Indonesia's diverse beauty stretches over 3,000 miles, from Sumatra, home to Southeast Asia’s largest lake and dense jungles, to Papua. This is a nation as varied as it is unique, with Hindu-Buddhist monuments, countless pristine beaches, and natural wonders that grace an archipelago filled with mystique, nature, and beauty. On this journey, discover the Sultan’s palace and the water castle in Yogyakarta and the splendor of a ten-thousand-year-old Buddhist temple in Borobudur. Trek for the largest monitor lizard in the world at Komodo, and swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters filled with tropical fish and a natural rainbow of coral. End your trip at the crown jewel of Indonesia’s many islands, Bali - a paradise framed by sweeping beaches and natural wonders, rice terraces, and majestic mountains. Experience a rich culture throughout that is unlike any other, whether you’re tasting their delicacies or simply chatting with the locals. If you love the true exotic and appreciate experiences that are rare and magical, this is the ultimate expedition for you.
About the Study Leader
Professor of History, Michael Laffan studies the history of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, focusing at present on Islam, nationalism, Dutch colonialism and orientalism. He came to Princeton in 2005 from a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. His first book, Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia: The Umma Below the Winds (2003), argued that Islam played a central and largely unacknowledged role in the Indonesian nationalist movement, which historians have tended to associate mainly with a secular, Dutch-educated elite.
Laffan’s latest book, The Makings of Indonesian Islam, looks at the results of an engagement between Islamic reformers with intellectual links to Cairo and influential colonial scholars, arguing that they set the parameters for the ways in which Islam has been, and still is, imagined in specific ways in both Southeast Asia and the Academy. The next project, just started, will track the peregrinations of a Yemeni sufi across the Indian Ocean in the 18th century.