The second half of October and first two weeks of November were spent in Indonesia together with my friends from the Philippines who individually flew from Manila to Yogyakarta (via KL and the other one via Jakarta).
It was my first time in Indonesia and I wasn’t really expecting that much, I was just hoping that prices of accommodations, food and other stuff were not as expensive as Kota Kinabalu which broke my budget big time.
Luckily the cost was really manageable even in the very touristy island of Bali.
Here’s a brief report of my expenses in Indonesia.
Our accommodation in Bromo was included in the tour package (Yogyakarta-Bromo-Bali) that we bought in Malioboro.
In Ubud, don’t expect to find some cheap accommodations in Monkey Forest Road, check out Peliatan (15 minute walk from Monkey Forest), and you’ll find very affordable and comfortable homestays. We stayed at Siti Homestay for only 60,000 Rupiah/night for a double room with bathroom (and wifi).
In Kuta, we stayed at Taman Mekar and paid around 250,000 Rupiah per night for a basic triple room with bathroom (and wifi). There are cheaper options (without wifi) if you walk around Poppies Lane I and II.
Luckily, I was travelling with my friends and we always split the cost of our accommodation.
The cost of airfare could be cheaper or more expensive depending on when you book it. I booked it a couple of months ago and got a cheap deal. My flight from Bali to Singapore was booked a year ago when Air Asia had their Zero fare promotion.
Land transportation was kept to a minimum because it’s already included in the tour packages that we bought.
Tip: If you’re thinking of going to Mt. Bromo from Yogyakarta, you have an option to go to Denpasar, Bali afterwards or go back to Yogyakarta for the same cost. You have to check this with the travel agency where you’re gonna buy your tour package from.
Taxi cost around Bali is also minimal because I was sharing the cost with my friends.
Local food is always cheap, averaging from a dollar or two for a single meal. If you have a bigger budget, Bali has a lot of options if you want to eat out in a nice fancy restaurant.
I also spent some money for some small items including a new (smaller) backpack and a Batik sling bag. I left my Deuter backpack in my hostel in Bali since I want to travel with lesser stuff.
Hope you get some tips on the cost of travelling in Indonesia.