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Indonesia Travel Guide

Indonesia throws out so much more than Bali’s beaches. Like almost 20,000 islands, a population of 260 million, a melting pot of cultures and religions, mysterious ruins, dense orangutan-inhabited jungles, coral reefs, insane landscapes throwing out some serious 'edge of the Earth' vibes, and more volcanoes than any other country – most of them so active it feels like this giant archipelago is constantly alive, changing and moving. 
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The official language is Indonesian but there are 700 local dialects.
Tower of coins Currency
Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Symbol: Rp
10,000 IDR is approximately 54p
Clock Time Zone
Indonesia Western (UTC+07:00)
Indonesia Central (UTC+08:00)
Indonesia Eastern (UTC+09:00)

Top places to visit in Indonesia

Gili Islands
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Lombok
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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Indonesia

How do I get to Indonesia?

You can easily fly into the capital Jakarta, in Java, or straight to Bali from Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur airports. If you want to explore Borneo or beyond, it's also best to fly - domestic flights are super affordable. The popular route from Java, to Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands, Komodo and Flores can all be done by ferry and boat rides. So stretch those sea legs.

What should be on my Indonesia packing list?

It's easy to get carried away with your packing list when you're taking a trip to such a jam-packed country. Alongside the usual essentials, we'd recommend taking deet to keep mosquitoes at bay, comfortable walking shoes - you'll need them for all of Indonesia's best sights, and clothes to cover your legs, chest and shoulders for all of the temples you'll be visiting. 

Also, don't forget to ask one of our Travel Experts about travel vaccinations and insurance!

Do I need a visa to travel to Indonesia?

If you plan on staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days, you don't need to worry about a visa. But, backpackers with no set plan, trust us when we say you'll end up wanting to stay in this country longer! The best thing to do if you think you might want to travel (or just get beached somewhere) in Indonesia for longer than a month is to either get a visa on arrival or apply online in advance for one, for a small fee. This can be extended for another 30 days at an immigration office. Travel Agents can help you with the paperwork if you're unsure. 

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