Getting Around Indonesia

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Indonesia Travel

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.

Indonesia Travel Basics

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Indonesia Travel Requirements

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Getting to Indonesia

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Indonesia Hotels

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Getting Around Indonesia

As a whole, Indonesia is not known for its infrastructure. Major cities like Jakarta have plenty of options for getting around, but smaller towns may not. Some forms of Indonesian transportation are more reliable and safe than others, as well. This section presents Web sites detailing the most dependable modes.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Be very careful when flying in Indonesia, as mentioned in the “Getting to Indonesia” section of this guide. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently reported major problems with Indonesia’s aviation oversight system.
  • Indonesia ferry travel has a questionable safety record that includes fires and fatal accidents, according to the BBC. Boat travel is not closely monitored, and rescue services are not up to par. That being said, Indonesia is a nation of islands and boat travel is a very important and popular element of the culture. It’s advised that you avoid travel by boat when there is inclement weather, and use a more trusted water travel service like Pelni, which has a solid safety record, according to worldsurace.com.
  • To avoid traffic and have a bit of adventure, consider getting a ride with a cheap motorbike taxi. As with all forms of taxi service in the major cities, bargain beforehand.

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