There is a local old saying that each home has its own set of rules. Thus, every community also has its rules, cultures, norms and habits that people follow, consciously or not. Here are the tips we gathered to get you prepared so you won’t experience any unnecessary culture shock.
When giving or receiving things, always use your right hand. It is considered impolite to use your left hand, since left hand is deemed as the ‘restroom-business hand'. (While westerners use tissue, Indonesian people in general use water and their hands to do their restroom business.)
Stay in Hotel Tips
• Put all your valuable belongings in the safety box (in your room, or by the receptionist).
• To maintain their cheap price, many domestic airlines do not serve food during the domestic flight. You might want to eat before boarding the plane.
Some restaurants will serve you a glass of hot tea once you are seated. However, if you wish to have water instead, always order a bottle of mineral water instead of ordering a glass of water (you will never know what kind of water you're gonna get).
The legal law to enter a club/disco is 17 years old. The legal age to consume alcohol is 17 years old, and for tobacco is 21 years old. However, these are only the legal written law. In reality, no clubs ever checked their patrons for IDs.
The regular business hour in Jakarta is from 9am to 5pm, with lunchtime from 1pm to 2pm. However, on Fridays, some office closed from 11.30am to 1pm allowing the male Muslims employee to attend weekly sermon in the nearest mosques.