Indonesia Travel Guide

Indonesia Travel Guide

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Overview

Indonesia (officially the Republic of Indonesia) is a country in Southeast Asia. It consists of over 17,000 islands scattered between the Asian mainland and Australia. The Indonesian archipelago is the largest in the world and has impressive natural wonders, curious wildlife, and precious prehistoric sites. Most of the island has volcanic mountains and are uninhabited. The diversity of islands brings a variety of cultures, languages, and nature. You’ll find everything from the scorched landscape of Komodo, spectacular crater lakes, lush volcanic slopes of Flores, and the shimmering reefs of the Gili Islands.

Country

Indonesia

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Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – Medium

Local Currency

Indonesian rupiah (Rp)

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Address

Indonesia

Spoken Languages

Indonesian (locally referred to as Bahasa Indonesia)

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Not Relevant, Any Age

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Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard

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Things To Do

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Additional Information

Some facts about Indonesia:

  • Indonesia’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity varies from more than 500 languages and dialects, depending on their location in the country.
  • Indonesia islands archipelago spreads over 5200km between Asia and Australia and is the home to over 270 million citizens.
  • The island has 139 volcanoes, and some of them you can climb.
  • Indonesia’s biological variety is incredible and considered one of the best countries for diving. It’s the home to most of Earth’s plant and animal species.
  • Indonesia has Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, and it’s one of the world’s leading suppliers of rubber, coffee, cocoa, and palm oil.

 

With thousands of islands to explore, the archipelago has many alluring sights and endless things to do:

  • The sea area of ​​Indonesia is about 12 million square kilometers.
  • In Bali island, the town of Ubud is known for its cultural core.
  • Java island is one of the most populous places in Asia. Java’s largest city, Jakarta, is the nation’s capital, offering endless volcanoes, outstanding natural beauty, art, and culture. Banda island is a diver’s paradise.
  • You’ll see a mix of cultures, speaking hundreds of different languages.

These are a few examples of the endless things you can do when traveling in Indonesia. You’ll find many more places and things to do later on this page.

 

Due to its nature of multi-culture, there are several things you should never do when traveling to Indonesia:

  • Never joke about race, religion, and ethnicity – the people of Indonesia come from diverse ethnicities, cultures, and beliefs. Therefore, avoid talking or insulting a particular race or religion.
  • Do not rely too much on credit cards – you can easily manage shopping in stores and restaurants with a credit card. But, when going to more remote places and different attractions, always have cash on you, including smaller bills for tips, pay for parking, or purchase small things or souvenirs.
  • Spicy means hot! – when you the word spicy next to a dish on the menu, be sure that meal will burn.
  • Do not drink tap water – you can feel free to use tap water to shower and cook but stick to bottled water daily drinking.
  • Do not drink alcohol or play card games in public places – as a country with Muslims as the majority, alcohol drinking is prohibited by law. There is an exception in tourist places with many international visitors like Bali, but in most other areas in Indonesia, you should avoid drinking alcohol and playing card games.
  • Never do drugs – drugs are considered a severe crime. Possession and distribution of drugs are punishable up to the death penalty.
  • Be polite – Smile, Thank people and generally be polite. They appreciate friendly people.
  • Learning a few local words would be highly appreciated by your driver or guide. For example: ‘terima kasih‘ means ‘thank you’.

  * Lead photo by Tom Fisk from Pexels


Frequently Asked Questions

255 million – and the world’s largest Muslim population.

Kapuas River 1,143 km (710 mi)

Indonesia is mostly a safe country to travel to, though it still has its dangers.
Pickpocketing is common, as is bag-snatching, particularly in busy urban areas. Be aware of your surrounding and wear a bag that cannot be snatched from your shoulder.
When using an ATM, pay attention to suspicious persons.
Road accidents are another issue, and as a tourist, it’s better to use public transportation, especially in urban centers.
Due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire (which is the name of an area with a high degree of tectonic activity), Indonesia also experiences natural disasters, especially earthquakes, volcano eruptions, but also floods, and tsunamis.

  • 112 – general emergency number
  • 110 – Police
  • 118 – Ambulance

As a country with Muslims as the majority, alcohol drinking is prohibited by the law.

