With its fiery reputation as the world's largest Muslim population, Indonesia is a popular tourism destination. Its vast natural resources for adventure and eco-tourism, magnificent Javanese temples, dramatic Sumatran scenery and pristine waters stretching as far as Sulawesi and Lombok, make it an exciting place to visit.
Despite two devastating bombings, Bali continues to attract tourists as one of Asia's most popular resort island destinations, and rightly so. Even more travellers make it to Borobudur, an ancient temple complex that rivals Cambodia's Angkor Wat as the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Jakarta may be the capital, but its congested streets have little to keep visitors lingering.
Diving fans may like to check out Sulawesi, a diverse destination with world class reefs. But there are plenty of great dive sites near the more popular Bali and Lombok for the less adventurous. Jungle and volcano trekkers, on the other hand, have endless possibilities in the rugged wilderness that spans much of the country.
Indonesia has reasonable domestic air service but safety can be dubious. A cheaper way to traverse this island-nation is to travel by boat or by train if you're on Java or Sumatra.