With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest island country and home to over 261 million people. With extremely inexpensive local food and reasonably-priced accommodation, it’s no wonder Indonesia is a popular destination among so many travelers especially in Bali, Jogjakarta, Medan and many more places.
The dry season in Indonesia spans from May to September and this is the most popular time and most suitable time to visit Indonesia. Wet season is between October & April, with rainfall occurring in short, heavy bursts. There are some regional exceptions and north Sulawesi experiences some rain in June & July. Temperatures remain fairly constant year-round with averages of 29°C 84°F throughout the region.
The most common forms of transportation for short journeys in Indonesia are private cars, taxis, bemos (public minibusses), ojeks (motorbikes), and becaks (pedicabs). A rail network only exists on certain islands such as Java, where it is generally reliable and efficient. For longer journeys, domestic flights departing from most major cities tend to be quite affordable, but if you'd rather stay closer to land, boat rides can be a convenient means of island hopping.
The culture of Indonesia has been shaped by long interaction between original indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Indonesia is centrally-located along ancient trading routes between the Far East, South Asia, and the Middle East, resulting in many cultural practices being strongly influenced by a multitude of religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity, all strong in the major trading cities. The result is a complex cultural mixture very different from the original indigenous cultures.
The culture of Indonesia is well reflected in its culinary heritage. Some of the traditional dishes of the most beautiful and wonderful Indonesian archipelago are popular around the world and will make you drool by the names if you have tasted those just once. You should never miss a chance to try such as sambal, Nasi Padang, Bakso, Pecel Lele, Ayam Penyet and many more.
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