Indonesian Tips

Have you ever had a check list of things you need to accomplish or finish by your bed side?

How about having that handy checklist regarding traveling tips in Indonesia? Here are some that I have relied on while living in Yogyakarta.

1. Changing money. Try not to change money at the airport, if you are looking for a place to change money in Yogyakarta at a good rate you can go to Lower Ground floor of Plaza Ambarrukmo and stop by “Mulia” the Money Changer. This is one place where you will definitely get your rupiahs worth.

Location(s): Inna Garuda Hotel – Jalan Malioboro No. 60 Yogyakarta/telephone number: 0274-563314. Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm. Saturdays: 7am-3pm.

Lower Ground Plaza Ambarrukmo: Jalan Laksda Adisucipto Yogyakarta/telephone number: 0274-4331272. Open: Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm.

2. Computer problems. What if your computer crashes and need a place to take it? When I first came to Indonesia my laptop suffered from what I will call the “choking syndrome”. Although I stored it in the portion of my backpack designed specifically for lap tops, I failed to notice a tiny silica gel packet at the bottom of my bag. I know this seems like something silly but after traveling with that bag for over 1 year the silica packet made it to the bottom of my bag and hid itself between the bottom layers. After the silica little balls invaded my backpack, two made their new home my Apple’s headphone jack outlet. One extra little ball made its way into my CD drive. Did I panic? Off course, but in life there tends to be a solution to every problem.

This is why I recommend going to No. S Computer at the Jogja Komputer Market located on Jalan Brigjend. Katamso No.75-77 in the Jogjatronik building, on the second floor. You can take your laptop there and have it fixed there. Depending on the scope of your problem, it can take anywhere between a day up to a week to have your computer fixed.

3. Living arrangements: This topic really depends on how long you are staying in Indonesia. If you are staying for at least a year I would recommend renting a house. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are in Yogyakarta solely on a work basis then living in the Southern part of Yogyakarta is probably your best bet. Now if you are going to school here in Yogyakarta my recommendation for you would be to live close to campus and rent out a “kos” or what is known as a boarding house. The only thing you have to remember is that a kos tends to be for one sex only-either for males or females. Additionally, kos have curfews as early as 10pm during the week and as late as midnight on the weekends.  If your time is shorter than 6 months you can also rent a kos per month. The price of a kos mainly depends on the facilities of the kos. For example, if the kos has free internet, is furnished, has a laundry service, and AC you could be paying up to 800,000 rupiah a month (roughly 80-85 dollars a month). If you are looking for a place without internet, AC, or  unfurnished you are looking at paying about 450,000 to 525,000 rupiah a month.

4. Laundry: If you want to do your laundry here in Yogyakarta it is extremely easy. You can find a laundry place nearly in every street. You usually end of paying between 2,000-3,500 rupiah per kilo. If laundry is included in your living arrangements your laundry can be picked up anywhere between twice a week to four times a week. Just be weary that when you do your laundry, every laundry place  staples a little plastic tag to your clothes. When you get your clothes lightly remove the plastic staple with scissors, don’t yank the plastic staple because you will make a whole in your T-shirt or clothes. Trust me on this one.

5. Seeking medical attention or hospital services: If you are in need of medical attention or believe you might for any particular reason, it is important to understand how the medical system works in Indonesia. I cannot speak for all protocol followed in every hospital throughout Indonesia, but I can recommend things for you to do that will make your process easier. If you happen to get a stomach ache, suffer from food poisoning or fall ill to the very common flu epidemic when Indonesian weather switches from the “musim hujan” to “musim panas”, it is best to schedule an appointment with a well-known hospital in the area. To make an appointment, you can tell the main operator that you would like to “membuat janji” literally to make an appointment. Once you do, show up at the main desk of the hospital and make sure you register for a hospital card. This card should have your full name and your registration number. For some hospitals such as the Rumah Skit Panti Rapih, my recommendation if you happen to live in Jogja, this card helps you pick up medicine prescribed by your doctor. Now, if you need to present a Medical Record to your insurance company back in your home country as proof of your hospital visit, make sure you ask for a Medical Record Letter known as a “Surat Keterangan Medis”. Usually the process, if written in English, could take anywhere between 3-5 days. There is also a price you have to pay for this letter which usually contains the diagnosis of your doctor. The price can range from hospital to hospital but the letter is usually 10,000-15,000 rupiah.

Rumah Sakit Panti Rapih

Location: Jalan Cik Ditiro 30, Yogyakarta 55223

Telephone number: (0274) 514014, 514845, or 563333


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