Indonesia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by machomikemd
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by machomikemd
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by machomikemd

Indonesia Warnings and Dangers

  • Take a Taxi if alone in Jakarta, but be...

    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...

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  • Changing Winds?

    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...

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  • 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!

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  • BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS AND ALL FORMS OF...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • Uluwatu Temple Warning

    The monkeys at Uluwatu Temple are very dangerous. In fact, they are trained to steal valuable things such as eyeglasses, camera pouch, earing, etc... (they won't steal your hat or sarong or scarf, because they're cheap) from tourist when they are busy taking picture. After you lost your thing, in my case, eyeglasses, suddenly the old man behind...

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  • DRESS CODES

    With a huge area and many ethnics around the country, there are mixed perceptions of Indonesia people on the dress codes. The dress code will not be a problem for the touristic spots (Bali, Jakarta, Jogyakarta, etc) or in the big cities. Nevertheless, try to be modest when you do not have any ideas about the local opinion at your destination....

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  • GET ACROSS THE STREET

    JUST WATCH WHEN TRYING TO CROSS THE STREET AND YOU ARE NOT AT THE CROSS WALK. ...ACTUALLY EVEN THERE !!!! IT CAN BE DANGEROUS .. .MOTORBIKES AND OTHER TRAFFIC ARE CONSTANTLY COMING AT YOU !!!! TAKE CARE AND RUN A LOT!!!!!

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  • Gas Fumes

    There is no strict rule or registration for the automobile engine capability or the terrible amount of gas fumes produced by any automobiles in Indonesia. As long as the automobile can still run on the street, it is considered as a good automobile. Besides that, the premium gasoline will not be the most popular on the buyer list. No wonder you will...

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  • Moslem Law (Syariat) Areas

    Indonesia is a democratic country with the most populous Moslem country in the world. Nevertheless, you have to know that in Indonesia there are few places that are ruled by the moslem law (Syariat). For meantime, the areas are NAGGROE ACEH DARUSSALAM AND BANTEN provinces. Some part of Banten will be liberated (Jakarta International airport and...

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  • THE ELECTRICITY

    The electricity voltage in Indonesia is 220V 60Hz with two rounded prong plug (see the picture). Most of the receptacle will be provided for that kind of plug. You may find the adaptor for three squared prong plug in the supermarkets/shopping centers even in the provinces BUT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO GET THE US PLUG TYPE (THE TWO SQUARED...

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  • RABIES

    Visiting the traditional/remote villages could be a challenge to some people. On the other hand, it could be a dangerous trip. Many pets like dogs, cats or monkeys are not vaccinated with the rabies vaccine. It is not only in the villages but also in some cities. Some abandoned dogs or cats will be everywhere on the streets too. Many houses haven’t...

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  • Jeep rental

    Apparently some innovative locals will disconnect a cable under your car so it won't start and then offer an expensive service to repair the damage. The person I rented from gave me a tutorial on the scam which I didn't experience in a week driving around Bali. I forget the actual details but ask the vendor for info on this type of thing.

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  • The Beach

    With 17,000+ islands and the territory of 80% sea, the beach is definitely one of the main attractions in Indonesia. Most Indonesians are still conservative so try not to be topless (for the ladies) at the public beaches. Though you may see the topless ladies at the Bali beaches, you have to see the local people’s look toward them. Some domestic...

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  • Street Kids

    Some Indonesians are still living under the poverty line and it could be the reason for some parents to let even force their kids to work. You may see the street kids in the big cities as the street vendors, shoes’ polishers or beggars. Jakarta is starting the new law that fines the people who give some money to the beggars. Nevertheless, in many...

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  • Visiting The Sacred Places

    Many Indonesians still believe the superstitious and myth stories from the ancient time, living as the religious ones too. Some places are still believed to be kept as the sacred ones like the mosques, the temples, the tombs of the religious leader, or the cemetery complex of the noble families. Whenever you travel and visit the sacred places, you...

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  • Sandals/Shoes Off Please

    Some Indonesians are still keeping and enjoying their traditional/modest way no matter how rich they are. Sitting and eating on the floor during family gathering can be seen in some areas until now. Just respect your host. Whenever you see many sandals/shoes on the front door and your hosts are barefoot in the house, remove your sandals/shoes at...

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  • Mosquitoes' Diseases

    Dengue fever and malaria are two of the scariest regular endemic that have killed many people, especially during the rainy season. The rainy season will be around October to March. They are transferred by the bite of infected mosquitoes, usually during the day time. Bring a good mosquito repellent with you or sleep in the mosquito net if possible....

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  • THE FOOD

    A large number if ethnic group creates many different types of food in Indonesia. Generally, Indonesian food somewhat similar to Malaysia’s, Singapore’s and Thailand’s. For most Indonesians, eating rice is mandatory at least once a day. Some places in Sumatra (Medan, Padang) , Sulawesi (Manado), and many areas in East Indonesia are best known for...

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  • THE WATER

    Tap water is not potable anywhere in Indonesia. Mineral water from the sealed cover bottles will be safe for you. Though you may get ‘Evian’ water in the big cities/hotels (ridiculously expensive for the water only), local mineral water is safe too. AQUA brand is the best one among the others and can be found anywhere. For the backpackers, when you...

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  • Beware of the motorcycles

    Be careful on the road, many motorcycles will be there and the roads are theirs! Some will have annoyed louder horns and unbearable gas fumes. You will see the motorcyclists use the pavement too during the traffic hours. When they hit you, they will be running away easily and you will be left alone. On the other side, when other vehicles hit them,...

