Located in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is one of the hidden gems of Asia, with incredible landscapes and diverse wildlife and nature. Is also home to people from diverse origins and religions, creating a unique melting pot that you should not miss.
Why Visit Indonesia
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Thanks to its central location in ancient trading routes, Indonesia has a melting pot of cultures, which gives the country a incredible diversity of religions, cuisine and architecture.
LANDSCAPES & NATURE
Indonesia is an archipelago, with over 13,677 islands with white sand beaches, spectacular smoking craters in chains of volcanoes and tropical rainforest. Its rich nature encourages a huge range of flora and fauna to flourish.
Thanks to its diverse cultural mix, Indonesian cuisine is a collection of various regional culinary traditions, with a gradient of foods from seafoods to vegetarian foods. The majority of them are heavy seasoned, but equally delicious.
The most expensive thing about Indonesia, is getting there. The rest is pretty affordable. You can find accommodations from $5/night and street food for cents. Traveling from island to island would be the biggest expense depending on your itinerary. You could find domestic flights for around $50 each. An ideal destination for traveling on-budget.
What to expect
Indonesian is the official language. Due to its large population (Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world) is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. There are also over 725 regional languages spoken in Indonesia, and English is widely spoken by the local people of the country.
In Indonesia the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor
CURRENCY:The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency. 1USD equals 13634.33 indonesian rupiahs. Large hotels and tourist stores may accept other currencies such as dollars and euros, but expect to pay more to use foreign currency. The US dollar is the most widely accepted foreign currency in Indonesia. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are also accepted.
Indonesia is fairly safe place. Some parts are very safe, others are very dangerous. Pick-pocketing, scam, mugging and armed carjacking are fairly common, specially on high populated cities, so be cautious. From July to October there is a smoke haze on the northwest part of the country, so be careful if you problems with allergies. Sexual assault is a threat and I would avoid traveling alone or visiting places unaccompanied.
Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, as it is located directly on the equator. If features a wet, hot and humid climate throughout the year. Cooler temperatures prevail in the highlands.
Indonesia offers visa free entry for citizens of 169 countries, (almost everybody), if the entry is for 30 days or less. Visa-free regime does not apply for the citizens of the following 29 countries: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kosovo, Liberia, Micronesia, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
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