Indonesia Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
traffic jam in Kuta (1)
traffic jam in Kuta (2)
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Take a Taxi if alone in Jakarta, but be careful
If alone in Jakarta I recommend to take a taxi! Special in evening time is a taxi better as all sorts of bus. If you longer in the country maybe it will be other, maybe special the Transjakarta busses are a good way. But as short time traveller is a taxi the best way. But be careful. It is not new (even the Infos in thejakartapost and so much vt-informations) - but try to use a trustable Taxi company and driver. It is said "Silverbird" or "Goldenbird" a quite shure (see in before the internetside of the companys for instance). Avoid any "no name" transportation. For instance coming at friday evening from Soekarno Hatta Airport and all Taxis are out, you should better wait. Even be careful if you go to taxi company desk. It can be in the rushour, that they will give you a good driver and car.... but look if there is real a taxi! If not realizing at start time, and if you on the tollway,...
It is with great saddness that I have to suggest that you check with your government before booking a trip to Indonesia. There have been some political problems and since the terrorist attacks in the USA, on 11 September 2001, many riots have taken place in Indonesia as well as hotels bombed. I can't imagine that this situation will last long, but it is better to chech current information before making plans.. Photo: Truck full of soldiers in the Botonical Gardens.
Caution! DANGEROUS alcohol in indonesia!
Beware of the alcohol in indonesia! It is extremely DANGEROUS! They mix or let the alcohol be diluted with methanol! Several people have died the last years in methanol poisoning! DO NOT buy ANY COCKTAILS and DO NOT buy ANY alcohol in store. The most deaths have been in bali, Lombok and gili Island, especially in gili trawangan. BEWARE!
BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS AND ALL FORMS OF THIEVES
INDONESIA Wherever that you travel in Indonesia beware of pickpockets and thieves in general..Tourists appear to be fair game here and Bali would be top of the list. I was extremely careful while travelling through Bali. But that is normal in ALL of South East Asia. Travelling solo ALWAYS leaves you vulnerable a some point as there are times when you MUST leave your bag!! Having said that..... there were many places that I felt comfortable I guess its like anywhere common sense is the order of the day..I became extremely careful after being robbed of my wallet cards and money which really left me in a difficult position for awhile. As I always carry a spare "stash" I was'nt destitute but the issue of a new card was a time consuming problem. Always carry your shoulder bag around your neck and not just over your shoulder.. Don't have a pack behind you as it can be accessed without your...
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE HEAT OF THE SUN
BALI Bali is certainly a very popular destination for lots of visitors especially Australians on Holidays. They flock to the Island of Bali in Indonesia to enjoy its great markets ,where everyone buys clothes, handbags, leather belts, and every conceivable item that are found in markets. The economy is inexpensive and travellers make the best of the cheap prices. Another big attraction is of course the Beaches and the surf. Many visitors also come for the good diving and snorkelling on the reefs. When at any of the many beaches to be found here make sure that you are using a strong sunscreen as the sun is fierce and the unsuspecting can get sunburnt very quickly. The most victims of bad sunburn are "snorkellers" as they don,t realise while in the water how badly they are being burnt. Cover all exposed skin with a strong sunscreen of at least 30+. and don't forget to re-apply after you...
CARRY A GOOD MOSQUITO & INSECT REPELLANT
When travelling anywhere in South East Asia I always carry a small day b/pack with the following neccessities..include:FOR THE HEAT: I carry a large bottle of water, a hat, a pair of sunglasses.I am never without a good reliable Mosquito and Insect Repellant as dengue fever and malaria are prevelant in most places here. MAKE SURE THAT YOU USE IT DAILY.. FOR THE WEATHER: A small poncho that covers me and my b/pack as tropical rainstorms can be something else.TOILETRIES: A packet of wetwipes, a small packet of tissues,(in case the roll is empty),lip balm,sunburn cream, and a moisturiser ELECTRICS: A charger for my digital cameras batteries,also an international powerpoint converter.and a spare camera card.. I ALWAYS Carry a self charging torch as most streets are not lit and many Temples are dark..
Acommon1 SAFE JOURNEY ANYWHERE
Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice the local language with the locals.#7. If concerned with lodging then don't do what isn't familiar to you.#8. Eat what has been cooked.#9. Drink bottled water that has a seal. Open it yourself.#10. Know your coordinates (esp. North & South). Memorize the major cross-roads prior to taking your trip. #11. Have a copy or two of your Passport in a safe place (either on you personally or in an emergency place).#12. Go electronic (with back up paperwork) when you can.#13. Be reluctant to share your full plans with strangers. #14. Be flexible.#15. How...
You May Need a Visa
Since 2004, the government has changed their entrance requirements. If you hold a western passport-it's likely you will have to pay for a visa. Some nationalities will still have to get a visa through the embassy. For a 3 day visa the cost is $10 USD. For 30 days it is $30 USD. You don't want to overstay your visa, otherwise you will be taken to a dark room and have to pay a very large fee. We witnessed this to a British traveler in Jakarta, when some customs officer thought we overstayed our 3 day visa. Which we hadn't. The below link, has information on what nationalities qualify for visa on arrival and costs.
Exchange currency in Bali
I was wondering why I had never heard any bad thing about exchanging money in Bali before I came here.Let's me tell you what happened.We tried 3 times at 3 agents on the long crowded street. How magic it is!- The first time: We gave a balinese man a 100$. He asked if we had smaller money. We checked and then gave him about 90$ ( 50$, 20$ and some smaller ones). A balinese checked our money then he said he couldn't change and gave money back - But only 80$ back. And he said It was all. Anyway, we must behave hard to get our money back from his back pocket.- The second time: We found another agent with a good rate and decided to exchange here/ Now 100$ again - We can have about 900000 rupiahs back. A balinese counted rupiahs and gave us with all 20000 rupiahs. so now it's like we must count 45 papers. Normally, I don't check or in fact I never check in detail. I got the first good...
Pickpockets on Pelni boats
There are very good Pickpckets when you are entering or leaving a Pelni boat, bit its usual safe while on the journey. Wait until the main rush getting on or off the boat is over (if you don`t have a reservation, it`s in any way easyer to find a place when the boat is allready moving).
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