Travel Notes

Information for Delegates

Geography and Population

Sitting between two continents and two oceans, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic nation with more than 17.000 islands. The island chain forms an arc 5,000 kilometers long between mainland South East Asia and Papua New Guinea, endowing Indonesia with more than 80,000 kilometers of coastline and 3.1 million square kilometers of territorial waters.

With over 230 million citizens, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. Migrations over the centuries and an uneven distribution of economic resources have contributed to a unique cultural mix found nowhere else in the world.

The island of Bali is one of the country’s 33 provinces and is world-renowned as one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist areas in Asia. Bali is also known for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather and metalworking and music. Although the majority of Indonesians are Muslim, about 92 per cent of the residents of Bali profess Balinese Hinduism, a syncretism of local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Asia.

Climate

Indonesia’s tropical climate is characterized by high daytime temperatures and high humidity. In the lowlands, the temperature ranges between 21° and 33° C and the humidity between 60 and 100 per cent. During the wet season, tropical showers and thunderstorms are frequent, with rain falling in short, intense bursts. In West Indonesia, the wet season runs from November to April, and the dry season from April to October. East Indonesia has two wet seasons, which differ from place to place.

Language

Some 300 different languages are spoken across the archipelago. The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia, a modern variant of Malay that has long served as the lingua franca of trade in Indonesia. In Bali the most widely spoken languages are Balinese and Bahasa Indonesia, although many residents also speak English because of the island’s important tourism industry.

Currency

Indonesia’s national currency is the Rupiah. The exchange rate normally fluctuates between IDR 9.000 and IDR 10.000 to 1 USD.

Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diner’s Club) and traveler’s cheques in principal currencies are generally accepted in large hotels, restaurants, department stores and several large stores. Traveler’s cheques and bank notes in all major currencies may be exchanged at all commercial banks and most hotels and foreign exchange counters. ATM services are also available.

Time

Indonesia has three time zones. Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan are on West Indonesia time, seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 07:00). Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara are on Central Indonesia time (GMT + 08:00). Maluku and Irian Jaya are on East Indonesia time (GMT + 09:00)

Taxes and Tipping

A value added tax of 10 per cent is added to bills. It is common in larger cities for 5 per cent to be added for service in restaurants.

Tipping is not compulsory, even in cities, but it is generally highly appreciated if a tip is given of not more than 20 per cent of the price paid

Electricity

Electrical power in Indonesia is at 220-230 volts (50 hertz). Plugs are of the European two-pronged variety.

Telephone services and useful telephone numbers

Telephone services are available in hotels, restaurants and cafes. Pre-paid mobile telephone cards are available at hotels and local shops. Dialing is as follows:

  • Local calls: dial the number directly;
  • Long – distance calls within Indonesia: dial the area code (for Jakarta 021, for Bali 0361) + the number;
  • International calls: dial the international direct dial access (001 or 008) + country code + area code + number
  • To call Indonesia from abroad, dial the international direct dial access + country code (62) + area code + number. When calling from abroad, the 0 prefix of the area code should not be dialed.

Emergency telephone numbers on Bali are as follows:

  • Bali Emergency Response Centre 112
  • Ambulance 108
  • Fire Department 113
  • Police 110
  • Search and rescue 111/115/151
  • Red Cross 26465

Flight information may be obtained by calling Soekarno – Hatta International Airport on (+62-21) 550 5177, 550 5655 or Ngurah Rai International Airport on (+62-361) 751 011

Information on tourism may be obtained from the following:

  • Government Information Centre (+62-361) 251 419
  • Information Centre (+62-361) 51011
  • Bali Tourism Authority (+62-361) 222 387, 226 313
  • Bali Tourist Information Centre (+62-361) 225 649, 233 474

CONSULATE

  • Australia (incl: Canada, New Zealand)

Jl. Tantular 32 Renon – Denpasar

Ph: +62 361 241 118

Fax: +62 361 221 120 (for visa inquiries); 221 195 (for general inquiries)

  • Denmark & Norway (Hon. Consulate)

Mimpi Resort, Kawasan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran

Ph: +62 361 701 070 ext. 32

Fax: +62 361 701 073/4

  • France (Consular Agency)

Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8 Sanur

Ph: +62 361 285 485

Fax: +62 361 286 406

  • Germany (Hon. Consulate)

Jl. Pantai Karang No. 17 Sanur

Ph: +62 361 288 535

Fax: +62 361 286 826

  • Italy (Vice Consulate)

Lotus Enterprise Building, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran

Ph/Fax: +62 361 701 005

  • Japan

Jl. Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon

Ph: +62 361 227 628

Fax: +62 361 265 066

  • Netherlands (Hon. Consulate)

