Indonesia's Top Ranked hotels
If you want to experience true diversity on your getaway, then few places compare to Indonesia. The largest archipelago in the world, over 17,000 islands make up this nation which stretches over two continents along the equator. Sharing borders with a myriad of amazing countries from Papua New Guinea to Malaysia. Indonesia’s sheer size has meant that millions of people and thousands of cultures have added their special influences to create a true melting pot. Immerse yourself in complete diversity on your escape by exploring anywhere from the beguiling beaches of Bali to the bustling metropolises of Jakarta and Sumatra.
- Flight time: Approx 15 hours
- Passport & Visa: No visa requirements for British passport holders
- Currency: Indonesian rupiah
- Time Zone: GMT +7
- Language: Indonesian
Being the world’s largest archipelago means that Indonesia rubs shoulders with regions from Asia to the Middle East. A world of cultures assimilate to develop the rich, culturally diverse nation we see today. So, really, there is no one piece of Indonesian culture, generally everything you see will be promoted from a dominant religion or ethnic group dependant on where you are in this wonderful country.
There are six main religions in Indonesia, the main one being Islam. The country boasts the largest Muslim population in the world. However, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are also prevalent in particular regions. Bali, as an example, promotes a culture of Hinduism.
It’s location on ancient trading routes between the Far East, South Asia and the Middle East ensured the cuisine of Indonesia reflected the nation’s vast cultural diversity. Expect plenty of spices and vibrant flavours adorning menus across the archipelago.
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You can, pretty much, please yourself in Indonesia. If you prefer exploring a strange new city, then somewhere like Jakarta is perfect. Beach bums will love Bali and it's uniquely beautiful stretches of coastline. Whereas, adventure-seekers will find the region's plethora of volcanoes, mountain ranges and tropical rainforests are ideal for some expeditionary fun.
Indonesia straddles the equator for a whopping 5000km, this ensures an almost entirely tropical climate. Generally, the mercury doesn’t move far from the late 20’s regardless of whether you’re sunning it up on the beaches or exploring the more mountainous inland regions. So, lush tropical rainforests are prevalent across the nation.