->''With its incredible natural beauty and crushing social problems, Southern Asia offers a unique mix of paradise and hell.''
-->-- ''Literature/AmericaTheBook''

Generally portrayed as that chain of islands, roughly a dozen large and a gazillion smaller ones, between the FarEast and the LandDownunder, Indonesia is a country that works as a more exotic version of [[SimSimSalabim India]] because not too much is known about it in [[EagleLand the English/US-centered part of the world]]; as it was a Dutch colony until 1945 it's way better known in the Netherlands. Want a story with modern day [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]]? Exotic rites with components of magic? Delicious, but mouth- and ass-burning cuisine? Set it in Indonesia. Sea monsters, modern day pirates, volcanoes, and more can all be found in this tropical island chain. One thing is for certain -- the area is lousy with tigers and treasure. Oh, and Komodo dragons.

Expect half of the local wildlife to [[MisplacedWildlife inexplicably be African or South American in origin,]] and to encounter cannibals and {{cargo cult}}s.

Compare HolidayInCambodia, which is a little further north, and skipping [[{{UsefulNotes/Malaysia}} Malaysia]], [[{{UsefulNotes/Singapore}} Singapore]] and [[{{UsefulNotes/Brunei}} Brunei]].


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The Tintin story [[Recap/TintinFlight714 Flight 714]] takes place in [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed "Sondonesia"]]. No cannibals or tigers, but there is a jungle island featuring an active volcano, mysterious ruins, and Komodo dragons.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* ''Fanfic/{{Maaf}}''


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AnacondasTheHuntForTheBloodOrchid'' is set in Borneo, but apparently missed the fact that [[MisplacedWildlife anacondas live in South America]].
* Skull Island in ''Film/KingKong''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheSwissFamilyRobinson'' is the ur-example of this.
* The original ''Literature/DreamPark'' book's role playing game subplot is set in this version of the EastIndies.
* Several of WillardPrice's ''[[Literature/AdventureSeries Adventure]]'' novels are set in this area.
* ''Film/TheYearOfLivingDangerously'' is about Western reporters covering the 1965 civil war in Indonesia (also: Film).
* ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'' by Multatuli (ps. of Eduard Douwes Dekker) and ''De Stille Kracht'' (The Silent Force) by Louis Couperus are two of the better-known Dutch literary works set in what was then called Dutch East India. ''Max Havelaar'' has been made into a film; ''De Stille Kracht'' into a TV-series.
* The Literature/LagunaCopperplateInscription, a nonfictional document detailing a royal debt-relief grant, was issued by the Kingdom of Tondo—a precolonial kingdom set in the would-be Philippines, but several centuries before Spanish colonisation. The gold-bejewelled, animist/Indianised cultures that existed at the time the document was issued bore a strong resemblance to their counterparts in the modern-day Indonesia.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Filipino series ''Amaya'' and ''Series/{{Indio}}'' could count, as they largely focus on the precolonial kingdoms and societies that inhabited the Philippine archipelago prior to Spanish rule; in precolonial times the pre-Filipino cultures shared many traits with the larger kingdoms in the Indonesian islands.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/TheSultanOfSulu'' is set in the southern Philippines at the turn of the 20th century, but Sulu partly counts, as it had largely escaped the 300+ years of Spanish rule that drastically changed culture in the rest of the country, and as a result had remained a Muslim kingdom up to that point, resembling its counterparts in modern-day Malaysia and Indonesia much more than it did the rest of the Catholic Philippines (which, in turn, is more a combination of this, LatinLand, and HolidayInCambodia).


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Panau archipelago in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]'' is generally an amalgamation of the East Indies and [[HolidayInCambodia other Southeast Asian countries]], [[{{Qurac}} deserts]] and [[TheShangriLa snow-capped mountains]] notwithstanding.
* The Rook Islands in ''VideoGame/FarCry3''. Although technically located in the South Pacific, the islands draws elements of mysticism, natural beauty and history from various East Indies locations.