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  • THE 'SQUATTING' TOILET

    For the Asian travellers, this kind of toilet may be common to see, unlike the other travellers. If you are a backpacker, you will be more likely to see this kind of toilet. The western toilet (seated) will be available in the hotels (3 stars and above), big malls in the big cities, and in some houses. Don't expect to find your toliet paper too. An...

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  • The Common Thought:The Foreigners Are...

    All the tourists will be seen as the rich ones in here. Beware......;-). The people, especially in the big cities, the airports, the hotels and tourist destinations, will charge the foreigners more expensive than others. Be alert for your surroundings too. The taxi or car rental will try to expand the miles so they could charge you more. Well, on...

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  • Money Exchange

    Bring 1,000,000 Indonesian rupiah (IR), around US$100 if possible for your one day expenses before you get your dollars exchanged. BRING UNFOLDED, UNSTAINED, NEW, ABOVE 2003 YEAR SERIES OF DOLLARS, AND THE NOTES OF 100s IF POSSIBLE. These type of notes' exchange rate will be much better than others. For some touristic areas (Bali, Jakarta), the...

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  • Moesson Antik: Be Cautious!

    If you are an exporteror doing some kind of business in Indonesia,you’ll eventually learn that not all suppliers are created equal.Some will make endless promises,collect your money and once things are shipped,you’re in for a BIGsurprise.One such supplier is,Moesson Antik.Or lets say Mr. Heijsttek.Don’t get me worng,this guy does have some very...

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  • Avoid Senayan Foot Ball Stadium when....

    Stay away from Senayan Foot Ball Stadium if there is a foot ball competition between Indonesian League, it could be some fights with supporters vs supporters when the game end. The supporters with their violence were very danger to other peoples, they even hits the cars in the parking lot near by and even if someone, by happened driving a car near...

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  • Warning SIM cards do not send...

    We are currently travelling through Indonesia (we are from New Zealand) and have a SIMPATI sim card. We also have 2 Indonesian friends who have 2 different cards from us.We have all tried to send a txt to NZ but none of them have gone through. We have phoned the help lines and been told to call after 11pm - but the txt to NZ still have not gone...

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  • watch out people!

    Becareful with unofficial tourist guides, drugdealers in the discos and also taxis.ask them to put the argometer on otherwise they'll rip you off with the charges.

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  • Rain

    Watch the rainy season in Indonesia. You won't stuck cause of the water or flood in some places in Indonesia. So make sure you know when you plan to go to Indonesia.

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  • Don't Feed the Orangutans

    If you visit Bukit Lawang and Gunung Leuser National Park to see the wild orangutans, never feed or touch them and do not associate with any guide who does. First, these are wild animals which carry diseases and are prone to biting. The animal pictured, Mina, is particularly known for her aggressive tendencies and she has attacked and bitten...

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  • Beware in Kuta!

    In the Kuta area, while you walk in the street, you will be offered drugs and money exchange. No matter if you're young or old, they will try to sell you drugs. Also, they will offer to exchange your money . Never do it with street people, there are many places where you can exchange your currency, many shops and money exchangers that are safe and...

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  • Indonesian ATM machines...the other way...

    I guess this should be considered a warning. It's not that they are unreliable(They can be) or that using an ATM machine could be dangerous(muggers)....But this warning is about the way ATM machines work here. It seems it works just the other way around from what you are used to back home and in most other countries. Real weird and the bad part of...

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  • Lock Your Bag, And Choose the Right...

    We were robbed by hotel staff three times during our four-month stay in Indonesia, each time out of a locked bag inside our hotel room. Invariably, they would take some of our cash, but not all, so we wouldn't notice until several days later after we had already moved on to another town. It took us a while to figure out what was going on, but we...

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  • Bad mountain paths

    Be very careful when you walk in the mountains near Kaliuarang. The paths can be very bad, because of heavy rainfall and falling rocks.

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  • BALI--Avoid money changers

    There are a lot of money changers on street shops that promote exchange rates higher than you will see at banks. But most likely you will not be better off if you try to change money there for two reasons: First, most places that exchange money use calculators that are programed to cheat when they multiply foreign currency that does not start with...

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  • VISA – FREE SHORT VISIT FOR TOURISTS

    The following countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a Tourist visit of up to 30 days:1 Brunei Darussalam 2 Chile 3 Hong Kong SAR 4 Macao SAR 5 Malaysia 6 Morocco 7 Peru 8 Philippines 9 Singapore 10 Thailand 11 Vietnam ENTRY REQUIREMENTS1 Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 (six) months as from the date of entry into...

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  • Asian peat fires add to warming

    at the Royal Geographical Society's annual mmeting in London on 2 sept, comes the report that "The destruction of tropical peatlands is contributing significantly to global warming, according to a study."are VT members living in the area of S E Asia where the peat foreat fires and deforestations concerned, getting together to form their protests in...

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  • unexpected bus drop offs

    When you're travelling in Indonesia make sure you ask whether the bus you're going to travel with is going to have a stop somewhere. I heard from several travellers that they were dropped off in tiny villages where they had to wait for their next bus... sometimes those buses never showed up. I was a bit confused when my (almost empty)bus suddenly...

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  • Touts Be Gone

    This is more of an annoyance than a warning, but be prepared to be hounded whenever you step off your bus or train. Touts abound at these points of entry trying to rustle up some business. If you don't know where to stay, feel free to listen to your options and try not to get exhausted.

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  • Jakarta - Taxi Touts

    Jakarta - be careful of touts at the airport especially if you are a first timer! I was quite careful and still conned by a man well dressed thinking he is the authorised taxi agent. Go straight to the driver and dont listen to any one to talk to you for taxi.

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