The name Indonesia derives from the Greek name of the Indós (Ἰνδός) and the word nèsos (νῆσος), meaning “Indian island”. The name dates to the 18th century, far predating the formation of independent Indonesia. In 1850, George Windsor Earl, an English ethnologist, proposed the terms Indunesians—and, his preference, Malayunesians—for the inhabitants of the “Indian Archipelago or Malayan Archipelago”. In the same publication, a student of Earl’s, James Richardson Logan, used Indonesia as a synonym for Indian Archipelago. However, Dutch academics writing in East Indies publications were reluctant to use Indonesia. Instead, they used the terms Malay Archipelago (Maleische Archipel); the Netherlands East Indies (Nederlandsch Oost Indië), popularly Indië; the East (de Oost); and Insulinde. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Bandung Singles Meetup – This group is for people who like to hang out, chat, meet new friends and prefer to do it on WEEKDAYS rather than on weekend. Since we know some people have anything else to do on weekend. If after office hours you don’t know where to go and have no appointment why not join us. Let’s share our daily life, relax, and enjoying accompany of each other. [meetup]

Bandung Social Anxiety Meetup – Social Anxiety is a constant battle. If you live with “I wish it was easy for me to talk to people, I wish I didn’t get so tired after a few words, I wish I could really keep up with someone. But I’m meant to be alone.” You are no alone. I started this group to meet other SA survivor. Because you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. [meetup]

Bandung Travel Community – All singles, divorcees, widows/ widowers. From 24-40 To mingle, travel and have fun together. For each trip there must be a gender balance of 50/50 or 60/40. The main focus of this trip is to pair up suitable singles and also have fun together. I know it’s boring when you have $$ but you can’t travel cos most friends are married or too busy with their own stuffs. [meetup]

Depok Mindfulness Meetup – This is for anyone who would like to improve their quality of life through mindfulness and becoming authentic for themselves. [meetup]

Fun Activities & New Friends in Jakarta – Calling all of you who love exploring fun activities in Jakarta while meeting new people along the way regardless of race and nationality. [meetup]

Hang out with Jakarta Book Club – Welcome to Jakarta Book Club. We are passionate about reading, and want to share it with other people. We are currently meeting once a month in cozy places across Jakarta (currently at GEPI Incubator space, South Jakarta). Join us for lots of chatting, laughing and book swapping! Fiction, non fiction, English, Indonesian, Spanish books, we welcome all! Let’s keep reading 😉  [meetup]

Indonesia Hiker Community – This group is built to be a place for you who wanna explore beautiful mountainous in Indonesia. We share trip, we share cost, and we fun together !!! [meetup]

NGADUide – NGADUide, aka Chat Fun World Enterprises and Idea, is a community of entrepreneurs based in Bandung. NGADUide aims to facilitate the development of entrepreneurship, for example by bringing together young entrepreneurs and senior businessmen, even with the investor. One NGADUide community program is a monthly meetup is packaged in the form of an informal chat. [meetup]

Pizza Data – Discussing slices of data while having slices of pizza Calling all people interested in open data! Pizza data is a place where we can discuss about open data in Bandung specifically and Indonesia generally. We will have monthly meetups in Co&Co Space, as well as online discussion and roadshows to campuses in Bandung. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – is completely free and has a lot of members. I know a lot of friends who love this site because it has a bunch of members, and they’ve had success with it. I find the quality on DateInAsia pretty poor though, and the number of women looking for “clients” seems high. However, if you prefer a free dating site, this is an ideal place for you. [visa hunter] – IndonesianCupid is the best online dating site in Indonesia. No other site has found that good balance between quality, size of membership, and affordability. IndonesianCupid is part of the Cupid Media Network, and thus sports the same clean website design, easy sign-up process, and great communication features as other Cupid Media sites. Detailed profiles and effective anti-spam measures add to this site’s strengths. [visa hunter] – I like to leave no stone unturned in the dating search, so I recommend you sign up for Tagged and give it a try after you’ve exhausted the other options above. I must say that the Tagged interface is not nearly as clean as the interfaces of the sites I mentioned above and is a bit confusing for my tastes. Also, not all of the profiles seem to be real, meaning that you have to weed through a lot of garbage in order to find the hidden gems. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Indonesian Heritage Society National Museum Tour – Explore Indonesia without leaving Jakarta! Experience the archipelago in the company of a guide; see the treasurest of the islands, and learn about diverse cultures. The Indonesian Heritage Society Tour guides give FREE highlight tours at the National Museum (Gedung Gajah) in English, French, Japanese, and Korean. [whats new jakarta]

