Head off the HASSLES before you go!

This E-Book is a compilation of our informed advice on the what, how, when and why of preparing for and overcoming the stuff that can most easily spoil your visit if you don’t know about them.

Visiting any foreign country with a an exotic culture and a language you don’t know can be challenging. Indonesia can be tougher than most because it has such a diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and languages.

Bali aside, it has not experienced years of large inflows of international tourists like some other countries in Southeast Asia – knowledge of what international visitors expect and the infrastructure to provide it can be limited. 

Whether you are travelling independently or with an escorted tour group you will find the  practical, common-sense information assembled in the ‘Indonesia Essentials’ handbook is invaluable. 

Read it, print it, and carry it with you on your trip.

Key things to know if you want to explore Indonesia


Current Visa restrictions

Visa rules have a habit of changing, especially during pandemics. We tell you where and how to check the latest.

Managing your Money

The currency, exchange rates, accessing cash, using your debit and credit cards. banks and money changers, 

Staying safe and secure

Why Indonesia is one of the safest countries to visit but the common-sense precautions you need to take regardless.

How you can stay healthy

The shots you need or don’t need, hospitals, clinics, doctors, medications, alternative treatments, costs

Electricals and adaptors

The Indonesian power supply – voltages, cycles, plugs, sockets – and the adaptors you will need for your electrical devices.

Telephones and Internet

MUST know rules about cell phones and staying in touch with home plus how and where to get good Internet access.

Clothing and weather

The kind of weather you will encounter and the kind of clothing you should pack for the places you are visiting.

Solving the language issue

The digital age means that not knowing the local language is not such a big problem if you get your device organized.


Practical advice on tipping, avoiding tricks and scams, and bargaining and haggling in the markets Later you will receive add-on chapters on topics like local customs and etiquette,  shopping, pampering, and options for getting around in the cities, the countryside and island hopping. Plus updates where rules and circumstances have changed.

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Inevitably situations and regulations change in our dynamic global world.  So as important changes impacting travel in Indonesia arise, we will send you periodic newsletters and advisories to keep you up to date. You can unsubscribe at any time.

A MUST for first-timers - an update for travel veterans

The ‘INDONESIA ESSENTIALS’ handbook is important preparatory reading if you have not previously visited Indonesia – it will save you time and inconvenience and ensure you won’t make the kind of mistakes that can quickly sour an otherwise great holiday. It covers the topics that conventional travel agencies and tour operators gloss over (all too often because they don’t really know).

If you have been around the block in Asia and visited Indonesia previously the’INDONESIA ESSENTIALS’ handbook will give you an easily accessible updates on important changes since your previous visit.

As a veteran you will already know just how fast the scene and the rules and regulations are changing throughout the Asian region. And just how frustrating it can be when the things and places you thought you knew are no longer as they were!

The handbook is also an easy way to answer questions from friends, colleagues and families about the places you visited – you can share the INDONESIA ESSENTIALS HANDBOOK with them and be confident that they will be receiving reliable, authoritative, up-to-date and practical information


WITH AGE comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. – Sandra Lake

YOU WILL BE MORE disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – H. Jackson Browne Jr

THE MORE I TRAVELED the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Shirley MacLaine – November 2022