Traveling to Indonesia? Don’t miss these tips!
Asian countries have amazed travelers for centuries. If you are looking for a destination that’s steeped in history, culture and has developed drastically in sync with times, Indonesia is the place for you. Indonesia is for everyone – no matter whether you love beaches or want to just hop between islands. It is also a great place to enjoy underwater life, and the food here is probably the best you will find for a budget. To make your travel plans better, we have listed down the tips that you must know!
- Season isn’t important. Indonesia is fairly hot for most parts of the year. The rainy season starts in October, and you will find most of the prices cheap for the next few months. If you intend to travel to the mountains, do carry some warm clothes.
- Flights can be cheap, if booked in advance. Flights to Indonesia can be really affordable, especially if you can get your bookings done a couple of months in advance. Trust the travel comparison sites, and you won’t be fooled.
- Book your cruises before arriving. Taking a cruise is a known activity, and you will find a number of websites that offer bookings for luxury cruises in Indonesia. Make sure that the bookings are done in advance. Staying in a gamelan and watching the cultural dances and performances is an experience you cannot forget.
- Local transport is incredibly cheap. Yep, you read that right. Local people frequently use the bus services, but if that seems confusing, taxis and motorbike taxis are quite common. Traffic in the cities can be bad, so make sure that you are mentally ready for that.
- Haggle for everything. Regardless of whether it’s the taxi fare or street shopping, bargaining is the way of life in Indonesia. Everything comes with a margin, so be ready to shoot downwards. In terms of currency, you won’t have issues exchanging money.
- Taste the food. If you have a weak stomach, Indonesia can be hard for you. Please note that spice is something that’s synonymous with street food. However, do take a shot. Try the Chicken satay, which is a famous street item, or nasi goreng – which is more like a rice bowl.
If you are in Bali, please make sure that you look for offbeat places. Also, hiking, snorkeling and diving are common tourist activities in this country, so take a shot, and don’t forget the spa!