Indonesia is the largest archipelago country in the world with more than 17,500 islands. Indonesia is situated on the equator between Asia and Australia, between Pacific and the Indian Oceans. Indonesia is one of the most populous country in the world with 200+ million people.
Traveling to Indonesia for the first time? Don’t worry, generally, Indonesia is a safe place to travel, as long as you take note of the few things and plan well before your trip. In any case, just ask us if you have any questions or hesitations – we are here to help!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which timezone is Indonesia in?
Indonesia has three time zones—Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and the last is Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya). The capital Jakarta is GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.
Do I need to get Vaccinated?
Short answer is, Yes. Please go to your doctor and ask for their clinical advice but Hep A and Typhoid are probably the only ones you need. This article should cover it and are pretty standard. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/indonesia
Typically tourists would get things like upset tummy due to unclean water (the water isn’t potable but the water we use in food prep may even upset some sensitive tummies). Bring malaria tablets with you just in case.
Do you guys have proper western toilets?
Yes, most cities and hotels have sitting/western toilets. Only smaller cities and rural areas still use squatting toilets.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
Yes, ensure you have travel insurance. Also, ensure you have a photocopy of your ID (Passport or local KTP or KITAS) in case you lost it. Always email a copy to your personal email too.
Any specific custom I need to be aware of?
Read up the places you want to visit, such as history, religion, geography, and government. It gives you the idea about the place you will visit and how you should behave. It also helps to predict the budget you will spend.
Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land. Typically, you would have to take off your shoes when entering private homes or sacred places.
Learn the local language and use them. Try your best to learn a bit, even if it’s only “terima kasih ” which is Indonesian for “thank you”.
How much cash do I need to bring?
Don’t bring too much cash with you. Bring credit card or debit card instead. Most places like Bali, Labuan Bajo have ATM, you can always take money out and there’s plenty of money changers in the big cities like Denpasar and Jakarta.
How is the mobile reception and wi-fi?
In Jakarta and Bali, mobile reception is great. There is even free wi-fi available from almost every cafe/restaurant. In more rural areas such as Labuan Bajo and Sumba, only a few provider have reception (such as Telkomsel). You can always buy a cheap phone & cheap SIM card from as low as $2-3. Check with us before your trip to ensure.
Will my dietary requirements be catered for?
We will do our best. Again, in cities like Jakarta and Bali, this usually is not a problem. However other places like Sumba, Raja Ampat might not have gluten-free meals, but a vegetarian option is easier to come by.
Which electric plug do you use?
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors.
The above information is sourced from many places and www.indonesia.travel. While we strive to ensure the information is true and up to date, please forgive us if there’s any incorrect information.