Indonesia

Indonesia is spread out over several thousand islands, each with their own unique offerings. Over 300 ethnic groups are found in Indonesia. To the East is the island of Komodo, namesake of the incredible lizard. Bali is an idyllic retreat, with sandy beaches and a sparkling ocean. Jogjakarta is only a short way away, with an active volcano to excite tourists.

Because of the range of cultures that have influenced Indonesia as a whole, there is a diverse selection of architecture, music, literature and cuisine. Indonesian cuisine, particularly, is considered one of the most vibrant and colourful in the world. The main meats used in Indonesian cuisine are chicken, duck and fish, with rice being the main staple to Indonesian cuisine; however other starchy foods such as potatoes, yams and even wheat, are also used.

There is an incredible range on offer in Indonesia, from marine life, to incredible landscapes and excellent food. There’s something for everyone to enjoy across these islands.

Overall information:

  • Country full name: Republic of Indonesia
  • Area: 1,919,440 km2
  • Population: about 256 million, majority is Javanese people and other ethnic minorities
  • Capital City: Jakarta, 10 million people
  • Commercial City: Jakarta
  • National Language: Bahasa Indonesia
  • Religion: Islam (90%)
  • National flower: The Moon Orchid or Angrek bulan (Phalaenopsis Amabilis)
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • International Dialing Code: +62

Climate:

With its location lying along the Equator, Indonesia climate exactly is sub-equatorial tropical monsoon, sunny and humid all year round. Also the weather obviously divided into 2 seasons dry and rainy period, dry season starts from May-Oct and rainy season begins from Nov-Apr. Indonesia’s Bali is the famous destination that is well-known as paradise island, travellers come here in the dry season will enjoy sunny beaches, diving and windsurfing… or they come here in the rainy season will enjoy sightseeing and relax… No matter when you wish to travel to Indonesia, our supportive team will provide the best consultancy for your trips.

Life style & cultural differences:

Greetings: “Sungkem” is traditional greeting manner in Indonesia, the younger will firmly hold the elder’s hand then bow head and making it touch his face. Hand-shake also will be fine but do not their hands too firmly or keep for a long while, just loosely and naturally. For Islamic women, do not initiate making hand-shakes to them, if they themselves do not give hands to you first otherwise just smile and slightly nod your head.

Communication: In communicating, the Indonesian likes to be complimented therefore they normally do not complaint directly on anybody or anything. Similarly, please give them proper compliments if needed as well as use proper languages in case you want to contribute your constructive ideas, otherwise it may cause disadvantages to you.

The taboos: Same to every country, Indonesia also has its own taboos. To avoid unexpected misunderstandings travellers should remember some tips when travelling to Indonesia listed hereinafter:

  • Do not touch their head because it is impolite action
  • Do not use your left hand to give or receive anything as Indonesia culture left hand is not clean
  • Do not make any appointments or dating with Islamic Indonesian from 11.00 to 13.00 on every Friday, they will refuse your requests because almost of them will be praying at shrines.
  • Do not wear short clothes, hat or shoes entering into all the belief establishments, also do not step into those places without asking for permissions.
  • Do not make akimbo posture, wear sun glasses and put hands into your pants’ pockets when talking with Indonesian, you will be considered impolite and rude if doing these.

Traditional life style: The Indonesian is very polite and do not want to lose face, they would rather to say something than say “NO”, hence, if you do not know roads and streets in Indonesia, you would be better to buy a map than asking the locals, because you may be sent to the wrong direction.

Funnies: How to say some simple Indonesian words / sentences or learn more at

https://wikitravel.org/en/Indonesian_phrasebook

English            Indonesian
  1. Hello                                                               
  2. How are you?                                                 
  3. I am fine                                                          
  4. Thank you                                                       
  5. What is your name?                                        
  6. My name is…
  7. Nice to meet you                                             
  8. How much?                                                     
  9. 100 IDR                       
  10. I am sorry                                                         
  11. Yes / No
  12. Good bye
  1. Halo
  2. Apa kabar?
  3. Baik
  4. Terima kasih
  5. Namamu siapa?
  6. Nama saya…
  7. Senang bertemu anda
  8. Ini berapa?
  9. Seratus Indonesian Rupiah
  10. Maaf
  11. Yah / Tidak
  12. Selamat tinggal

Public holidays:

  • 01 Jan, New Year Day, International New Year
  • 08 Feb, Chinese New Year
  • 09 Mar, Hari Raya Nyepi, Balinese Hindu New Year
  • 25 Mar, Good Friday, International Christianity Holiday
  • 01 May, May Day, International labor day
  • 05 May, Isra and Mi'raj, Islamic Holiday
  • 21 May, Vesak day, Birth of Buddha
  • 06 Jun, Ramadan, Begin of Ramadan
  • 17 Aug, Independent day, mark Indonesia's declaration of independence from the Netherlands in 1945
  • 12 Sep, Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim people
  • 02 Oct, Awal Muharram, Islamic New Year
  • 12 Dec, Muhammad's Birthday, Founder of Islam
  • 25 Dec, Christmas day

Sample itineraries:

 

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