After more than ten years, my family was finally able to go on vacation together. Considering our limited resources, we decided to go to Indonesia, our main destinations are Jakarta and Bandung on Java. Here I would like to share some thoughts and hope to be helpful for anyone who intends to visit the Republic in the field of money.
1] Smart baggage choice
We were surprised to find that the locals were willing to help us load our luggage into a van at the airport. However, my father soon pointed out to all of us instead of allowing them to do so. These assistants need to pay a price. They help for no reason. After moving your baggage, they will continue to urge you to pay and insist that it is not enough for the weight they lift.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you use a wheeled luggage when traveling. They are very convenient to carry, so no help is needed.
2] Know your currency conversion factor
First of all, when you get Indonesian Rupiah, it is important to shop around to get the best conversion rate. Personal Money highlighted in its November 2007 edition Change bureau Provide the best price and how to make the most of your funds for careful reading.
Second, since you own the Indonesian rupiah, determine the conversion factor. When we change RM to Rp, Rp 1 000 000 = RM364. Therefore, the conversion factor is 1000000/364, which is approximately 2747.25. Let's round it to 2750. Therefore, every time you shop, if you need to quickly check the value of the product in Malaysia, just pop up the calculator and divide the amount of X shield by the conversion factor, which is 2750 in this case.
For example, the price of a shirt is Rp89,500. Divide it by 2750 and you will know that it costs about RM 32.55
3] Be kind to your guides and other miscellaneous expenses
We travel in groups of nine and we have tour guides / drivers to take us around the city. Given my parents' familiarity with the republic, I don't know what he suggests about the few places we should go. It turns out that travel agencies / guides have arrangements with these places.
It turns out that this is how tour guides earn their living. He will receive, or more accurately, he can get some rewards from the store where we shop in the restaurant.
Another miscellaneous expense to keep in mind when planning your trip to Indonesia is the unofficial street toll / street vendor you may have to pay. Sometimes, in order to avoid traffic congestion, the driver will take us into the village, and the locals will be stationed every 30 meters or so and ask for "donations". For your family, please pay!
However, you don't have to pay for pedestrian performers or street vendors when you are in a city and traffic is heavy. Some will last longer than others because they will smell tourists from afar.
4] Location and price
The price of things varies from place to place, especially food. If you eat in the heart of Jakarta, the price of Nasi Padang will be different compared to Cengkareng.
So keep this in mind?
Never, never been so cheap! If so, you will receive their mercy. Be a tough guy, if you think the goods are too expensive, don't be afraid to walk away … two things often happen:
a] The owner finally agrees to reduce the price based on your price.
b] You will find the same product in the store next door or one of the stores nearby.
Also, if you find a good enough deal, grab it! Don't expect a better deal in Jakarta or any other city where you subsequently stop. You can't always win. Minimize losses at least. Believe me, when you find that the same item costs more or twice as much in the next city, you will start to struggle for missed opportunities.
6] Cash is king
Please note that not every branch in Indonesia accepts credit cards. There are many stories where tourists usually dine in Puncak [usually around 17], and these tourists are usually rich, not loyal supporters who carry too much cash to Indonesia. Unfortunately, when it comes to payment time, restaurants will no longer receive credit card payments …
Indonesian companies prefer instant payments. This reduces the need to deal with banks on credit payments. Therefore, unless you are staying in a five-star hotel and rarely travel out of town, please bring enough cash for close reading.
Hope these six tips will help you.