Overview of Indonesia

 

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is made up of around 17,000 islands strung across the equator, although the five largest land masses contain all the major population centres. The country boasts a rich history of kingdoms, conquests, colonialism and trade which have left it with a kaleidoscopic legacy of cultures, as reflected in an exhilarating mix of traditions, languages and religions.

These diverse cultures can be discovered through Simplexity’s luxury travel agency. We can help you to explore Indonesia’s rich heritage of art and wildlife in a wonderland of exotic landscapes and idyllic beaches that are as varied as Indonesia’s many constituent islands.

Sumatra offers an untouched wilderness and a diversity of wildlife, populated by highland tribes and strewn with unique architecture. Java features steaming volcanoes, astonishing historical monuments, a sprawling modern capital city in Jakarta and traditional dance, music and art in Yogyakarta. Bali is an island of artistic people and elegant temples, stunning scenery, palm groves, beach resorts and world-class diving. In the east lurks Komodo, the home of the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, whilst at the centre lies the giant island of Borneo, where your jungle treks may be shared with native orang-utans.

Climate

Tropical Indonesia is hot and humid all year round, though cooler inland with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). Coastal regions see temperatures averaging 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).

The monsoon is from December to March and brings heavy rains, while Indonesia is also prone to typhoons between September and December.

Language

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many dialects are spoken. English is widely used in tourist resorts.

Passport Visa

A 30-day visa is available on arrival for those arriving at major airports, holding return/onward tickets and in possession of sufficient funds to cover their stay. The visa fee is USD 25.

A visa extension of a further 30 days is possible via an application made to the Immigration Office.

If you wish to travel to the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya you must obtain a special permit (‘Surat Jalan’) after arrival in Indonesia from police headquarters in Jakarta, Biak or Jayapura. Upon arrival in Irian Jaya, you must also report to the local police office.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required only if you are arriving from a country where the disease is considered a risk. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

There remains a high risk of terrorism directed against foreigners throughout the country.

The security situation is unsettled in Sulawesi and foreigners are advised to avoid parts of Maluku, particularly Ambon and Central Sulawesi. In addition, caution is advised for travel in Aceh.

Indonesia has a high crime rate and theft and petty crime is common in tourist areas and on public transport.

Flooding and landslides occur frequently during the rainy season between December and March.

The safety of air travel in Indonesia has been revealed to be flawed in recent years, including that of the national carrier, Garuda.

 

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Indonesia, contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today.

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