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Two possibilities spring to mind. Coca Cola is produced by local partners, http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/bottler-web-sites it is possible that the local partner in Indonesia does not have the space on its production line to make diet coke, which means that it would have to be imported, hence the higher price. The second thought that I had ...


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Indonesia uses European-style two-pin round plugs ('C'-type is the most common variant found): Voltage is at 220 V 50 Hz (as opposed to 110 V 60 Hz in US). Most modern electronic equipment that has auto-sensing capability should work without needing a voltage converter, you will need a plug adapter though which can buy cheap online. As for Apple products ...


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I have never tried to get my visa extended in Indonesia. Take this is a disclaimer, then, for this what I know from a mix of personal experience and what I've heard from other travellers. A lot of fanfare was made in 2009-2010 when it was announced that VOAs would be made extendable. Technically, the visa-on-arrival is extendable for 30 days in addition to ...


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The native language in Bali is bahasa Bali (Balinese). The official language in Indonesia is bahasa Indonesia (not Malay as you said, due to political reasons the two languages have separated). Anyway, Bahasa Indonesia is used by all people for education, government and almost everything else in Indonesia. You definitely should choose Bahasa Indonesia since ...


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No you can't, the Indonesian VOA is a single entry visa valid for one entry for 30 days. I go to Jakarta at least once a month and my passport is full with these, unfortunately even if I come back in less than 30 days I will have to issue a new one for each entry. So, consider an extra $25 VOA fees for the second itinerary. Official reference: Directorate ...


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One by one: Yes, Indonesian ferries are that bad. Overcrowding is rife, safety precautions are often non-existent, and the open sea can often be rough. As a simple example, Jakarta Globe's category "Indonesia boat accident" has at least 7 separate sinkings that killed people for 2014 alone, and see the links in this answer for some stories of a typical ...


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I'm Indonesian. To my knowledge, tipping is not common in Indonesia (no unwritten rules or the like). But yes, sometimes they expect a tip, especially when the guest (local or foreigner) is considered rich. Most Indonesians assume that people coming from developed countries are rich. Even when they are not, the currency exchange rate makes them rich in ...


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Fortunately, Indonesia is not India. Here's how to do it: Walk outside your hotel, pick up a rock, throw it. It will land on a shopping mall, convenience store, corner shop, wartel or guy squatting on the pavement festooned with colorful signs for Indosat (IM3), Telkomsel (simPATI) or XL Axiata. Hand over around Rp 10,000 ($1), preferably while showing ...


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EDIT: Please read jpatokal's comment as in Papua some things might be different. I can't really tell because I haven't been to Irian Jaya (Indonesian Papua) yet, but are you sure about "eat as locals"? It's sure the cheapest, but many westeners won't stand eating white rice three times a day... Just buy a roti sobek (white bread filled with chocolate, ...


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It is put up in front of the bride's house before the wedding. UPDATE: As I was asked for reference... I am currently staying in Indonesia and showed the picture to my local friends. They told me about the meaning. I also asked whether it's just common here in Java (because in indonesia every region has it's own traditions), and they replied it is common in ...


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The best I can figure this there is a party of some sort going on at the house that arrow is pointing to. The Janur Kuning is traditional ornaments, not to be confused with the Movie under the same name, that appear to designate the house where a celebration or a ceremony takes place. The particular image that you posted is also visible on Wikipedia's ...


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I live in Singapore, and have taken the ferry to Bintan, which is a very similar service to the one that goes to Batam. I plan to take the Batam one as well. Let me first clear up the confusion you have acquired by reading that page on Travelfish.org. They mention that the ferry to Indonesia takes "a couple of days" and "is no cheaper than flying." They ...


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A tourist visa for US citizens can obtained upon arrival for 25 USD, preferably cash, exact change. After you deplane you first stop will be immigration. Before immigration there will be some well signed, official, booths for obtaining visa on arrival (VOA). There will be a fee of 25USD (this it not a bribe or anything of that nature, but a legitimate fee). ...


