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This multi-colored map shows why Indonesia ranks as one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries – MAP by Gunawan Kartapranata – Wiki Commons          

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LATEST UPDATE ON INDONESIAN EASING OF COVID BORDER RULES

So long as you can show you have had at least two COVID-19 vaccination shots, you can once again visit Indonesian without PCR tests, Covid insurance or quarantine requirements.

We are not yet back to the easy pre-Covid rules, but a  welcome relaxation after more than two years of restrictions.

Indonesia is re-opening to visitors at last ...

First visitors arrive Batam after Harbourfront Terminal reopens

Officials in Batam welcome first arrivals after the re-opening of ferry services from Singapore’s Harbourfront  Cruise Terminal on 15 June 2022 – Pic Jakarta Post/Antara

WARNING

Be sure to check the PUBLICATION DATE of any information about COVID border restrictions  on the Internet. MOST of the iinormation appearing there is out-of-date or incorrect.

The things you need to know when travelling the REAL Indonesia

Welcome to the Number One independent travel information site for Indonesia.

This is where the curious and interested can learn more about the world’s most diverse and fascinating nation and how to explore it safely, affordably, and in comfort. Without the HASSLES.

Here you can learn about the REAL indonesia – the magical places and events both on and off the beaten track in the thousands of islands out there beyond Bali. And the practicalities of experiencing the best of it.

There is much good information available elsewhere about Bali, the ‘Island of the Gods’

But much of the rest of Indonesia is a bare canvas. Our mission in these pages is to fill in the blanks. In the map above Bali is the small orange blob at the eastern tip of Java – the rest is what you are missing.

Just another lazy jungle day. Bukit Lawang near Medan in North Sumatra is one of the best places to see orangutans in the wild – Pic unsplash.com

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We prefer to do our travelling in comfort

Much Internet information about travels in lesser-known parts of Indonesia targets backpackers with a focus on regular tourist trails, tight budgets, cheap eats, cut-rate transport, and shared hostel dorms.

Especially when accommodation, food and services are so inexpensive. Remember, the best adventures happen when you take your time, meet the local people, and venture beyond the pathways trodden by the tourist herd. 

We like COMFORT and make no apologies about enjoying good hotels and comfortable transport wherever possible.

If you share this outlook, then this site is definitely for you. Forgive the pun, but you will feel ‘comfortable’ here and benefit from good advice.  Adventure need not mean you have to rough it. 

It will be even more interesting enjoyable, and satisfying if you know about where you are going and what to expect BEFORE you leave home. And you will avoid itinerary mistakes.

THE BEAUTY of INDONESIA

A roundup of wonderful places to see in Indonesia in this video compiled  by William Damario Lukito

Piring dance of Minangkabau people from West Sumatra (LEFT). The Minang are considered to be the world’s largest matrilineal society – Pic theculturetrip.com. RIGHT: High pitched roof and decorated gable of traditional house of the Lake Toba Batak people . A beautiful place and a fascinating culture – Pic Wiki Commons

Douglas Cole – Website Owner

Saying thanks for the kindness

I am not a travel wholesaler, or a tourism promotion agency though I plan to organize some specialized small group tours after the Covid 19 pandemic allows.

Rather I am someone who stumbled into making a new life in Indonesia and has come to admire and love this stunning country. It has been kind to me, and I feel an obligation to let others know about it.

I hope I can contribute in some small way to making Indonesia and its people better known, understood, and appreciated in the wider world.

In the articles written by me and others in these pages I share with you why I feel this way and provide all the information you will need to easily (and comfortably) come see for yourself.

Mount Bromo in East Java attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Look closely and you will see a staircase up to the crater rim

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