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Practical travel tips for a trip to Indonesia
The Ramadan will take place this year from 27 May to 24 June 2017. During the
Ramadan, Indonesia can travel well. However, you should keep in mind that
restaurants are closed more often, you will have to look for an alternative.
Shops and museums are just open. Banks and offices are often closed in the
afternoon. Also, alcohol is often more difficult to obtain during Ramadan.
We always advise Indonesia to take earplugs on travel. This prevents you from
waking up by the morning prayer.
Fitri (Celebration day after Ramadan)
After 29/30 days, the end of the Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day party
with family and friends. This will take place from 25 to 28 June 2017.
Delicious dishes are prepared during these days. Family and friends are
visiting together and giving presents to each other. Everyone is also
attracting new clothes.
During the Sugar Festival, you should take into account additional straights on
the roads (especially on Java). Also hotels and domestic flights can be three
times as expensive and get fast full!
Not every island in Indonesia is Islamic. At Bali and Flores you will find
little brands of the Ramadan.
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR). May 2014 was worth € 1, - equal to
15,805 Rupiah. Note: The value changes very quickly! For the current rate,
please visit www.oanda.com
There are coins 100, 200 and 500 Rupiah. Tickets are in 1000, 5000, 10,000,
20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Rupiah coupons. The easiest thing is to pin money,
which can be almost at all ATMs that are equipped with the Cirrus logo.
Traveler Checks are not required to take along and the rate is lower than when
you switch pint or contact money. If you want to exchange money, you may want to
do the best with a bank or an official money swap. Try to swap big coupons in
smaller ones, because often it's hard to pay big coupons.
dollar bills from 2002 are not accepted! You should therefore be careful in the
Netherlands. Large hotels usually also exchange dollars and euros, both checks
and cash. The rate calculated can vary from bank to bank.
The famous credit cards are accepted almost everywhere by the major centers in
Bali and Lombok. Visa and Mastercard are recommended.
However, it is unwise to rely solely on the debit card to collect money. For
example, if a local ATM can not connect to verify the PIN, it will not work.
For more information on pin locations in Indonesia, visit this website:
You can already order foreign currency online by our cooperation with the GWK.
Staff who make the trip enjoyable by cooking a nice meal, making beds, etc.
deserve very little without exception. You can not end the overall poverty in
Indonesia, but make sure that the people who work for you get a good tip. In
Indonesia, giving a tip to a person who helped you is very common. Indonesians
do so themselves too. Someone who carries your bag from the car to the room,
someone holding your hand on a difficult path etc. Depending on the level of
satisfaction, you give 5 to 10 percent of the bill to the fee. It is also
common to give guides and drivers a tip.
Fee Guide (which is included on the trip and is already paid) throughout the
day, approximately 50,000 IDR, for a local guide who only accompanied you with
a landmark of approximately 30,000 IDR (eg Borobudur).
approximately 50,000 IDR per day. The driver is basically no guide. If he told
you a lot more, and you know the beautiful places on the way, this is
definitely worth a good trip!
Both the guide (if required) and the driver get money for their food and
accommodation on the way. It also happens that hotels give the guide and driver
free shelter. The driver also receives money for parking fees. If it asks for
money for any issue, please contact the office directly. Afterwards it is
always very difficult to reverse business.
Porters, for carrying a bag about 5,000 - 10,000 IDR per baggage, depending on
size and distance.
With the exception of the big supermarkets, restaurants and department stores
you can negotiate everywhere. Perhaps embarrassing, but in Indonesia a widely
accepted social game and not a matter of life or death. Stay well moody. How
does work work?
After the seller mentioned the price, you shake up and you'll be at least
halfway. Then he scared again and told that he had 10 more children at home, a
grandmother maintained by him and that the oldest goes to school etc. But
ahead, he's especially paying for the price. After talking back and forth, you
usually get both. It's very rude to scratch again. Do not lose the value about
the difference. For us it is often nothing (0.50 eurocent) but for them it can
make a lot of difference. Just pay what you have left for it. Then it's best
that someone else has gotten cheaper elsewhere, sorry than that. You have
closed the sale yourself and were so pleased with the price.
Almost anywhere in Indonesia you can use the internet. Many hotels have wifi
(ask at reception) There are also internet cafes in the larger cities. On the
less touristy islands like the Sunda islands, Sulawesi and the Moluccas, the
internet is often limited.
International calling from your hotel is generally very expensive. Skype with
your own laptop or tablet is also often available in hotels, cafes and
restaurants with Wifi. You can also call the Netherlands with your mobile
phone, but this is often costly. If you plan to call a lot, you may want to
purchase a local SIM card. The country code for Indonesia is 0062
Dutch plugs fit most unhealthy power sockets, although sometimes you have to
push a bit. In most places, 220 volts are common, but a single time comes 110
volts. Power failures sometimes occur. In that case, hotels usually have
candles or oil lamps, but it is not an unnecessary luxury to bring a good
flashlight. Even when walking out in the evening, it is advisable to bring a
lantern. The large number of holes, bumps and trenches in and along the roads
can cause ugly surprises if suddenly the street light is lost.
Look at the Indonesia page of country compass or ANVR