Currency can be exchanged at the airport, specialized exchange offices in banks, in hotels and in the markets (though they are quite bad). In major tourist areas accept US dollars (preference is given to the hundred-dollar bills), as well as the Euro and the currencies of the countries in South-East Asia.
In large banks, hotels and shops accept major credit cards and travelers checks. In tourist areas, especially in Bali, “credit” can be used even in small private establishments, shopping malls and restaurants.
the “normal range” of Indonesian Souvenirs like batik, pearls, dolls, masks, figurines dragons, umbrellas. Pile up — Handicrafts (rattan bags, boxes, etc.), wood carving, paintings, jewelry with emeralds and pearls, silver, spices, coffee, things made of paper, ceramics and glass.
In the shops of Kuta and Legian you can buy clothes at low prices, but Seminyak has plenty of elegant (and therefore expensive) boutiques.
Shops are open daily from 9:00 to 18:00, many private institutions, especially in tourist areas, are open until 21:00.
How to eat well
The basis of Indonesian cuisine — rice “nasi”, which usually simmered in broth or in banana leaves, make rice chips, fried with different ingredients or served with vegetables, richly seasoned sauce. Pork here hardly use (impact prohibitions of Islam), but all the other meats and seafood prepared with great ingenuity.
The usual European stomach the local cuisine: barbecue “sate”, scrambled eggs with nuts and herbs “wabi” baked in a banana leaf fish or mashed tuna, smoked mackerel, roasted crab.
Spicy food is usually washed down with cold water and sweet tea with ice. Also distributed fresh juices (for example, «es-jeruk” from Mandarin Indonesian), coconut milk and with rice milk and palm sugar «bagatur”, crushed ice with sugar syrup and beans, ginger tea. The alcohol almost do not drink, however, in Northern Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali, where Islam has less spread, no one sucidal stones sassy for a glass of wine or bottle of beer. In the country produce a good local wine (rice “Bram”), palm vodka «Arak” beer “TUAC” from the juice of palm flowers.
What to see
Sumatra — the fifth largest island in the world with hundreds of miles of beaches with dark sand and dozens of pristine mountain lakes, and ruins of ancient temple complexes. Famous attractions of the Sumatran volcanic lake Toba, the Royal tombs and the Palace on the island of Samosir, the Palace Istana and the mosque Mesjid Raya and military Museum ’s Bukit Barisan” in Medan. In the Northern part of Sumatra is the largest reserve of the country — Gunung laser, which is home to rare Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, wild bulls and orangutans. Also interesting rehabilitation center for orangutans in Bahorok, picturesque canals Palembang, green mountain valleys of kerintji and Danau Ranau and the famous Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait.
Kalimantan (Borneo) — residence of the famous “bounty hunters” — of the Dayak tribe. Almost all of the island — amazing “reserve time”: nature, the way of life of many villages here have remained the same as hundreds of years ago. Resting on Kalimantan, you should definitely visit the village Melaka with Orchid garden, “river city” Pontianak, to go by river routes in the district of MUAR, Mountai and long IRAM.
And also: whaling and “tricolor” lake Keli Mata on the island of Flores, the race for the bulls on the island of Madura, the fights of horsemen on the island of Sumba, jumping over two meter stone column on Nias, the reserves with the largest reptiles on the planet — lizards — on the Islands of Komodo and Rinca.