Indonesia (the "Indian island world"), the third largest state in Asia (after China and India), occupies the main part of the Malay Archipelago, between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, and has also annexed the western half of the island of New Guinea. ?
Bali, the most westerly of the Lesser Sunda Islands, is probably the best-known island in the Indonesian Archipelago as far as tourists are concerned. Its unique character has fascinated Bali visitors since time immemorial. A luxuriant tropical vegetation, artistically arranged rice terraces, numerous shrines, rich arts and crafts, colourful markets and the famous temple dances exert a magical attraction throughout the year on holiday makers from all over the world.