Indonesia Travel Guide

Everything you need to know about how to travel Indonesia on a budget

Indonesia Travel Guide

Everything you need to know about how to travel Indonesia on a budget

Indonesia Travel Guide

Indonesia is raw, uncharted travel at its best. This group of 17,000 islands is largely unexplored by tourists and it has everything you could want in an adventure: volcanoes, waterfalls, jungles, underwater coral reefs, and lots of unique wildlife above and below the sea.

The most famous destination in Indonesia is the island of Bali, with its green rice paddies, luxury resorts, and local cuisine, but there are some other interesting places in Indonesia too. The islands of Komodo and Sulawesi are great places for seeing exotic wildlife, while less known Sumba has white sand beaches and natural rock arches.

Java, the most populated island, has some incredible volcanic landscapes and ancient Hindu temples like Prambanan and Borobudur. Read through this complete Indonesia travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Climate

The climate of Indonesia is tropical, so the weather is hot and humid year round. The rainy season runs from November to April, and the sunny/dry season runs from April to November. It’s still possible to visit Indonesia in the rainy season, but give yourself some extra days as a buffer in case of bad weather.

Safety

Indonesia is one of the safest countries in the world, with a very low UN violent crime rate of 0.5 per 100k inhabitants (92% lower than the global average). I’ve traveled in many parts of Indonesia and haven’t really witnessed any crime. Indonesia is a Muslim country, but terrorism is generally not an issue here and attitudes toward foreigners seem welcoming. The biggest safety risks are motorbike accidents and natural threats, like dengue fever or malaria. Mosquito spray is a good idea, especially in the rainy season.

Budget

Indonesia is a very budget friendly travel destination, with hostels available from $5 and private hotels from $10. Meals are also cheap, costing about $1 to $5 depending on location. Transportation in Indonesia is generally by motorbike or car, and these can be rented, but hiring a driver is cheap and often preferable. I’d recommend downloading the transportation apps Grab and Go-Jek; these are great for getting around.

Quick Tips

  • Language: Indonesian; ‘Thank you’ is ‘terima kasih’
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Visa: Visa free access or VOA for 160+ countries
  • Climate: Tropical; hot and humid year round. Dry season is April – Nov
  • Apps:  Grab, Go-Jek

Destinations

Pick a destination in Indonesia and start exploring!

Bali Travel Guide

Complete tips for visiting Indonesia’s favorite island!

Posts

My latest blog posts about Indonesia

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap