13 thousand islands of Indonesia look like a multi-colored kaleidoscope.
People come here and lazily wallow in the sand, enjoying good service, and engage in active sports, daily changing their scuba gear for sail.
They are going to join the mossy values of the ancient religions on the steps of the Borobudur temple and just enjoy the nature and amazing unearthly landscapes of undamped volcanoes. They go to Indonesia like in a fairy tale full of magic dragons of Komodo island and fabulous half-women half birds – Garud, looking at the tourist from the arms and temples.
Where to relax in Indonesia. Cities and resorts of Indonesia
Java is one of the most famous islands of the Indonesian archipelago with a spectacular landscape and many extinct volcanoes, and four dozen active ones. This is the cradle of mankind – the remains of a Neanderthal belonging to the species “homo erectus” are found here. There is also a giant Borobudur temple, surrounded by mossy sculptures of the many faces of the Buddha.
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwestern coast of Java. This city is an original mixture of numerous buildings of the XVII – XVIII centuries, canals and many national quarters, each of which has its own unique appearance. One of the centers of the old city is Taman Fatahila Square in the Kota area, surrounded by old buildings overlooking the canal. The Jakarta History Museum and the Si-Iago Antique Cannon are nearby. The second recognized center of the capital is Medan-Merdeka Square (Freedom Square) with a 132-meter National Monument and the National Museum of Indonesia with unique historical and ethnological collections.
Bali – a small island between Java and Lobok, is considered the most developed tourist zone of Indonesia. The main “tourist bait” of the island, of course, is its beaches and sea resorts. The most popular resorts of the island are Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran, Benoa, Tuban Legian, Nusa Dua, Kandy Dasa, Ubud and Lovina. Here are concentrated five-star chic hotels and cozy private hotels, lush green gardens and parks, numerous small museums and beautiful promenades and beaches. The underwater world near the island is striking in its splendor, and the areas around the islands of Menjangan, Gili Tepekong, Gili Viah, Gili Minpang, Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan are widely known for their beautiful landscapes among divers around the world.
Sumatra is the fifth largest island in the world. Volcanic activity “gave” the island hundreds of kilometers of beaches of dark sand and dozens of clean mountain lakes, and the turbulent historical past – the ruins of ancient temple complexes and palaces. It is worth paying attention to the fashionable resort of Parapat on the shores of the magnificent volcanic lake of Toba, the royal graves and the palace of the island of Samosir, the palace of Istan Maimun, the mosque of Mesjid Raya and the military museum “Bukit Barisan” in Medan. And of course, you can’t avoid visiting the “killer volcano” Krakatau in the Sunda Strait, as well as the exotic villages of local residents, as if transferred to the 21st century from the Middle Ages.
In Bali, Denpasar can be reached by Singapore Airlines on the route Moscow – Singapore – Denpasar (about 13 hours excluding connections). Turkish Airlines + Air Asia flights are also in demand (Moscow-Istanbul-Singapore-Denpasar route). The duration of the flight from Moscow is about 15 hours.
In addition, regular ferries depart from Malaysia and Singapore to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Visa to Indonesia
Citizens of the Russian Federation have the opportunity to apply for a visa to Indonesia directly upon arrival in the country at international airports and seaports. The maximum stay in the country on such a visa is 30 days.
Customs in Indonesia
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited, amounts over 11 thousand dollars are declared. Export of national – no more than 50 000 IDR, a declaration is required. It is allowed to import duty-free up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 g of tobacco and 2 liters of alcohol.
The import of plants, animals, drugs, weapons and military ammunition, fruits, pornography, print media on Chinese medicine is prohibited. The export of rare animals and birds, objects and things of historical and artistic value is prohibited (unless there is a special permit).
Professional photo-video and audio equipment is registered without fail, about which the corresponding note is put in the passport, it is mandatory for subsequent export from the country.
What not to doin Indonesia
Although the Indonesians are hospitable and hospitable, there are many different “taboos” in their culture, so you should pay close attention to your behavior when dealing with local residents, otherwise conflict cannot be avoided.
Do not try to stroke the head of even small children – touching the head is considered extremely humiliating.