Indonesia is a much loved holiday destination for Australian families. Most families stick to the well trodden path of the holiday resorts of Bali. Venture a little further, into the cultural hub of Java, and be delighted with what you can discover.
Like most countries in South East Asia, Indonesians absolutely adore children and babies. Your children will always be welcome anywhere you go in Indonesia. The only down side about travelling in Indonesia with a little one is that sometimes the attention and love for your child can be a little too full on.
Travel in Indonesia with a baby
Travel in Indonesia with a baby is very much possible. You might want to bring along a comfortable baby carrier, or a pram with sturdy wheels as the condition of the sidewalks and roads can be a little haphazard. Also the sidewalks also double as motor bike parking, so sometimes it can be difficult to find enough space to squeeze a pram through.
Your baby will be absolutely adored in Indonesia. Everyone will want to look at and touch your baby. Make sure you are your babys best advocate and set clear boundaries. If your child does not like to be touched by strangers, then make sure you law down the law.
Travel in Indonesia with a toddler
We travelled to Java with a 21 month old, and he was like a superstar. Be prepared for a lot of people to want to touch and pinch your little ones cheeks. Jacob was absolutely and completely adored in Indonesia, everyone wanted to fuss over him.
Be prepared to move a lot slower than normal. It will seem like everyone in the entire country wants to get their photo taken with your child. Jacob probably had his photo taken 200 times in Borobudor alone. In fact, he even got to be a photo expert. Indonesians would run up to him and kneel down beside him to have their photo taken. Jacob, thinking that this must be how you now get your photo taken, would kneel down as well. He would sit there, down on one knee, and stare intently into the camera until everyone was done posing with him. He still sometimes strikes that pose when we get our camera out back at home.
Child friendly food in Indonesia
Unlike in some other Asian countries, it is pretty easy to find mild and non spicy foods in Indonesia that is suitable for children. Almost every Western geared restaurant would have a selection of omelettes on the menu, which is always an easy food for children. Noodles of course usually go over well. Jacob was absolutely addicted to satay chicken skewers. Satay, a popular sauce in Indonesia, is peanut based and has absolutely zero hot spice.
Child friendly attractions in Indonesia
We spent most of our time in Jogyakarta, where there were not too many specific attractions for children. However Jacob was more than happy enough to run around the beaches, and climb over the ancient temples. When he finally got tired of running we would go around the outside of the temples and look at all the animal carvings (particularly at Prambanan).
In Jakarta there are several theme parks and other attractions that are geared towards families. My only suggestion is look up the reviews before you go, as we ended up at a rather sad and depressing animal show when we didn’t do our research.