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The situation in Indonesia is very similar to Malaysia, and I'll quote my own answer to another question, with minor tweaks when applicable: While you certainly can get drinks and food, most places that stay open do so a little discreetly, with curtains on the windows etc, and you'll want to show respect to people who are fasting by not eating, ...


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Yes, as a tourist you can use your own license, but you will also need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). In India you can get this from your local RTO office, procedures will vary slightly but here's the requirements for Karnataka.


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Ebola Guidance for Airlines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC requests airline crews to ask sick travelers if they were in Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the last 21 days. If YES, AND they have any of these Ebola symptoms—fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or ...


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Background: I'm reading "The Lunatic Express" at present, which tries to open travellers' eyes to the fact that these 'terrifying' roads, buses and ferries are part of thousands of peoples' daily commutes. Yes, they're probably more dangerous than your car ride this morning at home, but people take them every day without concern. In the book, Carl Hoffman ...


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You may get visa when you'll arrive in Indonesia http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/consular/voa.htm


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I see you've already found Perama, which is the largest cruise/ferry operator around Lombok, and they're quoting Rp 1.3 million for a deck fare, which sounds about right (~US$110). There are other operators, but I doubt you're going to find anything substantially cheaper, and if you do it'll be cheap for a reason (unseaworthy boat etc). Even Perama is kind ...


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Since Bali's main income is from tourism, you can survive by just using English, and the local people are able to speak English or at least "broken English" (This is not applicable to any other island in Indonesia). If you want to use local language, you better choose to learn a bit of Indonesian words. Some basic words (other than what MeNoTalk has ...


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Very, very often, as you arrive at the airport of a country you'll see free (or cheap) maps for tourists. They'll often highlight key accommodation spots, or restaurants or tourist sites. These are (more often than not) immediately after you exit to land-side - ie where friends/relatives wait for you. There's often an information counter or desk with ...


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Based on your budget, it's quite difficult to rent a service Apartment. The only way to go is to rent the apartment from the owner directly. You can try Roomorama or AirBnb for this. If you click on the Rates tab, both website also provide monthly rent rates. Personally I think you may get a better luck with Roomorama. However you may want to top up a ...


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You should be able to observe the blue flame each night, as it's the temperature of the flame and the substances burning. However, this is nature, nothing is guaranteed. Saying that, it is reliable enough that there are tours built around it. For example, the Paket Kawah Igen Blue Fire Tour. It's in Indonesia, but running it through Google Translate, ...


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There's no hard evidence in this thread on ThaiVisa.com, but it's clear something happened in 2008 (during which time Coke Light was nearly unavailable) that led to this differential. Speculation includes an attempt to drive purchases of Coke Zero, a production shortage, or simply a desire to raise prices.


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Some initial observations ... your one week on Java, traveling by train and trying to visit four different locations, seems rather busy busy and won't give you lots of time at each locale to explore around. The rest of the itinerary also has a lot going on for the time allotted, especially when you figure in the limited number of flights offered and how ...


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Disclaimer: Never been to Indonesia, but planning to go in August+September. There are some quite detailed questions I can't answer, but I think there is one rather big issue you should consider before thinking about the others: The Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan is from June, 18th to July, 16th this year. Observant Muslims are not allowed to eat from ...


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3-4 months is too short for most rental agencies, which means your best option is probably going to be a service apartment. Plenty of choices (Ascott, Oakwood, Somerset etc), just Google around. The first and most important question is, where will you be spending your days in Jakarta? The traffic is astonishingly terrible and you want to stay as close to ...


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They returned to the immigration office asked some questions and apparently the receipt tells them to come back on Thursday (4 days time) to collect their passports.


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Planning an unplanned trip, eh? But seriously, there is only Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The short way to Malaysia would be over land, towards Kuching. One of the larger ship operators doesn't go directly abroad from Borneo, but you can go to Jakarta, then Sumatra and go on from there. Be aware that the ferries there are in terrible conditions, often ...



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