The reasons for Indonesia's popularity among tourists are obvious: its volcanic peaks are stunning; its beaches, ideal; its culture, proudly kept alive; and its people are devoutly religious (be they Muslim, Hindu, Buddha, or Christian). Indonesia boasts 75% of the world's hard coral, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and has even been cited as a possible location for the legendary lost civilization of Atlantis. That said, Indonesia is also a volatile country, where violence and terrorism are realistic threats. The country is still very popular with travellers, but must be approached with care. Any preparations for a trip should include a careful observation of government warnings. Let's hope that the time is at hand when eager visitors from all over the world can once again pour into Indonesia's tropical gates to enjoy its enthralling attractions.