Indonesia is a nation of cloud-covered volcanic peaks, lush rice paddies and pristine beaches. With over 17,000 islands, this is the ideal destination for water lovers.

Visit the largest Buddhist monument on earth at Borobodur, cruise around the dramatic islands of western Flores, track down Komodo dragons, visit a Balinese temple in the middle of the water, trek to the top of Indonesia’s second highest volcano, eat-pray-love in Bali, and see orangutans in Borneo.

Be warned, however: This unique country spans a New York-to-London-sized distance, so you’ll need careful planning to make the most of your time here.

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