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Vacation in Indonesia
A vacation in Indonesia can be very diverse. With more than 17,000 islands, the country offers countless opportunities to have a wonderful vacation. With our tips we support you in the preparation of your trip so that you can spend a wonderful holiday in Indonesia in the best possible way.
Indonesia is one of our absolute favorite countries and is perfect for a wonderful vacation. The landscapes are extremely varied and so there are many possibilities for a varied holiday in Indonesia.
In the early morning you can climb a volcano and experience fantastic sunrises. In the same afternoon you can get a massage under palm trees on the beach and recover from the exertions of climbing the volcano. You can also hike through lush green rice fields, snorkel with turtles and manta rays or surf in beautiful bays. Indonesia is also home to some of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. So you see: There are countless activities that are waiting for you and will make your Indonesia vacation unforgettable.
In addition to the cultural and scenic diversity, we have always been enthusiastic about the warmth of the Indonesians. So it's no wonder that Indonesia has such a spell as a holiday region.
1. Overview of Indonesia
The huge number of islands makes it difficult to get an overview of the country and choose the best travel destinations. That's why we're going to give you an overview of the country to get started.
The most popular holiday region in Indonesia is the island Bali. Bali is famous for its Hindu influences and the related customs of the Balinese as well as the fascinating temples and palaces. This special cultural mix exudes a very relaxed flair. In Bali there is a very good tourist infrastructure, especially around Denpasar.
A little to the east of it is Lombok with the offshore Gili Islands. While Lombok is still quite original, the Gili Islands are more of a bathing paradise and are particularly popular with couples on their honeymoon. Bali and Lombok can be easily combined in a holiday lasting several weeks. You can find our travel tips including route suggestions and lots of inspiration here:
Another popular destination in Indonesia vacation is Java. Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, is located near Yogyakarta in eastern Java. But the volcanoes Bromo and Ijen also attract many adventurous holidaymakers and we particularly liked them.
Those who are interested in nature, jungle and original regions, on the other hand, will spend their holiday in Indonesia in Sumatra (orangutans live here), Sulawesi or Kalimantan (Indonesian part of Borneo). We were also very enthusiastic about the island of Flores and the Komodo National Park to the west, where you can admire the giant Komodo dragons.
2. Book flights to Indonesia
If you want to spend a vacation in Indonesia, you should book your flights as soon as possible.
There are airports on all major islands that you can fly to. However, there are currently no direct flights from Germany to Indonesia. Therefore, you have to plan at least one stopover.
In order to find the best flight price for your Indonesia vacation, we recommend this flight price comparison.
3. Book accommodation in Indonesia
There is a wide range of accommodations in Indonesia. From simple guest houses for backpackers to complex resorts for luxury vacationers, all facets are covered. You can find our recommendations in the articles on the respective cities.
In Bali in particular, there are many beautiful guest houses at very good prices. You can get nice accommodations for around 20 euros - some with a pool and a simple breakfast. However, you can also spend significantly more for more comfort.
If you have a fixed itinerary, you should book your accommodations as early as possible so that you can reserve the best deals for yourself. However, if you are out and about on the spur of the moment, you can usually find a place to sleep at short notice. On the remote islands, however, you should book your room a few days in advance, because otherwise it can happen that all accommodations are fully booked. In particular, on the Gili Islands, Lombok and Flores, we had no luck with short-term bookings.
4. Entry requirements for Germans in Indonesia
For a normal vacation of a maximum of 30 days, it is quite easy to enter Indonesia. Germans can enter Germany for up to 30 days free of charge without a visa. So that you get the visa-free entry is granted, you need a passport with free pages (valid for at least six months) and proof of your departure (return or onward flight ticket). An extension of the length of stay is not possible.
Visa-free entry is only possible if you enter via one of the following airports:
- Bali: Denpasar
- Borneo: Balikpapan, Pontianak
- Belitung: Tanjung Pandan
- Java: Bandung, Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Surakarta or Yogyakarta
- Lombok: Mataram
- Papua: Merauke, Tembaga Pura
- Sulawesi: Makassar, Manado
- Sumatra: Banda Aceh, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Sibolga
- Timor: Kupang
- Woe: Sabang
If you want to stay longer than 30 days, you can join us at the airport Visa On Arrival receive. This visa costs US $ 35 and is also valid for 30 days, but can be extended to a total of 60 days at the competent authority (Imigrasi).
If this period is not enough for you or if you are not traveling for tourist purposes, then you have to come from Germany in advance apply for visa. This service can help you with that.
5. Paying on vacation in Indonesia
The currency valid in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah - mostly abbreviated as IDR or Rp. For one euro you get around 15,500 rupiah. So being a millionaire is not a hurdle in Indonesia.
To get the Indonesian rupiah, you can withdraw money in the local currency from ATMs across the country. All you need is a credit card. The network of ATMs in Indonesia is very well developed.
In some tourist places there are also exchange offices where you can exchange euros or dollars. But you get a very bad exchange rate at these points, so we advise against it. It gets even more expensive if you already exchange money in Germany. Withdrawing with a credit card is significantly cheaper in Indonesia.
There are now a large number of free credit cards on the market that are ideal for a vacation in Indonesia. In our credit card comparison, we present our recommendations and also explain why you should bring at least two different credit cards with you on your trip.
The official language in Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia, which is known as Indonesian. Many other languages are spoken in Indonesia, such as Balinese (Bali and Lombok) and Makassar (Sulawesi). In addition, the Indonesians learn English at school, so you can communicate very well in English.
Still, we would recommend that you learn a few basics of Indonesian before your vacation. The locals are always happy if you show interest in their culture and make an effort to communicate in their language. It also makes it easier for you to find your way around the country. A good starting point for learning the Indonesian language is this course.
7. Stay healthy on vacation in Indonesia
There are a few things you should pay attention to on a holiday in Indonesia so as not to endanger your health.
First and foremost, you should of course protect yourself from strong sunlight. A hat, environmentally friendly sunscreen and sunglasses should be part of the basic equipment on every trip. It is also important to drink plenty of water. You should keep your fingers off tap water. However, there is a facility for bottling filtered water in many accommodations. To avoid unnecessary plastic waste, you can also buy large water canisters instead of many small bottles.
Mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases such as dengue fever, can also pose a threat. Protection against mosquitoes is another important point in order to be able to enjoy a healthy holiday in Indonesia. We have had the best experience with mosquito sprays bought right in the country. Travel doctors usually recommend DEET-based mosquito sprays. It also makes sense to wear long, thin clothing to protect yourself from mosquito bites and the sun.
Depending on the exact holiday destination in Indonesia, it also makes sense to have certain vaccinations carried out. We therefore strongly recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
With all due caution, it can still happen that you fall ill while on vacation and need medical attention. Even if the treatment costs in Indonesia are quite manageable for simple complaints, extremely high fees can be incurred if you have to return to Germany. Therefore, you should definitely not fail to take out international health insurance.
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