Indonesia Tourist Traps

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Indonesia Tourist Traps

  • Be carful while using airplanes in...

    That is more a hint for to be carful and calm in all situations! ....> If you international and use the Visa- on- Arrival Regulation at Rushhour: You can loose much time. At baggage Claim simply it can be too late- no baggage!! What to do? (Simply ask at "lost and found"- -for luck was there a friendly employee, after asking he handed out my...

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  • Expect the Unexpected!

    Can't really think of a tourist trap unless you expect to see this unusual flower, Rafflesia arnoldi. One of my goals while in Indonesia was to see this flower. I missed it by three days! It is the largest flower in the world. Grows naturally only in Sumatra, one of Indonesias thousands of islands. It is named after the naturalist Sir Stamford...

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  • TAKE EXTREME CARE AROUND ANIMALS HERE.

    BALI One thing to beware of when "out and about" in Bali are animals. The main concerns for unwary travellers are dogs and monkeys. Most if not ALL untreated animals here in Bali have rabies. A bite from a monkey especially can have disastrous affects. Recently RSPCA Australia was in Bali helping with innoculations of infected dogs . These dogs...

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  • BEWARE HERE IF YOU'RE INTO DRUGS!!

    INDONESIA .. All I can say is to anyone thinking of buying or transporting any form of drugs here. DON'T. The penalties are harsh if you are caught. One of the most popular scams here is the Police will watch the drug sellers( they know them) sell an unsuspecting fool some drugs. and then an undercover policeman will just come forward and bust...

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  • Kuta to Surabaya

    There are tour companies situated in Kuta providing transport by bus as claimed by them to Surabaya.Beware that this so called buses are actually big van's and are in bad condition.I got this bad experience when i booked a ticket in one of the tour companies not only the van was stuffed with all kinds of goods.To make matter worse it broke down...

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  • TAXI DRIVERS AT THE AIRPORT

    SOMETHING THAT CAN REALLY BE OVER-WHELMING ARE THE AMOUNT OF TAXI DRIVERS PULLING AT YOU AND GRAPPING YOUR LUGGAGE AND TRYING AT THE SAME TIME TO GIVE YOU A SUPPOSEDLY GOOD PRICED TAXI RIDE TO YOUR DESTINATION........ I WAS EXTREMELY BLESSED IN THAT A LOCAL VTER WAS AT THE AIRPORT TO MEET ME AND WAS ABLE TO REALIZE WHICH TAXI DRIVER TO...

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  • CUSTOMS

    WHEN I WENT TO JAKARTA..I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WOULD BE GOING TO BALI FIRST OR BACK TO SINGAPORE ....SO I DIDN'T BUY A ROUNDTRIP TICKET.. : 0 SCARY !!!!! CAUSE WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH TO GET MY PASSPORT STAMPED THE OFFICER THERE QUESTIONED ME A LOT WHY I DIDN'T HAVE A DESTINATION AFTER JAKARTA....BUT THE SAD PART WAS THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO STRAMP BY...

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  • Bali: Ubud

    I'm sure Ubud was once a lovely little village but it's now little more than a tourist theme-park, with more than 250 restaurants and even more souvenir shops. The Rough Guide to Indonesia says: "Although it's fashionable to characterise Ubud as the 'real' Bali, it actually bears little resemblance to a typical Balinese village." No kidding. Nobody...

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  • money changing

    In South East Asia make sure YOU are the last person to count your money at the moneychangers. Often the moneychanger will count it again after you have...that's when some of it disappears!

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  • Artistic centres in Yogya

    The morning I arrived in Yogyakarta the first thing I experienced was my hotel owner ripping me off by pushing me to go to an artistic centre. he told me a big story, told him that today is a special day and that he truly truly recommends me to check this artistic gallery. First I said no but he kept on mentioning it and just to have peace I went...

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  • Toilets are hard to find!

    When driving around Indonesia it's almost impossible to find public toilets! I headed for a MacDonalds restaurant in search of one and even they didn't have any toilets!! Plan and think about this before you move on. Especially if you have discovered the food is having an adverse effect on your insides!

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  • It ain't Disneyland, but it's diverting...

    Taman Mini is touted as "Indonesia in miniture" and it literally is. There is a lake (pictured) with a miniture archipelago representing the islands of Indonesia. That's kind of neat. There are houses around the lake that exhibit each of the nation's provinces. I visited way back in 1989 - and it was a flying visit... the cable car ride was about...

