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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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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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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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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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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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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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The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low. I'd advise you to reconsider renting a scooter though. First, you do need that license to drive legally, and any insurance you may have is likely ...


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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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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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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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It is possible to get a 60 days tourist visa at the Indonesian Consulate in Singapore. Documents to provide: 65 Singapore dollars in cash - they do not accept card payments, & they only accept Singapore dollars. Photo ID - although you can do one inside the consulate Copy of passport - although you can do one in consulate for 50 cents. Passport must ...


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Aceh's sharia is pretty standard if strict stuff: No alcohol or gambling. No khalwat ("proximity") between unrelated, unchaperoned men and women. This extends not just to the obvious (eg. sharing a hotel room), but even dining together in restaurants etc. That said, an unmarried Western couple can simply claim to be married, and they'll most likely be ...


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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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If your profile picture is to be believed, you're an orang putih, so the simple answer is: You can't avoid getting hassled in Indonesia. You're white and you're a tourist, so you must be wealthy (and remember, by local standards, you are wealthy), so every tout in town wants some of that money! But to cut short the inevitable hassle, here's what I do: ...


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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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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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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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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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Here are the options I know of regarding buying train tickets in Indonesia: At a train station. Obviously, this sounds like the best idea, but don't be fooled, you're in Indonesia and waiting times can be epic. Give it a try, if the queue is huge, just try another option listed below. At a local supermarket (Indomaret, Alfamart, or else). They almost all ...


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Suggestion If you cannot speak Indonesian, it is better for you to be always accompanied with an Indonesian you trust when making any contract. The hotel staffs might be the best choice because they can speak both Indonesian and English. As giving tips is common in Indonesia, just give them about 25,000 rupiahs for a 30 minute task. It should be enough to ...


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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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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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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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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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