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Unfortunately for the rest of Indonesia, Bali gets most of the focus from vacationers. Bali does have an amazing culture unique to the rest of Indonesia but it can be hard to find among all the western food, coffee shops, and foreigners doing yoga. The rest of Indonesia - wow - a lot of remote, wild, and beautiful places. You can visit indigenous villages, turquoise beaches, and other natural wonders, as well as test your sanity in the crowded dirty cites. It's inexpensive and with many less-visited areas, it leaves itself open for a lot of exploration.
Dec 2021

Average Costs

The daily total includes all lodging, food, booze, transportation, sightseeing, visas, etc. I don't include the money I spend on gifts for friends and I do not include the flight price.

Being Vegetarian in Indonesia

A Guide To Being Vegetarian In Bali

If you know what to look for, being vegetarian in Indonesia is pretty easy. I really look forward to Indonesia for the food. There are some great options that are served almost everywhere. You do need to be careful to ask for no shrimp paste or powdered shrimp just in case. Tempeh originates from Indonesia so it's everywhere and cheap.

Vegetarian Phrases

Language Meaning Phrase / Pronunciation

Bahasa Indonesian

chicken or meat stock? kaldu ayam atau daging?
KAHL-doo, ay-AM ah-tau da-GING?

do not use meat, chicken, fish, or shrimp tidak pakai daging, ayam, ikan, atau udang
TEE-dak pah-KAI da-GING, ay-AM eek-AN, ah-tau OO-dahng

I am vegetarian saya vegetarian
SA-ya ve-je-TAH-ree-AN

Useful Local Phrases for Indonesia

Language Meaning Phrase / Pronunciation

Bahasa Indonesian

toast / Cheers!
(or just say "cheers" since it's not really Indonesian culture)

already or "I already bought all I need so go away" sudah

excuse me
(both for getting someone's attention and whoops)

how many
(use to ask how much something costs)

I'm sorry maaf

no tidak

please tolong

(this is to use for asking someone to do something. Check please.)

thank you terima kasih
teh-REE-ma ka-SEE

yes ya

not spicy tidak pedas
TEE-dak peh-DASS

shrimp paste terasi

veggies sayur

all fine, thank you baik-baik saja, terima kasih
baik baik SA-ja, teh-REE-ma ka-SEE

good afternoon
(starts at late morning)
selamat siang
se-LA-mat SEE-ang

good evening
(late afternoon/evening)
selamat sore
se-LA-mat SOH-ree

good morning
(early morning)
selamat pagi
se-LA-mat PAH-gee (hard g like gas)

good night
(late evening/night)
selamat malam
se-LA-mat ma-LAM

(when leaving)
selamat tinggal
se-LA-mat TEEN-gahl

(when staying)
selamat jalan
se-LA-mat ja-LAN

hello / hi halo / hai
ha-LO / hai

How are you? Apa kabar?
AH-pa ka-BAR?

see you (later) sampai jumpa (lagi)
SAHM-pai JUM-pah (LAH-gee)

be careful hati hati
HA-tee HA-tee

expensive mahal

mosquito nyamuk

Tipping Practices

Even in tourist-saturated Bali, tipping is kept to a very bare minimum. Even for a massage, just pay the posted price.
Maximum 10% if it was very late at night and/or if the service was excellent. Otherwise the agreed upon fare is fine.
Tipping is generally not expected unless an upscale restaurant. Then tip 5 - 10% for or just the loose change unless the service charge is already on the bill. Do not tip at street stalls.


Hot cup of java? Yep, Java is an island in Indonesia. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for growing coffee which has a different flavor on each island.. The typical Indonesian coffee you'll find at a roadside stand is Kopi Tubruk which is just fine grounds in a glass with boiling water over it and usually a good bit of sugar. It's not my favorite way to drink coffee but when in Rome.... And make sure to avoid the mud at the bottom! Sometimes there are delicious spiced versions with ginger or cinnamon.

Of course in Bali, modern coffee shops abound where you get get lattes and such.

And if you really want them, the instant packets are available in the shops and are also the variety that mimic the traditional local coffee with undissolved grounds - yum.

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More of a personal nature, my un-related diary-like (hmmm or blog-like?) daily thoughts and activities; the things that don't warrant their own article/adventure post.