There are three time zones in Indonesia. Bali is on Central Indonesian Standard Time (Waktu Indonesia Tengah or WITA) which is 8 hours ahead of GMT. Jakarta is on Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) which is one hour behind Bali. Indonesia uses the 24-hour system to denote time and schedules.
Government offices are officially open Monday to Thursday, 08.00 to 16.00, Friday until 11.00 and Saturdays until 13.00. Private businesses are open from 08.00 to 17.00. Shops from 10.00 to 22.00.
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim plug. Bathroom shaver plugs usually have a transformer switch. We suggest bringing an adaptor for your computer and other appliances.
The Indonesian unit of currency is the Rupiah (Rp). Bank notes come in denominations of Rp 100.000, Rp 50.000, Rp 20.000, Rp 10.000, Rp 5.000 and Rp 1.000. There are coins worth Rp 500, Rp 100, Rp 50, and Rp 25 (although the last two have very little value).
Please note that the usual practice of writing the currency is similar to the European custom by using dots for thousands and commas as decimal points. However, since the sen (cent) is no longer of value, a dash will follow the decimal point. For example, an item priced ten thousand rupiahs will be written Rp 10.000,-
Please also note that in colloquial language most Indonesians omit the ‘thousand’ when mentioning prices. Thus an item of Rp 45.000,- will often just be mentioned as ‘forty-five’.
The exchange rate (as of November 2008) is approximately as follows: US$ 1 = Rp 11,000,- Foreign currency, whether in banknotes or traveller's checks, should be exchanged at major banks or authorised money changers. Exchange rates offered by money changers are generally better than the banks; they also stay open longer and transactions are quicker. Look around for variable exchange rates advertised on boards along the footpaths or windows outside shops. Always ask about any commission imposed before the exchange as many money changers with better rates often charge a small commission.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
There are ATMs all over Bali which mostly accept international ATM cards and major credit cards. Most ATMs will give you banknotes in denominations of Rp 100.000,- or Rp 50.000,- Depending on the bank, an ATM will allow a maximum withdrawal of Rp 5.000.000,- to Rp 10.000.000,- per day.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted by most of the larger businesses. You sign the amount in rupiah and the bill is converted into your domestic currency by your bank according to US dollar exchange rate.
It is advisable to keep lots of small change for paying public transport, food, and other smaller businesses. Many smaller businesses may even ask you to pay using small change.
Most restaurants, bars and hotels add a 21% to your bill for tax and service. Tipping a set percentage is not expected in Indonesia, but an extra tip for the workers would be highly appreciated since many are poorly paid. A rough guide for tipping would be to add a Rp 5.000,- or Rp 10.000,- in restaurants and bars. For taxi rides, round up the fare to the next Rp 5.000,- or Rp 10.000,-
You will find a range of chauffeur-driven limousines, self-drive cars, taxis and hotel courtesy cars with reasonable fares. Some taxis are not metered, so it is wise to negotiate the fare before you climb aboard. Motorcycles can also be hired in many places, but special care should be exercised at all times as road and traffic conditions can be somewhat hazardous in certain locations. Traveling around Bali is made all the easier because everywhere you go you'll find friendly people only to happy to give you advice and directions on how to get where you want to go.
If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years of age and possess an International Driver's License or license from ASEAN countries.
Light, airy, casual clothes are the most practical and you'll find natural fibers like cotton or linen are the most comfortable in Bali's often humid conditions. Waist sashes should be worn when visiting temples.
Telephone and Faxes
The country code for Indonesia is 62. The area code for Bali is 361, when calling from overseas, or 0361, when making domestic calls from within Indonesia. Long distance phone calls, both within Indonesia and international, are handled by satellite. To dial your own international calls, find an IDD (International Direct Dial) phone and dial "001" or "008, " otherwise you must go via the operator, which is far more expensive.
If your hotel has no IDD link you may go to the nearest wartel (warung telekommunikasi or telecommunications kiosks) which is a very convenient and cheaper way to make international calls.
Faxes can be sent and received at wartel offices and most main post offices.
E-mail and internet services are available at an increasingly number of cyber cafes (locally known as warnet) in Bali. There will be internet facilities at the conference venue during the 9th ICAAP.
ARRIVING IN BALI
Airport taxis are very convenient with fixed fares to various destinations. Visit our website in June 2009 for further information.
15 THINGS YOU MUST DO/SEE/VISIT IN BALI
- A trip to Ubud
- Bali Bomb Memorial at Kuta
- Clubbing at Seminyak
- Listening to gamelan music
- Watch the Kecak Dance (monkey dance)
- Lazing at Kuta Beach
- Lake Bratan (Bedugul)
- Mount Batur + Kintamani
- Homage to Pura Besakih, the Mother Temple
- Seafood dinner at Jimbaran
- Shopping at Legian
- Sunset at Tanah Lot
- Watching a ceremony procession on the road
- Uluwatu Temple
- Sangeh Monkey Forest
Bali Convention Centre
- Vacancy: ASAP Executive Director
- Goodbye Bali, hello Busan!
- Plenary rejects double standards
- Universal Access still tough challenge
- Indonesia sees progress: President
- 9th ICAAP gets underway in Bali
- A Call for Stronger Commitment to Universal Access
- 9th ICAAP Security & Safety Statement
- Community Roles as a Key in AIDS Response
- 9th ICAAP Expresses Condolence