Indonesia - a country of mysticism and mystery, colorful ceremonies and rituals, clean clear lakes, mangrove swamps and impenetrable jungle, majestic mountains and the beautiful lagoon with natural beaches. This ancient temples and palaces, the confusion of languages and civilizations, fascinating southern sun, a huge number of gorgeous colors, the smells of oriental spices, rice terraces and tea plantations, active geysers and volcanoes. Each of the islands has its own particular way, differing customs, unique culture and an incredible wealth of exotic flora and fauna.
Indonesia - a country with total area of 1904.5 thousand. Sq. km, is located in South-East Asia, occupying most of the Malay Archipelago. The country consists of almost 14 thousand. Islands, including such large island groups like Greater Sunda (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Java, Madura, and others.) And Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku and the western part of the island of New Guinea (Irian- Jaya), and only half of them are inhabited. On land borders with Malaysia, Indonesia, W. Timor and Papua New Guinea, on the sea - with Australia, Singapore, the Philippines and others. To the north and east of Indonesia bordering the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west - the Indian Ocean.
The country's terrain is extremely varied - from barely rising above the water, the tiny islands of the eastern periphery, to the mountainous regions of Java, Bali and New Guinea (about half of the country is mountainous), with a highly fragmented terrain and lots of volcanoes (about 400, of which 200 - Active) . Volcanic activity is high. About two-thirds of the country is covered by tropical rain forests, often waterlogged and represents a huge tropical swamps, there are also large areas of woodland and savannah.
Capital - Jakarta.
The most developed tourist area of Indonesia is the island of Bali - Excellent resort with blue lagoons and lush tropical jungle, rich sensual culture that came to Bali from Java in the 15th century, along with the Majapahit dynasty. This culture and these days is amazing unique architecture, exotic music, dance and painting. Most popular coast of the island, is Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Bali, Candi Dasa, Ubud and Lovina. Widely known in the world of artisanal products industry: batik, silver embossing, carving bone and wood.
Among the thousands of Indonesian islands in the surrounding seas, hundreds are perfect for beach resorts. In the lush tropical greenery hidden thousands of ancient temples and places of worship, and the jungle inhabited by many exotic animals and aboriginal tribes, many of which are on the level of development are at the level of the Stone Age. So here you can perfectly combine active and beach holidays, ethnological and historical tours, wildlife observation and hiking the highest grade.
Java Island - one of the most famous islands of the archipelago. Here, among the hundreds of volcanoes and picturesque landscapes Dieng plateau, presents a variety of samples of the equatorial flora and fauna, there is still a huge number of temples, shrines, mosques and palaces, as well as the thriving original handicrafts - batik work in silver and gold, gun making that attracts thousands of tourists.
Jakarta (until 1949 - Batavia) - the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest coast of Java. This is the city of the original mixture of the many buildings of XVII-XVIII centuries., Channels, and a plurality of "national" blocks, each of which has its own unique style. One of the centers of the old Batavia is a stone paved area near Taman Kota Fatah, surrounded by old buildings overlooking the bank of the canal.
Nearby are the Jakarta History Museum in the former Town Hall (1627 g), the old gun "C Iago" Puppet Museum Wayang and ritual supplies, drawbridge Chicken Market Bridge (XVII century.) Museum Bahari and lookout tower, the ancient port Sunda Kelapa, and the Chinese district Glodak with the oldest temple of the city - Tszine-Yuan (XVII century). The second recognized center of the capital - the area of Medan Merdeka-(Freedom Square) with a 132-meter National Monument (Monas), the National Museum of Indonesia with the unique historical and ethnological collections, the Museum of National History and the Museum of the Institute of Indonesian culture.
