Indonesia

Indonesia

Wonderful Indonesia. This official slogan is correct, as Indonesia is truly wonderful. Perhaps an even better slogan would be: Unforgettable Indonesia. Because travelling throughout the country or living there for some time will provide you with many memorable and joyful experiences.

Indonesia is the largest archipelago on the planet. With a population over 240 million as the fourth most populous country in the world and covering 18,000 islands, it should come to no one’s surprise that Indonesia is filled with wonder. From the immense amount of dense tropical jungles that are home to a huge variety of wildlife to the pristine white-sand beaches, the coral reefs teeming with marine life, the entertainment and shopping possibilities in Jakarta, the party and mystical island of Bali, and a diverse range of cultures and peoples this is a country worth visiting and exploring. Not to mention the delicious and yummy various local Indonesian foods that can be found throughout the cities and villages in this archipelago.

Unfortunately, the country is not without its hitches either. Deforestation across many islands happens at an alarming rate, there is poverty throughout the land, and corruption is found from the highest to the lowest levels of society affecting the health and progress of many Indonesians. You need only to open an Indonesian newspaper to see the seriousness of this problem.

Indonesia’s history is tumultuous; it struggled with various Javanese Kingdoms fighting for supremacy of Java, centuries of Dutch colonization and a battle for independence, which was followed by military coups, murder, the transition to democracy, and modernizing, while trying to keep traditional cultures and customs in tact. Indonesia is booming and transforming at an incredible speed. Hopefully it will not lose sight of where it came from and what it was.

Ok, I admit it that the last paragraph sounds a bit too dramatic, but for me it is true. Indonesia is a spectacular country with a rich and complicated history and one of the most beautiful lands I have visited in my life and on this website I’d like to share some stories, photos, and experiences I have collected over the years. So, I hope you will enjoy this journey through Indonesia complete with tales and pictures.

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The Kraton: A Royal Palace In The Heart Of Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

A little bit of history…

The Kraton of Yogyakarta (officially: Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat) is a Javanese palace compound built in the 18th century and is more »

Walking Along Yogyakarta’s Famous Jalan Malioboro

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Jalan Malioboro (or Malioboro Street) is one of Yogyakarta’s most well-known and popular attractions. It is a long street located in the center of the more »

Jalan Sosrowijayan: A Lively Community In Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations, and for good reason, because the city has something to offer for almost every kind of traveler. more »

Bladok Losmen: A Comfy Homely Stay In Yogyakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 7, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Yogyakarta

Before I start posting about the wonderful city of Yogyakarta, I want to recommend Bladok Losmen in the Sosrowijayan area if you happen to look more »

Long-distance Train Travel In Indonesia

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java, Malang, Yogyakarta

Earlier in the month of May 2015 I experienced my first long-distance train travel in Indonesia. And it was so fun! I would highly more »

The Struggling Heritage Of Kota Tua In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

Kota Tua, or Old Town, is Jakarta’s equivalent to an historical heart found in various other cities around the world. It’s one of the more »

Museum Bank Indonesia: A Modern Museum In An Old Town

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

In case you did not satisfy your banking museum thirst, there is another museum a few steps north from more »

Around Museum Bank Mandiri In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 6, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

On a windy and cloudy Sunday I took a trip to northern Jakarta. My destination was an area known as Kota Tua, which translates to more »

Bird-Watching In Taman Burung In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

Taman Burung, which basically means Bird Park in Indonesian, is a park set within Taman Mini. There are several parks in Taman Mini for which you have more »

The Culture-Themed Park Of Taman Mini (TMII)

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

If you happen to be in Indonesia, and more specifically Jakarta, and you do not have the time to explore the rest of the country more »

An Impression Of The National Monument In Jakarta (Monas)

Michael Sy A Foek | July 5, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

A few weeks ago I made a trip to the Monas (Monumen Nasional), a monument honoring Indonesia’s struggle for independence, and which is located in more »

Sightseeing The National Museum Of Indonesia In Jakarta

Michael Sy A Foek | July 4, 2015 | Indonesia, Jakarta, Java

As a long time resident of Jakarta, I am ashamed to admit that it took me very long to have finally visited the National Museum of more »

