Shopping & tipping

If shopping is your passion, then go no further than the major metropolitan cities of Indonesia. With high end labels from around the world, many of Indonesia’s malls can rival Europe and America with their collections. The malls of Jakarta, Indonesia’s bustling capital vary from those with high end designers to the chaotic crowds of local markets where anyone can pick up a bargain. If fashion is not your style, try shopping at a traditional market where you can test your bahasa bartering on local produce, handicrafts or antiques. Sample the tropical fruits or take in the sights of traditional bamboo furniture for sale. For those who like to browse, it will be impossible to resist the temptation to wander the streets and look at all the traditional wares on offer, from beautiful batik materials to shiny pieces of hand crafted silver jewellery.

Most hotels in Indonesia are charging 21% on top of the total bill. Of this percentage, 11% is government tax while the added 10% is service charge. Check your bill for this. If it has been added, no further tip is necessary. If not, you may or may not give a tip since tipping is not mandatory at all. Yet, you may give 5-10% of the total bill if you desire to tip.
Likewise, some restaurants charge 5-10% to their bill. But if your bill does not include service charge, you may give between Rp5, 000 to 10% of the total bill.