Yogyakarta, Indonesia

With a skyline dominated by the huge and volcanically active Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta (known to locals as Jogja) is part of the only sultanate remaining on the Indonesian island of Java. Boasting everything from awe-inspiring temple complexes such as Borobodur, palatial ruins and historic architecture through to gamelan (Javanese orchestra), Ramayana ballet, leather puppet shows and an eclectic mix of drama and art, it is widely considered to be the cultural heart of the country.