9 tips Travel to Indonesia # You must do before travel to Indonesia
I m writing this blog , behalf of the Malaysian student which currently study in Indonesia. We know better when came to all sort of travel trips. Experience when my first came to Indonesia was horrible, as nobody as a guide. Honestly ,we definitely and went through lot of hardships/problem. Soon we gained the lessons. Here I will became the guide and summary all into 9 tips.
Must Read Before Travel To Indonesia.
1. Never bring bunch of cashes with you during travel, it might invited harm.
Debit/Credit card is safe and convenience, compare to cash. Also, Maybank/ Cimb are common banks in Asian country, if you are one of the bank holder.Perhaps can activated oversea usage, so can withdraw cash from the ATM in Indonesia too without oversea withdraw fee.(If I had not mistaken).Or maybe you can bring the cash from own country as emergency back up.Same amount value of money but will be more thicker when change into rupiah, so I prefer to bring few pieces US dollar to keep my purse slim. When I m out of money, I can change it in the money changer. Find the big/ trustable money changer as they normally offer higher changing rate compare the other.
2. Get yourself supir/ local tourguide(A supir better than map)
This is very importnace no matter your go to any place. When come to a strange place, a tourguide/ local friends will be very helpful. Local people know well about the places and price, much better than us in especially in ‘bargain’ , get cheaper price. Without their guide , normally we end up with extra charge/ higher price.
In Indonesia, you can rent a car with driver(supir) either daily or half day. Normally the driver will suggested you the nice places around and give some guides regarding the places.This is tip how to get driver and also tourguide in one pay. As long as my travel, I found most of the supir are very polite/friendly and excited when came to introduce us about his country. They used to point us as ibu/ babak in conversation , it shown their respect. (Thats one of the polite culture I found)
3. Learn language understand the cultures
Hey you who are reading this post, congrats!!! Atleast you show your efforts / do research before your travel. Importance for you to learn the language as not everyone speak English well, simple Indonesia language will be fine. Indonesia is a country enrich with the beauty of tradisional culture, understand the culture so prevent from act something st*pid, which might get the local citizen angry. Becareful with your behavior and respect to the local sentiments.
4. Say No to street food
Street food look yummm, but never let the curiosity overcome your conscionese when come to food. Pick well a clean restoran, order food which well cook and dont go for the spicy food. Street food absolutely a NO to us, foreigners. As most of the foreigner definately will get diarrhea / stomach upset after their street food meal. If you wish to spend most of your travel finding for toilet, I wont stop you.
5. Download grabcar/ uber gojek apps.
Here I would like to introduce 3 online transport apps, which so useful and cheap. The price is stated and fix in the app, can minimize chance to fool by driver with higher charge. I fall in love once I use it especially GOJEK( ONLINE MOTORCYCLE TRANSPORT). Ride on motorbike and pass through the crowd traffic was another level of experience. Motorcycle also time saving compare to car in traffic jam.
6. Proper clothes
For your information, Indonesia is an Islamic country. Not to say prohibited wearing shorts or singlet.But as respect to them, we need to pick proper entire which not so seksi. And for ladies wearing too expose might invited harm or those uneccesary flirt / whispers from the other.
7. Act like a local,even you are not.
That is phenomena in business, which charge more when you are foreigner. For Asian , we can still act as Indonesia local citizen, Asian look quite similar. The tricks is by using only body language , no talk , act steady and calm. Once you speak, straight away can detect you not an Indonesians. It wasn't that I m cheapskate, It just that no worth it to get charge higher just because we are foreigner. Sometimes bargain work well on certain sellers.
8. Visa for Indonesia
Indonesia has free visa for around 160++ country , kindly check if your country was included as well.
yourself a local sim card, and internet data.
The sim card in Indonesia wont cost you much. Having sim card and internet , get you connected with each other and keep safe. Normally sim card selling in airport more expensive, dont buy in airport.
ENJOY YOUR TRAVEL IN INDONESIA
HOPEFULLY THIS MAY HELP.