Staying in touch for little or FREE under Indonesia’s new phone rules

Promotional image by Telkomsel – its SIMPATI mobile phone network is Indonesia’s most extensive with services to every province. Indonesia is well and truly wired … or perhaps that should ...
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Motorcycle snatch and ride scene

Why CRIME isn’t a big issue in Indonesia plus common-sense rules for protecting yourself and your things regardless

Not a real robbery but rather a scene from a TV drama shoot – none-the-less be aware that this kind of petty theft can happen in Indonesia and other Asian ...
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Bali Bombings Memorial

SAFETY and SECURITY – Debunking the myth that Indonesia is a dangerous country to visit

Memorial at Kuta in Bali to the more than 200 people who died in the terrorist bombings of 2002. Pic Jonathan Liem – Wiki Commons Many people are nervous about ...
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Busy scene at Soekarno-Hatta international terminal in Jakarta as tourism begins to recover

Visit Visa revamp – Indonesia rolls out the post-pandemic welcome mat

With Covid-19 restrictions eased, Indonesia airports are becoming busier again – pic Jakarta Post e-Visas available online, and conditions upgraded for short & extended stays Indonesia is at last back ...
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Students at Jogjakarta lamguage school playing games as part of learning Indonesian

Beating the language Barrier – understanding and being understood when you visit Indonesia

Most of us fear finding ourselves in a foreign country where we are unable to speak a word of the language. This is perfectly understandable. Not so long ago it ...
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Staying healthy when you visit Indonesia – what are the risks? How good is the care?

You probably wouldn’t give too much thought to health issues if planning a holiday in Bali, right? Yet if you are like most people, you might get all get all ...
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Western woman haggling for souvenirs

Haggling and bargaining in Indonesia – the when, the where and the how

Many Westerners find the idea of public bargaining for goods and services uncomfortable, even a little distasteful. Unlike the societies of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, it’s just ...
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Indonesian money changer counting banknotes

Managing your travel money in Indonesia – safely, easily, and without being ripped off

Dealing with strange ‘foreign’ money in unfamiliar places can be daunting. Especially if you are a first-time visitor grappling with banknotes in unfamiliar colors with stratospherically high denominations.  I well ...
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