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What to pack
Indonesia's hot, heavy climate requires cool, light clothing. December to March sees the wettest weather. Warmer clothes and layers are a good idea for higher ground. You will need sturdy shoes for jungle trekking. Remember to pack clothes to cover your shoulders, legs and arms in temples and Muslim areas.
A wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face;
lightweight clothing in natural fabrics like cotton or linen;
High factor sunscreen;
Long sleeved cover-ups for evening;
Modest clothing for visiting religious sites;
Comfortable walking shoes or sandals;
Warmer clothes for upland areas;
An electrical adapter (the power supply in Indonesia is 220 volts at 50 hertz).
The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. You can buy them before you leave the UK, but you can only take 5, 000, 000 Indonesian Rupiah in and out of Indonesia; larger amounts must be declared, and more than 10, 000, 000 Indonesian Rupiah requires authorisation. You should have no problems exchanging major currencies like the UK Pound in the main tourist areas, but may find it more difficult elsewhere.
How to get your currency
Major credit cards like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted in the main tourist areas. Cash machines are available in cities and larger towns; remember to let your bank know that you may withdraw cash in Indonesia. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks and some hotels, although they are becoming less common these days. In more remote areas, it is always best to carry cash, preferably in smaller notes.
Tipping is not mandatory in Indonesia and nobody will be offended if you miss a chance to do so. However, with low salaries for many workers, a little extra will be very much appreciated. In restaurants, a tip of 10 percent is normal unless a service charge is already included on the bill. Tip hotel porters around 5, 000 Indonesian Rupiah and round taxi fares up to the nearest note.