I’ve been in Indonesia for one year now, and I have become pretty good at doing things the “Indonesian way.” Indonesian culture can be quite different from American culture so, for the people who don’t have a year to figure out how to blend in, here are a few tips on how to act like an Indonesian.
The Indonesian rupiah is the currency of Indonesia. Currently, one US dollar is equivalent to a little more than 13,000 rupiah; though in the past twelve months the exchange rate has been as high as Rp 14,500 to one dollar. Needless to say a single rupiah will not buy much. In fact, the smallest denomination in mint now is the one hundred rupiah coin, which is worth less than a single American penny. And the largest Indonesian bank note currently printed is the 100,000 rupiah, worth approximately 7.70 US dollars.