Indonesia embodies the word ‘enchanting’ as well as any other country on Earth. Thousands of islands scattered across the Indian and Pacific Oceans make up a dazzling portfolio of beautiful natural landscapes, meaning visitors to this part of the world are afforded a vast collection of memory-making travel experiences. Watch the sun rise over the picture-perfect cone of Mt Bromo before visiting the smoking volcanoes of Java’s immense plateaus; take in the weird and wonderful wildlife in Kalimantan’s orangutan-housing lush jungles; join visitors making a pilgrimage to the immense ancient temples of Borobudur; venture to paradise beaches and dive spectacular coral reefs.
Indonesia holidays are about cultural immersion, too. Visitors can explore the handicrafts and local cultures of lesser-explored northern reaches of Bali, wander through terraced rice paddy fields and sit down with local coffee-growers to sample the region’s award-winning blends at the plantations themselves.
Even the cities hustle and bustle at the heart of South East Asian life. Visitors with a keen interest in history should make haste for Yogyakarta, which boasts the stunning temples of Prembanan and Borobodur – the largest Buddhist temple in the world, – and the vibrant Kraton complex, which features a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture.