ID - Indonesia

The best time to visit Indonesia is from May to September in conjunction with the dry season.

Upon arrival, as soon as you disembark from the aircraft, you will immediately notice a flash of hot, humid air. Indonesia is a hot place. It has no spring, summer, autumn or winter, but only two seasons: rainy and dry, both of which are relative seasons, in the sense that it still rains during the dry season, only that it rains less. While there are no significant regional variations, in most parts of the country (including Java and Bali) the dry season runs from April to October, while the rainy season runs from November to March. In many areas the rain falls with Swiss punctuality, but in recent years global warming has made the climate less predictable. One of the benefits of the rainy season is that these regular showers clean most of the mosquito habitats, especially at the foot of the hills. Torrential rains are common locally, and the country rarely suffers from typhoons.

Drought is a serious problem in some parts of Java and other islands during the dry season, and the availability of water becomes a serious problem, although drinking in the bottle is always available even in rural areas. Forest or brushwood smog often covers many areas of Sumatra and Kalimantan in the middle of the dry season. In the months of June, July and August it happens that some airports are affected by it in such a way as to remain closed for one or two days. Also, when it is dry in one area, it may still be wet in another.

In most of the country, daily temperatures are between 26 and 32 ° C with little fluctuation, although the nights can be a few degrees cooler. The dry season south of the equator is cool due to the cold southern hemisphere, although the difference may not be very obvious. It is also advisable to bring a jacket to visit the highlands, as the temperatures will naturally be lower, and there are also a couple of snow-capped peaks over 5,000 m in Western New Guinea. You can have fun seeing people wear hats, gloves, jackets or even winter coats when the temperature drops only a little, to go on their motorcycles, even if they often wear such clothing to prevent their skin from becoming darker.

During the visit to Indonesia it is generally recommended to wear comfortable, airy summer clothes and sandals or half shoes, but to bring one or two sets of formal or semi-formal clothing, if you are going to any government office or similar formal institution. The only province in Indonesia that has obtained its right to Shari’a is Aceh; even if it is not applied to non-Muslim foreigners, foreign women cannot use tight pants or tight and transparent shirts, however the scarf is not necessary. One of the advantages of sandals and half shoes is that they can be easily removed by entering a house or a place of worship. A good airy hat (or even a bandana) can serve to reduce the heat of the equatorial sun or protect against rain. If you plan to go to nature reserves, you may also decide to bring sneakers or hiking boots, but they will still be unpleasant to wear. The best shoes are military style half boots, used to protect against ankle dislocation. Bring mosquito repellent (also useful to protect from leeches) and a lighter gas to burn the leech while it is still sucking.

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