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General aspects of Indonesia
Your first words in Indonesian:
Goodbye: Selamat tinggal
Thank you: Terima Kasih
Currency: Indonesian Rupee (IDR)
The capital: Jakarta
Attention! The capital of Indonesia is going to be moved to the east of Borneo. The new capital will begin to be built by the end of the year 2020. The cause of this is that the current capital, by 2050, could be 95% underwater due to the high density of buildings and the natural disasters in the area.
Population: 264 million
Main religion: Islam
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Indonesia is the number 41 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Medium risk. It is not dangerous during the day. There are always a lot of people on the streets and you won’t have problems. During the night, be careful and do not walk alone. As it is a developing country, robberies occur occasionally, so always keep an eye on your belongings.
Indonesia’s climate is almost equatorial everywhere, which means, it is humid and rainy throughout the year. In some areas, there is a more or less accentuated dry season, whereas, in other areas, it will be difficult to find a time of the year with no rain. As it is usual in this type of climates, rain occurs in the form of shower or storm.
There are also very high mountains and volcanoes, here, the temperatures decrease naturally as the altitude increases.
As Indonesia is near the equator, the day lasts around 12 hours throughout the year. Temperatures during the whole year are stable, with a minimum of 23 ºC ( 73 ºF) and a maximum of 32 ºC (90 ºF).
In Indonesia, between December and March, it is the northeast monsoon; while between June and September it is the southeast monsoon.
Indonesia is a very frequent destination for backpackers and surfers so it is fully ready to embrace every type of traveler. Mostly all the accommodation is very affordable for the budget travelers,
If you are looking to stay in a hostel in the main touristic areas you will be able to sleep there for only $4/night. If you prefer to stay in a private room, prices will rise up to around $13/night.
Main international airports of Indonesia are:
Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport.
Between islands, you will sometimes need to travel by plane. It is not expensive but it will depend also on the season you are traveling.
There are trains only on the island of Java. In general, it is faster and more comfortable than the bus. The economy class costs roughly the same as the bus. Book the ticket in advance!
Local buses are really cheap and a great option to travel inside the islands. You will be able to do a 3 hours route for around $1,5/ride. There are also modern buses that double the price, from $3 you could make a trip of 3-4 hours. In this case booking tickets in advance is not necessary.
There are also a lot of travelers that rent a motorbike and travel around, this could be a good option regarding flexibility but be careful with the crazy traffic!
The main dishes in the country are:
- Nasi Campur: one of the most traditional, common and cheap dishes of Indonesia. This recipe is based on rice (nasi) accompanied by pieces of meat (usually chicken), veggies, eggs, tempeh(food product from the controlled natural fermentation of soybeans (similar to tofu) and sauces.
- Nasi Goreng: a dish composed of fried rice, chicken, vegetables and soy sauce. It is one of the most common alternatives and you will find it in almost any Warung (local family-run restaurants).
- Mee Goreng: it is the noodle version of the previous one. Equally tasty and common!
Although these are the main dishes in Indonesia, you will be able to find noodles and rice in all its varieties!
5 things to do in Indonesia
This is a huge country with a lot of incredible things to do but I will highlight 5 of my favorite places:
The active volcano that lies in the middle of a large valley in Java island. The recommended time to visit this wonder is starting your visit well before the sun is up, to be able to see the sunrise. Do not miss this view!!
An experienced surfers’ paradise with crazy surf spots, but please be careful with the coral reef. There is also a very famous party on Sundays in Single Fin (Uluwatu), very good backpackers’ vibes!
Motorcycle in the north of Bali
Bali is not only about the party. Walk away from the main touristic places and enjoy nature, waterfalls and infinite walks in the north.
The Nusa Islands are a tropical trio less than 30 minutes by boat from Bali. The islands are still considered a part of Bali. Life on the Nusa Islands is all about enjoying nature, surfing, snorkeling, cliff jumping, hiking on an island with a relaxed atmosphere.
Komodo national park
The only places on earth where you can have a close encounter with the legendary Komodo Dragons, – located in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Be careful with the dragons!!!