Known as the world’s largest island country it is home to over 17,000 islands! One of its most famous islands being Bali which has one of the highest tourist visits in the world. It first became popular in 1512 when Portuguese traders discovered nutmeg and cloves. Later in 1602 the Dutch established the Dutch East India Company and it was the dominant power for 200 years. It was dissolved in the 1800’s due to a bankruptcy and the Netherlands established it as a nationalized colony called the Dutch East Indies. Rule was not ended by the Dutch until WWII when it became occupied by the Japanese. After the war they became independent and established themselves as what they are known today.
The official language of the country is Indonesian. Depending on the region you are in that can be different. English is spoken by most especially in the tourist areas.
Hai – Hello
Selamat pagi – Good Morning
Ya – Yes
Tidak – No
Tolong – Help
Maaf – Sorry
Terima Kasih – Thank you
Apa Kabar – How are you
One of the coolest hotels located in Canguu. If you are going to Bali as a solo traveler this is a great accommodation to meet people. Price includes breakfast and dinner and they are communal style. I loved being able to meet other travelers and have people to talk and hang with during breakfast and dinner. Plus, their smoothie bowls are out of this world!
The average price per night starts at $50 USD.
If you are looking for a sustainable option, this hotel is for you! Not only is it an amazing location (I mean they are perched on a cliff) but they are geared towards being as eco as possible. They have fantastic dining on site and breakfast is included.
The average price per night starts at $300 USD.
This hotel is considered one of the nicest in Bali. Its located in Uluwatu and is a very secluded property. This is the perfect place if you are looking to spend significant time at the property. They have a full spa on site, yoga pavilion, salon and multiple restaurants. You will have amazing views of the ocean and jungle.
The average price per night starts at $600 USD.
An interesting historical figure he was a Javanese Hindu King during the Rajasa Dynasty. He was made famous because he reigned during the empires greatest time of power. Known for also helping further the Javanese culture by spreading Hinduism. .
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Some traditional Indonesian dishes would be Nasi Goreng, Nasi Campur, Satay, Tempeh and Sayur Urap.
This is seriously my favorite restaurant in Canguu! Not only is it unbelievable affordable but its so delicious. They have everything from smoothie bowls to salads and power bowls. My personal favorite is the fresh bread! Do yourself a favor and get a French baguette and your life will be changed.
Average meal per person is $10 USD.
Located in Ubud this is not only a great restaurant but it’s a great place to work. I spent many days in front of the coy pond working on my blog while sipping on the best coconut coffee on the planet! They have so many fresh options whether you are vegan, gluten or dairy free.
Average meal per person is $30 USD.
Named the best restaurant in all of Indonesia this is a must try place. You do need to make reservation and as far in advance as its extremely popular! They are focused on environmental sustainability and locally source their food. They have an amazing tasting menu that offers both a meat and vegetarian option.
Average meal per person is $90 USD.
Indonesia is on the C and F plug which is 230V and standard frequency is 50 HZ. To avoid issues, you will need an adapter AND convertor! I would recommend BESTEK Universal it works in multiple destinations and has USB ports. I have been using it for a while and love it! Now all my ladies out there you will need a DIFFERENT adapter for your curling irons and straighteners. I know its extra money but trust me! I have blown out a few curling irons, it’s worth the extra money and luggage space. Conair has the best adapter for pretty much every country. Check it out here.
That all there is to see in Indonesia is Bali. Indonesia is a HUGE country and there is so much more than that. Make sure you spend time exploring this amazing country!
Indonesia is generally a safe country to visit depending on where you are. Bali is a great place if you are a solo female traveler. Big issues are pickpockets, scams and spiked drinks. Be mindful of where you are and always be cautious of your surroundings. For more information click here.
Indonesia is an island meaning you have your wet and dry seasons. It’s great to visit all year round but you can tailor your visit based off of what you want to do. If you want to avoid crowds, then the wet season is best as prices are lower, and crowds are down. The dry season so May through October is a great time to visit but there are more people and it is more expensive.
Understanding the visa process is super crucial. Some only last 30 days and allow extensions. Depending on how long you plan on staying you want to make sure you have the proper visa for wherever you are visiting in the country.
The currency used in Indonesia is the Indonesia Rupiah. While you can find locations that take card, cash is really king. ATM’s are not always available fso having cash is a great idea.
When hopping islands catching a flight is your best bet. It’s quick and the most cost efficient. If you are in a big city then driving a scooter or walking will be the quickest way around.
Wifi is available at most locations for free but it will be limited. Depending on the length of your trip either add international to your plan or invest in a portable wifi. A company I use often is SkyRoam, they have very affordable rates!
One of the coolest things you can do is watch the sunrise over the Borobudur Temple in Java. Built in the 9th century it is the world’s largest Buddhist monument!
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