Most, but not all towns, have at least a modest Hotel called Losmen
(pension) , Penginapan, Wisma, Pondok Wisata, Guest House, Home Stay, Cottage,
Mess, and Bungalow. All of them are accommodations; Wisma and Mess can
sometimes be something else. Mess Pemda or Pesanggrahan is government owned
accommodation, used by officials on visit. They are normally open for
non-officials also. In most villages, however, there is seldom any proper
accommodation. In such places there is normally a coffee shop, restaurant
(rumah makan) or two that let you sleep for free on the floor, as long as you
eat in the place. Another alternative, especially in villages without even a
restaurant, is to ask the village head (Kepala
Desa). He will surely arrange something for you he knows whose house has
enough room for you. Just remember to try and follow local customs as a way of
showing respect and appreciation. If you are unsure, just ask. It will be very
A very few places, mainly in areas where foreigners seldom come, are always
“full” when a foreigner wants to rent a room. The reasons can be because : the
obligatory reporting to the police too bothersome and expensive in some area ,
they don’t know how to treat European but most because they think European
don’t know how to do bathing with Indonesian bath room . Scooping up water and pouring it over yourself
outside the container about a half of hand far so the water not fallen into the
container , it is disgusting for Indonesian people who found the European who enter the water bath container .
Cars drive on the left hand side . Bring an international driving license. if you have the opportunity, practice some motorcycle driving before coming. It will likely be useful.
Honking with the horn is not a way to show anger as it often is in Europe. It can mean Hallo friend or just being a reminder that the light has turned green, if you do adhere to the traffic lights.On other roads the traffic is scarce. Helmets are officially obligatory because the road has sandy can be slippery if you drive fast . It can be cold in the mountains, especially in early mornings and a jacket is recommended for such occasions. Rain is also common. Cheap and practical rain capes are available in many shops. Beware of deep potholes, even in major towns. Chickens, dogs, cats, buffaloes, cows, goats and other animals are everywhere, so be careful, especially at night. Flat tires are not too uncommon, but there are repair shops ( Bengkel or Tempel Ban ) in every village and they do the job very cheap . Gas stations are rather scarce, but gas is also sold in many small stalls along the road.