People are extremely biased. For some reason, Indonesia has the image of being a dangerous place to visit. Some cite political violence and terrorism, while others seem to think that erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis are just daily natural occurrences there. While it is true that as a huge and socio-politically highly diverse nation Indonesia is very complex, and in its growing pains has experienced its share of misery due to politically instability, I would like to point out strongly here that not only is Indonesia a safe place to visit, but that its people are warm and friendly and are not yet jaded by greedy tourism as other countries can be. On the charge of terrorism in Bali and Jakarta, it is true that it occurred and no one can excuse it or lessen its tragic effects. However, for Indonesia, it is an anomaly, not a serious danger.
Simply put, Indonesia is one of the last places on earth where you can see, well, the earth itself at its very finest. Two things that people rarely mention in reference to Indonesia are the fact that much of it remains an amazingly pristine garden of eden the sights of which would astound you beyond belief and that sadly this garden like all the other pristine areas of the earth, is disappearing rapidly under the axe of man.
How could anyone not want to see Indonesia? It is home to the world’s largest flower, the world’s the largest butterfly, birds that defy imagination, and another massive flower that is carnivorous and is capable of digesting a baby monkey. Multiply the above by a thousand and you may get an idea of the natural tapestry of Indonesia. The bed upon which this quilt of life rests is parallel in majesty to the life it supports. Gorgeous mountains and volcanoes, sheer breathtaking cliffs and peculiar islands, turquoise seas and hidden lagoons, Indonesia has a monopoly on natural beauty that you will not find anywhere else.