Everyone dreams about Indonesia's islands, its beaches and volcanoes. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your money in the country.
The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. On 5th January 2015 the exchange rate was
IDR 19,268 = £1.
Like all countries in south-east Asia, prices are much lower than they are in the UK. But be careful you are not cheated by the locals, a practise that is becoming more and more common now there are a lot of tourists. Although that shouldn't discourage you from visiting Indonesia.
Seasonality is very important in Indonesia, for example, between June and September some hotels prices can double.
You don't need to spend a lot if you are ready to eat from street stalls and don't want to try lots of different things. You can eat cheaply for as little as IDR 37,500 (£1.80) or pay as much as IDR 105,000 (£5) for Indonesia's most fashionable restaurants. It also depends on whether it is a tourist site or not, Also remember the tax, which is generally not shown on the menu, and can be between 10 and 21%. Make sure you try eating at a warung which is usually very cheap and very good! Something you must do during a trip to Indonesia.
The cost of accommodation depends on where it is and how comfortable you want to be. Just like with food, check whether the price includes tax. If you are there in low season then you shouldn't be shy about bargaining.
There are more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia so the best means of transport for tourists will be the plane and/or boat, depending on how far you are going. Remember that you will need to pay airport tax every time you fly, (IDR 150,000 for an international flight, and around IDR 40,000 for an internal flight - it also varies according to the airport).
There are lots of different forms of transport, (taxis, chauffeur driven car, cycle rickshaws), depending on what you need and prefer, So you can try different things.
I am going to Indonesia in May 2015 and you can follow by experiences on my blog.