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Do's and Don't's in Indonesia

INDONESIA | Monday, 8 August 2011 | Views [9481]

DO!

Do Eat Rendang

Rendang is one of traditional food from West Sumatera, Indonesia. Made from beef and caramelized sauce from spicy herbs mixture, Rendang is being in 11th rank in the list most delicious food in the world. You can find this food on many Minang Restaurants which are spread in Indonesia, even in small village. Even, in US there are Minang Restaurants too! So if you’re in Indonesia, get a taste of Rendang!

Do Bargain When You’re Purchasing Something

You can do bargaining prices when you’re buying something in sidewalk hawkers, traditional market, or in art market. You can’t do it in supermarket or minimarket :P What I mean is, in most of tourism point like Bali, Borobudur, the sellers in art market will rise the prices since you know you’re a tourist. Moreover, they will multiply the rise when they know you’re foreigner. So be careful!

Do Show Your Effort To Speak Indonesian

Since elementary school, Indonesians are taught to speak English. So I think you have no worry if you get here, in my country, many people can speak English. But if you take an effort to speak a little of Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesians will be happier. Try to learn ‘terimakasih’ – thankyou- or ‘selamat siang’-good afternoon- when you’re planning to take holiday here.

DON'T

Don’t Expect You Can Find Pork Easily

Indonesia consists of 90% Muslims and they don’t eat pork. You will only find pork in special place like Chinese food restaurant or in an area where it doesn’t have Muslims people majority there like Bali, Manado, and North Sumatera.

Don’t Use Your Left Hand

Indonesians are trained using right hand for giving or taking something. It is part of cultural thing in Indonesia and we’re taught the right hand is good hand. Young people nowadays don’t care about this. But since you meet elderly here, you must really consider this rule.

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