Risyiana Muthia
Risyiana Muthia
Risyiana is a Bali-based journalist. She has written for CNN International, VICE News, and TechInAsia.

Island administration was first to impose such a ban in Indonesia, one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, but small businesses continue to use plastic bags, trays and straws because customers expect them to.

Dating apps have increasingly become an essential part of the travelling experience. With over 5 million international tourists visiting Bali every year, dating apps like Tinder bring good business right to sex workers’ fingertips.

From ‘commoner’s rice’ to the delights of the city’s famed Chicken Street, there are many street food dishes you simply can’t miss when you visit Hanoi. Here’s the perfect menu for a two-day stay


Although alcohol is heavily taxed in the country and frowned upon in Islam, alcoholic drinks have long been a part of Indonesia’s many cultures. From arak to sopi to tuak, we take a look at the island nation’s indigenous tipples 

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta and other regions often face persecution and discrimination, but those living on the Hindu majority island of Bali say they have never even felt like they were a minority. We look at a history of cultural integration

It’s not illegal in Indonesia for a Muslim to have more than one wife, but it’s frowned upon; that hasn’t deterred pro-polygamy activists, whose activities a critic says are a sign of ‘moral panic’ about extramarital sex in the country

With few friends and little connection to locals, people like Zhang Haitao are expressing their feelings through poetry and writing, captured in Singaporean filmmaker Upneet Kaur-Nagpal’s documentary Poets on Permits

Since the volcanic alert, the Balinese have been praying for the safety of those who live near the ‘mother mountain’, the most sacred peak on the island and pivotal to its Hindu culture

Some Indonesians have no qualms showing respect for the strong image projected by Nazi Germany, saying it does not make them neo-Nazis. Are they just unable to fathom the horror of the time, or does the problem run deeper?

From hijab-wearing female metal band Voice of Baceprot to the Hammersonic music festival that includes prayer breaks, Indonesia’s metalheads show that ‘the devil’s music’ doesn’t have to clash with their Islamic identity