20 Things not to do in Indonesia

  1. Be prepared for airport taxes – these range from £1.65 to £10 per person and cannot be avoided; they’re just another way to get extra cash from tourists.
  2. You should never touch someone else’s head in Indonesia.
  3. Catch a shuttle bus between Kuta and Ubud. This is much cheaper than a taxi and it will only cost IDR51,000 (£3.34) – buses also can be arranged from your hotel easily.
  4.  Don’t drink the yellow vodka.
  5. Where to find a gas station is always a concern, when you’re driving in a foreign country. In Bali, There are many gas stations in every city, but you won’t find many in the countryside. No need to worry. The roadside bottles with the yellow liquid are petrol bottles and those are cheap to buy to fill your tank. (in Absolut vodka bottles).
  6. Do try the street snack, Krupuk.
  7.  Maritime Safety/Piracy Inter-island travel by boat has its risks and a number of passenger boats have sunk in bad weather and due to mechanical failure. Passenger limits are not always observed and sufficient safety equipment may not be provided. We advise against boarding any ferry you believe to be overloaded or unseaworthy. We recommend caution when taking tourist motorboats and checking that appropriate safety and communications equipments are on board.
  8. Krupuk is the name of Bali’s deep-fried rice sugar and these can be addicting! Sold on the streets, they’re super-inexpensive and can tide you over until your next meal.
  9.  Be careful with ongoing terrorists attacks.
  10.  Indonesia is subject to a range of natural disasters including volcanic activity, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods. Pay close attention to emergency procedures and monitor local warnings.
  11. Should be aware of the specific risks from crime, including sexual assault, drink-spiking and consumption of alcohol adulterated with harmful substances such as methanol.
  12. Remember that there’s a risk of rabies throughout Indonesia, particularly Bali and Nias.
  13. Credit card and ATM fraud occurs in Indonesia. You should monitor transactions statements and use ATMs in secure locations such as banks, shops or malls.
  14. Many foreigners have been died or seriously damaged in slip and fall accidents in tourist areas.
  15. The active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’ is considered to be a Class 1 narcotic and local police have taken action to prevent their distribution.
  16. serious crimes, such as murder and piracy, may also attract the death penalty.
  17. Travellers should be aware that Sharia law may be applied to anyone in Aceh, including non-Muslims and foreigners, and are enforced by local Sharia police. Activities relating to gambling, alcohol, prostitution, standards of dress and homosexual and extra-marital sex are not compliant with Sharia law.
  18. Be cautious of wild and stray animals.
  19. Dress for the occasion.
  20. Beachwear doesn’t always cut it in Bali – many higher-end bars, restaurants and clubs enforce a dress code. If you’re unsure, call ahead to save the potential embarrassment of being turned away.
  21. Always use metered BlueBird, Xpress or Gamya taxis to avoid being ripped off.
  22. Climbing over monuments or places of worship is considered highly disrespectful. (In Bali, waist sashes should be worn when visiting temples.
  23. Take off your shoes when entering a mosque or temple.
  24. If the matter relates to criminal issues, contact the local police. The national emergency number is 118. In Bali, you can contact the Bali Tourist Police at Jalan Raya Kuta No 141, Kuta, Badung; Tel: (0361) 759 687 and (0361) 224 111.

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