Also worth visiting is the church Villelme (1835), Maritime Museum of the case of Indonesia, the presidential palace, Penang Gate (1671), the Portuguese Church (1695), one of the largest in Southeast Asia Mosque Istiqlal, St. Mary's Church (1630) , Tugu (1725), and the Holy Immanuel (1835-1839 gg.), City Hall (1710), the Palace of the Governor-General (1760, now the National Archives), Palace of the Arts (1820), the ever bustling shopping center "Mangadau "and the Bazaar" Glodok "ultra-modern business districts with their office and government buildings-the-art architecture of all styles, the famous zoo" Ragunan "in the south of the city, a huge saturation exposure park" Taman Mini "(" Mini Indonesia ")," water Palace ", a cultural and entertainment complex" Taman Ismail Marzuki, "as well as the largest and most popular amusement park in Jakarta - Jaya Ancol-.
Outside the historic and commercial center of the city produces some dull experience - many poor areas, mud, open drains, constant noise and suffocating atmosphere. Therefore go into outlying neighborhoods foreign tourists is not recommended.
Close to the capital city of Bogor, which has long been considered one of the best mountain climatic health resorts in the country, interesting old presidential palace Soekarno with the Zoological Museum, the former residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies and the world famous botanical garden Kebun Raya (80 hectares).
In the west of the island is the most interesting mountain resort Bandung, famous, full of museums, Dago waterfall, scenic surroundings of the volcano Tangkuban Praia and a well-known street Jeans Street, which accommodates the offices and shops of the largest textile companies. In the vicinity of the city attracted the attention of the prestigious beaches and Anyer Karang Bolong, as well as the National Park Pendant and hot springs Maribayya surrounded by majestic volcanic landscapes, is considered the best place for trekking in the country.
Yogyakarta or how often it is called - Geauga, attracts the attention of a huge palace complex Sultan's Kraton (XVIII c.) With a "water castle" Taman Sari, craft centers and Jakarta Institute of Arts "Agastya", museums Sono-Bada and Benteng-Vredeburg and also exquisite temple complex Lara Dzhongrang ("slender maiden," the beginning of X century.) in nearby Prambanane. In the dry season when the full moon in Lara Dzhongrang are performances of the ballet "The Ramayana". In the district of Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Malang district attractive temples and Mount Bromo.
In the south of the island, 42 km. to the north-west of Yogyakarta, is a unique monument of medieval Indonesian art - Borobudur Stupa ("monastery on the hill" or "Temple of a Thousand Buddhas", 778-856 gg.), built in the form of a 10-tiered stepped stone pyramid height of 34 m. Walls symbolizing the sacred Mount Meru stupa decorated with reliefs in 1460 on the theme of Buddha's life, or to illustrate the Indian epic "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata", and in the arches and circular terraces are located 504 Buddha statues.
Five-kilometer "expensive process" spiral surrounds all this magnificent structure symbolizing perfection and the way of knowledge of the spiritual principle in man. At the top of buildings, in the center of the highest terrace, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain landscape, there is a sanctuary with a diameter of 15 m., Symbolizing the supreme goal and spiritual freedom. It is the largest Buddhist monument in the southern hemisphere.
Bali Island, which lies between the islands of Java and Lombok, is considered the most developed tourist area of Indonesia. Length of the island - 150 km. from east to west and 80 km. from north to south. Height up to 3142 m. (Mount Agung). Total area - 5561 square meters. km. Population - 2.9 million. Persons. Capital and administrative center - the city of Denpasar, located in the southern part of the island, is very different from the usual way of many typical Asian capital - surprisingly quiet and green city, filled with the aromas of plants and with unusually fresh air.
Many small buildings of traditional architecture, ethnographic museum "Negen-Propinsi", Center for the Arts Taman Vedi Budayya, quiet cozy streets, constantly shining sun - all this gives the city a special charm. Near the international airport Ngurah Rai - the main transport hub of the island.
