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Indonesia - The Land of Islands
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Published: 12.5.2016

Indonesia has been very popular place for European tourists. The country includes over 17 000 islands. Everybody thus find what they like. You can walk in wild nature, take a bath in crystal clear water, rest on white beaches or put on trekking shoes to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the volcano. Unfortunately, there have been many fires lately. Still, you can enjoy beautiful atmosphere of this land.

Text: Lenka Bauerová

Photos: Martina Brožková, Stanislav Lupták

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