Travel Indonesia – Beyond cheap flights, hotels and discounts

After more than ten years, my family can finally go on holiday together. Considering our limited resources, we decided to go to Indonesia. Our main destinations are Jakarta and Bandung, all on Java Island. Here, I would like to share some observations and hope to help anyone who plans to visit the Republic in the money field.

1) wise baggage selection

We were surprised to find out how much the locals were willing to load our luggage into the van at the airport. However, my father quickly pointed out to all of us that they were not allowed to do so. These assistants have to pay the price. They don't have any reason to help, they will insist on asking you to pay after you help your luggage, and insist that it is not enough to lift their weight.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you use a wheeled luggage while traveling. They are more convenient to carry and therefore do not need help.

2) Understand your currency conversion factor

First, every time you get Rupiah, it's important to buy the best conversion rate. The personal funds in the November 2007 issue highlighted several Change bureau Provide the best price and how to make the most of your funds for perusal.

Second, since you have your rupee, you need to find the conversion factor. When we exchange RM for Rp, Rp 1 000 000 = RM 364. Therefore, the conversion factor is 1000000/364, which is about 2747.25. Let's organize it into 2750. So whenever you go shopping, if you need to quickly check the value of Malaysia's items, just pop your calculator and then divide the Rupiah number of X by the conversion factor in this case. It is 2750.

For example, a shirt with a price of Rp89,500. Divide it by 2750 and you'll know that it costs about RM32.55.

3) Very good for your guides and other expenses

We traveled in groups of nine and we had a tour guide/driver to take us around, from one city to another. Considering my parents' familiarity with the Republic, I don't know what advice he would like to visit in several places. It has been proven that the agency/guide has arrangements with these places.

It turns out that this is the lifestyle of the tour guide. He accepts or, more accurately, he can get some rewards from the stores we shop at the restaurants we dine in.

Another miscellaneous expense to keep in mind when planning your trip to Indonesia is the informal street toll/supplier you may need to pay. Sometimes, in order to avoid traffic jams, the driver will take us into the village, and the locals will station once every 30 meters to ask for “donations”. For your family, please pay!

However, when you are in the city and encounter a traffic jam, it is not necessary to pay the pedestrian street performer or supplier. Some people are more durable than others because they can smell tourists in the distance.

4) Location and price

Prices vary from place to place, especially food. Nasi Padang is known for its variety. If you are dining in the centre of Jakarta, the price will be different compared to Cengkareng.

So please remember your thoughts?

5) Bargaining is like no tomorrow

Never, so cheap words! If so, you are their pity. If you think this project is too expensive, don't be afraid to walk away… usually two things happen:

a) The store owner will eventually agree to lower the price based on your price.

b) You will find the same item in the store next door or in a nearby store.

Also, if you find a good enough bargain, grab it! Don't expect to get better deals in Jakarta or any other city after that. You can't always win. At least, try to minimize your losses. Believe me, when you find that the same items cost more, or spend twice in the next city, you will start to struggle with missed opportunities.

6) Cash is king

Please note that not every store in Indonesia accepts credit cards. There are many stories, tourists, often wealthy, not those big fans who carry too much cash to Indonesia, and have a hearty meal at Puncak (including about 17 dishes). Unfortunately, when it comes to paying time, the restaurant didn't receive credit card payments at the time…..

Indonesian companies are more willing to get paid immediately. This reduces the need to deal with banks in terms of credit payments. Therefore, unless you live in a five-star hotel with few activities in and out of the city, please bring enough cash for you to read.

I hope these six tips are helpful.