Indonesia is an archipelago with a diverse culture. The main influences, besides the Javanese, in East Java are Maduranese and third or fourth generation Chinese Indonesians. Madura is an island very close to Surabaya. Indonesia has been invaded and colonized by many cultures but the most lasting influences on it’s culture come from the spread of both Hindu and Islamic religions. All over East Java it is possible to see the Hindu epics performed in various dance or puppet forms. Urban centrers naturally have a huge Western influence. Although Indonesia has a tropical climate, you are advised to bring a sweater or fleece as it is a lot cooler in the mountainous regions.
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- Cost of living in Indonesia
- Money, banks and saving
- Is travelling expensive?
- Are weekend breaks possible?
- What can I do outside of work?
- What about the food? Being vegetarian?
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