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  • surf board - too expensive

    do not rent a surf board near the beach. ignore them and just walk away just go to others some shop to rent a surf board. it just about 5000-10000 Rp for whole day compare to beach where you pay about 50000 Rp

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  • be careful of the monkey!

    i went to uluwatu for sunset, it's marvellous place and beautiful sunset. but be very careful of the monkey there! they will grap ur glasses or camera or just any valuable thing from u and run away! then, there are local ppl there who are "kind" to help u get things back from monkey, b4 they return to u, they will ask u pay for their effort to get...

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  • Exchanging Money

    MONEY CHANGERS and BANKS will only accept US Dollar notes that are crisp and without any marks or folds on them. Some of them will only take bills newer than 1996 (they will charge a percentage cut on bills of 1996 and older). They also prefer the new "Big Head" Ben Franklin bills and may refuse older bills with the "Small Head". The denomination...

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  • All lies, these fake artists.

    They drive you mad in more ways than one! These so-called Balinese artists who try and sell you 'their' paintings. In the first place these people can't paint! The painting is often done by under aged children in villages in the mountains and they get Rp. 5000 for them, where as they are being sold for around Rp. 500.000!!!!...

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  • Bargin in Bali

    You have to be careful when you bargin at Bali. Sometimes they scream and almost cry when you try to get a better price, but they ALWAYS rip you of anyway. DON'T get angry, just act like you're leaving. If you're good you can get a resonable price but you have to work for it.

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  • The city of Kuta is not much...

    The city of Kuta is not much fun to visit. It lays in the southwest of Bali at the coast. It is swarming with tourists. It is modern and not any different then your average western city. The only thing that is great to do there is going to the Waterbombpark. The waterbombpark has a river running through the park, surrounded by pretty flowers, trees...

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  • museums tickets

    When you buy an excursion, try to remember that museum tickets are really rarely included on the price you pay and, as in case of Borobodur they could be not so cheap.The nice thing is that my indonesian friend paid about 50 cents and I paid 7 dollars.

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  • School holiday season

    I came here last time during the indonesian school holidays and it was a mess, a mess to find a train ticket, a mess to find a cheap hotel, a mess to visit a monument, for a funny story go to my Yoyakarta page and read the celebrity tip.School holidays start at the end of june untill the half of july. If you have to go in that period, at least try...

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  • Bali is popular for its...

    Bali is popular for its exsquisite wooden carvings, tapestry, jewelery and artwork. Balinese masks make great presents ( they protect from evil ! ). Don not admitt you're American, as they tend to charge Americans more money. Always bargain with the vendours, they admitt to raising the price beforehand. When at a market, avoid venturing into the...

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  • Just avoid the taxi drivers at...

    Just avoid the taxi drivers at Tanjung Pinang jetty, they're out to fleece you.... anyway will use this category to show more pictures...

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  • You will get a bilion offers...

    You will get a bilion offers for a taxi ride everywhere in bigger towns like Medan. It's said it is better to take a guide or a bus or a taxi from a company you do know or an oficial shuttle to zhe hotel as some of the taxis are a fake and you can pay more as you would like for a ride. As we have not tried some unknown taxi we know nothing about if...

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  • Sanur Beach Market the prices...

    Sanur Beach Market the prices some of the market people were trying to get were ridiculous. They were asking 4 times the going price and you had little hope of bargaining some of them down to something reasonable. Beware when they ask you how long you have been in Bali as I suspect that many of them are trying to ascertain how acclimatised you've...

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  • We hired cars with drivers for...

    We hired cars with drivers for two days and both times were taken for lunch to restaurants that whilst ideally located for excellent views served buffet style lunches which were neither cheap nor tasty. Also given the lack of tourist numbers currently affecting Bali, as well as the rest of the world, we felt these offered excellent opportunities...

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  • Than a Lot, Monkey Forest and...

    Than a Lot, Monkey Forest and booking a taxi to Jimburan Bay Seafood restaurants. It is a good place to go but if you book a taxi they get a 40% fee to take you. Guess who pays? BEWARE THE MONEY CHANGERS

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  • About the myth of the Balinese feast...

    When I was young I read about Balinese feast duck. I got an impression that would be as tasty as Pekingese duck. Well, we order it previous evening and we were told that it it very special deli and difficult to prepare. Next evening we were eagerly waiting the duck. When it came folded in palm tree leave, it was quite surprising. All the meat is...

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  • * Traffic jam, especially in...

    * Traffic jam, especially in Jakarta.* Sellers who pushing you too much for buy their stuffs. Sometimes happened, even at the famous places.* Beggars.

