Indonesia Travel Information
Indonesia is perhaps one of the most interesting places to travel to; its culture, people, and the beautiful islands
that make up this biggest archipelago in the world has been enough
reason for tourists to take their wandering feet to one of South East
Asia's most remarkable places. Below are some interesting facts may
help you in your travel to the amazing archipelagic nation and in
planning which Indonesia travel destinations
to choose for your trip.
The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa; however, there are a lot
of other dialects spoken. English is also widely understood in
places like Jakarta
and other tourist resorts.
The official currency of Indonesia is Rupiah or abbreviated as IDR; it
is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currencies can simply be exchanged at
money changers, hotels, and banks in main tourist destinations; the US
dollar is mainly the accepted currency. Travelers cheques (not always
accepted widely) in US dollars are much advised, although cash often
gives better exchange rate. The majority of major credit cards are
acknowledged at restaurants, stores that cater to tourist trade, and
hotels. ATM's are also available in major centers. It is always
recommended for tourists to bring small change as it is frequently
unavailable, as well as small denomination of notes and coins
especially for bus fares, cool drinks, and temple donations.
Indonesia Time Zones
There are three time zones in Indonesia: GMT + 7 in the West, including Sumatra and Java
; GMT + 8 in Central Indonesia, including Lombok, Sulawesi, and Bali
; and GMT + 9 in the East, including Irian Jaya.
Electricity in Indonesia
The electrical current of Indonesia is generally 120/130 volts
(50Hz). Various plugs are used including the UK three-pin style
plug and European 'two-pin' style plug. If you need a universal adapter, we recommend the best customer-rated Samsonite Travel Accessories Converter/Adapter Plug Kit w/Pouch
Communications in Indonesia
Indonesia's international access code is +62; 001 or 008
followed the country code called is the outgoing code used in Indonesia
(it is no longer necessary to dial zero first). Area or city codes are
also used such as 21 for Jakarta and 36 for Bali. An operator-assisted call for
international calls is 101. There are also local operators of mobile
phones that use GSM networks, which also have roaming agreements to the
majority of international operators. Internet cafes are also on-hand in
major resorts and main towns.
These helpful facts may perhaps compliment your Indonesia
knowledge and get you ready for an exciting visit and adventurous trip
to Indonesia. So, get those bags packed, and make that next stop
Clothing: What to Wear
Indonesia is located in Southeast Asian region and is the
world's largest archipelago
. The nation is predominantly a Moslem
country and much of the Muslim culture is well preserved especially in
the rural areas. The tropical climate requires light clothing in
Indonesia but it is customary for Muslim women to wear robes on their
head especially when entering mosques.
Light fabrics are advised to protect visitors from the warm, humid
climate. In non-formal occasions or when answering official calls,
jackets or long-sleeve batik shirts may be worn for men. Clothing in
Indonesia can be as diverse as its culture. While you need to be
wearing light clothes in urban areas, light jackets or sweaters are
recommended in mountainous areas.
Although clothing in Indonesia may be considered conservative,
the beaches are an exception. Beachwears are allowed in beaches
although Muslim women may still stay in their traditional clothing.
Women are not allowed to flaunt their shoulders, arms, necks, and legs
in mosques, temples, and other places of worship, which are considered
inappropriate and disrespectful.
Traditional clothing in Indonesia consists of the sarongs
paired with a "kebaya" for women (kebaya is a tight, long-sleeved
blouse, which is low cut) on formal occasions. Women's hair may be tied
up to a bun or attached with a fake hairpiece. Women in rural areas
often wear sarongs; rarely do they wear shorts or jeans, and go on
barefoot. They carry their babies in a long cloth wrapped down from
Visitors, however, can simply be themselves and wear comfortable
clothing so long as they are decent. Most clothing in Indonesia adopts
the western style of clothing like the shirt and jeans and some from
well-off families can be as glamorous.
The famous traditional clothing in Indonesia is the batik -- a dyed
cloth that features ethnic designs. It has become an industry over the
years and is a source of income for local especially in the rural
areas. The locals prepare a white cloth and sketches ethnic designs
using wax. When the wax has dried, they dip the cloth in dye. The wax
is then removed and print is outlined from it.
The country's urban hubs have supermarkets, department stores, and
large shopping centers where you can shop for clothing in Indonesia,
however, if you want to find bigger bargains, you can browse for
souvenirs and other stuffs in local markets and shops clustering in the
peripheries. You must be careful not to bargain if you don't intend to
buy the item as you could end up upsetting the stall owner.
Food of Indonesia
As they say, "chart the country's cuisine and one can chart its
history". This is very true for Indonesia being the world's fifth
biggest country inhabited by two hundred fifty ethnic groups
marvelous ethnic diversity paired with its "wave upon wave" cultural
influence, has made the world of Indonesia food a pleasurable arena for
The native techniques of Indonesia food cooking and ingredients merged
with influences of China, India, the Middle East, and Europe, as well
as the products of the New World brought by the Portuguese and
Spaniards even before the island was colonized by the Dutch, has
transformed its cuisines into a haven for the palate.
The central and western Indonesia food, particularly their main meal,
is normally cooked late during the morning, and eaten around midday;
unlike the usual meal time hours, a lot of Indonesian families don't
have a set meal time in which every family member are expected to be
present, and so the majority of their dishes are cooked in such a way
that it can last and still be suitable for eating even if left for
hours at room temperature. These same foods are then re-heated for
their final evening meal.
The staple diet of Indonesia food is nasi or rice, which is
substituted with corn, cassava, sweet potato, and sago in some parts of
the island. The spices of Indonesia food make its native cuisine
exceptional; although almost all types of international cooking can
also be found in Jakarta, the most famous being French, Korean,
Japanese, and Italian.
Visitors should always keep in mind that Indonesia food is
always highly spiced fitted to the taste of Indonesians. So look out
for small, fiery hot green and red peppers on your food, including
vegetable and salad dishes. One of the most excellent Indonesia foods
is that of seafood which are highly featured on menus, including
lobsters, prawns, oysters, squid, shrimps, crabs, salt and freshwater
fish, and shark.
Coconut is a favorite ingredient for cooking; vegetables and fresh
fruits like papaya, bananas, oranges and pineapple which are obtainable
all through the year are also Indonesian favorites. Tourists who are
visiting Indonesia for the first time should try out their national
specialties such as Nasi uduk, rasirames, campur (rice dishes),
Rijstafel (Dutch mixture of various fish, meats, curries, and
vegetables), and Soto (soup dish with chicken, vegetables, and
dumpling), to truly savor the real Indonesia food cooking.
Visitors "eating" their way through Indonesia have found it to
be an enjoyable way to really appreciate the country's cultural
crossroads, not to mention making them ache for one more "bite".
A valid passport
with at least 6 months of validity
beyond the duration of stay and two blank pages is required of American citizens to visit the country. An Indonesia Visa
is not required for stays under 30 days for tourism purposes.
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