Many independent solo travellers visit Indonesia each year. The tried-and-trodden track is generally safe for solo travellers although, as with most places in the world, caution is advised.
Solo female travellers
Deserted places, especially beaches, should be avoided, particularly at night time. Solo female travellers should be wary of potential misunderstandings with local men and should ensure that they do not reveal where they are staying. Solo travellers, females especially, are advised to team up with others for hiking trips and adventures to more remote areas. Locals may be curious about lone females, and might feel pity for them, finding it unusual for a woman to travel alone.
Modest clothing is recommended for exploring areas away from the popular beach resorts. Females should check local standards of dress at lesser-visited beaches; it may be more appropriate to swim and sunbathe in shorts and a t-shirt rather than stripping down to a bikini.
Common scams to watch out for include being short-changed when making purchases and exchanging currency, over-priced taxis and rigged meters (or a refusal to use a meter), and paying for combination bus and boat tickets to find that the last leg of a journey is not actually included.
Pickpocketing and bag snatching occurs in many busy places. Visitors should be wary of leaving possessions in hotel safety deposit boxes.