Doctors are available in almost any town or city. All one has to do when they are needed is ask at the hotel information counter or any other places one happens to be in.
Most big hotels have the clock their own doctors, who are on call around the clock. In the big cities, in addition, clinics and hospitals run by either the government by private parties offer similar services.
In city neighborhoods and district own public health centers, called puskesmas, offer basic health service and first aid at very low fees.
In many areas of Indonesia, especially in the remote regions not yet reached by the public system, the services of the traditional healer are still indispensable.
The bahasa Indonesia – the Indonesian language- is the official language of the indoensia. Based on the Malay language, it was adopted during the early decades of the nationalist movement as the language that would unify all the diverse groups and forge hem into one single nation.
The date which the historic decision was taken was October 28 1928 in all Indonesia youth conference in Jakarta, at that time still called Batavia. That event is now commemorated annually as youth pledge day.
In business and international communication, however, the English language is also widely used. English is spoken in all tourist class hotels, prestigious restaurants and at all travel bureaus as well as in government offices dealing with international businessmen and visitors.
Tour operators is in addition employ guides who also speak Japanese, French, Dutch, German, Chinese and Arabic. Shopping
For many visitors, shopping is an important part of the travel itinerary. For those who like the experience or shopping or simply browsing in an Asian market place but have in the past been discouraged by the rubbish, it will be good to know that in many town and cities market places have been extensively renovated and cleaned up.
Much visited markets in Jakarta are Pasar Ular in Tanjung priok port area, Pasar Pagi and glodok in the downtown Chinese neighborhood, and the Pasar ikan fish market in the old sunda kelapa harbor area.
In Surabaya, popular markets are pasr tunjungan, pasar turi and blauran. In medan, there is pasar Mercubuana market, and in Ujung pandang the somba opu market place. Banjarmasin and Pontianak on the island Kalimantan boast floating markets. Yogyakarta has its beringharjo market, and semarang its pasar johar.
Tough bargaining is the name of the game when shopping in market places in Indonesia.
Indonesian craftsman and artisans are highly skilled in making good use of the abundance of materials which their tropical natural environment provides.
Handcraft in a bewildering range of the shapes, colors, pattern, sizes and modern designs are on sale in the art shops and shopping centers that litter town and cities throughout the country.
Hand-woven and embroidered textiles, besides batik, are in great demand among visitor, judging by the sales which the art shops and department stores make. Statues and carved panels and objects are also much sought after as souvenirs, as are semi-precious stones and plait work.
Electricity power generation in Indonesia is mostly done by water power, steam or diesel generator, and is undertaken by the government, which runs PLN, the state electricity company,
In most big cities and in rural areas near the big cities, the voltage is 200 volts. Elsewhere it is still 110 volts. Many hotels, however, have outlets for both 220 and 110-volt appliances.