Strange Things To See In Indonesia

Bill Harbin JrStarred Page By Bill Harbin Jr, 22nd Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Indonesia is a destination where just being there and observing life is special. Learn some strange things to look for and enjoy in this country.

Strange Things To See In Indonesia

While staying with the locals in Indonesia I learned that being a people watcher there is free, fun, and opened my eyes with visions that I will never forget. Traveling can open your mind to new adventures, cultural differences, and even some strange sights you will not see anywhere else. Indonesia has few rules for organized living, and the ones that exist are ignored. The first time I went there the words “wow” kept escaping my lips on a constant basis.

Motorcycles are Everywhere!

The entire family may squeeze onto a motorcycle for their main form of transportation in Indonesia.

No Bad Stuff Happened

In spite of the total insanity of ignoring any safety ideas like orderly kids on the bus, I did not see an accident the entire first week of my visit. Red lights must be in Indonesia for decorations, or the people there are colorblind. These lights were totally ignored by drivers, yet nobody hit anyone.

Drivers communicate by horns. No angry long beeps followed by a crash were heard like in America. It’s like the cars have a safety feature of talking with each other. Short “beep, beeps” are heard and it looks like mass confusion with no problems.

Beauty and Poverty Mingle In Indonesia

This picture the author took near Lake Toba shows beautiful mountains and flowers with a modest house where chickens enter overlooking this gorgeous view. It is strange to see a view that would appear to be so expensive have an abode with a rusty roof as the centerpiece.

Fun Zoning Regulations

Almost every home is also a business. People sell bottled water or fruit on their front porches. I saw a makeshift restaurant in one front yard. The guy smoking a cigarette with no shirt or shoes reminded me of signs in American restaurants that say “No shirt, no shoes, no service, and no smoking.” Don’t look for health department rating signs either.

Kids play in the street with no problem. A really nice home is next to a place that would be condemned in America. A shiny new car is parked in a garage that looks like it might fall in at any moment. Rusty satellite dishes are larger than the houses they sit on top of. No air conditioning in this sweltering neighborhood, but the luxury of TV programs beamed in from space is watched by people sitting on concrete floors.

Video of Diversity in Indonesia


Video about Indonesia that shows many of the strange yet diverse culture that is so unique in this country.

Strange Yet Creative Foods

Markets in Indonesia have pastries that look like fish or bunnies. Many small businesses will have unique foods they have prepared themselves.

Visit Indonesia and See Strange But Wonderful Things

If you want an eye opening experience visit Indonesia. Bali is beautiful with a relaxed ocean breeze lifestyle. Jakarta has modern glitz and glamour. However, the real thing to see in Indonesia is the people and the culture like you will see no where else. It will make you appreciate America or perhaps create a tug in your heart to stay and enjoy this place for a long time.


Cultural Differences, Culture, Diversity, Indonesia, Indonesia Culture, Indonesian, Indonesians, Strange

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Bill Harbin Jr is a freelance writer that had a book published in addition to hundreds of articles. His practical, down to earth advice can be used to find not only value, but perhaps a better life.

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author avatar snerfu
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

It is interesting to read new things about Indonesia. Of course, every place must have its own idiosyncrasies. Let us say red makes everything bright.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

I lived in Indonesia for five years and have fond memories. Ordinary folks are simple people with a ready smile. They are not jealous of a small extremely wealthy minority. One issue that used to hurt me was teenage children smoking. Their take is to enjoy life when you can! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jul 2014 (#)

from many writers here I think Indonesia must be a wonderful place filled with culture and beautiful places to visit...thank you...

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author avatar Retired
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing. Interesting page. :)

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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