Indonesia's incredibly diverse culture and natural beauty make it a dream come true for any traveller. Let’s take a closer look at what this amazing country has to offer.
The country of Indonesia consists of over 13,000 islands which cover an area of 735,000 square miles. As a result, there is a wide variety of landscapes to be seen here. In Indonesia, you’ll find everything from lush rainforests, gorgeous beaches, smouldering volcanoes, and beautiful rice fields.
The scenery changes considerably depending on which island you visit. Bali is well-known for its awe-inspiring white beaches. On the other hand, Java is the place to go if you want to visit the volcanoes. No matter where you go, you’re guaranteed to see some incredible sights in Indonesia.
Indonesia has a very long and complex history when it comes to cuisine. It is the result of many different cultures mixing together for thousands of years. Again, different traditions exist on different islands. But regardless of where you are, you’ll definitely get to try some delicious food.
Tumpeng is considered to be the country’s national dish. It consists of a rice cone surrounded by several meat and vegetable dishes. You also need to try some satay while you’re there. These meat skewers are very popular among street vendors. And make sure you get some sweet martabak for dessert.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Indonesia is its incredibly diverse culture. It is one of the most heavily populated countries in the world and has experienced many different cultural influences over the course of its history. Some of these influences include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. It might also surprise you to learn that Indonesia has the highest percentage of Muslims anywhere in the world.
Indonesia also has many great traditions concerning music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Make sure you check out the National Museum of Indonesia or catch a Wayang shadow puppet show during your stay.
As you might expect from such a large country, Indonesia has many fascinating places to see. In fact, travelling to different islands can be like visiting several different countries in one. The capital city of Jakarta, in particular, is a massive metropolitan area and one of the biggest cities in the world. Its status as an international airport hub also means it’ll probably be the first city you visit.
Of course, the Balinese cities of Seminyak and Kuta are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Or you could visit Yogyakarta, which is renowned for its music, arts, and culture.
This is some of what you can expect from Indonesia. Start planning your vacation now, and you’ll be making new memories in no time.
Know Before You Go
Indonesia can be whatever you want it to be. There's no surprise it's known as the 'Wonderful Indonesia.' Choose this beautiful archipelago for the relaxing cultural experience of a lifetime. The slow pace of island life sets it apart. Accommodations range from luxury villas to lush jungle treehouses.
Over 140 countries get free visa admission for 30 days in Indonesia. You can pay $35 for the option to extend, capped at an extra 30 days.
Most of Indonesia has a large Muslim population. Make sure to consider appropriate clothing options. Bring something to cover up when outside of the beach resorts.
On arrival, you'll most likely land in Bali (Denpasar) or Jakarta. You'd think getting around 13,000 islands might be hard. But from here you can do easily do a bit of island hopping by plane, boat, car or even scooter. Many sea-planes are much faster and cheaper than boat or overland travel to islands like Java. Home to the incredible UNESCO Buddhist temple in Borobudur.
Best Time To Visit
The peak summer season from April to October is dry, sunny, and tropical. But with perfect weather comes the crowds. It's a great idea to aim for the shoulder season before the rains start (September). Though rain in most areas of Indonesia is often a pleasant warm shower and will usually pass quickly. Bali and Kalimantan have fantastic climates that are enjoyable all year round.
What To Expect
Once you've planned the details and are feeling pumped about your exciting trip. Don't forget to tie up the loose ends. Here's a few important tips.
Currency - The official currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah.
Language - The bulk of Indonesia is 90% Islamic. Bali is predominantly Hindu. Being such a varied melting pot of culture, Indonesians speak a plethora of dialects. But the common language is Bahasa Indonesia.
ATMs - Cash is still widely used across Indonesia. ATM's are easily found in the most populated areas and accept foreign cards. Be prepared to carry cash when travelling to some islands and more rural areas.
Plugs & Sockets - Indonesia uses two plug types. Type C with two round pins, and type F with 2 round pins and earth clips to the side. It operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Pack an extra extension cord as many rooms have limited outlets. You don't want to be left deciding between air-con or your smartphone.
Safety - Indonesia is considered safe for travellers. With the most common crimes being acts of petty theft. Be sure to be aware of your belongings at all times to avoid being an easy target.
Climate - Indonesia has a glorious tropical climate, enjoying pleasant warm waters. Fabulous for surfing, swimming, or simply sunbathing. The dry season builds from April to October. Monsoon season rears its ugly head from November to March, but it's as refreshing as it is inconvenient. Since Indonesia has a tropical climate, the humidity is mainly high from 70-90%