White-Sand Beaches At Tiger Island In The Thousand Islands

Michael Sy A Foek | July 3, 2015 | Indonesia, Java, Thousand Islands

If you ever find yourself in Jakarta and itching to travel to an idyllic island, then perhaps a visit to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) is more »

Mountain Biking Through The Hills Of Malino, Sulawesi

Michael Sy A Foek | July 3, 2015 | Indonesia, Malino, Sulawesi

After visiting the scenic Takapala Waterfall, which was located in the same area, we set out to the starting point of our mountain biking tour more »

The Lovely Takapala Waterfall In Malino, Sulawesi

Michael Sy A Foek | July 3, 2015 | Indonesia, Malino, Sulawesi

Since our time in Malino was somewhat short, we only had time to see a few locations in the surrounding area. We decided to go more »

Relaxing In Mountainous Malino, Sulawesi

Michael Sy A Foek | July 3, 2015 | Indonesia, Malino, Sulawesi

If you ever find yourself wanting to escape the hectic environment of a city, and you happen to be in South Sulawesi, then you could more »

The Prehistoric Cave Paintings In Maros, Sulawesi

Michael Sy A Foek | July 2, 2015 | Indonesia, Makassar, Sulawesi

In 2014, artwork found in a cave in Maros on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia has been determined to be at least 40,000 years more »

Diving In The Incredible Togian Islands In Indonesia

Michael Sy A Foek | July 2, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Togian Islands

I sorted the underwater photos from our diving adventures in Sulawesi in two posts. Here are some more above and underwater photos from the Togian Islands. more »

The Underwater Diving Paradise Of The Togian Islands

Michael Sy A Foek | July 2, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Togian Islands

Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful aquatic areas including the Togian Islands. Diving in the Togian Islands is one of the best things more »

The Togian Islands And The Walea Dive Resort

Michael Sy A Foek | July 1, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Togian Islands

I have to apologize in advance, because the following article might be considered an advertisement of Walea Dive Resort & Spa. My experience with this resort more »

The Togian Islands: Getting There

Michael Sy A Foek | July 1, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Togian Islands

After visiting Tana Toraja, we planned to visit the tropical Togian Islands (sometimes spelled Togean). This archipelago is located just of the coast of Central more »

Rafting The Lariang River In Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

Michael Sy A Foek | July 1, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

The day after our village trekking in Batutumonga we planned to go rafting on the Lariang River in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi hosted by the company and people more »

Village Trekking Around Batutumonga In Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | July 1, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

The itinerary for our second day in the highlands of Tana Toraja consisted of a half-day village hike around Batutumonga, an area located on more »

The Settlement Of Kete Kesu In Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | June 30, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

The old settlement of Kete Kesu is a very interesting place to visit in Tana Toraja. Generally because it is the most complete settlement that more »

A Festive Funeral Ceremony In Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | June 30, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

On our first day in Tana Toraja, our guide Hendrik invited us to visit and participate in a funeral ceremony in some remote part of more »

Kambira’s Baby Graves In Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | June 30, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

Nearby the location of the King’s Tombs of Sangalla in Suaya we visited a third burial site named Kambira. Of all the burial sites, gravesites more »

The King’s Tombs In Suaya, Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | June 30, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

After our lunch we set out to take a look at Suaya, which is another unique burial site in the Tana Toraja region. This place more »

The Unique Rocky Graves Of Lemo, Tana Toraja

Michael Sy A Foek | June 29, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

A trip to Tana Toraja is not complete without visiting the various unique burial sites located throughout the area. This is admittedly a little more »

Tana Toraja: The Land Of Heavenly Kings

Michael Sy A Foek | June 29, 2015 | Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

The island of Sulawesi in Indonesia is an extensive, rugged, remote, and mysterious place. Deep within the central highlands of the islands lives an indigenous more »

Fort Rotterdam: A 16th Century Old Dutch Stronghold

Michael Sy A Foek | June 29, 2015 | Indonesia, Makassar, Sulawesi

As a Dutch guy born and raised near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, of course I had to visit the old Dutch stronghold in Indonesia named more »

An Intro To Sulawesi And Makassar, Indonesia

Michael Sy A Foek | June 29, 2015 | Indonesia, Makassar, Sulawesi

Even though I have been in Indonesia for quite some time, I had never set foot on the island of Sulawesi until a trip late more »

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