Information & Facts
Many ancient cultures are rooted in Indonesia
Indonesia’s culture is rich in arts and crafts. Sumatra produces some of the best gold and silver-thread woven sarongs
A wide variety of different cultures and traditions are expressed through numerous events year-round in Indonesia – both are for religious reasons or due to popularity among locals
The Indonesian archipelago dates back to prehistoric times. The oldest known inhabitant of Indonesia is the Java Man or pithecanthropus (inhabited over a million years ago!)
Indonesia is mainly a tropical country with two seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. The dry season usually occurs from June to September and the rest of the year is Indonesia’s rainy season. We recommend you visit Indonesia during its dry season as the sunshine is abundant!
While hand shaking is acceptable in North America between men and women, many Muslim women prefer to introduce themselves to men by nodding their head, smiling, and no physical contact. Permission should be asked first before taking photos of houses of worship and shoes must be taken off before entering.
Most Indonesian Muslims do not consume alcoholic drinks and pork.
Electrical sockets are suitable for two-pin, rounded-tip plugs for your appliances (commonly known as Type C, E, and F). Adaptors can be used as well.
Be sure that your visit does not coincide with religious or nation-holiday festivities. Such events as the Muslim holiday Eid, is not suitable for travel as traffic tends to be heavy during these periods. You are welcome to check out and be part of the country’s festivities of course.
Bahasa Indonesia, based on the high Malay language, is the country’s official language and used in all official communications and taught in schools as well. While Indonesia accounts for more than 300 regional languages, Indonesians today speak at least two languages or more.
Currency is the Indonesia Rupiah (also known as IDR). IDR and USD are the most acceptable currencies in Indonesia, however, when traveling to remote locations or islands it is recommended you exchange your money (you can use major credit cards in major hotel chains, retailers and restaurants).