A country made up of 17.508 islands in Southeast Asia with Jakarta as its capital.

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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

Basically this question but then for Indonesia. In the coming year I (male) plan to travel through Indonesia (Java and Sumatra) with my girlfriend. We will probably travel several weeks, aim to stay ...
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Why is Diet Coke more expensive than regular Coca-Cola and other soft drinks in Indonesia?

Here is a photo of a menu in Bali, Indonesia: The Diet Coke is 14,000 rupiah. The regular Coca-Cola, and other soft drinks, are 10,000 rupiah. It isn't just this restaurant, the same is true of ...
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What does this long yellow sign mean in Indonesia?

When moving around Indonesia, I have noticed that some houses have this sign sometimes: What does it mean? Is it just a decoration or does it have some meaning?
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How to extend Indonesian visa on arrival (VOA) in Indonesia

What is the best way to extend visa on arrival in Indonesia? I will have 30 days visa on arrival (25 USD) and I need more 30 days without leaving country. It's possible to extend visa right after you ...
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Ebola - can I enter Indonesia after being an aid worker in Sierrra Leone?

I will be working in Sierra Leone for 2 months. Then I will either do a 21 day health monitoring quarantine in Canada or France. If I am negative (no Ebola) after the 21 days, can I fly and enter ...
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What kind of plug adapter should I use when traveling in Indonesia?

How would I charge, say, an iPad with the standard U.S. adapter and cable? (Asked on behalf of a twitterer.)
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How to obtain a 60-day Indonesian tourist visa in Singapore?

I am in Singapore and I want to get an Indonesian 60-day tourist visa. Do you know and have experience with the process? Note: A big advantage of a 60-day tourist visa over a 30-day visa on arrival ...
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Language in Bali

I plan to travel to Bali and want to learn some basic words in native language, like "Hello", "Thank you", .... But I'm not sure which language is native to Bali. It looks like there are Indonesian ...
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Kawah Ijen volcano at night

Kawah Ijen volcano is mostly visited by day when the miners are working. But if you look for "Kawah Ijen" in Google Images, a lot of blue lava images appear (is not lava really). I'd like to see this ...
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Can I leave Indonesia and use the same visa when I return?

I have two options to get to Makassar from Padang: Padang–Yakarta–Makassar Padang–Kuala Lumpur–Makassar The second one is much cheaper than the first one, but I don't know if I'll have problems ...
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Is tipping expected in Indonesia?

I noticed that my taxi driver stood around expectantly for a few moments after dropping me off from the airport; giving him 20k Rupiah seemed to satisfy him, but I was pretty much shooting from the ...
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How much is a traveler affected by Ramadan in Indonesia?

I'm planning to go to Indonesia this summer. However, Ramadan, where Muslims have to fast during the daytime, is going to be from June 18th to July 16th this year (2015). I'm planning to go to Bali, ...
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What is the safest and cheapest way to see Komodo island, leaving from and returning to Bali?

We will be spending 3 weeks in Indonesia and Bali, and intend to take a trip out to Komodo to see the dragons and wildlife. We predict a three day excursion. There are boat and flight trips offered ...
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What are the restrictions imposed by the Sharia law in Aceh, Sumatra?

It seems that Sharia law is now applied in the northern tip of Sumatra (Indonesia). That is, in the province of Aceh. The province of Aceh on Google Map. Does anybody have experience traveling/living ...
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Ride a 125cc scooter in Indonesia if I only have a European car licence?

I have a European car licence. But I don't have any motorcycle licence. Am I allowed to ride a 125cc scooter in Indonesia?
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Is it safe to travel from Singapore to Batam by ferry?

I have already read the general question here about ferry safety in Indonesia. However since the trip is supposedly only 20 miles, I am trying to find if it would be safe for a 20 member group to use ...
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Labuan Bajo to Ruteng to Bajawa by motorcycle, possible?

I'm in Indonesia, in Flores island, and I want to go from Labuan Bajo to Ruteng and then to Bajawa by motorcycle but I'm unsure of the state of the road. If you can provide the following details ...
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Apartments in Jakarta, Indonesia

I am planning to spend 3-4 months in Jakarta, with my little family (wife and kid) I don't want to stay in a hotel for this long, I heard there are nice apartments with reasonable prices in Jakarta (2 ...
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How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?

I'm planning a holiday to Indonesia and want to visit multiple islands. I had thought to take ferries between the different islands. However, a lot of people have told me bad things about the ferries ...
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BNI and BRI cash machines, what are the differences?

I constantly see BNI and BRI cash machines across Indonesia. What are the differences between the two?
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Any fast internet (good wifi) in Ubud (Bali)?

I am looking for a good wifi connection in Ubud (Bali, Indonesia). I need to upload a fair amount of videos and pictures (6+ GB), and give a couple of Skype/Hangout phone calls. I used Wifi.id (in ...
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31 days in Indonesia [closed]

We (2 guys in our early 20s) are going to Indonesia for 31 days in July-August. We have no contacts that have been to or are from Indonesia, so all our planning is based on things we read online. I ...
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Senggigi to Labuhan Lombok, how to?

I plan to go from Senggigi (west Lombok) to Labuhan Lombok (east Lombok). Is there any buses or shared taxi doing this journey? If yes, where can I take it? how much is it? and how long does the ...
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Process & recommendations to obtain a prepaid micro-SIM card in Jakarta (Indonesia)?

What are the requirements to obtain a pre-paid micro-SIM in Jakarta, Indonesia (passport, cost, etc)? What are the recommendations for where to obtain a micro-SIM (7-11, cellular company store)?
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Go from Lombok to Labuan Bajo by bus & ferry, how to?

