Sorong Warnings and Dangers

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    Money Makes The World Go Around

    by RoyJava Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Make sure you change plenty of money before heading into the interior and stock up on 100 Rp notes. Rupiah can usually be obtained in Wewak from the Westpac Bank, although the exchange rate is not as good as in Indonesia. You can get rupiah in banks in Jayapura, Biak, Wamena, Sorong and probably other main towns and, for a reasonable rate, at the MAF office at Jayapura airport.

    In Sorong you could meet with a reebuff, just because there is not enough money at the bank at the time.

    When making trips, tour fairs (like island-exploring, pearl-farm visiting) be prepared the people only quote in US dollars ... just keep on tawar (bargain).

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    Watch The Play!

    by RoyJava Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Almost anywhere in Irian Jaya will probably be of interest, if you're permitted to go there. It's a fact that many parts of Irian Jaya are off limits to foreign tourists and you won't get a permit for them.

    You may also be told not to photograph (video/filming) particular places like military bases, police stations, some banks, and places where the red-white flag flies. Though some travellers manage to stray beyond offical boundaries and visit or photograph places they "shouldn't" you'd better take care of the where-is-possible and where-not!

    We were not allowed to film the football-play because the formerly Pasangrahan (social club and eating-place) changed into military base ... so we watched the play (of the present police and militaries walking around ...)

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    Awas Anjing - Watch The Dog

    by RoyJava Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    *lol* ... still the same! We had such a sign long time ago. Though very darling dogs, our dogs did not allowed strangers on "our" property. When so you could rely on a travel to the hospital for sure. No claiming no sewing, because you've got been warned ...

    So in Sorong these signs still can be read and, please do follow the instructions. For sure the dog around could be perfidious wearing no muzzle ... you have been warned!

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    Paperwork & Passport

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    The paperwork you need to visit Irian Jaya, and the places you can go to once you get there, fluctuate according to a number of variables including the level of conflict between the native people and the Indonesian colonists and between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Other recent visitors to Irian Jaya are the most reliable source of information.

    A special internal visa is required to visit the territory of Jayapura. However, foreign people may enter the territory via Biak, an island off the NW coast, and receive the usual 60-day tourist pass. When in Irian Jaya itself, you need a "surat jalan" from the police in Biak (or Jayapura to visit such places as Baliem Valley, Merauke etc.). Without proper documentation, travelers are put right back on the plane ... (you'll need 4 extra passport photos)

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