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Flight Time to Indonesia from the UK
Indonesia's 18,108 islands, of which about 7,000 are inhabited, are scattered around the equator, giving the country a tropical climate. The most populated islands are Java (one of the most densely populated regions on Earth, where about half of the population lives), Sumatra, Borneo (shared with Malaysia and Brunei), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea) and Sulawesi, also known as Celebes.
Indonesia borders Malaysia on the island of Borneo (Indonesian: Kalimantan), Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea and East Timor on the island of Timor. In addition to the capital city of Jakarta, principal cities of high population include Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, Palembang, and Semarang.
Indonesia's seismic and volcanic activity is among the Earth's highestIts location on the edges of tectonic plates, specifically the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian, means Indonesia is frequently hit by earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis. Indonesia is also rich in volcanoes, the most famous being the now-vanished Krakatau (Krakatoa), which was located between Sumatra and Java.
Flora and fauna differ markedly between Kalimantan, Bali, and western islands on the one hand and Sulawesi (Celebes), Lombok, and islands further east on the other. This ecological boundary has been called the Wallace line after its discoverer. The line is often given as the boundary between Asia and Australasia, as such making Indonesia a bicontinental country.
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Formed of an incredible 17,508 islands, Indonesia is a fascinating blend of peoples and cultures. We love the Balinese way of life, where art is a religion and the day-to-day is washed over with a sense of serenity. Stroll past greener-than-green rice fields, discover intricate wood carvings and batik prints in bohemian Ubud and experience a hypnotic performance of Balinese dance, all essential to Bali's unique blend of spirituality and tradition.
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Public Holidays in Indonesia
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 20 - Islamic New Year
February 18 - Cninese New Year
March 20 - Nyepi (Hindu Lunar New Year) Saka/Nyepi (Balinese New Year)
March 31 - The Prophet's Birthday
April 6 - Good Friday
April 8 - Easter
May 2 - Waisak (Buddha Day)
May 17 - Ascension Day
August 10 - The Prophet's Ascension
August 17 - Independence Day
October 13 - Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
December 20 - Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
December 25 - Christmas Day
Visa Requirements for Indonesia
Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the USA can apply for a Tourist visa, valid for 30 days (non-extendable), on arrival, provided that they enter through one of the authorised airports or seaports. The website of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia includes a list of all authorised ports of entry
The only rapid means of long-distance travel within Indonesia is the plane. The largest domestic carriers are state-owned Garuda and private competitor Lion Air, but in recent years a host of low-cost competitors have sprung up, including Adam Air, Indonesia Air Asia (formerly AWAIR), Air Efata, Batavia Air, Mandala and many more. Routes for less popular destinations and routes (particularly in eastern Indonesia) are served by Garuda's little buddy Merpati, memorably summarized as "It's Merpati and I'll fly if I want to", AirFast, Sriwijaya, Jatayu and more, often flying smaller planes. If you really get off the beaten track, eg. settlements in Papua, there are no scheduled services at all and you'll need to charter a plane or hitch rides with missionaries.
Many carriers have poor on-time records and frequent cancellations, and the safety record of the smaller companies is dubious, with Adam Air, Lion Air and Mandala suffering fatal crashes in recent years. Aircraft are often antique and may be poorly maintained. Still, compared to the carnage on Indonesia's roads, a flight even on an aging turboprop is probably far safer - and far more comfortable - than traveling the same distance by bus. Garuda and Air Asia are run to international standards and are considered the safest options.
Prices are low by international standards, with more or less any domestic return flight available for under US$100 even on short notice, and fares for a fraction of that if you plan ahead. The hardest part is often finding what carriers serve what route and making a reservation, as many companies have not yet discovered the joys of the Internet, much less set up online booking engines. When traveling off the beaten track, it's imperative to reconfirm early and often, as frequencies are low and paid-up, occasionally even checked-in passengers are bumped off with depressing regularity if a VIP happens to show up. Make sure you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the departure time, because airline staff often sell your seat to other passengers if you are late.