Things You Should Know Before Travelling to Indonesia

Indonesia has everything a traveller could ever want; culture, nightlife, nature, and plenty more. That’s why it’s such a sought after destination for travellers everywhere; it’s so diverse and fun. You could have a totally different experience in Indonesia depending on where you want to travel to. However, there are a few things you should know before you travel to this place. Take a look…

Pretty much all of the food here is spicy, and it might not always state it on the menu. If you can’t handle hot food, make sure you make this clear when ordering by requesting that they don’t add spice. Of course there are dishes you can get without spice too, but they’re rarely consumed by locals. To give you an idea of the kind of dishes you could be eating, take a look at this:

  • Sambal – tangy, sweet and sour!
  • Satay chicken – great if you like peanuts.
  • Soto – a traditional meat/soup dish.
  • Fried catfish – a sweet, popular dish.

Heading to a country like Indonesia is about embracing the culture as if it were your own. Make sure you’re respectful of their culture: you shouldn’t be overly affectionate with members of the opposite sex in public. Nor should you wear inappropriate clothing that shows off too much skin. You don’t need to be covered head to toe, just make sure you aren’t flashing too much flesh.

You won’t need to pack so much from home, as you can always buy more when you’re in Indonesia. If you didn’t already know; the shopping is amazing. Buy something that the locals seem to wear a lot so you can dress like them and blend in. There are a ton of markets you can visit close by Bali hotels, so you’ll only regret it if you don’t leave room in your suitcase. Try to pack light, flowing clothes that don’t take up too much space or weight.

Every island is unique in Indonesia, but the natural wonders of all of them are worth exploring. You can see a multitude of amazing animals that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. You could see things like orangutans and komodo dragons up close and personal. Just make sure you’re with a guide so you don’t get eaten alive. There’s also terrific scenery and photo opportunities galore.


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If you need help with anything on your travels, you can bet that the locals will be happy to help. In some areas, be prepared for staring. They don’t mean to be rude, they just likely rarely see foreigners such as yourself in their area! Smile at them and they will smile back. You will always feel welcomed by the Indonesian locals, and if you get speaking to them they might even be able to give you some tips on where to go. Download a translator app on your phone just incase, as most people won’t speak brilliant English…although they might try.

Well, now you know what to expect, you should have a wonderful time in Indonesia. Let me know how it goes in the comments section. See you soon!


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