Indonesia is situated in Southeast Asia; its capital is Jakarta. It has 18,110 islands making it the largest archipelago of the world. Its five main islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya, Sumatra being the largest island. Indonesia has a reported population of nearly 240 million, making it the fourth largest nation in the world in terms of population.
Indonesia can be reached by air, land and boat. International flights arrive in the Sukarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta and the Ngurah Rai International Airport(DPS) in Bali. Visitors can also get to Indonesia by boat from several ports of Malaysia and Singapore. By road, the only possible entry point is from Sarawak, Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
Indonesia’s beaches measure to 108,000 kilometers long. Bali is home to some of these magical beaches not to mention its daily treat of festivals, dance and music, and ceremonies. Bali is said to have brought together the best of both worlds – the old and the new; traditional crafts and modern fashion; disco music and retro; superb restaurants and nightclubs. Breathtaking sunsets are a sight to see in Bali.
Aside from sprawling beaches, tourists go to Indonesia because of its historical monuments and temples; well-preserved ecosystem and wildlife; array of festivals, cultural shows, indigenous music and dance; jungle adventures and river cruises.
The island of Java is one place in Indonesia that is most visited because of its rare wildlife, palaces, temples and awe-inspiring natural beauty. The greatest of all Indonesia’s monuments is located here – the Borobudur Temple. Another temple nearby is the marvelous Hindu temple at Prambanan. Various festivals abound just about all year round involving music, dance and sporting contests.
The best time to be in Indonesia is from June to August, the middle part of the country’s dry season (April to October) when more clear, blue skies can be seen than in any other months.