Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of around 258 million people. Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia. That makes it the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world, and the fourth most populous country altogether. It borders Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia on land.
The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta. The currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. Over 700 regional languages are spoken on the Indonesian islands. However, there is only one official language, Indonesian. And Javanese is the most popular language without an official status.
The official currency is Rupiah. The approximate exchange rate is Rp13433 for US$1. The currency exchange is available in the main tourist centers. Elsewhere, it may be difficult to do. The easiest currency to exchange is US Dollar. Major credit cards are acceptable in Jakarta and the main tourist areas. ATMs are available in towns and at airports.
Taxis are widely available in cities and towns. Car hire is also possible. Road network is good on Java, Bali, and Sumatra. The other islands have poor road condition. Cars drive on the left side of the road here.
In Indonesia, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
Indonesia is rich in both natural and cultural tourist attractions. It boasts a vast archipelago, the tropical climate and a long line of beaches. The rich cultural heritage reflects Indonesian’s dynamic history and ethnic diversity. Some of the most popular cultural attractions of the country are ancient Borobudur and Prambanan temples.
Famous natural destinations include Sumatra and Kalimantan with their tropical forests. By the way, rainforests occupy more than half of the country’s territory. Orang Utan and other wildlife reserves are also popular places for travelers. Indonesia boasts 20% of the world’s coral reefs, three thousand species of fish and six hundred coral species. Scuba diving in Indonesia is both excellent and inexpensive.
The country hosts eight of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For example, the Komodo National Park, Cultural Landscape of Bali, the Ujung Kulon National Park and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra are among them.
The country consists of numerous linguistic and ethnic groups. This fact makes it culturally rich. Various arts and dances of Indonesia are considered to be international cultural heritage. In case you were wondering, there are more than 17,000 islands that Indonesia consists of, which provide 108,000 km of beaches. There is a lot of greenery, too. That’s why Indonesia was nicknamed The Emerald of the Equator.
Enjoy your visit!
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