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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)

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

Shopping Guide

Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets

Malls and Streets

Local Markets

Local Food Guide

Drinks & Desserts Guide

Map

Facts

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]

Climate

Events, Festivals and Holiday

January

– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri

February

– Lunar New Year, 8-10 February, Mon

March

– Hari Raya Nyepi, March 9, Wed
– Good Friday, March 25, Fri

May

– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Ascensions Day, May 5, Thu
– Isra Miraj, May 5, Thu
– Waisak Day, May 22, Sun

July

– Cuti Bersama, July 4-5, Mon-Tue
– Hari Raya Puasa, July 6-7, Wed- Thu
– Cuti Bersama, July 8, Fri

August

– Independence Day, August 17, Wed

September

– Idul Adha, September 12, Mon

October

– Muharram, October 2, Sun

December

– Mulidur Rasul, December 12, Mon
– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun

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

Entry Requirement

Passport

A passport with at least 6 months validity.

Visas

A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at Indonesia embassy or on arrival at the two international airports.  The visa is valid for 30 days.

By Plane

You can enter Indonesia by its international airports:

By Road

You can enter Indonesia by

By Boat

You can enter Indonesia by

How to get around in Indonesia

By Plane

  1. Domestic airlines

By Train

  1. Not in operation

By Road

  1. Taxis

By Boat

  1. Ferries

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

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.