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 the island of Java. Here, I want to share some thoughts, hoping to help anyone who intends to visit the Republic in the area of money.
1) Smart luggage choice
We were surprised to find that the locals were willing to help us load our luggage into the truck at the airport. However, my father quickly pointed it out to all of us instead of allowing them to do so. These assistants need to pay a certain price. They help for no reason. After helping you with your luggage, 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 to use wheeled suitcases when traveling. They are very convenient to carry, so no help is needed.
2) Know your currency conversion factor
First, when you get the Indonesian rupiah, it’s important to shop around to get the best conversion rate. “Personal Money” is highlighted in its November 2007 edition Change bureau Provide the best price and read carefully how to make the most of your funds.
Secondly, since you have Indonesian rupiah, please 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, whenever you shop, if you need to quickly check the value of the item in Malaysia, just pop up the calculator and divide the X shield amount by the conversion factor. The case is 2750.
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 tour guide and other miscellaneous expenses
We travel in groups of nine, and we have a tour guide/driver to take us between cities. Considering my parents’ familiarity with the Republic, I don’t know what his suggestions for several places we should go. It turns out that the travel agency/guide has arrangements with these places.
It turned out that it was the way guides make a 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 a trip to Indonesia is unofficial street tolls/vendors that you may have to pay. Sometimes, in order to avoid traffic congestion, the driver will take us into the village, and the locals will stop every 30 meters or so and ask for “donations.” For your family, please pay!
However, when you are in the city and the traffic is congested, you don’t have to pay for pedestrian street performers or vendors. Some will last longer than others because they will smell distant visitors.
4) Location and price
The price of things varies from place to place, especially food. If you eat in the center of Jakarta, the price of Nasi Padang will be different compared to Cengkareng.
So please remember this?
Never, never said such cheap words! If so, you will receive their mercy. Be a tough guy, if you think the product is too expensive, don’t be afraid to walk away… Two things often happen:
a) The shop owner finally agrees to lower the price based on your price.
b) You will find the same item in the store next door or one of the nearby stores.
Also, if you find a good enough deal, grab it! Don’t expect better deals in Jakarta or any other city that stops there. You can’t always win. At least minimize the loss. Believe me, when you find that the same item is more expensive, or spend it twice in the next city, you will start fighting for the missed opportunity.
6) Cash is king
Please note that not every branch in Indonesia accepts credit cards. There are many stories. Tourists usually dine in Puncak (usually there are about 17 kinds). These tourists are usually rich people, not those loyal supporters who carry too much cash to Indonesia. Unfortunately, when it comes to payment time, restaurants will no longer be able to receive credit card payments…
Indonesian companies prefer instant payment. This reduces the need to deal with banks in terms of credit payments. Therefore, unless you live outside a five-star hotel and you rarely get out of town, please bring enough cash to read carefully.
Hope these six tips can help you.