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What to wear, money matters and more Indonesia travel advice! At Pyala, we have gathered all the information, so you can read about all things practical.

Travel Tips Indonesia

Travel Advice Indonesia | Travel Tips Indonesia

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.  

Idul 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.  

Currency (Money)
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

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.

Please note: 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. Read more.

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). Tipper chauffeur, 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.

More information? Look at the Indonesia page of country compass or ANVR