This vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands stretches across the equator at the intersection of several tectonic plates, a location that results in the dramatic volcanoes of the Ring of Fire. The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation comprises more than 300 ethnic groups and also boasts the greatest biodiversity on earth after Brazil. A single Hindu island, Bali, continues to hold sway over the Western imagination. Although Bali remains an inviting destination, the south of the island has become excessively commercialized. Prior to the pandemic, the largest number of visitors came from China.

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