In Indonesia there is a wide variety
of accommodation available from staying at local
peoples houses till five stars western hotels. The
prices will also vary from about 5,000 rp for a
homestay till over 500,000 rp for a first class
hotel in a city.
In the tourist centers you have a
large choice to stay. The western higher class
hotels don't have to be much explained. They are
comfortable and you have all luxury you can expect.
Of course also the prices are first class.
There is a wide range of mid class
and bottom end hotels. In the tourist areas you can
find hot water while in the outer areas you only
have your own mandi.
Very basic are also the "homestays",
which means people do let some rooms of their house
Losmen or "penginapan" are
very basic hotels. More comfort will give the "wisma".
A wisma is a mostly family run guesthouses with a
very good service. In many cases you will have your
own toilet and mandi and in tourist areas often
there is a western shower.
Mandi means bath or bathing and is a
typical way to wash yourself. The kamar mandi or
bathroom contains a big tank filled with water and
next to it you can find a plastic kind of plastic
saucepan. The Indonesian way of bathing is to take
the water with the saucepan and splash it over
yourself. The water tank is not meant to sit in
because you pollute the water and mostly the water
is refreshed only one time a day, sometimes less.
Also the mid class hotels at the bottom end and
homestays have this way of bathing and mostly the
" kamar mandi " is a shared one. Toilets (kamar
kecil) can vary from the western toilets till just a
hole in the ground. The traditional Indonesian
toilet is a hole in the ground with places on both
sides to put your feet and then you have to squat
Indonesians also do not use toilet paper. The use
their left hand and the sauce pan known from the
mandi to splash a lot of water around. (That's also
why it is not polite to give an Indonesian something
with your left hand). So buy toilet paper yourself
but if you use toilet paper be sure you flush the
toiler regular because the plumbing system is not
calculated for toilet paper and is easy plugged.