Indonesia is situated in Southeast Asia and consists of 17,000 islands. The largest islands are Sumatra, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, the Nusa Tenggara islands, the Moluccas Islands, and Irian Jaya.
Indonesia, part of the “ring of fire,” is known to have the highest number of active volcanoes in the world. Earthquakes are more than just frequent.
Indonesia covers an area of 1,905,443 square kilometres between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Indonesia has a population of 195 million and is the fourth largest country in the world.It has 27 provinces withpeople belonging to Malay, Polynesian, and numerous distinct ethnic groups.
The official language is Bahasa. English is also easily understood especially in Jakarta, Bali and other main cities.
Mainly Islam with some Hinduism, Buddhism and Christian areas.
The climate in Indonesia is equatorial. The average temperature here is 27 degree Celcius. Average humidity is 60-90% and the rainfall is heaviest between November and February.
GMT + 7 hours (West)
GMT + 8 hours (Central)
GMT + 9 hours (East)
Currency & Money Exchange
Indonesian currency is Rupiah with notes of 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, and 50,000. 50,000 Rupiah note is the most frequently accepted and used note.
Indonesian customs allow a maximum of two liters of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies.
Normal banking hours are from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm from Monday to Friday. Undoubtedly, the US Dollar is the most agreeably accepted. Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities.
It is customary in Indonesia to add 10% service charge as a tip in hotels.
One can receive good hospitality in Indonesia if they choose to act sensibly and maintain the decorum of the country. It is required to dress appropriately. On greeting someone it is customary for both men and women to shake hands. Now, it is necessary to take care that you do it with the right hand because otherwise, it is considered impolite. Pointing or summoning someone with your index finger is considered impolite and care should be taken not to climb over places of worship or local monuments.
As it has always been, people are liked if they wear light and casual clothes and not the ones that may appear to be scanty. It is normal to find natural fiber here like cotton or linen, which are considered to be the most comfortable in Indonesia’s often humid conditions. Indonesians are very particular about clothes and it’s particularly important to be properly dressed when visiting government offices such as the immigration offices. It is important that you do not create a fuss when it comes to accepting local customs. In mosques, women are not supposed to be wearing shorts and should have their heads and arms covered. In Bali, it is compulsory to wear waist sashes while visiting temples.