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  • if you don't wanna spend your...

    if you don't wanna spend your holidays in hospital you have to bring suntan lotion!! even people if warn you you don't always think to put some but it is REALLY necessary. Get some informations before swimming, in certain places it can be dangerous. At last it would be a good idea to develop your pictures there (price/quality)

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  • Around the coast, sea...

    Around the coast, sea breezes temper the heat and as you move inland you also move up so the altitude works to keep things cool. It can get very cool up in the highlands so take a warm sweater with you just in case especially in mountain villages like Kintamani or Bedugul.

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  • Only go to authorized...

    Only go to authorized traveller cheques offices. The others are a big scam as everyone knows. I was taken for a sucker, BUT when I realised what had happened I went back and got all my money, if not I would have gone to the police. Please pursue it. They give Bali a bad name.

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  • Beware of those sellers along...

    Beware of those sellers along the beach.., they usually force you to buy, they are not dangerous but they are rather annoying. Also if you buy something around the beaches area or in the market, make a lowest bargain possible. I onced saw this man sold a kite to an Australian for Rp.250.000 (in Indonesia that's a lot of money) and the normal price...

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  • Nusa Lembonggan in the...

    Nusa Lembonggan in the mangroves! Literally a tourist trap! We managed to get cheated out of what should have been a beautiful hour long cruise through a lovely mangrove swamp but..... somehow it didn't end up like that! Someone offered us a really cheap price and we said we'd be back with friends the next day but couldn't find that same guy,...

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  • Mother Temple on Bali is THE...

    Mother Temple on Bali is THE worst tourist trap I have ever encountered in the whole world! The LPs over stated description of this wasnt even enough! There are no private moments to be had at this place. Oh, and dont fall for the Hindu ritualistic ceremony they drag you into in the heart of the temple. While it was interesting and informative, its...

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  • Tanah Lot, the temple on the...

    Tanah Lot, the temple on the west coast of Bali that's built on a small island in the sea.It's unusual and very picturesque, but the area attracts lots of visitors so it's very busy and very commercialised.

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  • D'ont be affraid to negotiate...

    D'ont be affraid to negotiate prices with local beach sellers as they will start off with a high price and avoid making promises to buy clothes, jewellery for the next day because they will come looking for you

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  • If you go to places where it...

    If you go to places where it many tourist, then you must think about:First, the people is very nice, but in this places they just whant to make money.So if you not whatch yourself then you lose your money.

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  • If you do travel around Bali...

    If you do travel around Bali on a organized coach trip then be prepared to be taken to every tourist trap ther is.You'll be taken up to the Volcano and dropped in a coach park where all the local hawkers will jump on you from a great height. There will be no escape, and it can really ruin your day. The same goes for any place that coach tours take...

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  • Don't buy everything that is...

    Don't buy everything that is offered to you. Shop around and get a good price. Most of all don't be scared to barter otherwise you'll end up spending double than what you need to!!!

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  • The north and east coast of...

    The north and east coast of Bali are often overlooked but they too offer some fantastic vacation time. Getting there from the south involves climbing the backbone of the island along spectacular back to back sweeping bends up and through the mountains. The views looking down on the north coast are simply breathtaking and you get some impression of...

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  • Monkey forest in Bali. You pay...

    Monkey forest in Bali. You pay to get in and buy bananas. The are cute, but rude :) I suddenly felt a small hand in my pocket looking for bananas. -Why is this a trap? Because the monkies are all over up in the mountains.

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  • Though a stop at the equator...

    Though a stop at the equator is actually pretty fun it is still a toursit trap. Kids wait around near the big blue earth ball to sell you shirts saying 'I crossed the equator'. Snap your picture and leave!Pictured here is my Dutch friend Alex.

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  • Kuta village is not like...

    Kuta village is not like anywhere else in Bali. Get out of Kuta as soon as possible and get to Ubud or any of the northern beaches.The hawkers, touts, drunken Aussies, motorcycles, and drunken Aussies on motorcycles make this the antithesis of all things Balinese.

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  • “Excuse me. You wanna’ buy a...

    “Excuse me. You wanna’ buy a watch?”“Okay, okay. I give you good price.”“Transport? Where you going?”“Halo. I give you good massage. No problem.”“Looking, looking? You want come look in my store?”“Which watch you like? I give you good price.”“Special price for you. Cheap, cheap.”“Halo. Come look inside.”Somewhere underneath a torrent of hecklers,...

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  • These cats tried to steal my...

    These cats tried to steal my food.Cats are everywere and will come to you whenever there is something nice to eat. They are not voilent and rather small sized. Do NOT try to pet them. They will strike you withe the nail out. And as I said before, Bali is not as clean as home. So don't get infected!Another trap are the salesmen and women, trying to...

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