Sam "Island of the Gods" attracts tourists with its pristine landscapes, tropical forests and majestic volcanoes Kintamini, Gunung Batur (1,717 m) and Gunung Agung, as well as temples and an excellent resort with blue lagoons and lush tropical jungle around. Bali - a "Hindu enclave" in the largest Muslim country in the world, so the manners and customs of the local people more lenient and tolerant to them incomprehensible to the way of life of foreigners, which makes the island a perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
The main attractions of the island are considered to be located on the slopes of the sacred mountain Gunung Agung, (an active volcano!), 85 km. of Nusa Dua, the temple complex of Pura Besakih, (Mother Temple), towering on a seaside cliff Tanah Lot ("Temple of the Sea"), the sacred "monkey forest" Alas-Kedaton surrounded by water "Royal Temple" Taman Ayun-in Mengvi "temple in the middle of the lake "Uyuni, Danu, the famous handicraft and ethnographic center with a museum," Puri Lukisan "in Ubud, rock temples in Pedzhenge, Yeh-Pula and Pura-Samuan-Teague," Turtle Island "Serangan, village jewelers Cheluk, monastery and the sacred source of Pura Tirta Empul-in Tampaksiringe temple Pura-Panataran-Sasi, the royal tomb of Gunung Kawi (X-XI cc.), as well as "cave bats" Goa-lavas, huge gallery of rock reliefs in Ge-Pula , Git-Git waterfall (40 m), "Elephant Cave" Goya-Gadjah with a statue of Ganesha (XIII c.) and is located in the crater of an extinct volcano Batur lake with a gorgeous botanical garden around.
The only national park in Bali - spread out on 20 thousand. Hectares Bali Barat, known for its diversity of plants and animals. But in a totally free environment all possible combinations of native flora and fauna can be seen also in the extensive forests in Dana Bro. In Taman Burung Bird Park is located in Desa Taro - Elephant Park "Elephant Safari" in Kuta - Water Park, and Taman Kupa-Coop - "Butterfly Park". No grates or cages are not here, but the concentration of living beings, is just awesome.
Home "tourist attraction" of the island, no doubt - its beaches and seaside resorts. The most popular resorts of the island - Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran, Bali, Tuban, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Candi-Dasa, Ubud and Lovina. Here are concentrated the luxury five-star hotels and cozy private hotel, immersed in the greenery of gardens and parks, and numerous small museums and the beautiful promenade and the beach. The underwater world around the island dazzles the senses and the areas around Menjangan island, Gili Tepekong, Gili Viah and Gili Minpang, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, widely known for its beautiful landscapes with divers around the world.
The island of Sulawesi (Celebes) - a real "cultural reserve" and traditions. Populated by many disparate tribes green intermountain valleys attract both fans of Ethnology, and fans of active tourism. Cave burials, exotic nature, nature reserve island of Buton, beautiful coral reefs in the Gulf of Manado, beautiful mountain lakes, lush folk ceremony, Fort Vredenburg and Folk Art Museum Udzhungpandange - all this attracts thousands of tourists.
Sumatra - the fifth largest island in the world. Volcanic activity "gave" the island hundreds of miles of beaches with dark sand and dozens of pristine mountain lakes, and turbulent historical past - the ruins of ancient temples and palaces. The most interesting Parapat luxurious resort on the banks of the magnificent volcanic lake Toba, royal tombs and the palace of the island of Samosir, Palace Istana Maimon, Mesjid Raya Mosque and Military Museum "Bukit Barisan" in Medan, a crocodile farm near Medan, orangutan rehabilitation center in Bohoroke, Palembang picturesque canals, the largest volcanic lake in South-East Asia - Toba, green mountain valley and Danau Kerinci-Ranau, amazing, legendary capital of the nation "mengkabau" - Bukittinggi (Fort de Kock), "volcano-killer" Krakatoa Sunda Strait, as well as many local residents of the village, if transferred to the XXI century from the deep Middle Ages.
In the northern part of Sumatra is the largest reserve of the country - Gunung Lёser guarding habitats rarest rhino Sumatran tigers, wild bulls and orangutan, as well as relict mountain landscapes and unique rock outcrops. And around the volcano Gunung Sinabung and Gunung Sibayak, where the climate is much cooler, spread best trekking areas of the island and many small private mountain climatic resort on the shores of pristine mountain lakes.
