Travel Indonesia – beyond cheap flights, hotels and discounts

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

1) Choose wise luggage

We were surprised to find how prepared the locals at the airports were to help load our luggage into the truck. However, my father was quick to point to all of us, not to let them. These helpers come at a cost. They are not useful for no reason, and will constantly push you to pay after helping you with your luggage, and insist that they are insufficient by the weight you have lifted.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to use roller luggage when traveling. They are more convenient to carry and thus eliminate the need for help.

2) Know your currency conversion factor

First, it is very important to shop for the best conversion rate when you get Rs. Personal money was highlighted in the November 2007 issue Change Office That offers the best prices and how to get the most out of your money for your viewing pleasure.

Second, now that you have Rs, select the conversion factor. When we exchanged RM for Rp, Rp 1 000 000 = RM 364. So, the conversion factor was 1000000/364, which is about 2747.25. So, whenever you go shopping and if you need a quick check of how much the item is worth in Malaysia, you only need to put your calculator, and divide X by Rupiah by the conversion factor, which in this case is 2750.

For example, a shirt priced at Rp89,500. Divide that by 2750, and you'll know it costs around RM32.55

3) Be nice to your tour guide and diversified spending

We were traveling in a group of nine and we had a tour guide / driver leading us around and from city to city. I didn't know what I could offer from his suggestions on the many places we should visit, taking into account how well my father knew the republic. It turns out that the tour guide / agency has an arrangement with those places.

It turns out that this is how the tour guide earns his living. Receive, or be more precise, he can claim some rewards from the stores that we shopped at the restaurants we ate.

Another miscellaneous expenditure to consider when planning travel to Indonesia is fees / informal vendors you may have to pay. Sometimes, to avoid traffic congestion, the driver takes us to the villages, and locals will be stationed every 30 meters or so, to ask for donations. For the sake of your family, pay!

However, when you are in the city and you are stuck in traffic, it is not compulsory to pay street performers or vendors. Some may be more stable than the rest because they can smell tourists from afar.

4) Location and price

Prices for things vary from place to place, especially food. The price of Nasi Padang, famous for its variety, may vary if you eat right in the center of Jakarta compared to Cengkareng.

Does she keep that in mind ya?

5) Bargaining like no tomorrow

Never, never absolute words like so cheap! If so, then you are at their mercy. Be tough, don't be afraid to get away if you think the item is expensive …, more often than not, two things will happen:

A) The shopkeeper finally agreed to lower the price according to you.

B) You'll find the same item in the nearby store or one in the vicinity.

Also, if you find a good deal enough, grab it! Don't expect to get a better deal in Jakarta or any other city you stop after. You can't 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 begin to overcome this missed opportunity.

6) Cash is king

Remember that not every outlet in Indonesia accepts credit cards. There were many stories where tourists, often high-net-worth, not big-money enthusiasts, went to Indonesia, and had a great meal at Puncak (which has 17 dishes or so). Unfortunately when it comes to paying time, the restaurant does not receive back credit card payments …..

Indonesian companies prefer to pay immediately. This reduces the need to deal with the bank when it comes to paying credit. So unless you're staying in a five-star hotel with very little movement outside the city, carry enough money to show you.

Hopefully these six tips will help.