There you have the different vibe, the main religion is not Islam here but Hindu. If you go to the cities with the best nightlife (i.e.
Kuta), you will be overrun by Australians and other Western tourists. First thing you must know is that in Indonesia your exotic value will be sky high (esp. You will notice this especially in 2nd tier cities but also in the capital Jakarta.
Jakarta can come across as a dirty and crowded city. Even though it’s only one street (Palatehan road with a few bars where you can play hooker snooker, e.g. Jakarta’s backpacker’s area is called Jalan Jaksa and is situated in Central Jakarta.
It also has some of the worst traffic problems in the world. So if you want to go from one area to another you’ll probably be stuck in traffic. Hotels are more expensive than other countries in South East Asia (like Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam,…).
The biggest city is Medan in the north, which is pretty hectic. In Sumatra your exotic value is truly through the roof (esp. Teenagers would form a line to take a picture with me.
Pregnant ladies would ask me to rub their belly believing it would make the baby more white or get a Western nose.
If you go to the shopping malls around the city, you will get a lot of stares.
This happens also in Jakarta occasionally but in Sumatra it’s much more apparent, especially in second tier cities (e.g. For cultural experiences, be sure you don’t miss these destinations.
That’s why many people visiting Indonesia will only stay one or two days in Jakarta. Expect to pay between – dollars per night for the cheaper areas in Jakarta.
If you want the cultural “check in the box” for Jakarta, you should visit the following places: Sumatra is the largest island of Indonesia and was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. One of the prettiest Indonesian girls I dated was from Sumatra.