Scooter hire – a fun, cheap way to explore Indonesia
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Quick Tips For Bali Scooter Riding
Bring a raincoat on all your scooter trips – chances are you’ll end up using it in Bali.
Bali is often the first stop for Aussies visiting Indonesia – and hiring a scooter is one of the most popular ways to get around and see the local sights. A small motorbike is a cheap and convenient way to explore your surroundings, but there are a few important things to remember so you stay as safe as possible.
Here are our top tips:
- Make sure the scooter you hire is less than 125cc. If you’re riding a bigger motorcycle in Indonesia, you must hold an equivalent Australian motorbike license.
- Always wear an approved and correctly-fastened motorcycle helmet for scooter riding – not a bicycle helmet.
- In order to be covered by Budget Direct Travel Insurance, you must have a valid International Driving License when riding a scooter anywhere in Indonesia.
- Check the scooter out thoroughly before you hire it (brakes, lights, horn, etc.) and take plenty of photos for proof of its condition; the last thing you need is to get hit with a damage bill for previous dents or mechanical issues when you return your scooter.
- Bring a raincoat on all your scooter trips – chances are you’ll end up using it in Bali.
- Understand the local road rules – honk when approaching blind corners, take it slow and give trucks plenty of room.
- Don’t wear your bag on your shoulder. It can be a distraction if it slips off while you’re riding, and an opportunistic bag-snatcher might be tempted to grab it and run.
- Scooter driving and booze don’t mix. It doesn’t take much alcohol to turn a safe scooter driver into a dangerous one. Never ‘drink and scoot’.
You can find several spas in Mataram on the island of Lombok that will have you re-learning what relaxation really means. Treat yourself to a traditional Lombok massage, chill out by the pool and let your cares melt away in beautiful surroundings.
Amazing Destinations In Indonesia
There is a lot more to Indonesia than Kuta Beach in Bali. If you’re a keen diver, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Raja Ampat Islands, where you can sample an ecotourism home-stay or a live-aboard dive boat. Either way, you’ll find some of the most amazing marine biodiversity on earth here.
If your idea of heaven is tropical foliage, awe-inspiring hikes, stunning waterfalls, sacred temples and rock statues carved into towering cliffs, head to Mount Kawi.
After you’ve thoroughly explored this amazing temple, cool off in the nearby river.
If you’ve ever wanted to see an orang-utan in the wild, there’s a reasonable chance of success at Bukit Lawang on the island of Sumatra. It’s easy to organise a day tour through the jungle, some river rafting or an overnight stay amongst the forest wildlife. This is the perfect place to unleash the Tarzan or Jane that’s lurking inside you!
And if all that diving, trekking, rafting and wildlife-spotting sounds far too energetic, you can find several spas in Mataram on the island of Lombok that will have you re-learning what relaxation really means.
Treat yourself to a traditional Lombok massage, chill out by the pool and let your cares melt away in beautiful surroundings. 1
Tips For First-Time Travellers
It’s always a good idea to visit your travel doctor before you go anywhere overseas, just to make sure you’re fully prepared.
If this is your first trip to Indonesia, make sure you visit the Australian Government’s Smartraveller website for current information about entry requirements, safety and security issues and any health concerns. It’s always a good idea to visit your travel doctor before you go anywhere overseas, just to make sure you’re fully prepared. Some medication for those unexpected bouts of ‘accelerated digestion’ is always handy to have, for example.
If Bali is on your itinerary, we’ve got a convenient online destination guide that will give you all sorts of handy pointers to help you plan your visit.
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Here are three useful travel tips to make your stay in Indonesia more pleasant:
- Respect local customs. There are some absolutely stunning temples in Indonesia, but you are expected to dress modestly when visiting them. Men and women should wear shirts that cover their shoulders and upper arms (no singlets), a waist covering and a sarong to hide the legs. Thongs on your feet are okay. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and pointing at locals or touching their heads is considered rude. 2
- Tap water is not safe to drink in Indonesia – you should stick to bottled mineral water. Buy it from a shop, not a street vendor. Indonesia straddles the equator and can be quite hot. Remember that water will hydrate you better than soft drinks or beer. The food in Indonesia is generally delicious and affordable, but be careful of the source. Reputable restaurants are a safer bet than street vendors.3
- Indonesia has some lovely beaches, but even beautiful places can be dangerous. Beware of powerful currents, don’t leave valuables sitting on your towel while you swim, don’t go swimming if you’ve been drinking and be vigilant about sun protection.