About Indonesia

Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia, lying between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.  It was founded on August 17, 1945. (photo above is taken by Zephyr_p / Shutterstock.com)

History [Founded on August 17, 1945] • Capital [Jakarta] • Government [Republic] • Currency [Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)] • Language [Indonesian(official)] • Religion [Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist] • Electricity [220V/50Hz (Schuko Euro plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +7 to UTC+9 ] • Country Code [+62] • Internet TLD [.id] • Emergencies [Dial 112]

Indonesia Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Indonesia and find the best things to see, do and experience in Indonesia even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Borobudur
Borobudur

Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo

Lake Toba
Lake Toba

Baliem Valley

Baliem Valley
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Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park

Gili Islands
Gili Islands

Bunaken

Bunaken

Tanjung Puting
Tanjung Puting

 

Map

Tipping

Restaurant –  10% of the bill.
Tour Guide – No tipping expected.
Hotel –  No tipping expected.  Hotel charge a tax of 21 %
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected. Fare are rounded up.
Spas – RP 20,000 – RP 30,000.
Hair Dressers – RP 20,00- RP50,00

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Rupiah : IDR with symbol Rp
Rupiah Notes denominations (Rp): 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000
Rupiah Coin denominations (Rp): 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Eurocard are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in many places such as cities and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.  Be aware there is a bank fee.

Travellers cheques

Not widely accepted.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0800-1400
Fri: 0800-1200
Sat: 0800-1100 (for some branches)

How to get in and out of Indonesia

 

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 112

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.