Jakarta Walking Tour – Welcome to Jakarta Walking Tour website. We are a local travel organization which has main purpose to help travelers around the world to get an authentic travel experience in Jakarta. Our main purpose is to give a chance for everyone who wants to discover interesting places, local foods, and lovely part of Jakarta, as we seen every day as locals. [jakarta walking tour]

Walk Indies – Walk Indies is a tour operator that offers both regular tour packages (Day tours & overland tours) and some interesting walking tours. The price starts from Rp. 250,000/ tour of some popular Jakarta destinations such as the Batavia (old town) tour, Chinatown, and Gambir. These tours are also historically rich and will provide insights about the city, both for tourists or even those that have lived in Jakarta for all their lives. [whats new jakarta]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Candi Prambanan – A temple complex in Central Java, Candi Prambanan dates from the 9th century and draws comparisons as the Hindu version of the Buddhist temple Candi Borobudur. As with Borobudur, Candi Prambanan temple complex is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest Hindu temples in South East Asia. Visitors can roam the temple compounds and explore galleries, smaller shrines, and the diverse temples each dedicated to a different Hindu god. [the crazy tourist]

Celebrate Independence at Monas in Jakarta – A national monument that stands at 433 feet tall in Central Jakarta, the Monas tower was built as a symbol of the Indonesian struggle for Independence. It is located in Merdeka (Freedom) Square and houses a museum which is open to the public. [the crazy tourist]

Climb Mount Bromo – Mount Bromo, located in East Java, is yet another of Indonesia’s active volcanoes and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Java. Named after the Hindi god Brahma, visitors can climb Mount Bromo if the volcano’s activity status allows. Tours take visitors to the crater and early risers can trek to the summit and watch the sunrise over the Tengger massif, a group of mountains that includes Mount Bromo. [the crazy tourist]

Climb Mount Rinjani – Located on the island of Lombok, Mount Rinjani is an active volcano and the second largest volcano in Indonesia. Atop the volcano is a lake that has formed in the crater and which is considered sacred by the local Hindu and Sasak people (the indigenous people of Lombok). Guests can trek up to the summit of Rinjani to check out the sunrise and sunset, however, as the volcano is active and still erupts frequently, the summit is often closed and the ash clouds have been known to disrupt flights in and out of Bali and Lombok. [the crazy tourist]

Dive in Raja Ampat – Raja Ampat, meaning ‘Four Kings’, is a cluster of islands off the coast of West Papua in Indonesia. An emerging tourist destination in recent years, this archipelago is known for housing some of the most diverse marine life on earth including thousands of species of fish, turtles, and rare coral. There are four major islands in the archipelago, some of which feature ancient rock paintings, and tourists can ride on traditional wooden boats between the various islands, run by the local fisherman. [the crazy tourist]

Eat Padang Food – Many Indonesians maintain that the best food in Indonesia hails from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra. Padang food is still served in the traditional way all over Indonesia, and a Padang restaurant is easily spotted by the tower of dishes stacked in the window. Tiny individual plates of the different dishes, sometimes as many as 20 or 25, are placed before customers who mix them with rice at the table. Visitors only pay for the dishes they touch. [the crazy tourist]

