03/04/2014 07:05 pm ET Updated May 04, 2014

30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Indonesia

I owe a great debt to the people of Indonesia. Their kindness, coupled with the beauty, expanse and diversity of their country, has made the past month one of the best of my life. I was anxious prior to arriving in Indonesia four weeks ago, but my experience has been a sublimely calming one.

And sublimely exhilarating. I navigated the hustle and bustle of a megacity, came face to face with wild orangutans in the jungle, explored the residence of an imperial sultan (then saw his city covered in ash), hiked into a volcano that spews blue fire, attended one of the world's most elaborate funeral ceremonies and relaxed in what is perhaps the most isolated paradise in the world.

Whether you're looking for places to visit, things to do or simply a few great reasons to travel to Indonesia, these captivating photos of my recent trip will make you want to board the next flight to Jakarta.

30 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Indonesia

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