One of the world's largest countries, this 18,000-island archipelago mixes Muslim & Hindu, & boasts an extraordinary culture & cuisine. Highlights: Java, Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi. Borobodur is one of the world's most famous ancient temples.

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Bali is one of '4 Ravishing Romantic Destinations for Couples in 2023'

Artem BeliakinIndonesia's most popular international destination is excellent for couples. Beyond wonderful beaches - lovely for strolling, relaxing, and having dinner on as well as playing - the island is also home to ravishing nature and the lovely, exotic landmarks of the local Hindu culture.Top romantic activities include a sunset cruise; trekking in search of waterfalls; get a couple's massage at one of the many Balinese spas; ride horses together; explore Hindu temples; take a hot-air…

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Bali cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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  • I´m a big UNESCO World Heritage geek, and I see that on the list of 42 new sites for 2023 Indonesia just got its tenth: key landmarks of Yogjakarta, the capital of Javanese culture, and specifically for the "cosmological axis" established by its sultan in the 18th century, embodying "key beliefs about the cosmos in Javanese culture, including the marking of the cycles of life".
    The Cosmological Axis of Yogyakarta and its Historic Landmarks
    The central axis of Yogyakarta was established in the 18th century by Sultan Mangkubumi, and has continued from that time as a centre of government a…
  • Here's a recent CNN interview with Indonesia's tourism minister about the country's evolving strategy for 2023 and beyond:
  • So sad to read this portrait of overtourism and tourists behaving badly in Bali, and how local and national officials are trying to address the problems. What the hell is wrong with people?
  • So many islands! Some much better known than others, and I was interested to learn about one called Samosir, up in North Sumatra, from a recent CNN Travel look at a dozen and a half under-the-radar gems in Asia - find out why it was included:
    18 of Asia's most underrated places | CNN
  • Bali gets most of the attention when it comes to Indonesia travel, and that's why I was pleased to come across this piece in Travel+Leisure about Yogjakarta:
    This Less-visited Destination in Indonesia Has Celebrated Street Food, Eco-conscious Boutique Hotel…
    As Indonesia opens to visitors again, Kayla Stewart returns to the island where she lived years ago — and remembers why the enchanting, energetic Yog…
  • Everyone's in a tizzy about the changes to the country's criminal code just passed by parliament - the most notorious being prohibition of extramarital sexual relations. Concern is highest in Bali, Indonesia's biggest tourism draw, but ameliorated by the fact that the sex-out-side marriage thing can only be denounced by the "offending" couples' immediate relatives - meaning foreigners are unlikely to be affected. Worries persist, however, and here's more about it from The Guardian:
    ‘A little nerve-racking’: worry and scepticism in Bali over ban on sex outside marriage | Indonesia…
    Residents voice concerns over whether changes to Indonesia’s criminal code will hit the island’s vital tourism sector
  • As Ramadan gets underway, Indonesia scraps COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions in place for two years
    Indonesia Scraps Travel Quarantine
    The easing of restrictions follows a decline in COVID-19 cases in the Southeast Asian archipelago.
  • Truly the most fascinating countries in the region with a very diverse culture/s. Pity that not much has been done to promote the many different islands (save for Bali).

    As a tour operator who specialises in exposing the indigenous cultures we have developed and operated many different tours which go into the remote areas of many of the islands - see 

    Indonesia also offers a long established and cultural heritage. I do feel that it is important that the concerned authorities promote the diverse cultures and tourism. 

  • I had an interesting experience on my last trip to Bali. We went to a funeral ceremony and took plenty of photos. When we had the photos developed, nothing but a gray mist was visible. Everything else we shot with the same camera and film9011265101?profile=original was normal. Very strange.

  • Conquering the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mt. Rinjani.

    Journey to Mount Rinjani


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