Low Season travelling
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jan 8, 2013 9:02 PM Last Post By: WayanAdiBali
Nov 20, 2012 5:28 AM
Low Season travellingI am planning to go to Indonesia in March, which I can understand is low-season there. How would you recommend negotiating a discount on hostels - contacting them beforehand or just showing up? And how much discount should I aim at getting?
Nov 20, 2012 5:57 AM
Sorry, but why do you need a discount? Accommodation at the budget end is cheap already and the exchange rate for most currencies is extremely good, making it a very good value country to visit anyway. FYI there are no hostels as such. What you need to look for are losmen, which are at the budget end of accommodation. No real need to book ahead, walk around and check out different places when you get there. Maybe they might give a bit of a discount if you ask, but the tourist areas in Indonesia are busy these days and I would imagine most places won't be willing.
Nov 20, 2012 7:16 AM
Nov 20, 2012 11:42 AM
3Regarding discounts.... travelled for 12 months, saved around 500 US$ during that period by accommodation bargaining. Most of my time was spent in Indonesia.
OP, I pre-booked rooms on maybe two occasions (in 12 months) for 1st time visits to new areas; once in Cambodia's Siem Reap and the other was in Bali's Padang Bai.... walking around new areas in search of rooms is one of the best way to meet the locals, and don't be afraid, they'll be ready to help you find somewhere, just watch for the people who want you to give them the money as opposed to the accommodation owners / staff, you'll find you're being asked for an inflated price to cover their commission fees, but most just want to help you find somewhere.
Losmen, Homestays and Guesthouses are what you are after if on a low budget.
I found the best areas to get discounts was in the tourist areas, saving myself around 50,000 in some of these areas.
Find a place once you arrive, ask for the price they want, then see the room.... if good value for money pay the asking prce, if not then haggle for a better price.
It also depends on which part (s) of Indonesia you're travelling to.
Least amount per night for me was 40,000Rp in Sumatra for an detached bungalow; 50,000Rp per night in Senggigi area for an upper floor area which included a balcony and sun terrace in a private house; 65,000 Rp for an all inclusive guesthouse in Lamalera (3 meals a day included).
The most I paid for a room was 150,000Rp in Moni, Flores. I did pay 80US$ for a room in the Aryaduta in Medan, but this was a treat for a friend who came out to visit me, but even then I managed to get a free upgrade to their poolside terraced suite which would have been 180 US$.. so I agree with you, always go for the discount unless the room is value for money.
Have a great trip and enjoy wherever you end up!
As long as it was clean and safe then it was good for me.
Nov 20, 2012 3:32 PM
Nov 21, 2012 12:30 AM
5all is good idea, see the room and environment first, if u think overprice then bargain it's about 30%, that what i do in Padangbai
(2 star Hotel)
From US$20.66 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$94.46 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$315.99 per night