Enjoy the culture in Ubud – Ubud is a town in the Gianyar regency and is known as the major arts and culture hub of Bali. Distinct from other areas of Bali, Ubud does not have a beach, but sits instead amongst rice paddies, steep terraces, and lush forests located in the surrounding foothills. Ubud boasts an abundance of art galleries that now house the works of a host of prominent Balinese artists, and visitors can also watch a Tek Tok dance at the Bali Culture Centre in Ubud, a new style of Balinese dancing mixed with traditional elements that was created in 2013. [the crazy tourist]

Explore Manado – The capital city of North Sulawesi, Manado is the second largest city in Sulawesi after Makassar. A diverse region, Manado is home to famous Chinese temples, Christian churches, and the 4th tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world. There is also a national park on the island of Bunaken where visitors can enjoy the various scuba diving or snorkeling activities on offer and explore the local flora and fauna. [the crazy tourist]

Explore the Mentawai Islands – The Mentawai Islands are actually a collection of over seventy islands off the west coast of Sumatra. Home to the indigenous Mentawai people, who lived in isolation until the 19th century, the islands have now gained a following because of the surfing opportunities on offer, and dedicated surfing holidays are now heavily promoted in the region. According to many hard core surfers, the Mentawai Islands provide some of the best surfing conditions in the world. [the crazy tourist]

Get a bird’s eye view at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah – Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, which literally translates as Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, is a theme park in East Jakarta. The park is divided into the 26 different provinces of Indonesia and visitors are given a whistle stop tour of the country with replicas of individual houses, traditions, customs, and snapshots of daily life. For visitors who don’t have time to explore much of Indonesia outside of the central areas, Taman Mini can provide an overview of one of the most interesting and diverse countries in the world. [the crazy tourist]

Get away from it all on the Gili Islands – The Gili Islands consist of three islands, Gili Meno, Gili Air, and Gili Trawangan, all located off the coast of Lombok. The largest and most populated of these is Gili Trawangan, but even there, there are only basic roads and transport comes in the form of bicycles or horses and carts. There are no cars and no police, which is why many travelers make the trip by ferry or speedboat from Bali to get away from it all and to find a peaceful retreat from the busier towns of Sengiggi in Lombok or Bali. [the crazy tourist]

Go Shopping in Jakarta – The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is best known for its shopping opportunities. Whatever the budget or style, there are options for all travelers, from the famous flea market in Menteng, to high end malls such as Plaza Indonesia or Grand Indonesia that carry all the latest labels and designers. [the crazy tourist]

Go surfing in Kuta – Visit the famous Kuta beach, a strip of beach in the south of Bali where the sea rests on a sand bar and provides gentle rolling waves which are perfect for beginners learning to surf. Surfing lessons by the hour are plentiful or visitors can rent a sponge board and ride the waves that way. [the crazy tourist]

Go trekking in Bukit Lawang – Located a four hour drive from the capital city of North Sumatra, Medan, Bukit Lawang has the largest sanctuary of Sumatran orangutan in Indonesia, and also forms the entrance of Gunung Leuser National Park, which stretches all the way to Aceh Province in the north of Indonesia. Common activities in Bukit Lawang are trekking, tubing on the river, or visiting the orangutan sanctuary to learn about the habitat and conservations projects of this graceful protected species. [the crazy tourist]

Marvel at the lakes of Kelimutu, Flores – Kelimutu is the name of a volcano in central Flores which has three crater lakes located within it. The lakes are famous for their differing colors of blue, red, and green, thought to be triggered by continued volcanic activity and gases beneath the surface of the water. [the crazy tourist]

Meander around Lake Toba – Lake Toba in North Sumatra is a natural lake that sprung from the crater of a long dormant volcano. It is the largest lake in Indonesia as well as being the largest volcanic lake in the world. Visitors to Lake Toba can choose to swim or enjoy a variety of water sports on the lake, or visit the traditional houses of the indigenous people, the Batak. [the crazy tourist]

Nusa Lembongan – For tourists wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, Nusa Lembongan has proven a welcome relief in recent years. Famous for its crystal blue waters, Nusa Lembongan offers visitors an array of water sports such as diving, snorkeling, and swimming. There are also surfing opportunities and the unpolluted waters are home to a vast cross section of marine life and pristine coral. [the crazy tourist]

