Indonesia is the fourth biggest nation on the planet and is home to over 195 million people. Principally Muslims — with significant Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist minorities. Indigenous tribes are still in existence in Borneo to Irian Jaya parts of Eastern Indonesia. The manifestation of their paganlineageis still visibleand can be felt and heard by the people who set out to break the tourist boundaries.

While quite a bit of Indonesia’s appeal lies in its rich social-culturaltapestry and a wilderness that remains untamed, its urban communities and resorts are additionally famous for world-class facilities for visitors. Divers are a fast developing type of special visitors to the many shores of Indonesia.

Location

Indonesia is located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, between the continents of Australia and Asia. Its aggregate land mass is 1,905,443 sq. kilometers with more than 80,000 km of coastline.

Populace

More than 195 million individuals live in the 27 provinces of Indonesia. The population is comprised of Polynesian, Malay, and 100 diverse ethnic communities.

Dialect

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language with various regional dialects and languages. English is generally understood especially in Bali, Jakarta, and other main cities.

Religion

Essentially Islam with some Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christian communities.

Atmosphere

Tropical equatorial at temperatures running in the vicinity of 21 to 33 degrees Centigrade. Average humidity is 60-90% with therainfall heaviest from November to February.

Time Zones

  • GMT + 9 hours (East)
  • GMT + 8 hours (Central)
  • GMT + 7 hours (West)

Cash and Money Exchange

The Rupiah is Indonesian currency existing in notes 100, 1,000, 10,000, 500, 5,000, 20,000, and 50,000. The most generally utilized note is 50,000 Rupiah (around $5 US). There are a lot of spots available to trade your dollars. The exchange rate is usually better for clean, crisp US $100 bills. Messy or old bills may not be recognized. As with any other foreign country, it is sensible to understand the rates of exchange before you go to trade your cash so you ought to have an informed idea of what number of Rupiah to expect for US dollars.

Banking

Normal hours for banking are from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Some bank offices in hotels, however, trade for longer hours. Jakarta has numerous international banks however moneycan also be exchanged at approved currency changers and hotel cashiers.Daily rates of exchange are published in the dailies. The US dollar is the most promptly acceptedcurrency. A majority of the significant touristsites havefacilities for foreign exchange, but if you’re traveling to remote zones, it is recommendedthat you exchange money and travelers cheques ahead of time.

Dress

Clothes that are light, airy, and casual are the handiest and you’ll discover natural fibers such as linen or cotton are the comfiest in Indonesia’s frequently sticky conditions. Indonesians are extremely clothes-conscious and it’s especially critical to be suitably dressed when going to government workplaces, for example, the immigrationoffices. Being indifferent to local traditions, and scanty dressing are not wisepublic places, shorts are not allowed in mosques, and ladies ought to have their arms and head covered. In Bali, you have to wear waist sashes when going to temples.