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Unforgettable Indonesia – the quintessence of exoticism: Bali’s pristine nature and the black sand beaches of Sumatra Island, the palaces and batik of Java and the rain forests of Kalimantan. Active and beach holidays, surfing and excursions are all about Indonesia.

Information about Indonesia

All new arrivals in Indonesia, local guides teach a pathos legend: it turns out that at first the island of Bali was equipped by gods only “for themselves” – and only later they decided to open it for people. We must say that today’s heirs of the ancient demiurge take a decent rent from the island’s guests: you won’t call Indonesia a cheap destination. However, this country offers a truly quality vacation that justifies its value, and the flow of those wishing to rest “as gods” grows with each passing season.

There are two main categories of tourists that Indonesia is attracted to: experienced travelers are on the lookout for new experiences and no less affluent newlyweds enjoying their wedding trip. If prices are not confusing, the only “but” may be only the duration of the flight.

Hotels in Indonesia

There are very high quality and comfortable hotels In Indonesia. There are hotels of 3, 4, 5 stars, in addition, many “fives” can be described as “where luxury”. The hotels are all very clean and civil, do not drink tap water – bottled drinking is provided free of charge.

Power in major cities and tourist areas – 220 V, 50 Hz, in some remote areas may be 110 V. In Jakarta, there is accommodation for any purse: from inexpensive mini-hotels and boarding houses to luxury international chain offices. The resorts have popular bungalows, cottages and villas (you can rent them fully or partially), as well as luxury hotels with private spas and golf clubs. Bed in a capital hostel will cost from IDR 90,000, room for two in 2* – from IDR 155,000, 5* – from IDR 360,000, apartments – from IDR 200,000 per day.

On Bali it is possible to stay at campsite from IDR 190,000 for a double tent, hostels from IDR 30,000 for a bed in a dormitory room, three for IDR 150,000, fives for 555,000 IDR for a villa from IDR 260,000 for a day .

Cuisine and restaurants of Indonesia

Over the centuries, Indonesia has developed an interesting mix of Chinese, Indian and traditional island cuisines. The basis of the local diet is rice “nasi”, which is cooked in broth or banana leaves, rice chips are made from it, fried with different ingredients or simply served with vegetables, richly flavored with sauce. Pork is almost not eaten here, but other types of meat and seafood are cooked with great ingenuity.

In Indonesia, you can try all kinds of culinary exotics: “swallow’s nest” in chicken broth, shark fin soup, cuttlefish with rice and greens, frog legs in dough and fried locust. Of course, there are more familiar European stomach dishes: kebabs “sate”, omelette with nuts and herbs “wabi”, baked in banana leaf tuna fish or mashed potatoes, smoked mackerel, roasted crabs.

Spicy food is drunk with cold water and sweet iced tea. Also fresh juices (for example, Indonesian mandarin es-jerk), coconut milk and milk with rice and palm sugar, “bajitur”, crushed ice with sugar syrup and beans, ginger tea are common. Alcohol is hardly consumed in the country, but in northern Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali, where Islam is less common, you can drink a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. The country produces good local wines, palm vodka “arak” and beer “tuak” from the juice of palm flowers.

The largest selection of food establishments awaits tourists in Jakarta: there are cafes with national flavor, and establishments with Chinese, Indian, Japanese menus. In general, the cuisine in Java is as adapted to European tastes as possible: there are few exotics, but dishes from the usual vegetables, legumes, chicken and beef in a variety of combinations. There are more traditional cafes with interesting interiors and treats with peppercorns in Sumatra. And on Bali island – all at once: any gastronomic whim for your money. Jimbaran, for example, is famous for its fish restaurants: there are giant aquariums with live fish, shellfish and crustaceans at the entrance, so the visitors can choose their own delicacy.

Materials are from the site: tonkosti.ru

Transfer and travel around Indonesia

Getting to Indonesia

On Bali, Denpasar fly mostly regular flights, charter there is raised only in high season. The most economical and convenient flight options from Odessa are Emirates flights with change in Dubai (about 20 hours in air) and Turkish Airlines + Etihad Airways with two flights to Istanbul and Abu Dhabi (the total flight will take about 25 hours).

