Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Lunch at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia

Living in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Dec 02, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Indonesia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Indonesia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Indonesia, they said:

"Don't worry too much. It's pretty easy life here but will require patience a plenty. Traffic is horrible! But I get lots of reading done in my Mitsurbishi Grandis. Good staff are very important and should be rewarded with your trust and better than average pay if you find good ones. We love ours. Finally, as usual, a little bit of the local language goes a long long ways. Vocabulary is the key here b/c the rest of the language is easy," mentioned another expat in Jakarta.

"Think very hard, it's interesting to see the local culture and be so close to Singapore, but you will be living in second or third world standards. Power cuts, dirty water, trash everywhere, poverty, unreliable internet...the benefit is that it is cheap and expats can own land here. But the corruption makes that an expensive goal," commented one expat who made the move to Batam.

"Don't drink tap water. Eat only at restaurants that are recommended and tested by others. Learn the language. Have patience, therefore one can adapt accordingly. Don't expect too much from the people," remarked another expat living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Meet other expats and talk about living in Indonesia.

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