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Indonesia Trip Planning

There are many hotels in Indonesia, everything from luxury hotel chains to locally owned options. Most hotels are similar to those found in the United States or Europe. Breakfast is often included with the price of the stay and some higher-end chains offer breakfast buffets hat include international dishes such as English beans, congee, as well as American bacon and eggs. Mid-range hotels have private bathrooms as well as ceiling fans while air conditioning may not be available. Lower-end hotels may only offer a mattress on the floor and a bathroom with squat toilets and bucket showers that you share with other guests.


There are many private villas available in Indonesia. If you are traveling with family or a large group, you can choose everything from a small home with few rooms to a lavish home with large bedrooms, swimming pools, a personal chef, private driver and a water sports concierge.


Penginapan are rooms in the home of a local family that are available for as low as $10 per night. The homes offering this service have signs in the window that say “homestay” and you can simply knock on the door to inquire about rates. Most are simple box mattresses on the floor with access to a squat toilet with a bucket for flushing. If you choose this type of lodging, dress moderately. You may be asked to visit a temple or other religious site with the family. If so, be sure to cover your head with a scarf. In Muslim and Hindu culture, only eat with your left hand and do not touch or shake hands with others.


Your passport must have at least two blank pages for stamps and must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay. Indonesia does not recognize emergency passports issued by consulates. There are three visas issued when you enter Indonesia:

  • Visa exemption – a no fee stamp in your passport allows you to stay up to 30 days. No extensions are permitted and you must enter or exit from an immigration checkpoint.
  • Visa-on-Arrival – issued upon arrival for a $35 fee and valid for up to 30 days
  • Visa in advance – issued for travel for more than 30 days for non-tourism purposes


Always carry your passport, visa and any work permit as immigration authorities often request foreigners present them during routine inspections of residential areas and offices.

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