: 1,919,440 km2 Population
: 238,000,000 (2009 estimate)Density
: 123.76/km2 Currency
: Rupiah (IDR)Official language(s)
: Unitary presidential republicInternet TLD
: .idCalling code
Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, including 17,508 islands. The country is bordered by Papua New Guinea, Singapore, East Timor, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world.
Indonesia has a diversified culture. Due to its unique tradtions and legends, specific music and dances, and picturesque places, Indonesia is a major tourist attraction. Flora and fauna of the country is also exceptional, with rare tropical plants and indigenous animal species. November 5 was declared the National Day of Fauna and Flora. In 2006, about 7 millions tourists visited Indonesia. Visiting these places is like visiting many countries with a single visa. Given that the majority of the population is Muslim, there are forbidden pork, alcohol, and the use of the left hand.
Make sure to include on the route the following major attractions: Bali –a city with picturesque landscapes; Jakarta - metropolis city (take into account the high level of pollution); Lombok – resort with beaches and volcanoes; Bohorok Orangutan Viewing Centre - center with orangutans; Borobudur, Lore Lindu - national park, Kelimutu -lakes on top of volcanoes, which change their colors (turquoise, green, brown, etc). The Indonesian archipelago is famous for its volcanic activity, earthquakes, terrorist acts. All these are to warn tourists to choose carefully the places to be visited.
The best time to travel to Indonesia is between April and September. The air is drier now. Even if it is warmer, the ocean breeze makes the air more breathable, most months of the year have a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.
By Maria Morari
The best countries in Asia .
Asia -the world's largest and most populous continent- encompasses some of the most beautiful countries in the world. Mystery, untainted nature, splendid panorama and unique traditions are among the few attributes that characterize this far-away land. Come with us in a virtual trip to discover the best countries in Asia!