How much should I be tipping when away?

On average we suggest that you tip your guides and drivers about £2 per person per day. Obviously, if you really enjoyed their service then offer them more, it would be greatly appreciated.

In restaurants, it is not expected for you to tip after your meal but we suggest rounding the bill up which is fairly customary throughout Asia.

Family wearing sarongs in Bali

What should I wear while travelling?

Indonesia is home to a wide variety of different ethnic backgrounds so it is always an idea to dress modestly wherever you are travelling. In particular, the islands of Lombok, Java and Sumatra as these are predominantly muslim.

When you are visiting temples it is important to wear clothes which cover your knees and your shoulders. But don’t worry, if you forget, the temples normally have spare sarongs for you to tie around your waist.

What should I pack for trekking?

If you are trekking while in Indonesia for the day or overnight, we suggest some sturdy shoes as a must. The terrain is generally dry and rocky so walking poles may be useful too. If you are staying overnight, pack something warm, the villages in the mountains can get cold at night. You will only need to pack an overnight back so don’t carry too much with you. The remainder of your luggage will be taken to your next hotel. Water and food is provided on the treks but it might be an idea to take some snacks with you to keep you going between meals.

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What kind of luggage is best to take with me?

It is entirely up to you what you feel more comfortable with. A suitcase is fine for most of our trips however, there may be times when you need to wheel your suitcase across the sand when you arrive at one of the islands. If you are trekking you will need to have an overnight bag too as you won’t be travelling with the bulk of your luggage.

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Are the airlines safe in Indonesia?

Here at Rickshaw we only work with airlines which are on the ABTA/ATOL certified list. This includes Air Asia, and the national carrier Garuda Air.

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