Jakarta is Indonesia’s capital, located on the northwest coast of the island of Java.

There are different options to get around in Indonesia. Take delays into consideration, no matter the forms of transport you choose. Keep your schedule as flexible as possible to save yourself a good deal of stress.

If you’re on a budget, you can get around on a bus. However, you may find that you’re getting what you pay for in terms of comfort and safety. On Java Island, you will find trains, which are likely to be more comfortable and reliable than buses.

For longer distances, I would recommend taking tourists shuttle buses.

Ferry routes run between the neighboring islands of Indonesia offering short and long-distance route options.

Another great and relatively cheap way to travel between the islands is domestic flights. State-operated Garuda and Air Asia are the most reputable airlines for flight to and in Indonesia.

Pharmacies (apotek or apotik) can provide many medicines without prescription, but there’s a good chance they won’t have an English-speaking doctor (doktor) or dentist (doktor gigi) available.

You’ll find a public hospital (rumah sakit) in major cities and towns. In some places, these are supplemented by private hospitals, many of which operate in an accident and emergency department.

If you need more advanced treatment, you will probably need to be evacuated either to your home country or to Singapore.

Either way, make sure you have good health insurance before you visit Indonesia.

 


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Best Time To Visit

The weather in Indonesia is tropical, with temperatures between 21°C and 33°C (70 to 91 Fahrenheit). As a result, you can travel to Indonesia all year long, depending on your trip plans. Still, the best times are between April and October, when the weather is perfect for island-hopping, snorkeling, and just chilling by the beach. Indonesia is hot all year round, but there are still a few wet months, roughly between November and April (Jan and Feb the wettest), particularly in the south. That does not mean you won’t be able to travel and enjoy the Islands. Even if you won’t be able to relax by the beach, you can use that time for other activities. For example, you can visit one of the many temples, which are often quieter this time of the year. The most crowded and expensive months are between mid-June and mid-September and again over Christmas and New Year.  

Monthly weather in Indonesia:

  • JanuaryRains are widespread across Indonesia, and although it’s challenging to find some sun, you can still be lucky at this time of year. For guaranteed sunshine, it’s best to head further north.
  • February – It’s still rainy in most of Indonesia, but you can get more sun in northern Sumatra. Just remember that rain doesn’t mean it’s called. You can still expect temperatures around 30°Cs (86 Fahrenheit).
  • March – There is mixed weather throughout Indonesia as the occasional heavy downpour breaks up the sunshine.
  • April – The sun returns to most of Indonesia. However, it begins to get busy toward the end of the month, so it’s best to arrive early to avoid the crowds.
  • MayYou can expect hot and dry weather, especially in Bali and Lombok. It’s time to visit the beach and enjoy the glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. An occasional shower may appear in some areas. It’s still not the high season, so you may be able to enjoy lower prices. It’s also a good time to spot orangutans as they come out to play in the forests.
  • June – The beginning of June is quite possibly the best time to travel to Indonesia. You are almost guaranteed to have sunny weather and wildlife at its peak, making treks through the forests extremely rewarding. If you arrive early enough, you can still enjoy a less crowd than pick season.
  • July – Expect hot and dry weather, with a high number of visitors, especially in Bali and other popular areas. With the school out in holidays and great weather, accommodation tends to get booked up far in advance, and prices are high. The beaches can feel a little crowded, and in some areas, like in Kalimantan, Humidity can make travel uncomfortable.
  • August – Peak season continues, with even more visitors than July. The weather, wildlife, and national parks all key attractions.
  • September – September is one of the best months to visit Indonesia, with excellent weather conditions. In addition, the high season is over, so it’s less crowded and has lower prices.
  • October – A good month for travel Indonesia, with few crowds and many good shoulder-season deals. The wet season starts, and you’ll see less sun. However, it’s still warm and sunny in most regions.
  • November – The weather is hot as always, and humidity can get stuffy. Most days, you should expect rain, but you might get lucky to enjoy some occasional burst of sunshine, mainly in Bali and northern Sulawesi. If you’re looking for a diving experience, you can expect perfect conditions in Maluku and Papua this time of year.
  • December – Expect rain and high humidity levels throughout Indonesia. With Christmas prices just around the corner, it may be best to visit early on in the month, as popular tourist areas are bustling from the week before Christmas through New Year’s. Like in November, it’s the best time to go diving in areas such as Maluku’s Banda Islands.

lightbulb icon Remember to check the weather forecast a few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.  

