Common Questions and Answers about Indonesia
What are the typical costs of your Indonesia private tours?
If booking a private tour with us, costs can range from $250/day/person for staying in nice 3-star quality hotels to over $500/day/person in high-end luxury hotels. Staying in small luxury boutique hotels can cost an average of $300 to $400/day/person. These cost estimates include not just accommodation, but also internal flights, airport transfers, tours and activities, entrance fees, private guides, and private vehicles with driver.
What are the benefits of a private tour?
There are so many that it’s hard to quantify, but here’s a few major benefits: 1) the tour is customized for your interests, which means you get to see and do the things you’re most interested in. 2) you’re not running on a fixed daily schedule, which means you have flexibility to stay as long as you want or move on early from something or even skip it altogether if that’s what you decide on the spot. 3) We’re able to design the activities at popular sights to avoid the crowds!
Is the water safe to drink?
It’s generally best to avoid tap water and ask about the source of water in restaurants, but ice is usually safe. It’s best to use bottled or purified water in hotels to drink…and brush your teeth.
Is it possible to use my mobile phone from North America in Indonesia?
Yes, 4G connectivity is very good in Indonesia and Bali. Some providers allow for free unlimited data internationally, though they may slow the speed unless you buy a package. However, that’s often good enough for texts and emails, using Google maps, and some browsing. If you’re staying long enough and always want good data access while you’re out and about to post your photos on Facebook and Instagram, buy a local SIM card with a data plan for your phone. They’re quite inexpensive, but be sure your phone is unlocked.
What electrical adapters are needed?
The standard outlet uses the European standard 2 round prongs. Almost all hotels also have international style outlets that accept US-style outlets that are fine for plugging in electronics. However, the voltage is 230 volts and 50 hz, so be sure your devices can handle that. Most electronics can, but hair dryers may not!
What’s the best way to get local currency?
ATMs are plentiful throughout the country and the best way to get local currency. Indonesia’s currency is the rupiah. Note denominations are Rp1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000; coins Rp50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000. Pink Rp10,000 and Rp100,000 are easily confused; a newer purple Rp10,000 also circulates.
Change for Rp50,000 and Rp100,000 notes can be difficult, so keep small bills handy. US$1 equals about Rp14,400, as of this writing. Prices are sometimes quoted in U.S. dollars, occasionally in Euros, but payment is always in rupiah. For currency exchange, use PT Central Kuta branches, some of which are in Circle K convenience stores, or BMC money changer in Bali. Other moneychangers frequently cheat; receiving stacks of small bills can signal a scam.
Upscale hotels, shops, restaurants, and markets will accept credit cards. However, small shops and restaurants will not.
Do I need to tip?
Tipping is expected by private guides and drivers, however, the amount depends on the quality of service. Generally for private guides, we recommend about $5 to $10 per person per full day in your group and about $3 to $4 for drivers. For example: if you’re a couple and you’re in Bali for two days and have a full schedule of tours and airport transfers and you’re very happy with everything, tip the guide about $40 and the driver about $15.
Elsewhere such as restaurants, taxi drivers, and hotel staff, tipping is not expected but can be an appreciated surprise. Try to give the money directly to the person you want to tip so that you can be sure they get it.