Population: 251 million
Capital: Jakarta
Approximate number of tourists per year: 8 Million

One of the world’s more complicated states, the Republic of Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands, which are home to the world’s 4th largest population. Considering this, it is amazing that it has risen to be the world’s 17th most successful economy. It consists of literally hundreds of distinct ethnic tribes and linguistic groups, the largest being the Javanese.

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is on the northwest coast of the island of Java, and is a bit of a mish mash of a city to be honest. Surprisingly green it has the worst traffic imaginable; it does though enjoy an exciting nightlife and a vibrant shopping culture. The city has become the melting pot of Indonesia. This melting pot mentality has good and bad sides to it. You are likely to encounter a wider variety of characters here than anywhere. The people though are among the most friendly, hospitable, and helpful people in the world.

It has become known amongst expats as the Big Durian. In a reference to New York, the name also takes into account the culture shock of sight and smell, the sweltering heat, and the astonishing mass of 28 million people packed into one enormous city. Predominantly Muslim, Indonesia was a small representation of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

Indonesia is though, a terrific destination for those looking for the best holidays in Southeast Asia. The sheer volume and diversity of its island ensure that whatever your reasons for visiting, you will find something to your taste.

Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. He started the Saigon Districts website, turning it into the fastest growing site in Vietnam. After careful consideration, he decided to cover not just Vietnam but the whole region that he loves so dearly. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects. InSeAsia.com is a labour of love as Keith travels round the region garnering subject matter. Read more about the website here.