Indonesia is home to more than 17 000 islands, with Sumatra being the biggest one – which is also the sixth largest island in the world. Seperated by the Indian and the Pacific Ocean, this massive country lies along the equator. Good food, great diving, lots of volcanoes to hike and jungles to explore. Throw in some tropical beaches and a low cost of living and you’ve got some great reasons why one should visit this diverse country. You can keep yourself busy forever, but where do you go first?
Indonesia is home to 262 million people as of February 2017, this takes up about 3.5% of the world population. Indonesia ranks nr 4 in the world of most populated countries.
Malaysia, East-Timor and Papua-New Guinea.
The official language is Bahasa Indonesia (literally “the language of Indonesia”), but there are about 700 indigenous non-official languages spoken across the country, like Javanese or Balinese.
Indonesia was proclaimed independent on August 17th, 1945.
The Indonesian Rupiyah is a currency that exists of a lot of zero’s, meaning they count in thousands and millions. You’ll always feel rich here.
€ 0.70 | US$ 0.75 | AU$ 0.98 = 10 000 IDR
€ 1 = 14 163 IDR | US$ 1 = 13 308 IDR | AU$1 = 10 213 IDR
There are 3 different time zones in Indonesia.
– West Indonesian Time UTC +7 – Sumatra, Java, West & Central Kalimantan
– Central Indonesian Time UTC +8 – Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tengara, East & South Kalimantan
– East Indonesian Time UTC +9 – Maluku, Papua
Jakarta, Suryabaya, Bandung, Medan, Semarang.
Indonesia has around 300 separate ethnicities, so talking of “Indonesian food” is almost as impossible as talking about “European food”. Eating habits change from place to place due to factors such as religion, cultural influence and the local economy. Widely known and eaten across the country is Mie or Nasi Goreng, fried noodels or rice, usually with an egg on top. You can have it plain, or with chicken, seafood or beef.
Absolutely! Even though Indonesia is a Muslim country, and they like eating meat. But meat is expensive, and Indonesia is a poor country. So Indonesians don’t mind skipping meat every so often to save on money. So tempeh, tahu and eggs are always available in most warungs as an alternative for meat.
Always make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include polio, chickenpox and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine. Other than these, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are highly recommended. We suggest you to inform about Hepatitis B or other vaccines that might be needed depending on your location/situation.
Take precautions for mosquito bites as Malaria is present in some parts of Indonesia. Use a strong DEET-based repellent. If you intend on doing a lot of outdoor travelling or working/volunteering with animals, consider getting a vaccination for Rabies. There is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia, but the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Be aware that the ZIKA virus is also present in Indonesia.