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Indonesia Food, Climate, Social Customs Information

Food, climate, social customs - Before departure to Indonesia - All you need to know before departure to Indonesia

We know how important is getting right advice and counseling before your trip. That’s why, in this article, you will find all necessary Indonesia Food, Climate, Social Customs Information. Starting with Food Precautions, Climate and Advised Clothing, through Social Customs and ending on practical info. We believe, that well informed client is a happy client. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Indonesia Food, Climate, Social Customs Information – Before departure to Indonesia

Food Precautions – Before departure to Indonesia

In Indonesia, gastric diseases are common among tourists who are not accustomed to local food or who do not take precautions. Do not drink tap water and favor bottled mineral water, without ice. Avoid eating ice creams, sherbets, raw or under cooked dishes, especially meat or fish. If possible, order hot dishes. Bring anti-diarrhea medication with you and remember to wash your hands carefully before each meal.

Climate – Before departure to Indonesia

Split by the equator, Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C.

The extreme variations in rainfall are linked with the monsoons. Generally speaking, there is a dry season (June to September), and a rainy season (December to March).

Advised clothing:

Lightweight cotton clothing is advised throughout the year, with an umbrella or raincoat for sudden cloudbursts. A sweater is needed in the mountainous inland areas. No matter where you go, be prepared for high temperatures and humidity. Women especially in Muslim areas should bear modesty in mind, avoiding anything too tight, revealing, or sleeveless, as this may be considered inappropriate.

Social Customs – Before departure to Indonesia


When meeting someone informally, as an expat a simple ‘hello’ will often suffice. Most initial greetings involve a handshake, but don’t hurry it, as this can be seen as being disrespectful. Taking the handshake further into one of the manly back-slaps common in Europe and America is not a good idea!

Body language

Indonesians are often taught from a young age to not get angry over little things and to avoid public disagreements. Shouting or speaking loudly in public is another way in which offense could be caused, as Indonesians on the whole speak fairly quietly. A controlled and gentle public manner, avoiding strong gestures and displays of negative emotions, are the way forward.

The left hand is seen as being unclean, meaning you should avoid using it to eat or serve food, to give or accept gifts and to handle money. Avoid pointing or calling someone over with one finger; this could be mistaken as an obscene gesture and it is better to indicate with an open hand.

Other Practical Info – Before departure to Indonesia

Plugging In

For the most part, electrical sockets (outlets) in the Republic of Indonesia (Republik Indonesia) are European types. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in.

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