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Indonesia comprises a total of 17,508 islands, out of which only a third are inhabited. The total number of islands the country has makes it the largest island country in the world. With such a vast area, Indonesia has many natural resources both on land and under its sea. Besides being the largest island country in the world, Indonesia is also the world’s fourth-largest population, with over 267 million people.
Indonesia’s natural beauty blended with the various unique culture of its people has made the country a popular tourism destination. Visitors can enjoy its untouched beaches, visit active volcanoes, and see the color-changing lakes, shop in modern shopping malls, and muchmore. With everything that the county has to offer, Indonesia is not only is it a tourism magnet, it is also attracting expats all around the world due to its low cost of living.
Learn more about the Indonesia villa market through trends and average prices.
Attracting more than 5 million tourists every year, Bali is the most popular area in Indonesia. Many people come to this island to enjoy its idyllic beaches, unforgettable sunsets, terraced rice fields, and spiritual energy. There are many things to experience in this beautiful island, from surfing and trekking to yoga and meditation to amazing food and vibrant nightlife. While certain areas of Bali have been highly influenced by tourism, with hip bars, trendy cafes, and vegan restaurants, other areas still manage their unique Balinese charm and beauty. Some of the most popular attractions on the island are Sanur Beach, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Mount Batur, Uluwatu Temple, and Tanah Lot Temple.
Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital and most populous city, is also popular among international visitors. Home to 10 million people, this city is the melting pot of Indonesia’s many cultures. While Jakarta is not very popular for its tourism, there are a number of attractions worth visiting in this country, such as Kota Tua (Old Town), Monas (the National Monument), Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, and Ragunan Zoo.
The Special Region of Yogyakarta is also popular among international tourists. This region is the only region in Indonesia that officially recognizes the monarchy. It is considered as the cultural capital of Java and visitors usually come to this city to explore the magnificent Prambanan Temple, Borobudur Temple, Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat (the Royal Palace), and Taman Sari Water Castle.
Besides Bali, Jakarta, and Yogyakarta, other popular areas in Indonesia include Tanjung Putting National Park in Kalimantan where visitors can see Orangutans, Komodo National Park where the endangered Komodo dragon lives, and Mount Bromo, an active volcano that is safe for travelers to visit.
Villas in Indonesia are generally luxurious, spacious, and feature a number of high-quality amenities. There are two main types of villas in the country that buyers can choose from, villa as private residences or as commercial properties.
Villas as private residences can be used as a long term or short term accommodation, so they appeal to tourists and those relocating to the country. This type of villa tends to be very spacious, with 3 to 5 bedrooms, a large dining area, a kitchen, a lounge area, a garden, and a swimming pool. Some of the more expensive villas in the country may also have in-villa cinema, game room, and gym.
Villas as commercial properties are usually designed specifically for tourists who are looking for a short term getaway. They usually include over 10 free-standing bungalows, with smaller space than private residence villa. However, they may feature similar amenities, such as swimming pools and lounge areas.
Both types of villas can have traditional Indonesian-style design or more modern minimalistic design. With traditional Indonesian-style design, buyers can expect carved wooden windows and doors, as well as Indonesian Batik and furniture incorporated in the villa’s interior. Modern and minimalistic villas usually have a sleek and clean design.
The cost of living in Indonesia is relatively affordable for foreigners coming from most western countries. The exchange rate of Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) to the US dollar is one of the main reasons why most foreigners can live comfortably with very little in this country since US$1 is equivalent to around Rp14, 000. A family usually needs Rp20, 000,000 (US$1,400) a month to live a good life in the country. However, most expats earn a lot more than this amount.
While there are 700 native languages in Indonesia, the national language that is spoken by all of its citizens is Bahasa Indonesia. English is starting to become more and more widely spoken, particularly in major cities and tourist areas. However, English is not spoken in rural areas, so it is advisable to learn some common phrases before visiting.
Indonesia officially recognizes several religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism. With more than 87% of the population identify themselves as Muslims, Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia.
Located within the tropics on the Equator line, Indonesia experiences tropical weather. This means that the weather is warm and humid throughout the year. There are two seasons in the country. The wet season, starting from November and ending in May, can be very humid. The weather may be cloudy throughout the season, with occasional heavy rainfall. From June to October is the dry season, which brings sunny and pleasant weather.
A visa is needed for foreigners to live in Indonesia for an extended period of time. A wide range of visa types are available, which can be confusing for most people. However, the most common visa type is the temporary residence permit or KITAS. This type of visa is valid for 6 to 12 months.