A vast nation one of the most populous on the planet – that covers a whopping 17,000 individual islands and rocks as they emerge from the sparkling waters where the Indian Ocean meets the South China Sea, Indonesia is a land of impossibly-beautiful wonders and fascinating cultural traditions. In its cities, great mosque minarets rise to the clouds, while other places burst with the scents of twisting incense and the earthy mystery of Hindu temples.
A place that really needs no introduction, Bali has long been a mecca for travelers eager to sample the mysterious east. And while the influx of Aussies and Brits has taken its toll on spots like Kuta in the south, there do remain pockets of the earthy, aga (ancient) Bali here too.
Check out the jungle-shrouded town of Ubud in the heart of the regency; a place of cascading rice paddies and crumbling Hindu shrines now taken over by crab-eating macaques. Or, go north to the great volcanos of Kintamani, to watch the sunrise over Lombok isle in the east. Alternatively, you could just surf and party your days away on the beaches of Bukit and Nusa Dua – it’s all good!