in many cases have their own distinctive cultures, language or history. Some have descended from the Oceanic branch of the Mongolid race, others arring in successive waves from the Indo-Aryan tribes of the south Asian continent.
In parts of Java you may even find recent immigrants from India, as well as large numbers of Chinese who dominate almost all the large business interests in this region.
The Badui of West Java have remained aloof from the modern world, refusing to recognise governments and forbidding stranges to spend the night in their villages. Others, like the Tenggerese, have intermingles and embraced the Indonesian principals of Pancasila, or national unity and social justice.
But whatever their origins, these people share on fantastic thing in common: their home is one of the most diverse and fertile countries in the world.


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