After Cambodia, we traveled to Indonesia. We had no previous knowledge or expectations and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. People really are incredibly friendly and helpful. They really enjoy it when you try to use some of their language; they try to teach you more!
There is a lot of variety in Indonesia, with 17,000 islands ranging from enormous to tiny and many different cultures. On one island alone, there are 80 different languages and 4 major religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. The country is united in the core official language – Bahasa, but you can imagine that it takes time for all these diverse groups to begin to see themselves as a cohesive country. We participated in an incredible cultural event on Bali, snorkeled in some of the most beautiful coral we have ever seen, enjoyed white sand beaches, traveled to see the savage and weird komodo dragons, hiked to a volcano crater, and saw the world’s smallest primate at dusk.