In this section
you will find useful tips to Indonesia Customs and
Etiquette. We hope that it will help you to understand
how to do the right things and principles of the
customs and etiquette of Indonesian society.
Indonesians are, generally speaking,
courteous, soft-spoken and conservative in dress and
behaviors. Don't raise your voice or be
confrontational someone in public is a grave insult.
As with other Asian countries, a personal appearance
is very important. In Moslem society, the left hand is
considered unclean, so be careful to receive and
present things with your right hand, especially food.
Pork and alcohol are also unwelcome, and be sure not
to point the soles of your feet at someone or pat
people on the head or back this is considered
impolite, if not offensive.
and Table Manners
Most restaurants in Indonesia will add
a 5,5 - 10 % service charge and 10% tax to the bill.
If you are impressed by the service leave an extra
tip, waiters and waitresses don't earns much and will
really appreciate it. For porters in hotels and
airports, Rp 1,000 per article of luggage is usually
sufficient for 'short hauls', extra if you are feeling
generous. In taxis, round the fare up the nearest Rp
1,000, if you don't, the driver will. You can give an
extra tip if you want, and it will be appreciated.
It is normal in Indonesia to bargain
about what you want to buy but many tourist shops now
have fixed prices. So bargain (but please don't take
it too seriously, as seen too often) because the
people are use to this kind of selling and buying and
if you're not interested just say it and don't start
bargaining and at the end say no. Starting to bargain
means you are interested and you want to make a deal.
Don't have you day ruined for a matter of Rp.500-1000
shouting after the locals saying they are all thieves
(this too is being seen too often!)
and Table Manners
Indonesian People show respect by
dressing neatly and modestly. It has a humid
climate and it is best to bring along all-cotton
sundresses and short sleeve shirts. Very informal
dress such as loose shorts and halter-tops are not
considered proper and could be seen in certain
situations as an insult to those you meet and
Indonesia. . A jacket and tie are required for formal
occasions and when making official calls. For travel
to mountain areas, a light sweater or jacket is
recommended. Local traditions in Indonesia encourages
visitors to take off the shoes before going into a
house. For formal occasions, mean usually wear batik
or ikat shirts and dark trousers while for women
usually opt for modest dresses. Pay attention when
entering a temple in Bali. It is suggested that guest
wear pakaian adat- the full native dress of a kain,
kebaya and sash for the women and a kain, saput
(overskirt), niche shirt and sash for the men.