Indonesia was where I started my 11 month round-the-world (RTW) in July of 1996. I spent two months in the country, which was the legal limit for a single visa. I bought a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Jakarta, and had one small carry-on backpack as luggage. You just don't need much stuff in the tropics, and it is much cheaper to buy it there than at home.
Java and Bali (18 pictures)
Tana Toraja, Sulawesi (23 pictures)
Central Sulawesi (21 pictures)
North Sulawesi (13 pictures)