wardrobe in Indonesia...
Even though it is not
as strict here as in the Middle East, it's best to cover your
shoulders and upper arms as well as your legs to below the
knees. In Jakarta they are quite used to foreigners. However,
outside of Jakarta it is more important to be modest in dress.
I traveled in Malaysia
and Indonesia. The cities are very hot (and smoggy), so the
best clothes both culturally and for comfort are big loose
long sleeved light cotton or linen shirts and equally loose
long trousers. Leave nothing exposed for the locals to stare
at (even though miniskirts are common - why attract unwanted
attention?) This type of clothing is great for the hot sweaty
days. They're much cooler than a tight singlet or T-shirt
and shorts which end up sweaty and sticky and attract too
much attention, especially if you have a large bust!
Gillian, Sydney, Australia
In Indonesia wear a long
skirt (a sarong is good, which is a local "wrap skirt") or
long cotton trousers (fishermen's trousers are a good local
option) with a long shirt. This is especially true in big
cities in order to avoid nasty comments (but not that important
in jungle villages, it's much more free there). Remember,
too, that Indonesia is a Muslim country (at least Sumatra
is) so you don't go sunbathing topless.
Krista, Helsinki, Finland