Independent travel to Indonesia
Independent travel implies complete freedom in the choice of housing, excursions, entertainment. Those who do not want to pay extra money to travel companies for the guide to take you to the most popular attractions literally by the hand, and want to get to know the customs of the local population and just like spending free time, usually go on their own traveling, buying plane tickets and collecting in a suitcase is all you need. What to bring to Indonesia? Indonesia is a country with a very developed infrastructure, with many shops and hypermarkets where you can buy what you forget to bring from your homeland, for example, a hat to protect your head from hot sunlight, a swimsuit, glasses and beach shoes. If you plan to visit temples, then bring along modest clothes covering your knees. For excursions into the jungle, insect repellents may come in handy. Taking a wallet with a thick wad of cash is irrational: there are many ATMs and bank branches in the country. You won’t need a thick bag with medicines for all types of diseases: pharmacy centers are open in any locality where patented international-class drugs are offered. How to get to Indonesia The best way to get to Indonesia is by plane. It is as fast, safe and convenient as possible. Direct flights from Russia are only charter flights, they fly rarely and not from all cities. You can fly with a dock using the services of Thai Airways, Transaero, Emirates Airlines. From the capitals of Southeast Asia and the Gulf countries, there are many daily flights to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) and the island of Bali. When planning a flight, you should make sure that the date of arrival at the airport in Indonesia does not fall on those days when the Day of Silence, or Nyepi, takes place in the country (roads are blocked, and airports only accept planes making an emergency landing). Visa regime A pleasant aspect of independent travel to Indonesia is the fact that a tourist visa is issued upon arrival at the airport. It is enough to pay a fee of twenty-five dollars, present documents (passport valid for more than six months, tickets to your home country or to a third country, confirmation of hotel reservation or proof of availability of funds) and enjoy your vacation for thirty days. Children under nine years of age do not need a visa and a fee. Upon the expiration of the visa, it is allowed to renew it once for another 30 days. To do this, contact the police (department for foreigners). The best time to relax. All islands of Indonesia have an equatorial-monsoon climate, which implies a small temperature difference and the presence of only two seasons – dry and rainy. From May to the end of October, the least rainfall and most sunny days. It was during this period in Indonesia that there was an influx of tourists. The next peak of the tourist season is the New Year and Christmas holidays. However, in the rainy season, rainfall does not bother around the clock, but periodically, in the afternoon. This does not interfere with sunbathing, swimming and walking along the wet sandy beaches, surfing and diving. Food and lodging There are many inexpensive hotels and guesthouses in the capital and on the islands. The simplest of them are a small room with a bed and a fan. For those who wish to relax, hotels are built with the maximum level of comfort, swimming pools, restaurants and other services (babysitting, massage parlors, SPA). When checking in, pay attention to the availability of amenities and air conditioning (fan), wi-fi, cleanliness in the room. The food is quite varied, in the local cuisine dishes from rice, seafood, meat, fruits, a huge number of various desserts predominate. A distinctive feature is the use of a large number of spices. They almost never eat pork, as the majority of the indigenous population are Muslims. Transport All islands are interconnected by air and sea. Private transportation services that work on any routes offer their transportation services. In and between cities, traffic is left-hand. Hiring a car is not recommended, as the traffic is busy, the condition of the roads often leaves much to be desired, and some road signs are written in Malay. It is much more pleasant to take a taxi, bus or minibus. There are railway lines, but the communication is poorly developed. In addition to rental cars, bicycles and motorbikes are also available. Entertainment in Indonesia Diving The most curious tourists travel to Indonesia specifically to enjoy the underwater beauties while diving. Divers from all over the world come here, both experienced and those who are just planning to learn how to dive with an instructor. Surfing Indonesia, in particular the island of Bali, is very popular with surfers. It is believed that in these latitudes the best waves and schools for beginners.