Observe the Komodo Dragons – Komodo Island, one of a group of islands located in Lesser Sunda, is most famous as the home of the fearsome Komodo dragons. The ‘dragons’ are actually the world’s largest lizards and have toxic saliva used to poison and kill their prey. Visitors can now see the lizards as part of a tour of Komodo National Park, established in 1980 to aid in their conservation and to perform ongoing scientific studies and breeding programs of these fascinating beasts. [the crazy tourist]

Say a prayer at Tanah Lot – Tanah Lot is famous as a rock formation emerging out of the sea with a Hindu temple, Pura Tanah Lot (Tanah Lot Temple), perched on the top. Over the years the ocean tides have carved the rock from the shore leaving it to stand alone at high tide, and be accessible on foot during low tide. Venomous sea snakes are said to guard the temple and now visitors travel to the site to worship or to observe the stunning sunsets over the ocean. [the crazy tourist]

Shop for traditional Batik in Yogyakarta – Often referred to as the cultural capital of the island of Java, Yogyakarta is a university town and home to the famous Gajah Mada University. In addition to the university Yogya, as it is also known, is still headed by a Sultan who lives in his palace known as the Kraton. Yogya has a thriving arts scene which includes the famous Batik factories, a textile technique that involves dying fabrics that have been outlined using wax. [the crazy tourist]

Sunbathe on Pulau Weh in Aceh – Pulau Weh, or Weh Island, is located at the tip of Sumatra, off the coast of Aceh. The island still experiences volcanic activity and sits in the Andaman Sea, and is home to Sabang, the northernmost town in Indonesia. Visitors travel to the island to go snorkeling in the crystal blue waters which have an abundance of tropical fish as well as rare Megamouth sharks. [the crazy tourist]

Tana Toraja – Tana Toraja literarily translates as ‘Land of the Toraja’, and refers to the indigenous people of this area of South Sulawesi. Tana Toraja is described as the second most popular tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali, and visitors travel here to see traditional culture, ornate homes, and to glimpse how the local communities have lived and worked for centuries. Also of note are the traditional grave sites of the Toraja people which include carved effigies of the dead, as well as the local community markets that take place every Sunday. [the crazy tourist]

Venture to Papua – The easternmost province of Indonesia, Papua Province is not to be confused with Papua New Guinea, the independent neighboring region to the east. Papua is often not visited by tourists, but hosts some of the largest areas of untouched rainforest outside of the Amazon. There is a variety of unique flora and fauna in Papua as well as coral reefs and tribal art for intrepid travelers to explore. [the crazy tourist]

Visit Borobudur Temple – Borobudur Buddhist temple, located in Magelang, Central Java, is easily visited by travelers staying in the neighboring city of Yogyakarta. Dating from the 9th Century, Borobudur is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a central dome surrounded by 72 sculpted figures of Buddha, making it the largest Buddhist temple in the world. [the crazy tourist]

Watch a Kecak Dance performance in Bali – A popular dance dating from the 1930s, the Kecak dance is actually a mixture of dance and drama that tells the story of the battle scene from the Hindu classic, the Ramayana. Traditionally this dance was performed exclusively by men, although performances now include women, who stand in a circle and clap their hands in a ‘cak’ sound from which the dance gets its name. The musical accompaniment to the dance takes the form of a chant, which originates from a traditional musical performance called Sanghyang, which was part dance and part exorcism. Nowadays the dance is performed for tourists all over Bali. [the crazy tourist]



Asmat Cultural Festiva – In order to preserve the cultural heritage of Asmat tribe from Papua, this festival that is recognized and listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is an important event for the culture of the entire country. During this festival, you can explore the art of woodcarving and get some impressive insights related to this spiritual artistic expression that will guide you through the history of the people of this interesting tribe. If you visit this amazing event, you will also be able to enjoy original dances, traditional musical performances and also participate in the auction of the woodcarvings and other artistic works. [welove-indonesia]

