This country is made up of around 18,000 islands and is home to 139 volcanoes, thousands of wild orangutans, and incredible marine life. Throw in ancient, mysterious temples, buzzing cultural hubs and the pristine, turtle-inhabited Gili Islands, and you've got yourself a traveler's paradise! OK now, planning hats on...
The official language is Indonesian, but there are more than 700 local lingos, such as Javanese and Balinese.
Indonesian rupiah (IDR). 10,000 IDR is approximately 75 cent.
Sumatra, Java, western Borneo: Indonesia Western Time Zone (UTC+07:00)
Sulawesi, Bali, eastern Borneo, Lombok & the Gilis: Indonesnia Central Time Zone (UTC+08:00)
Far eastern reaches: Indonesnia Eastern Time Zone (UTC+09:00)
Many travelers carry on to Australia after Indonesia - it's only two and a half hours away.
A bottle of Bintang, the local beer, shouldn't cost more than 25,000 IDR ($1.75). Except if you're somewhere fancy in Jakarta or Bali.
A plate of nasi goreng from a local food cart or cafe can cost under $2 and can be just as delicious as a plate three times the price in a midrange restaurant.
A dorm bed or simple hut in a more remote area of Sumatra or Java will set you back around 541,000 IDR ($4). Expect to pay more in Bali and on the beautiful beaches of the Gili Islands, where reputable hostels can cost around 200,000 IDR ($15) per person per night.
A mid-range hotel room for two people in Bali is upwards of 270,000 IDR (around $20). Fancier hotels in Bali can cost around $40-50, but if you're off the beaten track, for example in Sumatra or Sulawesi, you'll be able to find a bargain hotel room for half this price. Book in advance with STA Travel to bag the cheapest rates!
A taxi in the capital city of Jakarta, or anywhere in Bali, costs around 8,000 IDR (less than 50 cent) per kilometre. A taxi ride from Jakarta's airport to the city centre will cost around 200,000 IDR ($14).
Public transport in Indonesia comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Squeeze into a tiny bemo or angkot (minivan) for longer distances, or take a three-wheeler, similar to the tuktuks you'd find in other parts of Asia, for around 3000 IDR (20 cent) per kilometre. Boats and ferries between islands are frequent and affordable - visit our Bali page to find out more about traveling between Bali, Lombok and the Gilis.
If you plan on staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days, you don't need to worry about a visa - you'll be stamped into the country on arrival.
But trust us when we say you'll end up wanting to stay in this country longer! The best thing to do if you think you might want to travel (or chill) in Indonesia for longer than a month is to either get a visa on arrival for around $35, or apply online in advance for one, for a small fee. This type of visa can be extended for another 30 days at an immigration office or with the help of a travel agent.