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Whether you find yourself standing in a volcanic crater, walking under the sea or playing a traditional instrument, a trip to Indonesia will leave you wanting more. For many people, Indonesia is best known for the island getaway of Bali, but with over 300 ethnic groups and a storied past, the country has much more to offer. If you are in the capital, Jakarta, a comfortable three-hour city-link train will take you to the historic city of Bandung, the heart of the Sundanese people and the capital of West Java province. Some of the buildings are a mix of both, such as the seat of the governor of West Java province, built in 1920 by the Dutch and now called Gedung Sate -- like the satay skewer traditional dish -- because of the metal spike on the roof of the imposing white building.Sundanese people are keen to preserve their traditions. Bandung comes to life on weekend evenings.A two-hour drive south of Bandung toward Ciwidey district, followed by a short, bumpy bus ride up a mountain in the rain, took us to Kawah Putih (White Crater in English) -- a murky milky-green sulfuric lake in a wide volcanic crater ensconced within a heavily forested area.The Bandung Conference led to the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement, counting more than 100 member states, devoted to upholding the interests of half of the world's population.Bali's people are animated as well as friendly, and the island is filled with countless activities geared toward tourists.
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