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The Bangka-Belitung Islands are paradise on earth. The island group consists of Bangka and Belitung Islands, as well as a few other smaller islands. The main attraction of all these islands are undoubtedly the lovely, long, pristine and tout-free...
Sumatra is fairly well-known internationally as a resource and natural beauty-rich island, but did you know that it also has several smaller and exquisitely beautiful islands not far from its coast? Some of the most beautiful of these islands is...
If you love nature, you're going to love Bukit Lawang. Bukit Lawang literally means 'door to the hills' and is a small, laidback tourist village located in North Sumatra.  Bukit Lawang happens to be the main access point to the...
Sumatra gets its name from a combination of the Sanskrit words Swarnadw?pa, meaning "island of gold" and Swarnabh?mi, meaning "land of gold." The name is due to gold deposits found on the island's highland, but Sumatra has much more...
If you find yourself traveling in Sumatra, Lake Toba is a must visit. The picturesque Lake Toba - known in Indonesia as Danau Toba - is the largest volcanic lake in the world, covering an area of 1,707 km2. That...
One of the most frequently asked questions about Indonesia is "When's the best time to visit?" The short answer to this question is: pretty much any time. Indonesia straddles the equator, and as such, tends to have a fairly even...
Indonesia Fun Fact #1. Indonesia is huge. Composed of 17,508 islands covering approximately 1,919,440 square kilometers, it takes over 12 hours of flying time to get from one end of the country (say, Northern Sumatra) to the other end (West...
An Introduction to Indonesia Indonesia is a vast, sprawling country. It's hard to even think of it as a single country - it's more like a gargantuan tree with branches that extend out into various parts of the Indian and...
There's no doubt about it - knowing a bit of the local language will ease your travels like nothing else. A phrase or two spoken at the right moment lends an instant familiarity to your interactions with locals and...
Jayapura is the capital of, as well as the largest city in, Papua, Indonesia. The city has gone through multiple names, each reflecting a different period in its history. It was known as Hollandia during the Dutch colonial times...

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