Travel to Indonesia – Beyond Cheap Flights, Hotels and Discounts

After more than 10 years, my family was finally able to go on vacation together. Given our limited resources, we decided to go to Indonesia. Our main destinations are Jakarta and Bandung, both located on the island of Java. I would like to share here several observations which, hopefully, would help all those who are considering going to the Republic, in the fields of money.

1) Proper choice of luggage

We were surprised how much the airport residents were willing to help load our luggage into the van. However, my father did not delay to report it to us, not to allow it. These aids have a cost. They are of no use, and they will urge you to pay after helping you with your luggage, and they will insist that it is not enough with the weight they have raised.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to use a wheeled luggage when traveling. They are much more convenient to carry and thus eliminate the need for assistance.

2) Know your currency conversion factor

First, it is very important to shop around for the best conversion rate every time you get your Rupiah. Personal Money in its November 2007 issue highlighted several Bureau of Change who offers the best rates and how to make the most of your money for your pleasure.

Second, now that you have your Rupiah, identify the conversion factor. When we traded our RM against Rp, Rp 1,000,000 = RM 364. Therefore, the conversion factor was 1000000/364, or about 2747.25. Let's round it up to 2750. So every time you shop and if you need a quick check of the value of the item in Malaysia, just display your calculator and divide the Rupiah X amount by the postage factor. conversion. the case is 2750.

For example, a shirt priced at 89,500 rupees. Divide that by 2750, and you'll know it costs about RM 32.55.

3) Be nice with your guide and your various expenses

We were traveling in a group of nine and we had a guide / driver who drove us from town to town. I did not know what to make of his suggestions on several places to visit, considering the familiarity of my parents with the republic. It turns out that the agency / tour guide has an arrangement with these places.

It turns out that this is how the guide earns his living. He receives, or more exactly, he can claim rewards in the stores we bought at the restaurants where we ate dinner.

Another miscellaneous expense to keep in mind when planning your trip to Indonesia is the unofficial tolls / vendors that you may have to pay. Sometimes, to avoid traffic jams, the driver took us to the villages and the premises were parked every 30 meters, asking for "donations". For the good of your family, pay!

However, when you are in the city and you are stuck in traffic jams, it is not mandatory to pay the artists or street vendors. Some would be more persistent than others because they can smell tourists from afar.

4) Location and price

The prices of things vary from one place to another, including food. The price of Nasi Padang, famous for its variety, would vary if you dine right in the center of Jakarta compared to Cengkareng.

So keep that in mind, you?

5) Negotiate as if there was no tomorrow

NEVER, EVER, say words as cheap! If so, you are at their mercy. Be tough, do not be afraid to go away if you think the article is too expensive …, more often than not, two events would happen:

a) the merchant would eventually agree to lower the price based on yours.

b) you will find the same item in the nearby store or in one of the nearby stores.

In addition, if you find a good deal, take it! Do not expect a better deal in Jakarta or any other city where you will stop afterwards. You can not win all the time. At least, minimize your losses. Trust me, when you discover that the same object costs more, or twice in the next city, you start hurting yourself on this missed opportunity.

6) Cash is king

Remember that outlets in Indonesia do not accept all credit cards. There have been many stories where tourists, often wealthy and unwilling to carry too much money, went to Indonesia, ate very well in Puncak (which has 17 or more courses). Unfortunately, when it comes time to pay the hour, the restaurant does not receive payment by credit card …..

Indonesian companies prefer to be paid instantly. This reduces the need to deal with the bank with regard to credit payment. So unless you're staying in a five-star hotel with very little movement outside the city, pack enough money for your reading.

I hope these six tips will help you.

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