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Indonesia

Indonesia (/ˌɪndəˈnʒə/ ( listen) or /ˌɪndˈnziə/ ; Indonesian: [ɪndonesia]), officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik Indonesia [rɛpublik ɪndonesia]), is a unitary sovereign state and transcontinental country located mainly in Southeast Asia, with some territories in Oceania. Situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, it is the world's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands. At , Indonesia is the world's 14th-largest country in terms of land area and world's 7th-largest country in terms of combined sea and land area. It has an estimated population of over million people and is the world's fourth most populous country, the most populous Austronesian nation, as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. The world's most populous island, Java, contains more than half of the country's population.

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There are 72 open stupas with stone Buddhas resting inside, or at least there used to be. Some have been damaged by natural disasters, others have been stolen. Borobudur Temple is a must-see, and we should try to keep it that way by valuing it as a cultural heritage site.

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Beautiful Borobudur Temple is said to be very beautiful to visit at sunrise. I wouldn't know because it was incredibly cloudy on the morning I visited, but it was quite peaceful. It's difficult to find a quiet spot for contemplation with throngs of tourists milling about, but if you can get past that to admire the stonework and cultural heritage, it is a very rewarding place to see.

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Mushrooms are legal to consume in Indonesia and can be found growing in cow dung in many places. This particular one is on the trek up Mt. Rinjani, Lombok. Even if your guide encourages it, resist the temptation - the major camping site before the 3 hour hike to the summit is on the edge of a very steep cliff and you might wander off during a trip.

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Do not attempt these treks to the top unless you are in relatively good physical condition. There are various combinations of 2-5 day options, depending on which tour operator you go with and whether you'd prefer to go down to the lake and take the scenic route or not. Although it does cost more to hire a porter to carry bags and cook meals, I cannot imagine having done it without one. Don't forget to tip your guide and the porter!

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Crater lake as seen from on the way to the summit of Mt. Rinjani, Lombok (3,726 m)

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The temples in Yogya are truly astounding. Prambanan is living proof of peaceful multi-faith relationships across Indonesian history and is an architectural wonder. Official guides cost ~$10 but are well worth it.

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Prambanan Temple, an important Hindu site, located in the province of Yogyakarta on Java Island

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To give an idea of nightlife on the beach at Seminyak, Bali. Many restaurant beaches, lots of music, lots of dancing. The area is pricier than Kuta, but also much nicer [read: less trashy].

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I highly recommend visiting the Gili Islands if you're looking for the perfect blend of R&R and fun nightlife. Here's a link to more info about the islands and how to get there and back. It's possible to reach Gili (which means "island" in the Sasak dialect) via Lombok or Bali. To get there from Lombok is cheaper and faster because they're closer to Lombok. Make sure you don't get ripped off in the process!

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Seafood meal on one of the GIli Islands, Gili Trawangan

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