Travel Indonesia – beyond cheap flights, hotels and discounts


After more than 10 years, my family finally managed to go on vacation together. Due to our limited resources, we decided to go to Indonesia, and our main destinations are Jakarta and Bandung, both on Java island. Here I would like to share many comments that I hope will help anyone planning to visit the Republic, in the areas of money.

1) Choose wise luggage

We were surprised when we found out how willing the locals were at the airports to help load our luggage in the truck. However, my father was quick to point out to all of us, and not to let them do so. These helpers come at a cost. It’s not beneficial for no reason, and they will continually push you to pay after helping you with your luggage, and insist it is not enough with the weight they carried.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to use a luggage when traveling. They are more conducive to pregnancy and thus eliminate the need for help.

2) Know your currency’s conversion factor

Firstly, it is very important that you shop for the best conversion rate whenever you get Rs. Personal funds highlighted a number of them in the November 2007 issue Change office Who offers the best rates and how to get the most out of your money for your review.

Second, now that you have Rs, select the conversion factor. When we exchanged our RM for Rp, Rp 1 000 000 = RM 364. Therefore, the conversion factor was 1000000/364, which is about 2747.25. Let’s bring it closer to 2750. So, whenever you go shopping and if you need a quick check about the value of a commodity in Malaysia, you just need to empty your calculator, and divide the quantity of Rs by the conversion factor, which in this case is 2750.

For example, a shirt is priced at Rp89,500. Divide that by 2750, and you’ll know that it costs about RM 32.55

3) Be kind to your guide and varied spending

We were traveling in a group of nine people, and we had a tour guide / driver taking us to and from town. I did not know what I could do with his suggestions in the many places that we should visit, given the extent to which my parents know the Republic. It turned out that the agency / tour guide had an arrangement with those places.

It turns out that this is how the tour guide earns his living. He gets, or to be more precise, he can get some rewards from the stores we shop at in the restaurants we eat.

There are other miscellaneous expenses to consider when planning travel to Indonesia, which are informal street / vendor fees that you may have to pay. Sometimes, to avoid traffic congestion, the driver takes us to the villages, and the locals are stationed every 30 meters or so, asking for “donations.” For your family, pay!

However, when you are in town and still stuck in traffic, it is not obligatory to pay for street performance or sellers. Some may be more stable than the rest because they can smell tourists from a distance.

4) Location and price

Prices for things vary from place to place, especially food. The price of Nasi Padang, famous for its diversity, is different if you eat in central Jakarta compared to Cengkareng.

So do you keep that in mind oh?

5) A deal like there is no tomorrow

Never, absolute words like so cheap! If so, then you are at their mercy. Be a hard ball, don’t be afraid to get away if you think the item is too expensive …, often two things happen:

A) The store owner finally agrees to lower the price according to your price.

B) You will find the same good in the next store or a nearby store.

Also, if you find a good enough deal, get it! Don’t expect to get a better deal in Jakarta, or any other city that stops after that. You cannot win all the time. At least, reduce your losses. Trust me, when you discover that the same item costs more, or twice in the next city, you will start kicking yourself on that missed opportunity.

6) Criticism is the king

Remember that not all outlets in Indonesia accept credit cards. There have been many stories where tourists, who are often wealthy and not a big fan with large sums of money go to Indonesia, have a fabulous meal at Puncak (which includes 17 plates or so). Unfortunately when it comes to paying time, the restaurant at that time does not receive credit card payments …..

Indonesian companies prefer to be paid immediately. This reduces the need to deal with the bank when it comes to paying credit. So unless you are staying in a five-star hotel with very little movement outside of the city, carry enough cash for your aspirations.

Hope these six tips help.