11 Essential Lifehacks Everyone In Indonesia Should Know

Follow these legal tips and tricks, and life in the archipelago is guaranteed to become a little bit simpler and a whole lot easier!


1) Takeaway Nasi Padang

When buying nasi Padang, always ask for the takeaway option. The amount of rice will be doubled – this may be because they don’t have to bother with your dishes!

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2) Ojek Price Agreement

If you’re travelling by ojek or becak, agree on the price beforehand. “10,000 aja ya bang?”. If you don’t agree on the price first, you’ll be overcharged when you arrive at your destination.

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expat.or.id

3) ATM Pulsa

If you need to buy Pulsa for your phone, use an ATM. Warungs will always charge you a small fee, i.e. Rp27,000 price for Rp25,000 pulsa. Click here for more information on how it's done.

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4) 3G Data Paket

Rather than letting 3G Internet usage chew up your regular pulsa at an extortionate rate, buy a ‘Paket’ instead. This gives you far better value for money. If you're with Telkomsel, dial *363# to see your options.

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5) Basement Restaurants

Looking for somewhere cheap to eat at the mall? Head downstairs to the basement. There are usually plenty of cheap restaurants used by the mall employees.

KP Ifantri

KP Ifantri

6) Laptop Fan

If your laptop easily overheats due to the relentless Indonesian heat, consider purchasing a freestanding fan rather than having the one inside your computer replaced. This option is cheaper and more effective.

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internetshopuk.com

7) Taxis - Know Where You're Going

When catching a taxi, use GPS to work out an efficient route beforehand. If you simply tell your driver the address, there is a good chance he'll intentionally make the journey longer and more expensive. We recommend using Blue Bird taxis.

Nino di Bari

Nino di Bari

8) Temporary Cleaners

It’s much cheaper to hire someone to clean your house once every two weeks or so, rather than employing a full-time pembantu. It generally costs around Rp40,000 - Rp50,000 for a one-off clean.

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angelcleaningnz.co.nz

9) Free Teh Hangat

When eating at a Padang restaurant, order Teh Hanget - it's almost always free! However, if you’re a foreigner, think twice about drinking any unpackaged beverages! Your stomach might not be prepared…

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sluhat.com

10) Cheap Pharmacy Water

If you’re at a mall and feeling thirsty, find a Century or Guardian pharmacy. They usually sell mineral water for less than nearby restaurants or cafes.

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plazaindonesia.com

11) Traffic Apps

Driving a car? Download the following apps to help you beat the traffic.

  • Waze - a community-powered mapping and navigation app that gives you real-time traffic information and road alerts.

  • LewatMana - Similar to Waze, LewatMana keeps you updated with the traffic conditions around you. LewatMana have set up webcams around Jakarta, so you can always browse traffic CCTV.

  • Google Maps - provides directions, interactive maps and satellite/aerial imagery.

Source: reuters.com

Source: reuters.com

Comment below if you have any lifehacks to add to the list!