The Pros and Cons of Buying Kratom Direct from Indonesia vs Locally

February 01, 2020 Articles, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea, Kratom Vendors

We all know how expensive it can be to buy kratom in the United States. Smoke shop owners price their products according to how much profit they need to make in order to keep their doors open. Online kratom vendors often price gouge on small quantities of kratom powder or kratom capsules.

Worse yet, many kratom vendors fail to properly test their kratom for contaminants, resulting in a product that could be hazardous to one’s health.

Many concerned users have wondered whether there is a better method for procuring pure, unadulterated Mitragyna speciosa leaf. One such option is to buy kratom direct from Indonesia. Since the so-called Emerald of the Equator is the major hub for kratom exports it only makes sense to seek suppliers from the region.

Purchasing Mitragyna speciosa from one of Indonesia’s many islands is cheaper and easier than one might initially assume. Many kratom vendors who live on the archipelago ship their product from West Kalimantan to POS Indonesia in Jakarta where it is processed and sent overseas directly to wholesalers and consumers.

Some of the biggest names in the game specialize in offering bulk kratom powder to hundreds of customers from all over the United States. If you’re a U.S.-based kratom vendor who wants to source a variety of unique kratom strains several Indonesian farmers can hook you up at bargain basement rate.

Exporting is made easy courtesy of the U.S. Commercial Service in Jakarta assists American businesses in the identification of prospective Indonesian representatives. Herbs such as Mitragyna speciosa are among the most well-known homegrown exports in the country.

A number of trustworthy sources for kratom exist in the region, some of whom guarantee bacteria-free plant matter at unbeatable prices.

How affordable are they?

Let’s just say that you could likely obtain 500 grams or more for what a smoke shop would charge for a couple of ounces.


We’ve frequently urged our customers against buying locally from headshops and the like. That’s because we’ve recognized the potential risk they pose to consumer health. Your safety and well-being is important, but it doesn’t always seem that way when you deal with small town proprietors.

Many smoke shop kratom brands are dangerous because they haven’t been properly tested for heavy metals and other contaminants. This is why we’ve always encouraged users to order from legitimate online kratom sellers.

The top-rated kratom suppliers in 2020 practice GMP compliance, routinely storing their kratom powder in hygiene-friendly cold rooms and submitting each batch to a third party laboratory for testing. The best brands out there disclose lab results and guarantee purity.

The same needs to be true of Indonesian kratom suppliers, but that’s not always the case. Since kratom is an unregulated substance there are few, if any laws, protecting consumers against the harm done by shady companies.

In the past, kratom products have been recalled due to a Salmonella outbreak, one that was likely the consequence of poor hygiene on the part of native farmers. When you’re shopping for an International source make sure that the people you order from use appropriate gear and clean facilities.

If a source cannot disclose proof of hygienic practices then you should definitely stay away. Always avoid any kratom source that refuses to answer questions about their wares.

In the age of VPNs and advanced online privacy, kratom exporters should maintain e-commerce sites that follow proper security protocols and provide a checkout experience that is equally secure. Unfortunately this is not the case with a lot of Indonesian kratom companies.

Malaka Kratom is, perhaps, the best known source for speciosa tea in the region. Alas, their website is not secure, therefore you do not know if your information can or will be compromised during the checkout process.

This is a factor that is of vital importance since there isn’t much you can do if your money is seized or your private information is stolen. In short, it’s your word against theirs and with thousands of miles separating you the chance of recovering your data is virtually non-existent.

Now that we’ve covered all our bases, let’s take a closer look at what makes buying kratom direct from Indonesia a good (or bad) idea.


  • Low prices
  • No middle man
  • No marketing B.S.
  • International shipping
  • Fresh plant matter
  • High alkaloid content


  • Lack of security
  • No money back guarantee
  • Delayed shipping
  • No GMP standards

As you can see, there is a vast difference between International kratom vendors and online sellers here in the U.S. For starters, American kratom sites provide a satisfaction guarantee and a promise that their premium Mitragna speciosa leaf has been lab tested.

What’s more, US-based suppliers frequently offer kratom coupon codes, sitewide discounts, seasonal specials and even sampler packs for first-time customers.


For the sake of illustrating the substantial differences between domestic and international sources, we’ve compiled this comparison of prices, strains and more. We’ve hand-selected the top dealers in the current marketplace so you’ll get the most accurate comparison possible.



Malaka Kratom is a West Borneo business located in Pontianak. They are active on social media where they share images of their harvesting methods and variety of strains. Each of their powders starts at $40 for a full kilogram. That’s a lot of bang for your buck!

Mitragaia is a Florida-based company with headquarters in Jacksonville. They are also active on social, having racked up more than 20,000 Likes on Facebook alone. Customers have afforded them a 4 1/2-star rating with hundreds of reviews all over the Internet. Their kratom tea starts at $5 for an ounce and caps off at $120 for a kilo.

Although Mitragaia’s kilos are significantly more costly than those sold by Malaka Kratom you know you’re getting what you paid for. They share their lab testing with everyone who visits their site and they accept returns on all unopened packages.

Their Rewards Program enables you to earn points towards future orders, making it a cinch to save money. For the more Internet-savvy, their Affiliate Program affords you the opportunity to earn cash by sharing their products on your blog or social media channel.


As you may have guessed, Kratom Sulawesi is a Sulawesi kratom brand. With headquarters in Pontianak, they are another West Borneo supplier with a wealth of kratom strains to choose from. Their prices start at $35 per pouch.

You have to buy two items or more in order to place an order with them. This is rather unorthodox when compared to the practices of your average American e-commerce site. With shipping—which takes 6-9 days—you’re looking at $150 for an unspecified amount of powder.

Kratom Sulawesi has only been around since 2015 which hardly makes them a long-established operation. By contrast, Kraken Kratom has been around for years and have always offered free shipping on eligible packages.


Kraken Kratom’s prices start at just $8.15 for an ounce with a 225 grams going for $63.99. While those prices are far from cheap they are aligned with industry standards. Kraken Kratom gives all of their customer free Same Day Shipping and those who spend over $199 automatically receive Priority Mail for no extra fee.


I think you’ll agree that there is not shortage of options at your disposal, but keeping is domestic will ensure that you get what you want securely and expediently. Those who want quality product that’s guaranteed to do the trick should consider ordering online. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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