Though the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and recent threats of terrorism have deterred some visitors, Indonesia remains a bastion of beauty: the wildlife of Australia and Asia come together on these island chains, making for some of the world’s most distinctive species. Indonesian culture combines aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and animism to form a people steeped in unique traditions. Learn about this country of volcanoes, tropical rainforests, Komodo dragons and spices, and plan a trip using the Web.
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As with a trip to any country, it is important to perform a bit of research into history, culture and language before you take off for Indonesia. There are particular safety issues to address, and past events that could deter some tourists. The sites in this section can help you prepare and plan for a safe, hassle-free journey.
- Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, though English is often used in commerce. The official currency is the Rupiah (Rp).
- Indonesia’s dry season is from June to October, and is considered the best time to visit. During the wet season from November to March, roads are often difficult to travel. Either way, the country is warm year round though the coastal regions and mountains are generally cooler.
- Indonesia does present human rights dangers, such as homophobia, military corruption, and threats against religious leaders. Regardless of how these issues may effect you as a traveler, they are important to be aware of before you go to Indonesia. Amnesty International addresses such concerns.
For safety and travel documents …
The U.S. Department of State
provides comprehensive “Country Specific Information” on Indonesia. Find the most recent updates regarding safety concerns, entry and exit requirements, crime, health, the location of U.S. Embassies and more. This Web page is a must read before any trip to Indonesia.
The New York Times
has this insightful article about Islamic Indonesia. Certain places in Indonesia have begun to enforce Islamic law, causing concern that radical Islam is on the rise. The article suggests, however, that the growing tide of religious conservatism in Indonesia is not indicative of radicalism.
For culture and language …
is a U.K. newspaper with a thorough travel section. This guide, titled “Indonesia: essential information,” lists cultural qualities including language, food, festivals, and events. Advice for items to purchase—such as batik fabrics—as well as must-see places, and particulars concerning health and climate are provided.
Epat Web Site Association
based in Jakarta provides audio clips of Bahasa, the Indonesian language. Basic greetings and essential phrases are included. Try listening to these sound bites first, and then visiting our next pick, Digital Dialects, to test yourself with language learning games.
began as part of a dissertation on Web resources for language learning, led by a man who has studied Indonesian, Spanish and Dutch. Learning tools are illustrated and were intended to give students a break from books. Basic vocabulary as well as numbers, animals and colors are covered in several interactive teaching games.
For currency conversion …
provides the conversion rates for various currencies. Use the site to convert U.S. dollars into Indonesian Rupiah; one U.S. dollar is equivalent to roughly 9,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
For etiquette …
provides intercultural information for improved communication between businesses and individuals. Learn about everyday etiquette including proper greetings and dining etiquette, as well as business etiquette covering attire, communication and meetings.
describes some of the customs you should keep in mind when visiting Indonesia, such as letting women initiate a handshake, and accepting a drink when a host offers you one.
For news …
The Jakarta Post
is the country’s biggest English-language Indonesian newspaper. Get updates on breaking stories in the area or see the “Weekly Roundup
” for news from the previous week.
For maps …
has a map of Indonesia showing cities and national parks on each island, bodies of water and regional labels. Below the map is a brief description of Indonesia’s history, tourism and geography, as well as a list of links to additional maps, which may not be as helpful as the World Atlas map. Additional practical information and statistics are included on this page, as well.
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