Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with 17,508 islands -- a whopping 10% of all the planet's islands. The country is also home to the most populated island on earth, Java. There you will find Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung and several other popular tourism destinations. Although Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, there are over 700 dialects spoken throughout the country and as a result most natives are polylingual.

Derek Freal has spent more time traveling Indonesia than any other country and even speaks Indonesian. His wild adventures in the country include starring in a film on Sumatra, competing on a nationally televised game show, working as a model and Englisg voice-over narrator, and more. He was also locked up abroad for 16 days and then deported for dropping the F bomb against the Indonesian government on Twitter. All these adventures and more are on The HoliDaze Blog

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Multi-colored volcanic lakes. Haunted resorts. The world's largest mud volcano. The world's most elaborate funerals. An abandoned chicken church and other abandoned structures. Yes, this is Indonesia Off The Beaten Path. When I arrived in Indonesia for the first time ever, I assumed one month would be long enough to see all there was worth seeing. HA! How wrong I was. Here it is many years later and I'm still finding new places to travel in Indonesia. Indonesia is one of those countries where for every one place you visit, you learn of two more places that you have to…
Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago that continues to impress and surprise longtime expats and even locals. To think that because you've seen Jakarta and done Bali then you "know" Indonesia is to be sorely mistaken. As one expat told me: "Just when you think you're starting to understand Indonesia, that's when you realize you don't understand it at all." From amazing cultures and regional customs to a seemingly neverending variety of local cuisines, Indonesia is home to more diversity in some of it's larger islands than other nations have in their entirety. Especially when it comes to langauges…
Indonesia is an amazingly vast and impressive country. When I first arrived here I thought one month would be enough. HA! How wrong I was. Six months later and I am still exploring this diverse country. Doing almost all of it by motorcycle, as well. Many Westerns are scared or worried about navigating the wild and unpredictable streets of Indonesia -- or any nation in Southeast Asia for that matter. Audrey of That Backpacker wrote a post about it several months back that further reinforced peoples' fears. However I'm here to tell you it's not as bad as you might…
Surviving Jakarta. It was afternoon when I arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta airport and first thing I did was get a cab. The most reliable taxis are the Silver Bird (the make is Mercedez-Benz, very comfortable), Blue Bird (the make is Toyota), and Express. Most locals will recommend this and only this for you. For the record, I took Silver Bird because my friend's uncle was the driver. Traffic In Jakarta One thing you will notice as soon as you get on the road is the traffic. Superbly congested in a nice way. You can see people along the road promoting…

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