Indonesian destinations like Bali are hugely popular holiday hotspots. Here’s how you can stay safe on your travels.
Over the last few years, tourism levels in Indonesia have grown enormously. In particular, reports towards the end of 2017 revealed that tourist arrivals in Bali have risen by as much as 23.5 per cent from January to July, amounting to around 3.4 million international tourists in a six-month period.
It’s not hard to see why. With over 17,000 stunning islands, it’s safe to say that Indonesia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with abundant marine wildlife and a thriving cocktail of cultures to immerse yourself in.
But Indonesia is also very far away from our UK shores, and is very different in many ways. When travelling afar, it’s vital to learn as much as you can about your destination before you arrive in order to have as happy, healthy and safe an experience as possible.
With that in mind, here are 5 things you should know about Indonesia before you set off on your travels.
Bali is not its own country
Firstly, it’s important to clarify a common misconception: Bali itself is not a country, it is one of many islands in the country of Indonesia. Because Bali is such a popular tourist spot (often taking up a substantial proportion of many people’s social media feeds), people sometimes assume that it’s a country in its own right. But it’s important to know it isn’t so that you know to take all the same precautions before a trip to Bali as you would before travelling elsewhere in Indonesia.
You will come across a lot of languages
Indonesia is one of the most populous countries in the world, compromising of many distinct islands, so it’s no surprise that multiple languages are used within its borders including Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese. However, Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, so try to get familiar with a few common phrases like “hello”, “thank you” and “I need a doctor”.
It might not always be sunny
Generally speaking, from a UK perspective Indonesia is warm throughout the year. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will be sunny, as monsoons are common across October to April. So be aware that when packing, you might need to prepare for some very wet days.
There are a lot of cultural aspects to respect
As with any foreign country, there are cultural differences which, as a traveller, you should make some effort to respect. One of the most common ways this is seen is when visiting temples, where you’ll probably be expected to cover up. You should also be aware of travelling at certain times of year, like Ramadan, when a lot of sites and attractions may not be open.
Be sure to get vaccinated before you travel
The final and arguably most important thing to note is the need for vaccinations. Vaccinations for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are all advised before travelling to Indonesia, and Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies jabs are also sometimes recommended. It’s vital that you research the necessary vaccinations and receive them within plenty of time for your trip abroad. All of these vaccinations are available from Express Travel Clinic.
To ensure your travels are as safe and healthy as possible, contact the team at Express Travel Clinic before your trip. Call us on 0208 993 58 89 or click here to book an appointment today.