Kalimantan (Borneo) - location of the famous "Bounty Hunters" - Dayak, one of the last "wild" tribes of the planet, living according to the laws of the Stone Age. Village Melaka is famous for its garden of orchids, "river town" Pontianak - houseboats, canals and wooden mosque Mesdzhi-Abdurrahim and district Muar- Muntai and Long Iram - its beautiful river routes. Local river - one of the best places for rafting in the country.
Almost all the western and northern coast of the island of Lombok busy comfortable resort. Here are the most interesting famous for its dazzling white beaches the island of Giglio, a majestic volcano Rinjani (3726 m) with a crater lake, waterfalls and Otakokok Sendang-Gil, a huge rock, used as a viewing platform, in Pantai Segar, Bounty Bay, as well as traditional silk and pottery workshops in the areas of Senggigi, Mataram and Ampenan.
Flores Island - one of the few places in the world where permitted whaling. Here, in the archipelago and the island of Solor Alor, you can learn about this ancient and universally neglected type of hunting. Also on Flores, at an altitude of about 1600 m, there is a unique "tricolor" Keli Mato lake, whose waters are painted different minerals coming from the volcanic craters on its bottom. A village Nggela, Voloyita Yopu and are famous for their sarongs and scarves handmade.
Madura Island is famous for its colorful "kerapan SAPI" - races on bulls, the island of Sumba - Group fights riders, the island of Nias - jumping over a two-meter stone column. Ubiquitous "Pencak Silat" - the local version of martial arts and traditional sports game "sepaktakrau" - volleyball, which is played down.
Komodo and Rinca - known reserves, habitat "komodo dragon" (monitor lizard) - the largest reptile world. On a small volcanic island of Moyo is "the most secluded hotel in the world" - complex Amanvana built right in the jungle.
The best places for diving in Indonesia are located in the "Thousand Islands" north of Jakarta: Damar Palau, Palau Tychus, Paris Palau, Palau Putri, Pelangi Palau, Palau, Perak, Palau Papa Theo; Lombok: Mavan, Tampa and Mavi, as well as in the areas north of Kullu, Jimbaran and Lovina (Bali).
The climate is equatorial Indonesia, there is no clear change of seasons. The country has two seasons of deposits - in April and in November. In Bali, a tropical climate, and a nice sunny weather persists throughout the year.
Spans three time zones. In Western Indonesia - 5 hours ahead of Moscow in winter.
The official language is Bahasa Indonesia ("Bahasa Indonesia", a variant of Malay), also used more than 250 languages and dialects (so-called "Bahasa Daher"). Part of the population speaks Chinese, in the tourist area of English is widely spoken.
Indonesian Rupiah (Rp), which is equal to 100 senam. Banknotes in circulation are in denominations of 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 rupees.
To visit Indonesia for up to 30 days for citizens of Russia before a visa is not required. Visas can be obtained at international airports, seaports and border checkpoints on arrival.
The visa can be obtained at the following airports in Indonesia: Ngurah Rai (Denpasar city about. Bali), Halim Perdana Kusuma and Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta, about. Java), El Tari (Kupang city), Selaparang (about. Lombok ), Hassanuddin (city of Makassar, Sulawesi Ts), Samratulangi (city of Manado on. Sulawesi), Polonia (Medan, about. Sumatra), Tabing (city of Padang on. Sulawesi), Simpangtiga (y Pekanbaru on. Sumatra), ADI Sumarno (of Solo, about. Sulawesi), Juanda (Surabaya city) and Adi Sucipto (city of Yogyakarta).
To obtain a visa at the border must submit the following documents:
- Passport, which is valid for at least six months at the time of entry. The passport must be at least one blank page for the visa sticker is pasted;
- Return tickets or tickets to a third country;
- Hotel booking confirmation or proof of sufficient funds for the stay in the country.
