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    Holidays to Indonesia

With more than 17,500 islands, there's so much to explore

Indonesia is a travel-lover’s dream destination - a vast, sprawling archipelago boasting some of the most vibrant and varied cultural heritage, architecture, and natural wonders in the world.

With so many destinations and islands to choose from, a holiday in Indonesia has limitless possibilities. Whether you want to laze on a beach, hike a volcano, or visit a bustling island city, there’s the option to craft your perfect adventure.

Culture and history

The culture of Indonesia has many influences - with impact felt from India, China, the Middle East, Europe and more. Because of this, Indonesia has a vibrant, multicultural feel. Indonesia currently holds eleven items of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage - including three genres of traditional Balinese dance. Music and dance play heavily into the rituals and ceremonies of indigenous populations, with many of the practices still holding importance in the country to this day.

When it comes to Indonesian cuisine, you’ll find some of the most delicious and varied menus in the world. Rice is a staple, accompanied by meat and vegetable dishes, often laced with coconut milk, spices, and other flavoursome additions. Popular favorites include nasi goreng, soto and gado-gado - all considered to be national dishes.

As a whole, the Indonesian people are calm and laid-back, so be prepared to go with the flow during your visit. Religion is important in Indonesia, with more than 85% of the country considering themselves Muslim - although this is influenced in different ways to other destinations around the world. It’s generally a fairly conservative country, so if you’re planning to visit one of the many temples and mosques in the archipelago, it’s respectful to cover up, with men wearing long sleeved tops and long trousers, and women covering their hair with a shawl.

Things to do

Yogyakarta

A bit of a hidden gem, Yogyakarta is well worth a visit if you want to witness the true cultural heritage of Indonesia. Found on the island of Java, it’s home to the still inhabited Sultan’s Palace, and is the only royal city that is still ruled by a monarchy. It’s a perfect place to learn more about the Javanese arts, from ballet to drama and poetry.

Pura Taman Ayun

A visit to Bali is not complete without witnessing the Pura Taman Ayun Temple in all its glory. This magnificent temple, surrounded by a moat, was built in 1634 and renovated in 1937, and now it’s a serene oasis of courtyards.

Mount Bromo

Head to East Java to witness the majesty of Mount Bromo - part of the Tengger mountains, and still one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Bromo is Indonesia’s most hiked mountain, with the sunrise and sunset view from the summit widely regarded as one of the most magnificent sights in the world.

Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple

Another Balinese must-see is Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple, a Hindu temple found on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru. Found in the west of Bali, the temple is one of nine directional temples on the island - designed to protect the island from evil spirits. Plan a visit during one of the biannual Piodalan temple anniversaries for a truly unique experience.

Borobudur Temple

Found in Central Java, this 9th-century temple is one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples. Consisting of nine stacked platforms topped by a central dome, it sits on a hillside overlooking the island’s lush fields and hills. It’s widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders.

Rinca and Komodo Island

If you want to witness some of Indonesia’s most famous residents, then head to Rinca and Komodo Island - home to, you guessed it, Komodo Dragons. Found within Komodo National Park, the islands are a hotspot for a whole host of marine and land animals, including the unique Komodo Dragon; in fact, it’s one of the few places in the world you can see them in the wild.

Flight time

The total flight duration from London to Jakarta is 15 hours 3 minutes, or 15 hours and 35 minutes to Bali.

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah

Passports and visas

If you have a British Citizen passport then you do not need a visa to enter Indonesia, providing your visit is for less than 30 days. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Phrases

Some common Indonesian phrases to keep in mind:

Permisi - Excuse me

Terima kasih - Thank you

Ya - Yes

Tidak - No

Sama-sama - You’re welcome

Di mana toilet? - Where is the bathroom?

Timezone

The Indonesian archipelago encompasses Western Indonesia Time, Central Indonesia Time and Eastern Indonesia Time, which range from 7 hours to 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

In Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug used in much of Europe - with round pins, not flat. The standard voltage is 230 V.

Language

Javanese,Indonesian

Tipping

Tipping is not standard practice in Indonesia, although it is always appreciated - particularly due to the typically lower living wage in Indonesia.

Climate

Indonesia enjoys a tropical climate - with a wet and a dry season. Typically, the dry season runs from April to October, with the rainy season between November and March.

Temperatures average at a warm 28 degrees during the day, almost throughout the year. The region also experiences very little change in daylight hours throughout the year, making it pleasant to visit throughout the year.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure, where you can ask about required vaccinations. Travellers are also advised to check the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for country-specific information on vaccine recommendations, health risks or outbreaks, and more.

Good medical care can be very expensive in Indonesia, so make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

Population and size

The current population of Indonesia is 275,451,098, equivalent to 3.51% of the total world population. It’s the world’s largest island country, consisting of 17,508 islands - of which about 6,000 are inhabited.