Jl. Raya Kuta No. 127, Kuta

Ph: +62 361 761 506

Fax: +62 361 752 777

  • Spain (Hon. Consulate)

Jl. Raya Sanggingan Br. Lung-siakan, Kedewatan, Ubud

Ph: +62 361 975 736

Fax: +62 361 975 726

  • Sweden & Finland (Hon. Consulate)

Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur

Ph: +62 361 288 407

Fax: +62 361 287 242

  • Switzerland & Austria (Consulate)

Jl. Patih Jelantik, Komplek Istana Kuta Galeri, Blok Valet2 #12, Kuta

Ph: +62 361 751 735

Fax: +62 361 754 457

  • United Kingdom (Hon. Consulate)

Jl. Tirta Nadi #20 Sanur

Ph: +62 361 270 601

Fax: +62 361 287 804

  • USA (Consular Agency)

Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Tanjung Bungkak, Denpasar

Ph: +62 361 233 605

Fax: +62 361 222 426

 

IMMIGRATION

  • Ngurah Rai International Airport

Jl. Ngurah Rai Kuta

Ph: +62 361 751 038

  • Central Office

Jl. D. I. Pandjaitan, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar

Ph: +62 361 227 828

 

HOSPITAL

  • Sanglah General Hospital

Jl. Diponegoro, Denpasar

Ph: +62 361 227 911

  • BIMC Hospital – 24 hours –

Medical & Emergency Center

Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 100X

Ph: +62 361 761 263

  • International SOS – 24 hours – Home Visit

Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X

Ph: +62 361 710 505

Fax: +62 361 710 515

  • Kasih Ibu Hospital

Jl. Teuku Umar 120, Denpasar

Ph: +62 361 223 036

Fax: +62 361 238 690

 

CLINIC

  • BTDC Clinic

BTDC Complex, Nusa Dua

Ph: +62 361 772 911

  • SOS Clinic

Jl. Raya Uluwatu No. 111, Jimbaran

Ph: +62 361 780 76 88

  • Ubud Clinic – 24 hours

Jl. Raya Campuhan No. 36 Ubud,

Ph: +62 361 974 911

 

TOURIST INFORMATION

  • Bali Tourist Information

Century Plaza, Jl. Benasari No. 7 Legian

Ph: +62 361 754 090

  • Bali Tourism Office

Jl. S. Parman, Renon

Ph: +62 361 222 387

  • Legian Tourist Information

Jl. Legian No. 37

Ph: +62 361 755 424

 

Postal, Facsimile, and Internet Services

Postal and Facsimile facilities are available at post offices and in most major hotels. Internet services are also available at most major hotels, cybercafés in Nusa Dua and the Bali International Convention Centre.

Business Hours

Banking hours are from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Facilities at the Bali International Convention Centre

The following facilities will be available to participants at the Convention Centre:

  • Delegates lounge, with a coffee and snack bar;
  • Cybercafé
  • First aid room
  • Bank and post office providing automated teller machine (ATM) and postal services;
  • Travel assistance: a professional conference organizer will have a representative at the Convention Centre for participants wishing to reconfirm or change flights, rent cars or book tours;
  • Information counter for participants;
  • Wireless connectivity (available throughout the Convention Centre); participants requiring a wireless network connection will need to purchase connection time at the Convention Centre upon arrival.

Interesting Places To See In Bali

Bangli

Bali houses Pura Kehen, Bali’s second largest temple. The temple has three courtyards connected by steps and is decorated with carvings and statues. A large banyan tree shades the lowest and second courtyards.

Batubulan

Batubulan is home to a number of stone carvers. Divinities and demons carved from sandstone (Paras) decorate (and protect) houses and temples along the road that takes you from Denpasar. Batubulan also has excellent dance and theatrical performances.

Bedugul

The mountain resort of Bedugul is well known for its golf course and Ulun Danu, a temple which seems to rise out of the lake to present itself beautifully. Boats, water skiing, and parasailing are among the many water sports available in this area.

Besakih

The sanctuary of Besakih on the slopes of Gunung Agung (Mount Holy) is over a thousand years old and is known as the Mother Temple of Bali, the biggest and holiest of all Balinese temples. Steps rise through split gates to the main courtyard where the Trinity shrines, dedicated to Shiva, Brahma, and Wishnu, are wrapped in cloth and decorated with flower offerings. Around them, stand eighteen separate sanctuaries, belonging to different regencies and castes.

Celuk

Celuk is noted for silver and gold jewelry works. Their works are extremely meticulous and detailed.