Before You Go: Indonesia

🛂  VISA 
Check here to see if you’ll need a visa.
Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs!
National Language is Indonesian. Learn common phrases here.
Indonesian Rupiah. Code: IDR.
Check your exchange here.



  • You will be expected to cover your legs whilst entering temples. Some temples have free sarongs, however you should keep one in your bag.
  • Be aware: Females on their periods are not supposed to enter temples.
  • There are six religions in Indonesia which will change from Island to Island.
  • Avoid disagreements, speak quietly with consideration and don’t get angered by little things in public.
  • Their culture is all about sharing, so you can find yourself joining groups of people with food. If you have something from your home country to contribute, that’s great!


English is prevalent in all tourist aspects of Bali. Majority of people will know basics. Menus, signs and information is all available.


You should always have travel insurance when going overseas. For short trips, I tend to use Tick Insurance – it’s 4/5 stars with feefo and although I’ve never had to claim – it’s super within budget.


Although tipping is not mandatory in Indonesia, 5-10% can go a long way, especially for fantastic service. Generally, a full meal drinks + dinner + dessert cost us just under $600,000 IDR ($60 AUD) and we rounded up to $600k for the six of us.


  • Taxis are the most commonly used for getting from point A-B. You should always ask the amount before getting into a taxi for a flat rate if it is un- metered.
  • Scooters are also a great way to get around – be aware however that some insurance companies do not cover you if you don’t have a scooter license at home.
  • Uber does run in Indonesia, however the locals don’t love it and it is banned from some areas so ensure you do some research.
  • Buses; called ‘Angkot’ for smaller, pre-set routes you can get these from A-B in places. Larger buses are used within big, large cities.


You can’t drink the water in Indonesia. You may have filtered water in your hostel, airbnb & hotel. Otherwise, buy bottled water or use a filter.

Working ATMS.

  • Cash is extremely prevalent in smaller, family-run shops.
  • Islands and Rural areas it can be hard to find a working ATM for all cards.
    Nusa Penida (Australia: Comm Bank, NAB didn’t work – only ING.)
  • Majority of tourist areas will accept a card at stores however to be smart, keep cash on you at all times.


– Coffee Cafes & Fast Food Restaurants
– Hostels, Hotels & Airbnb.
Two, round pin plugs.
Voltage: 230 Volts.
European Style.
– Satay
– Siomay
– Nasi Uduk
– Nasi goreng
– Bakso
– Martabak (sweet)
– Coconut Water 
– Cendol – Jelly Drink
– Bajigur
– Luwak Coffee
– Bintang (Alc)
– Brem (Alc)
– Tuak (Alc)


  • Indonesia is made up of 18,307 islands* however it is up for debate.
  • Indonesia is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world.
  • Indonesia has 139 Volcanos* however it is also up for debate.
  • There are more than 700 languages and dialects spoken.
  • Lukwak Coffee became famous after being featured in the movie ‘The Bucket List.’

Written by CerealSarah

A 27-year-old whose only direction in life seems to be going around the world.

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