Prior to submission must be paid in a separate window, the application fee, which is $ 10 for the 7-day and $ 30 for a 30-day visa. Payment is made in United States dollars or in Indonesian rupiah Exchange. Payment receipt should be attached to the documents. All visas are single and they can not be extended.
In the case of transit to Indonesia from third countries in the passport should be a mark on the entry and exit visas, or those countries. The lack of elevation data / visas can cause denial of entry into Indonesia.
When departing abroad is charged a fee of 100,000 rupees (~ $ 9). This fee is not included in the ticket price and is payable in cash at the airport of departure. It is therefore advisable to defer this amount in rupees as payment in dollars and euros are not accepted.
Travelling with children
Children up to 9 years old, when the child is entered in the parent's passport, visa is issued free of charge. Children older than 9 years old pay the full cost of the visa whether they are written in the passport of a parent or have their own passport.
A visit to the province of Irian Jaya
To visit the province of Irian Jaya needed special permission "Surat Jalan", which gives the organization Dinas Intel Pam Pol MABAK in Jakarta or regional police station in Biak and Jaipur. Obtaining a permit takes a couple of days. Upon arrival in Irian Jaya, foreigners must register with the local police station. Holders of diplomatic passports such permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, and journalists - the Ministry of Information.
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Holders of APEC Business Travel Card to Indonesia visa is not required. Card must be carried.
Holidays and weekends in Indonesia: 1 January, Good Friday, 10, 25, May 31, 9 and 17 August, 20 and 25 December, religious (Muslim) and local holidays.
Indonesia predominantly Muslim country, and so you should observe the following rules: do not wear too short shorts and skirts, sunbathing topless bathing suit in public institutions and mosques clothing must cover the knees. Indonesia should not do: Show on someone the finger and touch his head. Avoid displays of affection in public, putting his legs, putting his foot in someone's side, talking about politics, shouting and angry. During a visit to the temples to wear shorts, T-shirts and wearing a neck. Speak loudly during religious ceremonies. Too often, cheering, if you are not on the presentation organized for tourists.
Festivals and Events
In connection with a huge variety of ethnic groups and religions mixing, Indonesia and of course has a huge number of cultural events taking place throughout the year. Many local festivals are no less flavor than the big public events, so even in the absence of any official festivals always possible to meet a lot of interesting folk traditions.
Bali is a colorful celebration of the Hindu New Year (March-April), the most important holiday of the island - the festival "Galungan" (date inconstant, lasts for 10 days), the spring festival in the temple Pura Besakih, Nepi, or "Feast of Silence" is accompanied by a variety of independent ceremonies - the day of atonement temple deities Melasti ceremony exorcism of evil spirits Pengrupuk, Ngembak Nepi ("Forgiveness Sunday") and others., also be interested in the ceremonial feast Pura Meru, the famous "feast of the full moon" in the temple Chakranegara (June), Festival of Rain "Perang Ketupat "(October-December), the celebration Pudzhavali and many others.
Independence Day (17 August) is celebrated with great fanfare in every town and village, especially colorful, he is held in Jakarta, followed by numerous carnivals and cultural events. The Jakarta Fair is held in June and lasts about three weeks. Also worth visiting is colorful and bright event - a street fair "Jalan Jax" (August) and the International Cultural Performance (May). On Sumba in February and March are theatrical performances, return to the era of internecine wars. Carried out on the island Larantuka Drama "Easter Parade" (April-May), and in Ruteng on Flores - fights Knut (August), on Sulawesi particularly interesting "funeral banquets" Torayyan (August-October).
Java is particularly picturesque representation of the traditional "Ramayana Ballet" extending generally in the open theater of Prambanan temple complex twice a month from May to September. On the island of Madura are well-known race of bulls (August-September), ending with the final race in colorful Pamekasane (September). You should definitely visit the four-day Buddhist festival of Vesak at Borobudur, which is celebrated in honor of Buddha's enlightenment. Thousands of pilgrims take part in the procession from Mendut temple to Borobudur, and after the marches are dance performances and exhibitions of applied arts.