Balinale Film Festival – Non-profit and non-government charity organization named Balinale Film Festival was established in the year of 2007 and since then it represents an internationally accepted and popular event held in Kuta that provides chances for moviemakers from Indonesia to present their works to the wider auditorium. However, this Festival does not only have the promotional character, but it is also an important educational event in the area of movies since it has organized numerous free workshops, presentations, lectures, and seminars. Many of them were held by winners of other important film festivals, such as Oscar, Emmy, Cannes and BAFTA. [welove-indonesia]

Bau Nyale Fishing Festival – Lombok is definitely the hot spot of the country in the period of the Bau Nyale Fishing Festival which is usually held in February or March. A large number of people come from all over the country gathers to have a look at the first nyale (worm-like fish) caught during this really popular fishing event. The caught fish is immediately prepared – it is roasted in the leaves of banana. [welove-indonesia]

International Jazz Festival of Jakarta – This Indonesian festival that is usually held at the beginning of May and lasting three days is one of the greatest music festivals of Indonesia and one of the most important and most popular jazz festivals not only in the country but in the entire Asian continent. During these three days, Jakarta becomes a real music paradise that gathers some of the most popular and most quality musicians from all over the planet. [welove-indonesia]

Java Soul Nation Festival – This festival is a must visit Indonesian festival for all of the people who are lovers of soul, hip-hop, R&B and rap sounds. It is an international event that doesn’t only gather some of the most popular musicians from Indonesia but also a wide variety of artists in mentioned genres from all over the world. The ratings of Java Soul Nation Festival are really high and interest for this manifestation has been increasing that much that it won the JJK Awards in the year of 2012 for Best Music Festival. [welove-indonesia]

Krakatoa Festival – If you are visiting Indonesia during the month of July, be sure to plan your visit to the province of Lampung during the seven-day lasting Festival of Krakatoa. This manifestation is actually the commemoration of the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano eruption that happened in 1883 when it killed approximately 35 thousand of people. During this period, various sports activities are taking place. Some of them are boat races and exhibition of some of the most amazing kites that can be seen. [welove-indonesia]

The Day of Ashura – This manifestation that is the most important religious event for all of the Shiite Muslims is actually not a festival in its literal sense but a day of mourning for the Hussein’s martyrdom, who was the grandson of Muhammad in the year 680 CE. Even though traditions related to this event vary from country to country, Indonesian Muslims do regular activities such as taking part prayers related to the memory of Hussein. [welove-indonesia]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Angkot/Microlet – These are the colourful vans that you see travelling around the city. They do have routes, and they have colours for a reason. Again, no timetable, and some run late into the night, but it can be tricky to work out the routes yourself. If you tell the driver where you want to go, I find that they will do their best to direct you in the right direction. [living in indonesia]

KAI Commuter Rail – What I believe to be the fastest way to travel around Jakarta, the KAI Commuter rail is the way to go if it happens to be near you. Sure, it is crowded, but fares are cheap (from 3.500 rp). Trains operate to a timetable, and depending on route, run close to midnight. [living in indonesia]

Private Bus Operators (Bus Company) – There are a number of private operators such as Mayasari Bakti, Primajaya, Kopaja, etc. Information for these can be harder to get, and generally there is no timetable either. Frequency varies as well, but a lot will wait for you if you are running to them as they get more money per people riding them. [living in indonesia]

Private Shuttle Bus (Area Company) – Many developments such as Lippo, Summeracon, Sinarmas Trans-BSD have their own shuttle bus network. However, I find that these are the most expensive, and generally not very frequent, even though a lot of people will use them due to concerns about their own personal safety. [living in indonesia]

Transjakarta / Busway – Transjakarta is the premium bus network that typically travels in its own dedicated lane. It is very cheap – only 3,500 rp per trip. However, you must have an e-ticket (such as Flazz, e-toll etc.) which costs 20,000 for the card plus 20,000 initial top-up, purchasable from any stop and can be reloaded. [living in indonesia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Apps Jakarta – This is an informal group for anyone who’s interested in mobile applications. Whether you’re an app developer, designer or even just generally interested in apps, you’re welcome to join! We’ll have meet-ups once a month, on the third Thursday of the month. Come and join us! [meetup]

