Located 6 ° 9 ° below the equator, Yogyakarta enjoys a tropical climate throughout the year. The weather is very pleasant from June to September. The rainy season lasts from November to April. However, even during the heaviest rainy days, the sun is rarely gone for long.
The local Javanese dialect still dominate conversations throughout the island. Sundanese dialect are also found in the West region of Java, and numerous other dialects are used within different ethnic groups. With more than 745 unique dialects and languages, Bahasa Indonesia is the unifying national language, spoken by everyone. English is also spoken in most major tourist centers throughout Java.
Indonesia's national currency is the Rupiah, with bills ranging from Rp. 1,000 to Rp. 100,000. Coins range from Rp. 100 to Rp. 1000. US Dollars are accepted at larger tourist centers. Currency Exchangers are easily found throughout main tourist areas and it is fairly easy to exchange most currencies. Some Currency Exchangers may be more selective due to concerns of counterfeit. Major Credit Cards are accepted by hotels and businesses in most tourist areas.
Visitors from certain countries do require tourist visas in advance, however most visitors are able to obtain a visa-on-arrival at any of Indonesia's International airports. Some countries' visitors do not require a visa at all. The visa-on-arrival fee for citizens who qualify is US$25 for a 30-day, which can be extended for another 30 days. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have at least four blank pages. Guests are advised to check with the nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate before traveling.
Available electricity is 220 volts. West Indonesia's time zone is GMT +7 hours. Loose and casual clothing is recommended. In the dry season from April to November, you may need a light sweater at night, especially in mountainous regions. Bargaining is a common practice in Indonesia. Armed with good humour, guests can get lower prices in local markets.