There are active volcanoes. Sumatra and Java tigers, Java and Borneo - wild bulls.
rules of Conduct
The overall level of crime in the country is quite low, but in tourist areas are quite frequent cases of theft from cars and hotels, as well as pick-pocketing. Recently the performance of Islamic fundamentalists, but it is mainly concerned with internal and remote areas of the country. It is not recommended to visit the area of West Timor, Irian Jaya and Aceh.
The food in the restaurants and cafes are usually carefully checked and processed. When you purchase products on the street stalls and markets should be careful. This applies particularly to the fruit (need thorough washing them under running water and scalding hot water) and ready-made meals from the trays.
It is recommended to use repellents and mosquito nets. Also it is necessary to wear sunglasses, hats and use sunscreen - solar radiation is significantly higher than usual to us in the middle latitudes. Many beaches are framed by powerful coral reefs, swim and move on which is recommended in rubber flip-flops, as coral boulders have very sharp edges. Some types of sea creatures are poisonous, so be sure to consult with local residents - are representatives of ichthyofauna can touch and with whom such treatment may result in failure. Around the many islands sufficiently strong currents and high tidal waves, so if you swim in unfamiliar places should follow strict security measures. All beaches sunbeds and umbrellas are free of charge.
Use and distribution of drugs is punishable by death (for foreigners possible commutation of sentence - up to 20 years in prison).
Indonesians welcoming and hospitable, but the abundance of local religious and cultural "taboo" makes a foreigner to closely monitor their behavior, otherwise you may cause a local cruel insult. Touching the head (even if it's only a child) is considered a humiliation. The left hand is considered "unclean" - send her anything, and even more so - to touch her interlocutor, it is impossible. You can not show on anyone finger put your foot on the leg and even more so - to put his foot in someone's side (leg is considered "evil" part of the body), as well as clapping and show anger in public.
Eat only with your right hand and usually without cutlery. In restaurants, of course, used a spoon and a fork, but the knife is considered a symbol of aggression, so it is never a for traditional Indonesian desk. Before and after eating the right hand washed in a special bowl with water and a slice of lemon.
Traditional cuisine Indonesia
The islands of the Indonesian archipelago is famous for its culinary traditions. It formed an interesting blend of East Asian, especially Chinese and Indian, culinary schools, and involved in the local tradition of "island kitchens." Each province has its own culinary traditions and characteristics, different ways of cooking dishes and ingredients.
The basis of the diet is rice ("nasi"). Most often it is cooked completely bland, just as a side dish, shielding and emphasizes the taste of food. Sometimes colored rice during cooking or cooked in broth, as it is made of rice chips, translucent rice noodles, a variety of cakes made from rice flour and a variety of rice pudding, fried with a variety of ingredients or served simply with vegetables, richly flavored sauce. In eastern Indonesia very popular variety of grains, beans, sorghum, sweet potatoes, which are used along with rice. Very popular vegetable salad with peanut sauce "Gado Gado", finely chopped vegetables seasoned with fresh blood of a chicken, turtle or a pig - "Lavar" fried banana "Pisang Goreng", fried rice with vegetables and meat "nasi burning", young sprouts bamboo, palm hearts, pickled mangoes, various noodles (cooked roast whether), fried zucchini with herbs, grated coconut with spices and others.
Due to Islamic traditions pork is almost never used, but all other kinds of meat and seafood prepared with great ingenuity and extensive use of sauces and vegetable components. Popular dishes are fried grasshoppers, chicken and chicken liver in Indonesian, swallows' nests in the chicken broth, skewers "satay" omelet with nuts and herbs "wabi" baked in a banana leaf fish or tuna puree their "president", smoked mackerel, shark fin soup, squid with rice and herbs, baked crab, fried frog legs in the test and others.
