Ian Morse

Electricity needs in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation are projected to double in the next decade. And it hasn’t signed a renewable energy contract in years.

Indonesian homestays provide local families with extra income and offer a more authentic experience for tourists. However concerns over accommodation standards persist as the government seeks to better regulate the industry.

Three youngsters died after mass protests across Indonesia against new laws last month, with at least one allegedly suffering from a gunshot wound by police in Southeast Sulawesi.

Thousands were killed in Palu, Sulawesi, in a September 2018 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and turned the ground into liquid mud that swallowed homes; today survivors offer tours of sites where this liquefaction occurred and visitors snap selfies amid the ruins.