US$5.00 and up
US$20.00 and up
The Asian economic meltdown badly affected the rupiah. After a roller
coaster ride, it has now pegged against the US dollar. As a result,
costs are not as low in dollar terms as they were a two years ago,
but they still represent value for your dollar.
cheques and cash, preferably US dollars are the favored
currency in Jakarta. Credit cards are accepted
by higher end hotels, restaurants and shops, but not for day-to-day
expenses. In major centres, you can always find a bank that can
advance cash on a Visa or MasterCard. Credit card advances at
ATM's are possible, but somewhat limited.
Tipping is not a normal practice but is usually
expected for special service. Someone who carries
your bag or guides you around a tourist attraction will most likely
expect a tip. Bali taxi drivers expect you to round the fare up
to the next 1000 rupiah. Hotel porters usually get a few thousand
rupiah per bag.
Everyday purchases normally require bargaining.
Tourism has taken a drastic downturn in most parts of the archipelago
and, despite price hikes, many hotel rooms are liable to be discounted.