->''With its incredible natural beauty and crushing social problems, Southern Asia offers a unique mix of paradise and hell.''
-->-- ''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]] [[note]]it's merely the most populous Islamic country[[/note]]; as it was a Dutch colony until 1948 it's way better known there. 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 Malaysia and Singapore.
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!!Examples:

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* 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.

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

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* ''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.
* ''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.

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* 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 [[ShamgriLa 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.

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