Indonesia Travel Basics

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Indonesia Travel

Though the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and recent threats of terrorism have deterred some visitors, Indonesia remains a bastion of beauty: the wildlife of Australia and Asia come together on these island chains, making for some of the world’s most distinctive species. Indonesian culture combines aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and animism to form a people steeped in unique traditions. Learn about this country of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, Komodo dragons and spices, and plan a trip using the Web.

Indonesia Travel Basics

Indonesia is the longest archipelago in the world, and its islands could stretch from Oregon to Bermuda. To get a grasp of the travel opportunities available throughout this sprawling country, begin with an introduction courtesy of the Web resources below.

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  • There are five “main” islands: Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), and Irian Jaya (western part of Papua New Guinea), and about 400 volcanoes, nearly 100 of which are active, according to the U.S. Library of Congress geography section on Indonesia.
  • Indonesia is known for its otherworldly wildlife and stunning natural features. To learn more about the evolution of the nation’s climate and landscape, and the emergence of many unique and strange species on Indonesian islands, visit “Wild Indonesia,” an interactive PBS site.
  • Indonesia used to be called the East Indies. The West Indies are associated with the Caribbean.

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