If you are not a travel savvy person, going on a vacation abroad might seem a little bit intimidating; especially when you are planning to travel in the biggest continent on Earth which is home to hundreds of different cultures, languages and lifestyles. Indonesia is one of those vibrant countries in Asia which is a melting pot for different cultures. If you pay attention to a few useful travel tips for Indonesia and Bali, your holiday in there might be one of the most memorable experiences that you will ever have.
Below you can see some of the travel tips and useful information that are worth reading before planning your honeymoon in Indonesia.
Useful Travel Tips for Indonesia and Bali
- More than 700 languages are spoken in Indonesia but the official language is Indonesian. In major tourist destinations, there are enough bilinguals who can speak English.
- Local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). You can find ATM machines in the bigger cities and major touristic destinations. We suggest you to always carry some cash with you in smaller denominations because most of cab drivers and the smaller merchants at the local markets only accept cash. Keep in mind that many everyday purchases in Indonesia require bargaining.
- Tipping is optional but expected for many services in big cities. In tourist destinations like Bali, most of the restaurants include a service charge in the bill therefore there is no need to tip extra. Taxi drivers and masseurs sometimes expect tip and you can offer small tips out of politeness.
- During your stay in Indonesia, always prefer bottled water instead of tap water.
- If your trip will include island transfers by small planes or boats, pack your suitcase lighter.
- Bring water-proof backpack or a dry bag to protect your camera and other electronics from rain and the sea.
- Pack a travel size mosquito repellent in your luggage.
- Bring an umbrella or a lightweight rain jacket and a pair of comfortable shoes for hiking and sightseeing.
- Although the main religion in Indonesia is Islam, the country is also home to millions of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. Most probably, you are going to visit temples of different religions during your holiday. Therefore, always be respectful to different religions and local people in the country and try to avoid verbal arguments. When you are visiting a temple or a mosque, you should follow the etiquette and dress code.
If you have any questions or want to add something to our list, please don’t hesitate to comment below!
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