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Country Facts

The world's largest equatorial archipelago, home to tigers, komodo dragons and orangutans; 17,000 islands, most uninhabited; some of the best surfing and white-sand beaches in Asia, and a culture that is a riot of colours and a mélange of ethnicities with rich traditions, ceremonies and festivals—Indonesia is travel heaven! To get under Indonesian skin read, 'Saman' by Ayu Utami, watch 'Arisan' by Joko Anwar and listen to music by Padi.

  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Official Languages: Bahasa Indonesia
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: Rupiah
  • Time Zone: +8:00 GMT (2½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0062

When To Go

Best time to visit: May to September. The average temperature in Indonesia is 27.7°C. The average high is 33°C in September and October and the average lowest is 23°C in June, July, August and September.

What To Do

Indonesian cuisine differs from region to region with heavy influences from China in the meat balls and noodles. Sumatran cuisine is influenced by the Middle East and India with meat curries, while Eastern Indonesia shows similarities to Polynesian and Melanesian cuisine.

What to eat and drink
  • Nasi goreng: Fried rice with several toppings
  • Nasi lemak: Coconut rice
  • Sate: Meat on a skewer, served with peanut sauce
  • Bintang and Anker beer


Woodcarving, textiles, brass tobacco boxes, batik, tribal art, baskets, beads and 'wayang kulit' puppets.



Travel Tips


Indian nationals do not require visa for maximum stay of 30 days. Visa is on Arrival and at the rate of US$ 35. However, all visitors to Indonesia must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months onwards from the date of arrival.

By Air

Indonesia is very well connected to the outside world. Bali is an important and most visited city in Indonesia. Ngurah Rai International Airport, officially known as I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, is the main airport in Bali, located 13 km south of Denpasar. Airlines like Jet Airways with Gaurda Indonesia, Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines give good connections into Bali.

By Bus

Buses are usually mini-buses, also known as bemos or colts, and travel mainly on the main roads in Bali. These public bemos and buses are by far the cheapest mode of transport.... One warning is that public buses do not always take the most direct routes around town and can get very full with locals.

By Taxis

The best taxi company by far is Blue Bird Taxi, which uses blue vehicles with a light on the roof bearing a stylized bluebird. Drivers speak reasonable English and use the meter at all times. Many expats will use no other firm. Blue Bird has a slick app that summons a taxi to your location just like Uber. Watch out for myriad fakes – there are many. Look for 'Blue Bird' over the windscreen and the phone number.

Self Drive

Not advisable. An excellent way to travel anywhere around Bali is by hired vehicle, allowing you to leave the driving and inherent frustrations to others. If you're part of a group, it can make sound economic sense as well.


Power supply is usually 220 volts / 250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

  • Dress is normally informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid climate and clothing of light fabrics are recommended.
  • Don't pack too much, you'll only need shorts and shirts.
  • Bring loads of sunscreen since the products here are quite expensive.

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