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Stay Safe In Heavenly Indonesia

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Indonesia


Indonesia is a smidgen of beautiful islands bobbing around in tropical seas. Every visit is a great adventure for itself. It’s truly one of the last untouched destinations left on the planet. However, you should take some precautions, as everything might come with a price.

There is a high threat of terrorism. You should observe local news and act accordingly. More precisely, you should exercise caution when travelling to Aceh, Central Sulawesi Province (especially Palu, Poso and Tentena), Maluku Province (especially Ambon), Papua and West Papua Province due to potential for violent conflict.

Furthermore, possession, trafficking and manufacture of drugs are serious offences in Indonesia. Some offences carry the death penalty. It’s better you stay away and don’t get involved.

Magnificent Indonesia sits along a volatile seismic strip called the ‘Ring of Fire’. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur regularly and even fatal tsunamis are possible. Flash floods and more widespread flooding occur regularly, so plan your stay carefully and avoid the rainy season (usually around October to April).

Keep a stock of food and bottled water, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. Walking and driving in flooded areas can be dangerous due to uncovered drainage ditches that are covered by water. There is a higher risk of waterborne diseases in flooded areas.

Other than that, your stay should be pleasant, as it’s one of the most amazing, colorful places on Earth.

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