Cost of living
Prices vary widely in Indonesia and inflation remains very important. Bali is often more expensive than the rest of Indonesia. For housing, it takes about 50.000 Rp for Rp 300.000 losmen simple for a mid range hotel. Prices can easily soar, especially in Bali, to $ 100 or $ 200 a night for hotels comfort of high class or five star hotels. The same goes for dining which will cost a flat Rp 5,000 to Rp 10.000 in warungs (typical restaurants and very simple) and Rp 15.000 to 30.000 in the tourist restaurants. Some upscale restaurants show prices similar to those observed in France.
The Indonesian rupiah. The Euro is accepted in tourist areas such as Java, Bali and Lombok. For U.S. dollars, the exchange is more favorable for cuts $ 100. Beware though, the tickets prior to 1996 or damaged are not returnable. In big cities and tourist centers, one can easily withdraw money using credit cards (VISA and MASTERCARD). Traveler’s checks are also accepted but at lower rates.
Circulating in Indonesia
For long distances, the airplane is the fastest. There are now a multitude of airlines making very attractive prices (Garuda, Merpati). As an example guide, round trip “Jakarta-Denpasar” will cost you 75 to 150 € uros according to the company. It takes an airport tax of Rp 15.000 or 20.000 for domestic flights and Rp 100.000 for international flights.
The rail network is excellent and nonexistent in Bali and the Sunda Islands. Security is not up and it is not uncommon for travelers “lost” some of their luggage … therefore not recommended!
The bus provides a good alternative if they have time. There are many bus companies with very comfortable, especially for long distances. Much more economical than the plane, the bus can observe the scenery and get in touch with Indonesian.
The car, meanwhile, is the ideal way to explore Indonesia because it offers flexibility and independence. Be careful driving (left) of certain “sports” (shit, cock, bikes …). It is often preferable to use a driver Indonesia. You can rent a car without a problem in Bali and Java with or without driver. For single vehicles should be from 80.000 to 100.000 Rp day without a driver. Take approximately Rp 100.000 day for the driver and gasoline.
The bike can also be a very valuable means of transport to discover parts of Indonesia. Can be rented for Rp 30.000 to Rp 50.000 the day but still dangerous driving and insurance often very limited!
Electricity is 220 Volts taken almost anywhere and are the same as in France. An adapter is therefore quite useless.
There are all major brands of film in Indonesia, and their price is lower than that in France. Opportunity to develop the film and perform on-site paper prints correctly, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali. For slides, it is best to wait for your return to France.
The Indonesian staple food is rice. It is cooked hot or cold with vegetables, meat, spicy sauces with various … We always appreciate a good “nasi goreng” (fried rice traditional dish with pieces of vegetables and egg)!
There are also many small kebabs, pastries and very sweet, of course, tropical fruit as desired (bananas, mangoes, papayas).
To tip the guides, porters and local drivers, waiters … is a common practice in Indonesia. Outside the tourist areas, however, tipping is not customary.
Passport valid for at least 6 months after the presumed date of return. Tourist visas are now paid directly and can be obtained on arrival at the airport for some citizens (French, Swiss, Canadian, Belgian …) against the sum of $ 25 (one month valid visa and non-renewable place). To work, study or business in Indonesia, you must obtain a visa from the Embassy of Indonesia with reference letter from an Indonesian company.
No vaccinations are required. Antimalarial treatment is recommended, although malaria has disappeared theory of Java and Bali. We recommend that you be up to date vaccinations for all your classic (diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, polio).
Vaccination recommended for hepatitis A and B.
Indonesia is a safe country and tourists are very welcome. But as always, it is not to flaunt wealth and be vigilant in crowded places, markets, downtown, etc. …. Some areas are discouraged or even prohibited to foreigners (Moluccas, Aceh in Sumatra …). You can check with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs to consider before you visit Indonesia.