Indonesia is a beautiful country filled with exotic islands, beautiful vistas and stunning examples of nature. Traveling to the country offers tourists access to a one of the most exciting places in the world to visit, but only if they are willing to take a few simple precautions. Indonesia is, obviously, different country…more like different world and visitors to the area are expected to understand the customs and the laws as well as some of the dangers in the area.
Money: While the traveler check was once the only way to travel with money, today most people rely on ATM’s. Indonesia is full of them, making access to money easy in most areas. More remote areas may not have ATM’s, so be sure to carry enough local currency to pay for lodging and meals when traveling to more remote areas.
Drugs and Alcohol: Indonesia has a large drug trade – it is closely monitored by the police. Almost ever visitor to the country is offered drugs within a few days – but often it is the police offering the sale. If you get caught trying to buy drugs or using them, don’t bother buying a return ticket home. Alcohol is legal, but there are some pretty wicked versions out there, so use caution when drinking alcohol.
Water: The water isn’t safe…period. In some areas, it is so bad that even local citizens refuse to drink it. Buy bottled water and buy a lot of it. Remember that Indonesia is tropical and your body will need several liters of water each day to remain hydrated. Always, always, always use bottled water.
Bring Everything With You: many of the most affordable hotels do not offer the same amenities offered by hotels in other countries so anyone visiting Indonesia should pack well – bring shampoo, toilet paper…even top sheets. Insect repellent, sunscreen and soap should also be brought with you.