Flights & Accommodations

Depending on your plans and trip type, you’ll need different gear. If you plan on diving, snorkeling, or climbing, then prepare that specific gear accordingly. As always, pack light! Do you plan on doing extreme activities as a hobby? If diving or climbing is not taking the majority of your trip, consider renting the equipment instead of bringing your own. With that in mind, the following are basic things you’ll need to pack: Comfortable shoes If you plan to sprawl out on the beach the entire trip, a pair of flip-flops or sandals are all you need. But, since you’ll visit some jungles, rainforests, mountains, and volcanoes, make sure you have a pair of comfortable walking/hiking shoes. Find Shoes or Flip-Flops on Amazon. Clothing Indonesia is very laid back. So bring you comfortable summer clothes—loose shorts, singlet-tops, kaftans, board shorts, summer dresses, and t-shirts. If you plan on going out to a nice bar in the evening, you might want to pack a few nice outfits, but make sure they’re still from breathable and light fabric. You’ll spend a lot of time enjoying the virgin beaches. I recommend packing at least two swimsuits, as one will always be wet. Backpack and Beach Bag Traveling with a backpack is the ideal way to go in Indonesia. Stay away from big, bulky suitcases. On your visit to the beach or daily trip, you’ll need a light bag for your essentials. Bug spray If you’re going to be hiking in the forests, jungles, or natural highlights, you must pack good quality insect repellant and use it regularly. Click here to order your bug spray from Amazon. Rain jacket Every once in a while, it might rain, so bring a light rain jacket or umbrella if that’s what you prefer. Sun protection The sun is shining in Indonesia (not only at the beach). Ensure you have a hat, a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen with high SPF, and aloe vera gel if you get sunburned. A rash-shirt or sun-shirt is a good idea too, especially for kids. Remember that you can still get sunburn even if it’s a cloudy day. Electronics adapter Make sure to bring the proper power adapter and maybe a portable battery. This power adaptor should cover your needs to charge and operate all your devices: Must-have toiletries & Medicins Bring toilet paper or Tissues, and hand sanitizer. Also, pay a visit to your doctor and arrange some anti-diarrhea mediation (gastro-stop or Imodium). A general dose of antibiotics can help clear up any nasty bacteria that find their way into your tummy. If you suffer from travel sickness on long car rides or ferry rides, you may also want to pack travel sickness medicine.


Events & Festivals

Before planning a trip around an even, verify the dates on the event website or local tourist info center.

Chinese New Year (Tahun Baru) – As with many Southeast Asian countries, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Indonesia as a public holiday, with traditional festivals taking place throughout the country.

Muharram is an Islamic New Year celebration.

Nyepi (to keep silent), Balinese New Year – A Hindu celebration to mark the Saka New Year, it is a public holiday across the country as people fast and spend the day in silence and meditation.

Maulud Nabi Muhammad – the anniversary of the birth of Muhammed

While the month of Ramadan may impact your daily routine as shops and restaurants close during the day, this is an exciting time to visit if you are fascinated by different cultures and religions.

A national holiday. A day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Idul Fitri/Lebaran (known as Eid al-Fitr in other Muslim countries) – a major two-day national holiday celebrated at the end of Ramadan as the breaking of the fast.

The anniversary of the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha.

Annual Celebration of Arts and Culture in Bali, which runs from mid-June through mid-July. The event is an excellent moment for witnessing Bali’s wealth of performing arts. You’ll also catch a glimpse of various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia.

Ascension Day of Muhammed.

A public holiday to celebrate the anniversary of Indonesia’s independence. You can enjoy various festivities and beach parties and festivals across the country.

The Islamic New Year is celebrated throughout Indonesia with parades, festivals, and prayer, making this an exciting but busy time to visit.

The celebration of the end of Ramadan.