Bali’s New Year’s Day – time to stay in, turn off the lights, and keep quiet

After days of raucous celebrations, the Indonesian island shuts down for a day of silence – and tourists aren’t exempt. Try to sneak off to the beach and expect to meet the pecalang police

Cocktail o’clock in Bali: refreshment with a tropical twist at the Night Rooster bar

The team behind Indonesia’s best restaurant, Locavore, in Ubud, have plenty to crow about having opened a cocktail bar with a menu piqued by local fruits, herbs and spices

Shops in trees: Jakarta’s improvised street life – in pictures

Photographer Isidro Ramírez documents the small solutions Jakartans find to improve the quality of life in a crowded city with inefficient infrastructure – from fashion shops in trees to wood-store bus stops

Indonesia beginners’ guide: Bali, Lombok, Java and Flores

This vast country’s 17,000 islands would take years to explore. As a new direct flight from the UK to Indonesia launches, we pick what to do and see plus the best hotels, food and drink in four popular destinations

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world, causing hunger, disease and death for years afterwards. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared for serious disruption to our climate and food production.