Printable travel guide for Indonesia
Travel Guide

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Indonesia that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Indonesia Page.

Basic Facts

Please check: Populations
*Did you Know, that with more than 250.000.000 people, Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world?

Ethnic and languages
*Did you Know, that there are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia?
But dont worry, you can always check the national language of Indonesia; Bahasa Indonesia

*Did you know that it is forbidden not to have a religion in Indonesia? (Doesn't matter which one as long as you have one)
*Did u know that Indonesia's Great Mosque Standing next to Indonesia's Cathedral

*Did u know that Indonesia alone have 3 different time zone *Did you Know, that Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completely mapped? (specially around Irian Jaya)
*Did you Know, that there are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world?
*Did you Know, that if you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (Transportation between islands not counted)
*Did you Know, that Indonesia is the 2nd largest global biodiversity (water+land+air) after Brazil?

*Did you Know, that on the 17.508 islands, only 6.000 have a name, and only 1.000 are inhabited?
*Did you Know, that there are around 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet? (so only 50 for the rest of the world) Did you Know, that Indonesia is more than 5.000 kms long? (which is an average lenght for a continent)
*Did u know that indonesians land extremely fertile that crop can be harvested 3 times in a session from National Geography

*Did you Know, that Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kms long?
*Did you Know, that there are 25% of the world coral reefs in Indonesia?
*Did you Know, that on the 4.500 species of reef fishes existing in the oceans worlwide, around 3.500 of them have been identified in Indonesia?
*Did you Know, that Indonesia has the biggest underwater biodiversity in the world?
*Did u know that Many Indonesian beach has 4 different colors; white,green,baby blue,and dark blue)

*Did u know that there is a city called Bogor that said to have rain at least once a day

*Did u know that largest flower largest Lizard living in Indonesia

*Did u know that Kopi Luwak, world most expensive (or 2nd) coffee and it's collected from Luwak's dunk. Genuinely from Indonesia.
*Did u know that Komodo Dragon, as the only "dragon" you could find inhabitant in Komodo Island near Bali

After considering all these astonishing facts, don't you think this country deserve to be more known by the general public, and should have a much better reputation worldwide?
Well, Again SELAMAT DATANG in Indonesia. Lets Finds out........

Attractions and Things to See and Do


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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...



If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Indonesia’s New Visa Policy The Department of Justice and Human Rights has officially determined that as of 1 February 2004: The Free Visa Facility (length of stay max. 30 days) will be issued to citizens of the following countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Morocco, Chile, Peru. The Visa-on-Arrival Facility (length of stay max. 30 days) will be issued to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States. Citizens of countries not stated above are required to apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in their country of domicile. From 3rd May 2006, 2 more countries were added to receive the Visa-on-Arrival Facility: Holland and Iran.

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

*Did you Know, that with more than 250.000.000 people, Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world?

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

*Bahasa means Language
*Indonesia is the name of the language.
*Bahasa Indonesia means : Indonesian Language as Indonesian National Language

Travel Languages

Magic words
*Terima Kasih, means; Thank You
*Ma'af, means; Excuse me, sorry
*Tolong, means; Please

Show me the Money!
*Ratus, means; hundreds
*Ribu, means; thousands
*Mahal, means; Expensive use "Terlalu mahal" to say "Too Expensive"

Indonesian (do) commonly say's: "Hi" or "Hello" thou the Bahasa for it, is "Salam"
Greets will always start will word of Selamat
*Selamat Pagi, means; Good Morning, Pagi means; Morning
*Selamat Siang, means; Good Afternoon, Siang means; Afternoon
*Selamat Malam, means; Good Evening, Malam means; Evening

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go


Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps



Government and Politics


GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...


*Did you know that it is forbidden not to have a religion in Indonesia? (Doesn't matter which one as long as you have one)
*Did u know that Indonesia's Great Mosque Standing next to Indonesia's Cathedral

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List


Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

Guide to SCUBA Diving in Indonesia (L)

Offtopic Messages

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