A guide to Indonesia

Indonesia is a very popular travel destination for tourists and back-packers alike. There are many wonderful attractions to visit and the scenery is breath-taking. Lake Toba is a good example of this. It is 100km long and the largest lake in South East Asia. It was formed as the result of a volcanic eruption. In the centre of the lake is Samosir Island, home of the friendly Toba Batak tribe.

Built in the 8th century, Borobudur temple is another great place to see. With fine sculptured walls and seven terraces the temple is on a hill in Magelang. There are fine views over the lush green countryside around it. The temple is over 40 metres high.

In the Tana Toraja area you can see cliff-side graves and there are two villages there. These are Lemo and Londa and Londa has the sites of the oldest cliff graves in the country. Local nobles were incarcerated here. There are also a lot of local craft shops in this area where you can pick up some nice souvenirs.

There are two famous volcano sites in Indonesia that are really worth a visit. Krakatau is probably one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. When it erupted in 1883 it caused widespread devastation. The main volcano disappeared after the eruption and left several small islands and smaller volcanoes. One of these is Anal Krakatau which means child of Krakatau. It is still active and you can take a boat trip to see it.

The other famous volcano is Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. This erupted in 1969 and the main crater is called Kawa Ratu or Queen’s Crater. It is a fascinating site and a great place to explore. Again, the views of the surrounding countryside of hills and rainforests are fantastic from here.