Essential Indonesia Maps

Bali residents and visitors alike are fortunate to have available locally an excellent and ever-growing selection of atlases, folded maps and wall maps of Bali and Indonesia. Produced by various publishers, most are high quality, feature color printing, and indicate major tourist sights and services and topographic features in realistic relief. Although there are a […]

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Makassar: Crossroads of Eastern Indonesia

Those travelers who want to experience a more adventurous side of the archipelago than just Java and Bali should consider Makassar, one of Indonesia’s most colorful, fascinating and totally unpretentious cities. For openers, Makassar has been the largest and busiest mercantile and communications center in all of eastern Indonesia for over 500 years. Formerly known […]

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Sailing Adventures to the Eastern Islands

If the world’s oil wells were to dry up tomorrow, goods and people would still continue to move around the watery nation of Indonesia, a country which sits astride two oceans and boasts the largest – and last – fleet of wooden oceangoing sailing vessels in the world, an estimated 30,000 strong. Within the archipelago’s […]

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Tenggarong: Doorstep to the Mahakam

Capital of the Kutai Regency, 45 km and three hours upstream from Samarinda, or just one hour by road. Passing sawmills and stilted villages along the way, the Mahakam River is broad and sluggish at this point. The people of this small, neat and thriving river town are quite tourist-friendly. Tenggarong is far cheaper and […]

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Riau: Cradle of Malay Civilization

Under-appreciated Riau makes for a superb side trip on your way back from a visa run to Singapore. If you have an extra day at your disposal, you can even visit Bintan in the morning and return by evening. Check out Singapore- Tg. Pinang schedules: www.penguin.com.sg/ferryschedule.htm. The Riau Islands lie in a vast expanse of […]

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Ambon: The Original Spice Island

The first discovered and most famous of all the Indonesian islands, today the islands of Maluku are amongst Indonesia’s most unexplored and least developed. These were the original “Spice Islands” of Dutch colonial history that spurred Columbus to cross the Atlantic and discover America. Fought over by Spanish, Portuguese, British and Dutch merchant fleets for […]

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Batu: Java’s Little Switzerland

For a period of 200 years, starting in the first quarter of the 18th century, Java was the key island of the Netherlands East Indies empire. Under Dutch rule Java became known as the garden of the tropics, one of the most efficiently governed tropical islands in the world. It was a wonder of colonial […]

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Lake Toba: The Lake Geneva of Southeast Asia

Covering an area of over 1700 square kilometers, Lake Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and one of the deepest (450 meters) in the world. The mythical homeland of the Batak people, this magnificent body of water was formed as a result of a mammoth volcanic explosion, believed to be the greatest in […]

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Kupang: Indonesia’s Wild East

This remote 300-year-old trading center is the largest urban area in Nusatenggara, the long string of islands east of Bali. Lying only 483 km from the coast of northeast Australia, the provincial capital of NT, this small tropical backwater is closer to Darwin than to Jakarta. The vernacular Malay dialect spoken here reflects the wide […]

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Mt. Rinjani: Trek Adventure Par Excellence

Famed for its great beauty and eerie isolation – surely one of the most magnificent volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago – Mount Rinjani towers over every corner of the Lombok, the first in Indonesia’s exotic southeastern island chain. With its fertile alluvial plains, evergreen rainforests and picturesque, finely crafted rice terraces sloping down to the […]

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