Indonesia can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. In terms of accommodation, fancy hotels are abound, but so are simpler ‘losmens’ or ‘rooms to rent’ that are a fraction of the price.
Here are some examples of our expenses during our stays in Indonesia:
Living and Necessities
- 30 day, on-arrival visa — $25
- Accommodation in Jakarta — FREE (staying with Jill’s parents)
- A room at a 4-start hotel in Bandung, West Java — $80/night
We stayed at Carrcadin Hotel. Cute hotel, not-so-cute location next to a busy, grid-locked street.
- A room at a 4-star hotel in Yogyakarta — $87/night
We stayed at Ibis Hotel on Malioboro. A very convenient hotel located right on the strip and is attached to a shopping mall. We got charged the high-season price since we stayed there the week of Christmas
- A room to rent at Parangtritis Beach — $5/day.
Note: we didn’t actually do this, but saw signs all over the place. BTW, Parangtritis Beach is just ‘eh’. I wouldn’t recommend it due to price gouging and the dirty condition of the beach.
- 14 day unlimited 3G internet and text messages SIM card — $6.
We used Telkomsel SIM card and were pretty happy with the coverage all over Java.
- Had my teeth checked and cleaned — $12
Along with other beauty regimes, this is something I do every time I visit. It’s cheaper than my co-pay back at the states.
- Gas – 50 cents/liter
- A becak ride around the Sultan Palace and Malioboro in Jogjakarta – $1.
Highly recommended. We had such a great (and sometimes scary) time during this 1.5 hr jaunt.
- Motorbike rental in Jogjakarta – $5/day
- Renting a car with a driver — $37/day
If you get a weekly rate, it’d be even cheaper.
- Public transportation in Jakarta— from 30 cents to $1.50
See this post for different ways to get around Jakarta and the cost.
- Jakarta – Bali flight — $100
Food And Misc
- Chicken noodle — $1.
Jack’s favorite meal in Indonesia after Pizza Hut.
- Nasi gudeg sans chicken — $1.5.
While in Jogja, the best gudeg we’ve had was from Wijilen Rd, right outside the Sultan’s palace (there are 3 of them side-by-side, they’re all good, but the middle one is my personal fave).
- Teh botol — 40 cents
There are plenty of competitions, but Teh Botol is downright our favorite.
- Use of public restroom — 10 cents
- Movie theatre — $2 ($4 for 3D movies)
We watched Tron 3D while we were there. Awesome!
- A souvenir T-shirt — $3
- Hair cut – $1
- Manicure and pedicure – $1
- 1.5 hr massage – $6
This is how much we paid to have someone come to our place for the massage. At this rate we could afford to have someone come every other day (and we pretty much did)
In general, we found that non-consumable goods (electronics, gadgets, and what not) are not particularly cheap. You get what you pay for, basically. The same thing is true for accommodations — then again we tend to stay in larger cities. I’m sure things are cheaper as you go into the more rural areas. Food, drinks, and services are a bargain.
Friendly smiles and brushes with fame (Jack’s gotten plenty of requests to be in pics by strangers) — priceless.