Indonesia has 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited) forming the largest archipelago in the world , located between the Southeast Asian peninsula and Australia, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans . Indonesia shares the island of Borneo with Malaysia and Brunei, the island of New Guinea with Papua New Guinea and the island of Timor with East Timor.
Indonesia suffered from major economic problems in the late 1990s , but the economy has recently stabilized. The country has extensive natural resources such as oil, natural gas, copper, and gold . Indonesia’s largest trading partners are Japan, the United States, and neighboring nations such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia.
Jakarta is the capital
The cultural center of Indonesia is located in Java. Jakarta, the capital, is the starting point for visits. The city will surprise you. You will discover volcano landscapes, magnificent beaches and true Indonesian culture . Art forms in Indonesia have been influenced by various cultures. The famous Javanese and Balinese dances, for example, contain aspects of Hindu culture and mythology. Approximately 88% of the Indonesian population profess the Muslim religion , making Indonesia the largest Muslim nation in the world.
Indonesian cuisine is as diverse as Indonesian culture, and has acquired culinary influence from many sources . In most cities it is common to see Chinese dishes such as buns and noodles sold by street vendors and street restaurants alike.
Passion for the Padang
Restaurants called “ Padang ” (Rumah Makan Padang) are found in many parts of Indonesia. Many small plates are served in them and are brought to the table. Diners only eat what they want from this selection of dishes, and they take them away. Padang food is typically spicy and Rendang beef is abundant . Most meals are made around a conical pile of long-grain rice . A meal can include a soup, salad (or foods most commonly sautéed with garlic), and a main dish.
The water temperature is ideal throughout the year: it varies between 26º and 29º . Indonesia will offer you supernatural and exotic sights.