Bandung Small Business Meetup – In this group we will actively conduct seminars, workshops or training. With speakers and trainers who are competent with interesting topics that correspond for those of you who are developing a business or who are just starting a business. [meetup]

Dynamic Entrepreneur Community – This is a focused group community that helps local businesses and local Small Medium Entreprise in Indonesia to get empowered, training, and grow their businesses to the next level. [meetup]

Entrepreneurs Club –  is geared towards providing young entrepreneurs and professionals a place and community to network, share ideas, and learn from top business leaders of the country and from one another. [meetup]

Indonesia Human Capital Developers – This is a group for anyone interested in Human Capital Management and any HR-related topics (Strategic HR, the next trend in HR, etc.). If you are looking for a venue to share knowledge and network with other HR professionals, this is it. [meetup]

Indonesia Software Quality Assurance – Calling all the QA / Testers / mobile testers / software testers / any kind of software testers in Indonesia to join this group. QA is quite new in Indonesia and there are less communities out there. So, why not start one right? Let’s use this group as a platform for us to learn and share knowledge about QA world. Let’s make this a “thing” in Indonesia, shall we? [meetup]

Jakarta iOS Meetup – This is an informal group for anyone who’s interested in mobile applications. Whether you’re an app developer, designer or even just generally interested in apps, you’re welcome to join! We’ll have meet-ups once a month, on the third Thursday of the month. Come and join us! [meetup]

Jakarta WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. The WordPress meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Software Architect Indonesia Community – This is group for anyone interested in Software Development, Software Architect or Software Engineering. If you have passion or interested with Software Architecture you are on the right place. Or if you want to know how to transform from Developer to Architect this group can facilitate it. [meetup]

UXID Bandung – People, from any background and level of expertise, who want to learn, share, and discuss things related to UX and Design. Don’t be shy, all of us don’t know everything, let’s learn together. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Fun Friendly Expat Ladies in Jakarta –  t can be difficult to make new friends as an expat, and sometimes it’s even more difficult to keep them – people are always coming and going! [meetup]

Fun Meetup of British ExPats – This is a group for anyone who longing for his love one and or anyone who once landed on William Shakespeare homeland. We would have time to chat, share and relax certainly once we meet each other. [meetup]

Jakarta Expats Frenzup – Let’s get together to know some friends while you are in this city. It’s time to get social, try your first move to know all of each members. Meet, talks, sharing your experience when you in Jakarta, maybe we can have lunch or dinner together, grab some coffee, and drinks too. Welcome for all Expat even you in short term or long term periods. [meetup]

Jakarta International Friends – This meetup is for meeting new friends and expanding your networks. Don’t worry, we’re using english to communicate. [meetup]

Jakarta Language and Culture Exchange Meetup –  is a weekly event to learn and share interest about language and culture from other countries. It’s open for public with an interesting topic of discussion every week. You’ll be able to learn and improve your conversational skill and meet new friends from other countries through Video call!  [meetup]

Kuningan Expats Hangout – This group is meant for those of us who are foreigners working in Jakarta & specifically live or work in Kuningan. We also welcome on a case by case basis, a rare group of Indonesians who have lived abroad for many years and typically need to adjust back to indo upon returning. We want to make friends, starting among warm hosts and within a small bunch of people with international experiences. [meetup]

Single Chinese Christian- Jakarta – We start this group in d middle of march 2016. And Great things happen when there is a gathering on the minds. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Komunitas LGBT Indonesia – Encourage People to be Proud of their Sexuality. [facebook]

Perkumpulan Arus Pelangi – Welcome to Arus Pelangi’s Fan Page, we strive for equality and justice for LGBTI or people with diverse sex, sexuality, gender, and identity in Indonesia. [facebook]



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