LOT + Qatar Airways (Lviv – Warsaw – Hamad), Lufthansa + Garuda Indonesia (Lviv – Munich – Bangkok) and Turkish Airlines + Emirates (Lviv – Istanbul – Dubai) are also in demand. The duration of the flight depends on the selected flight – from 19 to 28 hours.

Turkish Airlines, Emirates fly from Kiev to Bali.

Travel across Indonesia

Plane

It is most convenient to travel by plane in order to overcome long distances in Indonesia. Most often, this is the only option of transport – the country stretches for almost 18 thousand islands. The most famous domestic carrier – Garuda Indonesia: the flight from Jakarta to Denpasar takes 3 hours, to Batam just under 2 hours.

Train

The railway connection is developed only on the island of Java, and there are two small segments in Sumatra. The management company is Kereta Api, there are three types of trains: economy with hard seats and a minimum of amenities, business with comfortable wagons without air conditioning and 1st class with sockets, folding seats, air conditioning and even free food. Traveling by train is quite comfortable, especially when traveling from Jakarta to Semarang, Surabaya or Yogyakarta.

Bus

Intercity buses are completely modern cars and run on a single island. There are several routes that take the ferry to other islands. Tickets can be purchased the day before the trip at the bus or bus companies, the price depends on the carrier, distance and comfort of the cabin.

Ferry

Water transport is quite developed in Indonesia and  there are about 300 passenger ports serving more than 14 million people a year. The largest ferry network is owned by the state-owned PELNI, its main competitor is ASDP. You can get from Java to Sumatra in 2 hours and 15,000 IDR, from Ketapang port to Bali – in half an hour and 7500 IDR.

Public transport in cities

City buses are mostly old and worn out. Travel money must be transferred to the driver or conductor. It is important to keep a close eye on what other passengers are charged: the standard fare for a short distance is 2000-5000 IDR, but an inexperienced foreigner risks paying more.

Rent of transport

Car and moped

Renting a car in Indonesia is not the best idea. The traffic in the country is left-sided, the roads in big cities and the highways are quite good, but the country and local routes are often not in good condition. In addition, there are many roads with one-way traffic in one day and two-way roads in the other, with road signs or warning boards on them usually missing. In general, there are few road signs in the country and they are often contradictory. Speed ​​limit on most trails is 70 km/h.

Required documents for renting: driver’s license of the international type, issued not less than a year ago, age from 21 years, as well as paid compulsory insurance and money deposit (or credit card).

Renting a minivan in an international office will cost IDR 1 300 000, economy class cars from a local hirer – from IDR 200 000 per day, gasoline price – IDR 8 700 per 1 liter. Many prefer compact two-wheeled transport: mopeds and motorcycles deliver an average of IDR 35,000-50,000 per day. Moving on them only with extreme caution (especially in the rainy season) and necessarily in a helmet: fine for his absence – 250 000 IDR.

Taxi

Taxis can be found in the parking lot, caught outside, booked by phone or at the hotel. Before landing, you need to negotiate a price, pay better in Indonesian currency. Most taxi drivers also accept dollars (especially in tourist resorts like Bali), but the course will be extremely unprofitable. Legal taxis are equipped with counters, you just need to make sure that the driver has not “forgot” to torn it on before the trip. The standard fare in big cities is IDR 6500 for the first km and IDR 3500 for each subsequent one.

Useful things

Nearby cities

Bekasi (18.84km)
Tangerang (21.95km)
South Tangerang (17.15km)
Depok (24.45km)

Currency

Indonesian rupiah, Rp

Near countries

TLS, MYS, PNG

Average coffee price

27,560.55 Rp

Average dish price

25,000 Rp

Phone code

+62

Weather

 
02 October

moderate rain

min.25.05 ℃ avg.26.24 ℃ max.29.73 ℃
 
03 October

moderate rain

min.25.18 ℃ avg.27.64 ℃ max.30.35 ℃
 
04 October

heavy intensity rain

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05 October

light rain

min.25.33 ℃ avg.29.52 ℃ max.30.82 ℃
 
06 October

moderate rain

min.26.44 ℃ avg.30.08 ℃ max.30.95 ℃
 
07 October

moderate rain

min.26.69 ℃ avg.28.97 ℃ max.28.97 ℃
 
08 October

moderate rain

min.25.30 ℃ avg.28.16 ℃ max.28.60 ℃
 
09 October

moderate rain

min.24.47 ℃ avg.25.67 ℃ max.25.67 ℃

Interesting places in Indonesia

Tanah Lot Temple

"Earth in the sea" is the name of the temple. It is in a dangerous place on a steep cliff. This rock has been sharpened by the ocean for centuries, and here came such a stone block. According to legend, at the heart of the island is a den of poisonous sea serpents - they protect the temple from evil spirits and thieves.