Obligatory condition of Indonesian cuisine - various condiments and sauces, often extremely sharp. Widespread soy and ginger sauce, "curry", black, red and white pepper, tamarind, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, chilli peppers, peanuts, ginger, soy, garlic in different combinations - the necessary components of almost any dish. Especially widely used condiments burning to the west of Sumatra and Sulawesi north.
In large quantities consumed fresh fruit, of which the most interesting exotic and extremely useful (but smelly) durian, hundreds of varieties of bananas, papaya, mango and a variety of fruits and vegetables, complete strangers Europeans.
Spicy food made drink cold water with ice or fresh juice. Also popular coconut milk with rice and jaggery "badzhitur" crushed ice with sugar syrup and beans, drink from the juice of sugar cane "sup tebu" ginger tea. Alcohol is almost never used. The country has produced good local wine and rice wine "Bram", as well as a large assortment of wines from all around the world. Local palm vodka "arak" is more like liquor and beer "TSAC" is prepared from the juice of palm flowers.
Political system Indonesia
Indonesia - a republic with a presidential form of government. Legislature - Parliament (the House of Representatives).
Around 216 million. Persons and consists of 365 ethnic groups. The largest are the Javanese - 46%, Sunda - 13% madurtsy - 6%, Malays - 5.5%, and the Minangkabau, boogie, Batak, Balinese, Aceh, Makassar and others. In addition, living in the country come from other Asian countries - Chinese (more than 4 million. Pers.), Arabs, Indians and others.
Prohibits the importation of weapons, drugs, explosives, pornography. Banned the export of rare animals and birds, wood carving from Bali.
Medical aid Indonesia
It is recommended that vaccination against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever. Drinking water is better to buy bottled.
Working hours Indonesia
Banks are open from 8.00 am to 15.00 pm daily, Friday 8.00 - 11.30. Weekend - Saturday and Sunday. Foreign banks are usually open on weekdays from 8.00 to 14.00.
Shops are open daily from 9.00 to 18.00, many private institutions, especially in tourist areas are open until 21.00.
Inter-island cruising boats and traditional boats. You can use the services of local carriers: Garuda, Mandala, Merpati, Bouraq, Sempati - this is the most convenient, fastest way to travel in the archipelago, but it does not give the opportunities that you get to make a trip on the ground. On the islands of Java and Sumatra, you can use the trains. Bus - is a convenient and relatively cheap way to travel.
Most buses are air-conditioned. It is always possible to rent a car, motorbike or bicycle. In the pre-taxi stands to agree on the cost of the trip. For example, the fare from Nusa Dua or Sanur to Denpasar is around 15 000 to 20 000 rupees (about 2 to 3 dollars). You can also take advantage of cheaper modes of transport.
Potable water Indonesia
It is better to use bottled drinking water. You should also monitor the quality of the supply of ice - it is often made from unboiled tap water, which should not be used.
Voltage 220 V. (The island of Bali - 220 and 110 V. There are power failures.)
On 11.02.2006 Mr. Jakarta ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants, hotels, schools, corporate offices, airports, public transport and on the street. The offender by the court, may be imprisoned for a period of 6 months or be forced to pay a fine of $ 50 million. Rupees (about $ 5.5 thousand.).
"Official" tipping system in Indonesia is not, but the tip is still better to give (5-10% of the cost of the service). For example, the porter give 500 - 1000 rupees for each piece of luggage (about 10 cents), the driver 3000 rupees (about 40 cents), the guide 4000 - 5000 rupees (about 70 cents).
You can not wear shorts and skirts in public places, sunbathing "topless" in public institutions and mosques clothing must cover the knees, and in Balinese temples can only belong to a national costume (for their rent is usually a small shop in front of the temple).
Helpful information Indonesia
Ambulance - 118; Police - 110; Fire: service - 113; Reference Desk - 108; Red Cross - 2-64-65.