Indonesia

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Made up of over 17,000 islands.

Capital City:

Jakarta

Currency:

Indonesian Rupiah

Total population:

273.5 million (2020)

Language(s) spoken:

Indonesian

Cultural dos:

Express directly when you enjoy someone’s company or like them. People look for explicit signs of approval and friendship

Cultural don’ts

Avoid using your left hand when doing things. It is considered dirty since it does all the dirty work in the bathroom

Continent:

Asia

Three foods you need to try in this country:

  • Sop Buntut (oxtail soup)
  • Indonesian satay (meat on skewers cooked over coals)
  • Beef Rendang (beef curry but without the broth)

Bonus

  • Nasi Rawon (beef stew with keluak nut flavours)
  • Soto Ayam (chicken soup)
  • Es cincau (black glass jelly on ice with coconut milk syrup and ice)

 

What the country is known for :

  • The dreamy island of Bali
  • Volcanoes
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
  • Rice Fields
  • Fire dances
  • Orangutangs
  • Gili Islands

More About Indonesia

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world to form a single state. It consists of 5 main islands and about 30 smaller archipelagos that form about 18k islands and islets. The 5 main islands are Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi and New Guinea. I visited Bali for the first time in 2018 on a mini-solo vacation and then subsequently in 2023 for a longer trip. It felt very surreal to have the opportunity to visit. It feels like the first time I went, Bali was still an up-and-coming travel destination, not yet drawing the crowds it now draws.

For the nature lovers amongst us, Bali is really a paradise to behold. With backdrops of gorgeous beaches, ricefields, forests and clear water bodies, there are never-ending photo-ops. The island’s culture and history are quite strong and evident, and locals are happy to share this with visitors. Bali is now a lot busier than before, which can find you in traffic for extended periods. If this is not your vibe and you are visiting for nature, I would consider one of the other islands, such as Lombok or Nusa Penida. Admittedly, there aren’t as many activities as Bali has to offer but still very enjoyable.

There are a number of classic temples that can be explored amongst the islands; some interesting ones to check out are Pura Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Lempuyang Temple Complex. Near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta lies Borobudur ancient temple, a UNESCO world heritage site that’s viewed as one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. Breathtaking views of the temple can be best enjoyed in the morning as the sun rises, but if you’re not an early bird, perhaps a sunset visit will work better for you (although any time of the day is still fine).

How can one speak of Bali without mention of spas and pampering? They have really worked on providing hospitality to the highest level, with baths full of roses and scrubs that will leave your skin with a radiating glow, also at very reasonable prices. It’s almost a pick your own surrounding for a treatment that will leave your body grateful. Then, after all that relaxation in your body, you get to enjoy their amazing range of food options. Indonesian food is varied in its offering. Fresh seafood due to its location and the various spices and herbs. I also need to draw attention to the fruit in Indonesia, I encourage you to go beyond what you already know and try out some of the local fruits such as sharon fruit, longan, rambutan, prickly pears and the other fruit you would already know. I thoroughly enjoy the fruit cold on a hot day.  

English Bahasa Indonesia
Hello Halo
Goodbye Selamat tinggal
Please Tolong
Thank you Terima kasih
How much? Berapa banyak?
Do you speak English? Apakah kamu berbicara bahasa Inggris?
Where is the toilet? Dimana toiletnya?
May I please have some water? Bolehkah saya minta air?
I would like some food please Saya ingin beberapa makanan tolong
Where can I get a taxi? Di mana saya bisa mendapatkan taksi?
Berapa banyak?

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