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Climate
Indonesian climate is distinctly tropical. The east monsoon from June to September brings dry weather while the west monsoon from December to March is moisture-laden and in general brings rain. The transitional period between these two are interposed by occasional rain showers, but even in the midst of the west monsoon season, temperatures range from 21 degrees C (70 F) to 33 degrees C (90 F) except at higher altitudes which are much cooler. Heaviest rainfalls are recorded in December and January. Humidity is between 60-100%.

Clothing
Dress code is casual resort wear. Light clothing is advisable due to the hot, humid climate. Trousers or slacks and shirts are generally considered appropriate but a jacket and tie are required for formal occasions or when making official calls. For certain formal occasions, long sleeved batik shirts are acceptable. For travel to mountain areas, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Halter-tops and shorts are frowned upon in most places except around sports facilities or on the beach. Proper decorum should be observed especially when visiting places of worship.

Currency
The national currency is the Indonesia Rupiah (IDR). IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies and most tourism resorts have money-changing facilities. Daily exchange rates can be found in newspapers or from the internet as some Indonesian banks provide this on their websites. When traveling to remote areas it is advisable to carry local currency as credit cards are only accepted in large hotels, restaurants, shops and travel agencies.

Electricity
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions therefore be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with two pin rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or adaptors can be used. Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi. Passport and Visa requirements

Travel Formalities
All travelers to Indonesia must have passports valid for at least six months from date of arrival and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.

Timezones
Indonesia has three time zones—Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya). The capital Jakarta is GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.

Food & Dining
The staple food of most of Indonesia is “nasi” (rice). On some of the islands in eastern Indonesia, staple foods traditionally ranged from corn, sago, cassava and sweet potatoes. Fish features prominently in the diet and is eaten fresh, salted, dried, smoked or in a paste. Coconut is found everywhere and besides being processed for cooking oil, its milk - the juice from the white meat - is an ingredient for many dishes. Spices and hot chili peppers are the essence of most cooking, and in some areas they are used generously such as in West Sumatra and North Sulawesi.

Each province or area has its own cuisine, which vary in the method of cooking and ingredients. The Javanese cuisine is probably more palatable to the general taste and consists of vegetables, soybeans, beef, chicken and other varieties. The Sumatrans generally eat more beef compared to other regions. West Sumatra particularly is known for its Padang restaurants found nationwide. Beside the hot and spicy food, these restaurants are known for their unique style of service. Further to the east, seafood features on the daily diet, either grilled or made into curries. In Bali, Papua and the highlands of North Sumatra and North Sulawesi pork dishes are specialties.

Pork is usually served in Chinese restaurants or non-Muslim regions. There is a wide variety of tropical and sub-tropical fruits and vegetables all year round. Coffee and tea plantations are plentiful, growing on several islands, and served everywhere from fine restaurants to small village stalls. There are several breweries which produce local beer. Bali produces “brem” which is a rice wine, whereas Toraja has its “tuak” which is also known in North Sumatra. Most common nationwide are “sate” (skewered grilled meat), “gado-gado” (vegetable salad with a peanut sauce), “nasi goreng” (fried rice served at anytime) and “bakmi goreng” (fried noodles).

Customs
Customs and vigilance allow on entry a maximum of one litre of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars of 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipment are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs. Prohibited are firearms, narcotics drugs, pornography, Chinese printing and medicines, transceivers and cordless telephones. Films, pre-recorded video tapes and laser disks must be screened by the Censor Board. There is no restriction on import or export of foreign currencies and travelers cheques, however, the import and export of Indonesian currency exceeding 100 million rupiah is prohibited.