Indonesia is seriously one of the most beautiful countries I’ve experienced. From the culture and art of Ubud to the shops and markets and everything in between! If you can spare it, I’d definetely plan to spend at least a week or two exploring these beautiful islands. Indonesia is made up of over 18,000 islands. Each one offering a differnt taste and experience than the last. You can expect an overwhelming sense of gratitude, a mouthful of deliciousness and an earful of sounds! Indonesia is big, beautiful and busy! It’s like New York on steroids with 15 x the culture, people, food and traffic!
Accommodation – Depending on your style and what you’re looking for, accomodation in Indonesia can be super inexpensive. You can find a hostel for as low as $1/per night or a luxury hotel (typically hundreds to possibly thousands in the US) for $35!
Food – Food in Bali is extremely cheap and delicious! A meal (including drink) will run you just over a dollar or two! * These are found at more local places.* Keep in mind, if you’re looking for western food or dinning at more tourist-y spots, the price will go up a bit. — Those meals will probably run you about $5 – $10. Although meals are cheap, don’t be so quick to lower the budget just yet! Portions on that side of the world are typically much smaller than what westerners are used to. While the food was most enjoyable, I found myself eating more meals in a day compared to back home.
Transportation – The cheapest way to get around Indonesia (and possibly Southeast Asia as a whole) is [by] motorbike. On average these quick and hefty things can run you about 40,000 – 150,000 RPH per day. * Depending on where you go and how well you haggle.* I wouldn’t pay more than 50 or 60,000 RPH, which converts to about $3.55 – $4.26 USD. While bikes are probably the best way to get around, they do require skill. You want to be careful. Driving in Indonesia is much different from driving in western countries. I got in a wreck my first day with my bike. My friend living in Bali has a saying, “there are two types of people in Bali: those who’ve wrecked and those who will.” — With that being said, be careful and get travel insurance!
Suggested daily budget – $20 -100 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget does include your hotel / sleeping arrangements. If you’re looking for budget travel, Southeast Asia is certainly the place to be! If you’re planning on staying in hostels, homestays or cheap hotels, you’ll of course be on the lower in end of this. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
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