How To Communicate With Indonesians in Around Tourist Attractions ? – When we visit an area or country, we often communicate with the country’s native people. To just ask for an address, ask for the price of the item, and ask for a tourist spot for example.

You will also do this when visiting Indonesia. The fact that Indonesians are friendly and smiley. To anyone, including foreign tourists. The friendly attitude of Indonesians to foreign tourists is already well known even throughout the world.

So, for those of you who want to visit Indonesia, I give you key tips on how to communicate with Indonesians. This is important so that your trip to Indonesia runs smoothly without any obstacles.

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Apply the principle of “SENYUM” (smile), “SALAM” (greeting) and SAPA (say hello). These three principles have become an integral part of culture from Indonesia.


Why do Indonesians like to smile? Why with a smile? Because Indonesians believe that a smile can make others comfortable. A smile is an easy way to get a reward from God. A smile is an easy way to share positive energy with others.

So, when you are meeting Indonesians, the first thing to do is smile. Before you ask something, start with a smile. Likewise when you outsmart the conversation. Although it’s simple the impact is not infrequently you will be offered more assistance.


Salam is a statement of peace or respect that is done intentionally to another person, the purpose of which is to respect one’s existence or presence. The impact of the greeting is very large, which creates a warm, full of brotherhood.

Greetings are expressed by speech, movement or both. Salam forms are influenced by culture or conditions and at certain times.

Greetings by speech :

#1. Sayings of greeting relate to religion

  • Islam: “ASSALAMUALAIKUM” (Islam), 
  • Christian: “SALAM SEJAHTERA” or “SHALOM”

#2. Greetings related to time

  • Indonesian language: “SELAMAT PAGI”, “SELAMAT SORE”, “SELAMAT MALAM”
  • Javanese language: “SUGENG ENJING” = good morning, “SUGENG SONTEN” = good afternoon,  “SUGENG DALU” = good night.

#3. Greetings are related to certain conditions

  • “SELAMAT ULANG TAHUN” = happy birthday,
  • “SAMPAI JUMPA” = good-bye.

#4. Greetings with movement: shaking hands, kissing cheeks, hugging and waving.


“SAPA” or say hello are used to greet someone who is known or unknown, whether they have met frequently or are meeting for the first time.

Examples of saying hello :

  • “HAI” = hi,
  • “HALO” = hello,
  • “APA KABAR” = how are you,
  • “LAMA TAK JUMPA” = long time no see,
  • “SAMPAI JUMPA” = see you,
  • “SILAHKAN/MONGGO-java language” = please,
  • ”TERIMA KASIH/MATURNUWUN”  = thank you.

In practice sometimes “SENYUM” and “SAPA” are used together, sometimes with movement too.

Examples :

  • Good night, hello can I help you?
  • Hello, how are you today? (do it while tapping his shoulder and expressing with a smile)
  • Welcome, please…

Well, that’s how to communicate with Indonesians which is very important for you to know. Please apply when you meet Indonesians around tourist attractions. I guarantee you are given a warm welcome too.

And don’t be surprised if you are finally asked to take a picture together, because Indonesians really like taking pictures with foreign tourists, especially blondes.

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