Traveling To Indonesia For The First Time? Check The Best Tips Here!
As cliché as it may sound, Indonesia is one of the best destinations in Southeast Asia, no matter whether you are on a backpacking trip or on your honeymoon. This is a country of many wonders, right from the cultural heritage, to unexplored wildlife, national parks and more, and if you are a foodie, you just can’t get enough of local street food.
Here are the 10 tips you need to know.
- Don’t bother about Visa. Indonesia offers visa on arrival to citizens of 169 countries. So, pack your bags and leave – you don’t really need an agent.
- Indonesia is beyond Bali. Yep! You heard that right. Bali is engaging and culturally beautiful, but you have to look beyond it. For example, think of Gili Islands, which can be traveled from Bali.
- Currency is a bummer. Indonesian Rupiah is the currency here, but the rates are insanely high if you go by their standards. One US dollar is equal to 13,760 Indonesian Rupiah – go do your math!
- Make time for a cruise. If you are on an extended vacation, consider spending on Indonesia cruise tours. You will find many options in Bali, but book in advance, if you want the best rooms and suites.
- Always go by metered taxis. In case you didn’t book a package, chances are high that you would be needing a taxi on arrival. Public communication in Bali and Jakarta is very good, but don’t rely on local taxis. Instead, go for the metered ones.
- Shop smartly. Indonesia is cheap compared to other countries in Asia, but you have to bargain here. Check the shops at the cultural centers, or else, when on the streets, try aggressive bargaining.
- Be respectful. Indonesia is known for its mixed culture, so you will find some great temples here. However, do dress appropriately for religious places and steer clear of discussing meat with strangers (Muslims don’t eat pork).
- Book your hotels in advance. While you can always find cheap hotels in Indonesia, you need to check for hotel deals online. This is more important if you want to stay in villas.
- Everything left-handed is not appropriate. If you use your left hand for eating food or other tasks, people might not be very nice to you, because that’s the hand for using toilet paper! So, use your right hand when you can.
- Finally, don’t plan everything. Indonesia is known for surprising destinations, and you can find plenty of local information here.
Do include Borobudur temple in Central Java in your list!