I am in Indonesia and been told it's possible to go from Lombok to Labuan Bajo (Flores) by bus and ferry. I am NOT interested in doing this by any other mean (ie. plane or sailing trip). How does ...
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10% government tourist tax in Indonesia, what's going on with that?

While traveling in Sumatra & Java, I never seen (or noticed) a 10% government tourist tax. When arriving in Bali, many restaurant (& even homestays) display an additional 10% government ...
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Timeframe for extension of Indonesian 60 days tourist visa

How soon can I apply for a one month extension of my Indonesian 60 days tourist visa?
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In Indonesia, is import duty levied on items intended as gifts?

My brother teaches English in Jakarta and is getting married in Bali in two weeks. I am going to his wedding. I'm flying into Jakarta and will be there a few days. As a wedding gift, I bought a new ...
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How to get from Flores to Lombok by sea with stops?

Next August I'll be traveling with some friends in Indonesia (4 to 6 people). One of our destinations is Labuan Bajo (Flores island). We want to visit Komodo National Park and some islands in our ...
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Which is the lowest budget for a trip to Indonesian Papua?

I have a flight to Kuala Lumpur for 30 days. My wife and I want to visit the Indonesian part of Papua and we are low-cost travellers (i.e. we sleep in the cheapest places of any country, we eat as ...
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Sape to Labuan Bajo, how to?

I am in Indonesia, I want to go from Sape (east of Sumbawa) to Labuan Bajo (west of Flores) by sea transportation. I'd like to know: Type of transportation Departure times Length of journey Price ...
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Renting a manual transmission motorbike in Ubud

I'd like to rent a motorbike in Ubud, Indonesia. EVERYBODY has automatics available for rent, but nobody seems to be renting manuals ): I suppose I could use an automatic if I absolutely had to, but ...
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How to buy train tickets in Indonesia?

So I'd like to know 2 things: I want know all the possible options to buy train tickets in Indonesia (assuming you can buy them from different places). Is there any advantages when using one option ...
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Where can I get free maps? (particularly of Southeast Asia)

Are there any places I can obtain free printed maps of SEA or countries within? I'm travelling from San Francisco, USA and am going to Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. Feel free to extend this question ...
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How to avoid getting hassled in Indonesia?

Hassling is happening in quite often in Indonesia. Although not as tough as in other countries (i.e. Morocco), it can get on your nerves after a while. Does anybody have tips on avoiding getting ...
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How to avoid to get your clothes to disappear in Indonesian laundry services?

My clothes often "disappear" in laundry services here in Indonesia. People told me this happens often. Anyone got tips on how to avoid this to happen? I imagine that whoever lives here long enough ...
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Labuhan Lombok to Poto Tano, how to?

I am in Indonesia & I want to go from Labuhan Lombok (east Lombok) to Poto Tano (west Sumbawa). I'd like to know: Type of transportation Departure times Length of journey Price Any ...
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Singkil to Balai, how to?

I heard there was a public boat but also some speed boat going from Singkil (Aceh province, Indonesia) to Balai (Banyak islands, Indonesia). Is this correct? is there other options of transportation? ...
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How to get to Singkil from lake Toba (Samosir island)?

I want to go to Singkil (located in the southern part of the Aceh province, Sumatra, Indonesia) from Samosir island (located in the middle of Lake Toba, Sumatra Indonesia) . What transportation ...
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What is the process of extending a single entry Indonesian visa while in country?

A friend of mine is in Indonesia and attempted to get an extension to his single entry visa a day before it was due to expire, instead of an extension he was given a receipt to replace his ...
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Where are the companies sailing from Lombok to Komodo?

I would like to sail from Lombok to Komodo. I want to follow the advice of a backpacker I met in order to get the best possible deal: go to the harbour to directly negotiate with the companies ...
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How to go from Manado to Davao on a budget?

I want to go from Manado (Sulawesi, Indonesia) to Davao (Philippines). The problem is that the only solution I found was to fly for 400 USD. This price is out of my budget so I started looking for ...
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Medan to Bukit Lawang, how to?

Is there some kind of public transportation going from Medan (Indonesia) to Bukit Lawang (Indonesia)? I heard of "tourist buses" but I'm wondering if there is no other ways to do that journey for a ...
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Visa and Immigration delays on arrival in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Denpasar Airport in Bali recently expanded the international terminal. Prior to the expansion, arrival in the evening would usually be accompanied by an hour-plus wait to get a visa voucher and get ...
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Are there paraglide/paramotor operators around Lake Toba?

I am looking for information on doing a paragliding trip around Lake Toba. I have no paragliding license, so I am looking for a tandem trip with a pilot. I see references to this possibility on e.g. ...
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What's the process to get an Indonesian tourist visa for a US citizen?

I'm in Bangkok at the moment, but according to the stamp in my passport, I'm gonna have to skip soon. I'm thinking I'd like to visit Indonesia to check out the lifestyle entrepreneur scene, but it ...
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How to get from Flores to Sulawesi?

I want to get to Sulawesi (Makassar I suppose) from Flores. Is there any direct flight or ferry? Or must I go first to another location (i.e. Bali) to take a flight from there? Any budget option ...
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Yogyakarta to mount Merapi by scooter, possible?

I would like to avoid the packaged tours, and go to mount Metapi (Selo village) from Yogyakarta by motorbike (scooter). I read Selo village, where the hike to the top of Merapi starts, is about 3h ...
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How to go from Medan International Airport to Medan city center?

I want to go to Medan city center (Indonesia) when arriving by plane at Medan International airport (called Kualanamu International Airport). Can I take a public bus? A tuk tuk? A rickshaw? A taxi? ...
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Seaplane from Bali to Rinca?

I'm trying to understand if it's possible (even economically) to directly reach Rinca Island from Bali by seaplane. Anyone has information in regard of this? I've found very few pages on the web, ...