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


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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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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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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 my experiences and conversations in Bali so far (specifically: Ubud, Denpasar, Sanur), it appears that tipping works something like this: Restaurants You're generally not expected to tip, but there are exceptions: At some restaurants, a 5% "service fee" will be added to your bill. As printemps noted, you will encounter a sort of "share the ...


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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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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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I traveled Sumatra and Java for months and I NEVER was asked any tip. The thing is that I speak some Indonesian, so they know that I won't buy the "you are supposed to tip" line. That said, I've never been in Bali and they may have a very different culture about tipping. Some bad habit taught by occidentals ;-) In the end, I tip only those people who sell ...


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There's a useful breakdown for tipping in different scenarios at this web site (whototip.net). I can't vouch for the accuracy of this information (not sure where the web developer got his info) but it appears to be pretty thorough.


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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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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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If you want to explore the surroundings, Soviet-era topographic maps are not only free, they're often the best topographic map available, usually at a scale of 1:200.000, often better. They're not optimal as city maps, and for city maps there are probably better sources available anyway. They're also quite dated, usually from the 1980s or older — a friend ...


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This is like a sign that there a marriage ceremonial is held in that area. This sign is called "Janur Kuning" and mostly placed in main gate or alleyway which link with main access (road etc.)


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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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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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I haven't taken the exact route you have taken, but I had a similar problem as I had to go back from Lawang to Jakarta. (Because my passport was stolen in Lawang, so you might want to watch your belongings) What I did (and what's probably the cheapest option), is to take a minibus to Probolinggo (if I remember correctly, they run at least every 1 or 2 ...


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Because people are willing to pay more, price is set at the highest level that does not depress demand too much. It may be that locals will drink the cheaper coke, but travellers are willing to pay more for the Diet, so allowing the market to be segmented.


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Many soft drinks come in both glass bottles and in cans. The bottled version is less expensive, because the bottles are returnable. The cans not returnable, so you pay more since the container is not reusable. When you get into specialty versions, such as Coke Light, Coke Zero, etc, they tend to only come in cans, so they can be labeled as such. The ...


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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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PT Amerthadana Car Rental appears to. The link I've provided does a sample manual search for motorcylces, and as at the time I'm writing this, it's showing Kawasakis, Hondas, and Yahamas in manual transmission. While their Main Office is located in Blumbungan, Sibang Kaja, Badung Regency on Java, they have a Branch office at Warkudara Street. No. 104, ...



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