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The most popular spots in Indonesia for anyone taking a gap year are Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, but with 18,110 islands making up the country there is a lot more to see.
Indonesia is steeped in tradition and religious ceremonies are plentiful. It has the largest Muslim population in the world: bells ring for morning prayer and the smell of incense lingers whereever you go. The country straddles the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is the largest archipelago in the world.
Indonesia's tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil, and are being logged and cut down at the same alarming speed.
Anyone with any money shops and parties in Jakarta and Bali or enjoys the 108,000km of beaches.
Indonesia is a beautiful country and is sure to be a favourite for anyone visiting on their gap year.
Photos of Indonesia from backpacker and travel editor Marcus Sherifi.