Do’s & Don’ts in Indonesia
Indonesien! Das Land der unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten. Andere Religionen, Sitten und Gebräuche die sogar in Indonesien selber per Insel varieeren können das Reisen dort ganz schön erschweren, oder erst Recht spannend machen! Denn wenn man ein bisschen bewusster reist, ist es voller fantastischer Erlebnisse, krasse Erfahrungen und lehrreiche Erkentnisse.
Sobald man die touristischen Ecken hinter sich lässt, kann man einen Einblick in den Alltag der Einheimischen gewinnen. Wer kein Problem hat mit Toilettenloch anstatt Kloschüssel, kalter Dusche aus Eimerchen anstatt fließend heißes Wasser oder lauter, unverständliches Gequatsche und Dauerfernsehen vor der eigenen Zimmertür, der kann sich in Indonesien eigentlich überall wohl und willkommen fühlen. Um das ganze ein bisschen leichter zu machen, hab ich hier ein paar Tipps aufgeschrieben: Dinge, die man beachten oder missachten kann um zurechtzukommen im Land der beinahe unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten. Careful, in English!
1. Talk! To backpackers as well as locals. Backpackers can give you travel/work tipps, locals have the best insidertipps. In Indonesia, locals will come up and talk to you, easy as that it is to get in touch as long as you are motivated to talk as well!
2. Get a motorbike! Try to get around on your own transport. Maybe not in Jakarta, but especially places which are more rural. The Bikes should cost between 3-10 Euro a day, depending on the island your on. Thats way cheaper then booking a tour. The fuel is cheap and there is no danger in running out, as they sell fuel everywhere on the road for a couple of rupiahs more then in the fuelstation.
3.Bargain! People here sometimes believe, that ATM’s hold an unlimited amount of cash and that we always have access to that money. The prices might be extra high for you. Which sometimes even is fair, but don’t let yourself being cheated! Especially in tourist places the real price is mostly half or less of what is asked.
4. Smile! People in Asia love to smile, in Indonesia this smile is sometimes red (Betelnut). Smile back as much as you can, and you will make good experiences!
5. Sing and play music with the locals! That means a whole lot of fun, friends and got atmosphere.
6. Try Arak and Tuak! THe locals drinks made out of palmjuice. They cost a fraction of what the beer costs and can taste everything, between amazing and absolutly horrible, to stomach explosions. Be aware!
7. Book your train ticket at the alfa, or indo markets! Or direct at Senen station in Jakarta. There, you can get third class tickets as well, instead of only the overpriced business tickets (Gambir station is very nice, but they don’t offer the third class tickets). These tickets cost a fraction and the trains have the same speed anyway.
8. Try the local specialities! You will miss out, if you only eat the western food. It is much cheaper to eat in small, local street stalls. And honestly, the cleanliness in the kitchen of the big restaurant usually is the same then on the street, it is just more hidden!
1. Kuta-Bali! Just leave!
2. Show your cash openly! You are not shitting money and you don’t want to be seen as this.
3. Drink an overload of Tuak! Can cause terrible hangovers and horrible diarreah!
4. Follow blindly the lonely planet! Try some hostels, which are just not in the guidebook. Often cheaper, less crowded and comes with a cute, indonesian family who will take care of you.
5. Be to concerned about cleanliness. Accept, that it is sometimes a little dirty, it is not to change. Just mention politly, that you would like some clean sheets on you bed. You will run into that problem in 90% of the cases.
6. Go to the Jakarta Zoo. Just don’t do it. A terrible, animal mistreating and disgusting place.
7. Show to much skin! Miniskirts and Bikinitops on the streets do not only show an ignorance towards their culture, but also let you seem quite silly in a place where people never get to see so much skin openly.
8. Take the cheapest and smallest boats! Not many safety regulations lead to a high sinking rate in Indonesia!
A lot of these rules apply not only to Indonesia, but to travelling all over the world! Hope you’ll get something good out of it 🙂
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