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)

Languages 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

Top three foods the country is known for:

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

Bonus

  • Nasi Rawon (beef stew with keluak nut flavours)
  • Es cincau (black glass jelly on ice 0 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,
  • Orangutans,
  • Gili Islands,
  • Raja Ampat 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. It felt very surreal to have the opportunity to visit. It feels like at the time I went, Bali was still an up and coming travel destination, not yet drawing the crowds it currently 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 is quite strong and evident and locals are happy to share this with visitors.

 

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 Bhuddist sites in the world. Breathtaking views of the temple can be best enjoyed in the morning as the sunrises but if you’re not an early bird, perhaps a sunset visit works better for you (although anytime 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 the glow of glows. Then after all that relaxation in your body, you get to enjoy their amazing range of food options.

English

Indonesian

Hello

Halo

Goodbye

Selamat tinggal

Please

Silakan

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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