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Ujung Water Palace

European architecture is clearly visible in the architecture of the Ujung Palace and its park layout, so it is often compared to Versailles or Peterhof. It was designed by the Dutch under the leadership of Raja Karangasema, who became famous for his love to palaces.

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Palace of Tirtha Ganga

In the eastern part of Bali Island, where the Tirtha Ganga Palace stands, there has always been a large fresh spring that supplies numerous rice fields in the area. Therefore, the last local king decided to build a "water palace" here, dedicating it to the river Ganges: "Tirta" in translation means "holy water".

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Taman-Sari

The water palace (Taman Sari) in Jakarta is unfortunately in a state of disrepair today. Of course, a small part of the amazing complex, which suffered from the wars of the Sultanate with the Dutch and constant earthquakes, was reconstructed.

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Monkey Forest

In this forest, the main attraction is monkeys, but you can see other interesting places. For example, temples that fill the forest with mysticism. If you don't like cunning animals - explore the local flora. Here are many wonderful plants.

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Batubulan

One of the highlights of the island is the village of Batubulan. It is a center of stone carving. Work is constantly boiling in the workshops - the craftsmen produce such works of art that you wonder. Most often, you can buy mythological characters made of volcanic tuff.

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Bedugul

Bedugul is a special place on Bali: because of its high location it is always cooler here than in other parts of the island, especially after sunset. It is a fairly large mountain area, comprising several villages and three lakes: Bratan, Bujan and Tamblingan.

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Borobudur

Borobudur, located on Java Island, approximately 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta, is a Buddhist temple complex consisting of nine tiers and decorated with 2,672 reliefs and 504 Buddha statues.

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Jakarta Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics

The Jakarta Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics tells the story of traditional Indonesian crafts and related interesting facts. The exhibits will tell visitors about important events that have taken place in Indonesia from the late 19th century to the present.

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National Museum of Indonesia

National Museum of Indonesia is one of Jakarta's most popular and visited places. It contains several thousand unique archeological, numismatic, heraldic, ethnographic, geographical and other exhibits.

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Sumatra Rainforest Heritage

The Sumatran Rainforest Heritage is an area that includes three national parks: Gunang Lesser, Kerinchi Seblat and Bukit Barisan. In 2004, UNESCO declared the entire territory a World Heritage Site up to tenth level.

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Bali Barat

This park is the unofficial branch of paradise on earth. It is possible that one of the Balinese came back from heaven and in memory has recreated a piece of the wonderful world on Earth. The park is located on the west side of the island. It is a kind of blending of mangrove, monsoon and tropical forests.

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Bromo Tengger Semeru

This national park is located in the southern part of Java and is named after two of its mountains: Semeru (the highest on the island - 3676 m) and Bromo (the most popular among tourists), and at the same time in honor of the people of Tengger, who originally lived in these territories.

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Munduk Waterfall

No one knows how many waterfalls hide the mysterious dense forests of Bali. But one of them, the Munduk, even though it is factually in the jungle, is very accessible even for the unprepared tourist. It leads to an orderly path that passes through the effective equatorial thickets.

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Karimunjava

This marine national park is located in the Karimunjava Archipelago, 80 km north of central Java. The archipelago consists of 27 islands, where it is not easy to reach and where, accordingly, almost no tourists. It is a favorite spot of surfers, divers and wealthy Indonesians.

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Waterbom Water Park

Waterbom Water Park covers an area of almost 40,000 square meters, which housed more than 100 types of entertainment. Among them there are 13 water attractions and slides. The highlight of the entertainment complex is its location: it literally sinks in the greenery.

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Safari Park and Bali Marine Park

Safari Park and Bali Marine Park first opened its doors in 2007. It is one of the largest and most visited animal theme parks on the island. The park owns 40 hectares of land in the Gianyar district. There are 80 species and approximately 400 animals.

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