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Indonesia is an archipelago that lies across the Equator, on a crossroads between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is the biggest island country in the world with a total number of 17,508 islands, extending 5,150 kilometers from east to west and 1,760 kilometers from north to south. Due to its size and location, this archipelago represents one of the most unique areas in the world. The country is home to over 267 million people, making it the fourth most populous country in the world.
All of these factors have created a highly diverse environment and society. The country’s diversity is the basis of its national motto, ‘Unity in Diversity,’ which points out that despite all differences in its society and environment, there is a true sense of unity among the people of Indonesia that allows them to live in peace.
The most popular part of Indonesia is the island of Bali, which is the country’s main tourism area that attracts over 5 million people annually. Located in the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali is one of the most beautiful tropical islands of the world. The beaches in Bali are beautiful and perfect for anyone who loves to sit under the sun, the marine life is one of the most amazing in the world, the mountains are covered with trees, and the culture is beautiful. In addition to its nature and culture, Bali also offers a wide range of things to do, from its lively nightlife and yoga retreats to surfing and hiking. Some of the most popular attractions in Bali are Seminyak Beach, Kuta Beach, Ubud Monkey Forest, and Pura Tanah Lot.
Besides Bali, Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is also popular. Jakarta is the most populous city in the country, with more than 10 million people living across a land area of 662 square kilometers. This city is the center of the culture, economy, and politics of Indonesia. It is mainly popular for its nightlife, coffee culture, and malls. However, there are also some tourist attractions in the city, such as Monas (the National Monument), Kota Tua (Old Town), Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, and the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu).
Along with Bali and Jakarta, the Special Region of Yogyakarta is very popular among international visitors. Having numerous cultural landmarks, this region is sometimes called the cultural capital of the island of Java. Most people come to this city to visit Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Malioboro Street, Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (the Royal Palace), and Taman Sari Water Castle.
Villas in Indonesia are mostly luxurious and offer a lot of space for its renters to have a comfortable stay and to live in style. They are generally pictured as a luxury detached house with a swimming pool or a garden. They come with a kitchen, dining area, and lounge area. Villas can also be either private residences or commercial properties.
Villas as private residences can be used as a short term or long term rental accommodation. It is typically very spacious, with 3 to 5 bedrooms, with a number of amenities, such as in-villa cinema and game room.
Villas as commercial properties are typically classified as short term rental accommodation, with more than 10 free-standing bungalows. This type of villa usually offers smaller space and a smaller number of rooms than private residence villa and they may be a part of a hotel.
Both types of villas come with a range of amenities and some are serviced. Serviced villas usually have their own chefs, butlers, housekeepers, and even private drivers.
In terms of design and architecture, renters have numerous choices, including traditional Indonesian style villas, modern and minimalistic villas, or a mix of both. Traditional Indonesian style villas usually have carved wooden windows and doors, Batik bedding, and other authentic Indonesian design. Modern and minimalistic villas usually have windows running from the floor.
Although villas are available in almost every part of the country, most villas are located in tourism areas, such as Bali, Sumba, Yogyakarta, Lombok, Bandung, and Wakatobi. Many villas within these areas are designed specifically to blend in with its surroundings, allowing its renters to have the most beautiful and exotic views. For instance, in Bali, renters can choose oceanfront villas with private access to the beach, while in Bandung, villas with a view of the surrounding green hills are in abundance.
Indonesia’s living standard has increased significantly over the past several decades, but it is still relatively affordable and foreigners can still live comfortably with a mid-range salary. Most expats living in the country are able to live luxuriously. The exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) to US Dollars can be favorable for most people coming from Western countries since US$1 converts to approximately Rp14, 000.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia. English is mostly spoken in major cities and tourist areas, but it is advisable that you learn some common Indonesian phrases, especially when you are planning to go to a more rural area.
About 87% of Indonesia’s population is Muslims, but the country recognizes several religions. Besides Islam, the official religions are Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Since the country is quite conservative, it is important that you avoid revealing clothes when you are out in public, especially when you are visiting temples/religious buildings or when you are away from the beach.
Indonesia is located within the tropics, which means it is warm and humid all year long. There are two seasons in the country. The wet season, from November to May, can be very humid with a lot of rain. However, rain is usually brief in coastal areas. June to October is the dry season, bringing a lot of sunny days and beautiful weather.
In order to stay in Indonesia long term, foreigners need a visa. There are numerous different types of visas available, which can be confusing for most people. However, most expats obtain Temporary Residence Permit Visa or KITAS. This type of visa is valid for 6 to 12 months.