Yes you can pre book a transfer (arrival only) and extra nights with Shoestring.You can add these to your booking form.
Visa information varies and is always subject to change. You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. Please check your local embassy to see if you need a visa for Indonesia or check here for the current situation. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
Yes, you may wish to bring a mosquito net and string to hang it up.
The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The outgoing code is 001 or 007 followed by the relevant country code. When using VOIP, the outgoing code is 017. It is not necessary to dial the first zero of the area code. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 36 for Bali and 21 for Jakarta. For operator-assisted international calls, phone 101. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
Theft from tourists is uncommon in Indonesia, although there are exceptions to this rule so take sensible precautions. As long as you keep an eye on your belongings and you do not flash money/valuables around, you should have no problems. Don’t keep wallets in your back pocket and always carry bags in front of you when it is busy. Do not leave valuables/important documents behind in the hotel, hand in money and passports at the hotel reception and store cameras and other important equipment/items in a locked cupboard in your room.
Some Indonesian festivals include: 1st January (New Year’s Day), 21st April (Kartini Day, roughly Mothers’ Day), 17th August (Independence Day), 1st October (Hari Pancasilia, a reminder of the five principles of Pancasilia: the belief in one god, Indonesian unity, a sense of community with your fellow man, democracy and social equality for all Indonesians) and 25th December (Christmas Day). In addition to these celebrations, there are several festivals which fall on varying dates, such as the Chinese New Year, Balinese Saka (the Balinese New Year) and Waisak Day (commemorates the birth and death of the Buddha and is celebrated in the regions of Yogyakarta and the Borobodur).
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in Indonesia. You could consider taking a universal electric plug adaptor.
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations. US dollars are the most widely accepted currency. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and stores catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are available in the main towns and cities. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and cool drinks.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference.
Pack everything into a weekend bag or backpack: do not bring a hard suitcase as this will be too difficult to transport. A shoulder bag or small backpack is useful for daily hand luggage. For storage of valuables or important documents, a thin money belt worn under your clothing is very useful.
Indonesian people are generally friendly and polite. However, while they understand that western culture is different to their own, it is much appreciated if their own customs are respected. Religious customs should also be respected, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture.
Appropriate dress is important in places of worship and women should dress conservatively, covering the shoulders and legs, especially in Muslim areas. Do not criticise people in the company of others. Never touch anybody’s head (even children).
Indonesians do not use toilet paper; they clean themselves using water out of a bottle and their left hand. For this reason you should never offer your left hand to shake, gesture or eat. This is considered filthy.
When you visit a mosque or temple, look for signs which indicate whether or not you must take off your shoes.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.