Smoking

There is no ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in Indonesia, although rules do apply in other places - such as public transport. Keep an eye out for “no smoking” signs if you are unsure.

Culture and history

The culture of Indonesia has many influences - with impact felt from India, China, the Middle East, Europe and more. Because of this, Indonesia has a vibrant, multicultural feel. Indonesia currently holds eleven items of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage - including three genres of traditional Balinese dance. Music and dance play heavily into the rituals and ceremonies of indigenous populations, with many of the practices still holding importance in the country to this day.

When it comes to Indonesian cuisine, you’ll find some of the most delicious and varied menus in the world. Rice is a staple, accompanied by meat and vegetable dishes, often laced with coconut milk, spices, and other flavoursome additions. Popular favorites include nasi goreng, soto and gado-gado - all considered to be national dishes.

As a whole, the Indonesian people are calm and laid-back, so be prepared to go with the flow during your visit. Religion is important in Indonesia, with more than 85% of the country considering themselves Muslim - although this is influenced in different ways to other destinations around the world. It’s generally a fairly conservative country, so if you’re planning to visit one of the many temples and mosques in the archipelago, it’s respectful to cover up, with men wearing long sleeved tops and long trousers, and women covering their hair with a shawl.

Things to do

Yogyakarta

A bit of a hidden gem, Yogyakarta is well worth a visit if you want to witness the true cultural heritage of Indonesia. Found on the island of Java, it’s home to the still inhabited Sultan’s Palace, and is the only royal city that is still ruled by a monarchy. It’s a perfect place to learn more about the Javanese arts, from ballet to drama and poetry.

Pura Taman Ayun

A visit to Bali is not complete without witnessing the Pura Taman Ayun Temple in all its glory. This magnificent temple, surrounded by a moat, was built in 1634 and renovated in 1937, and now it’s a serene oasis of courtyards.

Mount Bromo

Head to East Java to witness the majesty of Mount Bromo - part of the Tengger mountains, and still one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Bromo is Indonesia’s most hiked mountain, with the sunrise and sunset view from the summit widely regarded as one of the most magnificent sights in the world.

Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple

Another Balinese must-see is Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple, a Hindu temple found on the southern slope of Mount Batukaru. Found in the west of Bali, the temple is one of nine directional temples on the island - designed to protect the island from evil spirits. Plan a visit during one of the biannual Piodalan temple anniversaries for a truly unique experience.

Borobudur Temple

Found in Central Java, this 9th-century temple is one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples. Consisting of nine stacked platforms topped by a central dome, it sits on a hillside overlooking the island’s lush fields and hills. It’s widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders.

Rinca and Komodo Island

If you want to witness some of Indonesia’s most famous residents, then head to Rinca and Komodo Island - home to, you guessed it, Komodo Dragons. Found within Komodo National Park, the islands are a hotspot for a whole host of marine and land animals, including the unique Komodo Dragon; in fact, it’s one of the few places in the world you can see them in the wild.

Flight time

The total flight duration from London to Jakarta is 15 hours 3 minutes, or 15 hours and 35 minutes to Bali.

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah

Passports and visas

If you have a British Citizen passport then you do not need a visa to enter Indonesia, providing your visit is for less than 30 days. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Phrases

Some common Indonesian phrases to keep in mind:

Permisi - Excuse me

Terima kasih - Thank you

Ya - Yes

Tidak - No

Sama-sama - You’re welcome

Di mana toilet? - Where is the bathroom?

Timezone

The Indonesian archipelago encompasses Western Indonesia Time, Central Indonesia Time and Eastern Indonesia Time, which range from 7 hours to 9 hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

In Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug used in much of Europe - with round pins, not flat. The standard voltage is 230 V.

Language

Javanese,Indonesian

Tipping

Tipping is not standard practice in Indonesia, although it is always appreciated - particularly due to the typically lower living wage in Indonesia.

Climate

Indonesia enjoys a tropical climate - with a wet and a dry season. Typically, the dry season runs from April to October, with the rainy season between November and March.

Temperatures average at a warm 28 degrees during the day, almost throughout the year. The region also experiences very little change in daylight hours throughout the year, making it pleasant to visit throughout the year.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure, where you can ask about required vaccinations. Travellers are also advised to check the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for country-specific information on vaccine recommendations, health risks or outbreaks, and more.

Good medical care can be very expensive in Indonesia, so make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

Population and size

The current population of Indonesia is 275,451,098, equivalent to 3.51% of the total world population. It’s the world’s largest island country, consisting of 17,508 islands - of which about 6,000 are inhabited.

Smoking

There is no ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in Indonesia, although rules do apply in other places - such as public transport. Keep an eye out for “no smoking” signs if you are unsure.


Bali

Sun seekers and spiritual seekers alike are sure to find their hearts content on the ethereal island of Bali


Climate