Travel beyond Indonesia-cheap flights, hotels and discounts


After 10 years, my family was finally able to vacation together. Considering the limited resources, we decided to go to Indonesia. The main destinations are Jakarta and Bandung on Java Island. Here I would like to share some observations that can help everyone who wants to visit the Republic in the field of money.

1) Choose your smart baggage

We were surprised to find out how locals are willing to load and load luggage at the airport. However, my father quickly pointed out to all of us, so that they would not do so. These helpers are expensive. They don’t help for no reason and claim that after helping you with your baggage, it’s not suitable for the weight that constantly pushes and lifts you for payment.

Therefore, it is recommended to use roller luggage when traveling. It is much more convenient to carry, so no help is needed.

2) Know the currency conversion factor

First, it is very important to purchase the best conversion rate each time you get a rupiah. Personal money in the November 2007 issue highlighted several Bureau de Change It offers the best rates and how to make the most of your money for your perusal.

Second, now with Rupiah, identify the conversion factor. When exchanging RM to Rp, the conversion factor is 1000000/364 (about 2747.25) since Rp 1 000 = RM 364. Round up to 2750. So, whenever you need a quick check on the value of items in Malaysia every time you shop, pop the calculator and divide the X amount of Rupiah by the conversion factor. The case is 2750.

For example, the shirt price is Rp89,500. If you divide this by 2750 you will find that it costs about RM 32.55.

3) Be kind to travel guides and other expenses

We were traveling in a group of 9 people and we had a tour guide/driver who guided us from city to city. I didn’t know what my proposal would make for many places to visit, considering how familiar my parents are to the Republic. It turns out that the agency/tour guide has a contract with that place.

That’s how the tour guide makes his life. He can be rewarded or more accurately at the store where we shop at the restaurant where we ate.

Other expenses to keep in mind when planning your trip to Indonesia are unofficial street tolls/suppliers. Sometimes to avoid traffic congestion, drivers take us to the village and locals are stationed every 30 meters and demand’donations’. Pay for the family!

However, if you are in the city and are in a traffic jam, you will have to pay for a walking street performer or supplier. Some are more persistent than others, because they can smell tourists from a distance.

4) Location and price

The price of things varies from place to place, especially food. Dining in Nakar Padang ranges from dining to Cengkareng in central Jakarta.

So do you remember later?

5) Trade as if there is no tomorrow

Never say that cheap word! If so, you are at their mercy. Be a hard object. If you think the goods are too expensive, don’t be afraid to walk out. More often, two things will happen.

a) The shop owner eventually agrees to lower the price according to you.

b) You can find the same item in the store next door or in one of the nearby stores.

Also catch if you find enough discounts! Don’t expect better deals in Jakarta or any other city that has stopped since. You cannot always win. Minimize losses at a minimum. If you find out that the same item is 2 times more expensive in the next city, you will miss the chance.

6) Cash is king

Credit cards are not available in all stores in Indonesia. There were a lot of stories that there were a lot of rich people but many fans who didn’t carry a lot of cash went to Indonesia. Unfortunately, when paying time, the restaurant does not accept credit card payments…..

Indonesian companies prefer to pay immediately. This reduces the need to deal with banks when it comes to credit payments. So, unless you stay at a five-star hotel with little movement outside the city, you should have enough cash.

I hope these 6 tips will help.