Are you planning to travel to Indonesia? Great choice, but let’s know some interesting tips before going there. Here are the most important, which will help.

  1. In Indonesia, you need to bargain everything! For example for 10 magnets they will ask 300 000 IDR (21 EUR), but you can get them for 40 000 IDR (3 EUR). What a difference! It helps when you say you are a student, or you bought the same thing yesterday in next shop for 35 000 IDR, or you show them the money you want to spend for certain thing and you will not spend more -> this was most efficient for me!  During traveling in Asia, you will find many ways how to bargain
    Bargain everything

    Bargain everything

    Woman selling bananas, you can get them for 4000 only

    Woman selling bananas, you can get them for 4000 only

  2. You need to pay 35 USD (on internet it was 25 USD, but they changed it during 2014) for 30 days visa in Indonesia. Get the certain amount before entering the country. Again you need to pay 200 000 IDR when leaving Indonesia (on internet you might find an old information: 100 000 IDR)

    Ready for Indonesia

    Ready for Indonesia

  3. Withdraw limit for ATMs in Indonesia is usually 1 2000 000 IDR/80 EUR. You will always become a millionaire after withdrawing money from ATM! 🙂

    Being a millionare in Indonesia

    Being a millionare in Indonesia

  4. The best time to travel is in April – May and in October – November. This is low season with fewer tourists. It can rain occasionally, mostly in the evenings
    Heave rain in the evening in Gilis

    Heave rain in the evening in Gilis

    Rain in the afternoon in Java

    Rain in the afternoon in Java

    Empty beach in Senggigi, Lombok in November

    Empty beach in Senggigi, Lombok in November

  5. Prefer to eat in Warungs (local restaurants), or buy a food on the street. Always eat where locals eat, not in restaurants for tourists. It is 2 -3 times cheaper, more delicious, and you will not get sick. Have also in mind that in Indonesia most of the restaurants do not have refrigerators, eat where many people are. Eggs and meat on the sun will not get spoiled
    Local food in Yogakarta

    Local food in Yogakarta

    Food from restaurant for tourist 3 times more expensive than on the street

    Food from restaurant for tourist 3 times more expensive than on the street

  6. Traffic is crazy, there are no rules! Be careful when driving a car or motorbike
    Traffic in Yogakarta, Indonesia

    Traffic in Yogakarta, Indonesia

    On motorbikes you can take everything

    On motorbikes you can take everything

    Chidren drive the motobike in Indonesia

    Chidren drive the motobike in Indonesia

  7. Hot water is luxury! Only better hotels have hot water for showering. As in Indonesia there are never less than 30 degrees, for locals it does not make sense to shower with hot water, and of course, it is too expensive

    Hot shower and privacy was a luxury in Ubud, Bali

    Hot shower and privacy was a luxury in Ubud, Bali

  8. How to find accommodation if you have not arranged it before? Locals wait for tourists close to terminals, harbors and bus stations. You will be offered rooms; you can have a look and decide. The cheapest accommodation we had was for 150 000 IDR/night/room (around 10 EUR). Be aware that during high season (July – August) capacity of accommodation can be lower

    Accomodation for 150 000 IDR in Java, Indonesia

    Accomodation for 150 000 IDR in Java, Indonesia

  9. Buy local spray with lavender against mosquitoes during night, and use it in the room 15 minutes before sleeping -> however, you need to leave the room during that time. Afterwards, you do not need to be afraid of insects and cockroaches
  10. White skin attracts locals mostly in rural places of Indonesia. Everybody wants to make photo with you – you are like a celebrity. However, in more touristy places, you will be attracted by locals when they will try to sell you stuff – don’t forget about it & read again the tip #1! 🙂
    My boyfriend as a star in Java

    My boyfriend a star in Java

    Being a star in Borobudur

    Being a star in Borobudur

Have you been to Indonesia? What are your travel tips for Indonesia? Share your experience with us!

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