Indonesia Travel Guide: Indonesia is such a vast country, with over 18,000 individual islands it is by far the largest and most varied archipelago in the world. When most people think of Indonesia, they think of the infamous island of Bali, which is definitely worth a visit. Having visited this incredible island 12 times and lived there for 6 months in 2019, it has become my second home. Bali is my favourite destination to travel too; it has great nightlife, the food is incredible, locals are friendly and the cost of living is low. However, there is so much more to discover in this amazing country. Head to Yogyakarta and the Borobudur Temple, or the small islands of Gili for a more laid back atmosphere. If you love diving Raja Ampat and Komodo Island are great options.
Indonesia is also home to the Komodo Dragon, and other vast arrays of wildlife you will not experience anywhere else in the world. It is also one of the most volcanically active countries in the world, with stunning volcano treks and scenery to look out for.
Indonesia, especially Bali is a haven for travellers and backpackers around South East Asia, due to its inexpensive food, accommodation and activities. But make sure you research and read my guides on how to get the most out of your trip to Indonesia!
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Ultimately the best time of year to visit Indonesia is during dry season – May to September. Days are hot and dry and there usually isn’t a cloud in the sky! However, due to this prices are higher in the tourist areas like Bali, Gili Trawangan and Raja Ampat. This is also the best time for scuba diving, working on your tan and this is also the best time of year if you’re an avid surfer looking for the best waves.
Indonesia’s wet season runs from October to April. Don’t rule these months out, I lived in Bali from January to June and couldn’t fault the weather, apart from the odd heavy downpour. The showers usually only last a few minutes, and then the sun is back out!
As these months are defined as rainy season, rates for hotels and accommodation is much cheaper and so are airfares! So a top tip, this can actually be the best time to visit if you’re wanting to escape the crowds!
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah. (Click here for currency conversion rates).
Language: Indonesian is the main spoken language, however most people in tourist areas speak good English.
Good to know: The dress code for Indonesia is conservative, expect Bali. It’s frowned upon for women to show too much skin and therefore it’s best to keep shoulders, tummy, and legs covered in public, especially in temples.
Visa: 30 day visa-on-arrival available for most nationalities. (click here for more info)
Climate: Hot and humid year-round. Rainy season lasts from November to March.
Power Adaptors: 2 pin plug. Type C/F (Click here for full information).
Global Peace Index: Rank 42nd of 163.