- In Indonesia, you'll be driving on the left side of the road.
- The general speed limit is around 60-80km , and 80-100km on motorways.
- All drivers must have an international license to drive in Indonesia. It should be kept on your person at all times, along with a photo ID
Visitors to Indonesia can experience the cultural diversity of the vast island nation at festivals and celebrations held at various times of the year.
You can visit the temple complexes of Borobudur, or soak in the hustle and bustle of Jakarta, the country's capital and transportation centre. Bask on the beaches of Bali and wander its curio-laden streets.>
Venture off the beaten track to see some of Indonesia's best kept secret beaches or wander through the numerous national parks on the islands of Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi. Make sure to visit Jakarta's China town, where some really fabulous restaurants are located.
Driving in Indonesia
Most of the streets in Indonesia are VERY narrow, making driving a little difficult. Also, many Indonesians park their cars directly on the street, further limiting your driving space. Many roads that are one way during the day will become two-ways at night.
Keep all valuables and jewellery out of sight when driving. Smash and grab robberies are not uncommon.
It's not unusual for police officers to throw stones at drivers who don't stop at red lights. Most drivers do stop at red lights during the day, but don't bother to at night.
Traffic is usually very heavy and potentially overwhelming, so be VERY alert when on the road.
Sometimes travelling between cities can become tiring. Make sure you stay hydrated and fresh while driving to avoid accidents caused by fatigue and drowsiness.
Indonesia does have a very rainy season. Often important roads in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi may be flooded. Should you be travelling by car in the rainy season, we recommend that you hire a driver at a low cost so that you can avoid any accidents that might spoil your trip.