The heart of the nation, Java is a complex island of great antiquity: this, after all, is where ancient Java Man stood upright and walked abroad. As such the island, home today to 140 million people and the most populated island on earth, is defined primarily by people.

Yogyakarta

With twin Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilisation on Java, full of history. Try the living museum of The Kraton or The Keraton (Sultan’s Palace), the famous Alun Alun, watch silversmiths crafting jewellery at Kotagede, shop at Malioboro Road and chase the sunrise in famous temples like Prambanan and Borobudur.

Jakarta

One of the world’s greatest megalopolises, Jakarta is a dynamic and vibrant city. Its chaotic charm and juxtapositions can be found on every street. Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, but it is also Indonesia’s political centre. It is also the hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. It is no wonder that you will find Jakarta as a dynamic city with around the clock activities throughout its populated area.

The Solo Batik Carnival

Batik has been recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Solo Batik Carnival was first held on April 13, 2008, and it has become an annual tourism agenda ever since. The batik models show off the colourful costumes and also perform Indonesian dances where the visitors are able to learn about the local culture.