Thai Air News Newsletter from
25 August 2002
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This issue - Indonesia
This week we visit Indonesia.
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Of all the sites I have reviewed for the various countries covered by this newsletter, the "Travelling in Indonesia" site must rate as one of the most comprehensive and well presented. It is an essential starting point for anyone thinking of travelling to Indonesia or for anyone wanting to know more about this the world's largest archipelago, consisting of 13,667 islands.

The site was first created in 1994 and last updated in March 2000 so it isn't the latest news (other sites reviewed in this newsletter are more up-to-date) but most of the information is relevant today.

There is a section, sub-divided into areas, on each of the main islands:
  • Java
  • Sumatra
  • Sulawesi
  • Bali
  • Kalimantan
  • Nusa Tenggara
  • Maluku
  • Irian Jaya
plus sections on
  • General Info
  • Art and Culture
  • Performing Arts
  • Places to Visit

To begin your exploration of Indonesia, visit:
Travelling in Indonesia
As Andrew Greene states, "Adventure travel is not synonymous with taking unnecessary risks, but rather with a willingness to venture down the path that you didn't intend to find."

This article gives a good insight into what adventure travel is like in Indonesia. Andrew conveys the full flavour of life far away from the luxury hotels and tour guides, and you will either be horrified or enthused, according to taste. It seems Andrew's ideea of fun is "being chased by 500 pounds of prehistoric carnivores".

When I was browsing this site I kept getting a box pop up asking me for my password. Just click "Cancel" and it disappears.

Join Andrew in his adventure on:
Dragons at Sea - Breathing Fire with the Monitor Lizard
This is one of those wonderful hidden gems that are scattered around the internet waiting to be discovered. An excellent collection of illustrated articles about various trips to Indonesia by real travellers. Not the usual guide book stuff, but really interesting descriptive accounts well illustrated by excellent photos.

Some excellent maps are provided on this site which can be found at:
Indonesia: Unique and Fascinating
(Note: As of 12 Sept 2004 this article has disappeared from the web. I am trying to obtain a copy. Ed)
A good collection of articles, photos and useful travel and administrative information can be found on this site. Of special interst are the illustrated articles on Torajah and Balim valley. Somewhat unusually, the Torajah article covers a subject not usually considered part of the tourist agenda. As it says "But the environment is not the only picturesque part of Torajah. Death is also colourful, curious and exquisitely arranged ... This fond and funky farewell involves the construction of an entirely new village of bamboo out of town, sometimes with more than a hundred rooms, in which to entertain thousands of guests for up to seven days.".

This site can be found at:
Indonesia Travel
A comprehensive travel guide to Indonesia, with information on the major areas of interest, travel information and useful travel tips. This site covers:
  • Central Java
  • Temples
  • Batik
  • Shadow Puppets
  • Bali
  • Lombok
  • Sumatra
  • Volcanoes
  • Anggun
  • Indonesian People
The style is romantic at times ("Some moments in life make one feel as if there were no longer any distance between heaven and earth, and in the creative blending into the whole, the sense of life is being revealed. Such an emotion is experienced when one ascends the stairs of Borobudur, Buddhist marvel of stone, in a full tropical moon-night.") but always informative and clear.

Thoroughly informative and very comprehensive at:
Discover Indonesia
For useful books on Indonesia, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:
Hotel accommodation in Indonesia is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Precision Reservations can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability here:
  • Precision Reservations is the Internet division of Anacott Asia-Pacific. They have been operating since 1995 and are managed by a team of American, European, and Thai nationals. Anacott Asia-Pacific has offices in Asia and has partners in North America, Europe and around the globe, and is a licensed travel and tour agency registered in Asia with the TAT to handle international tourists.
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