During our stay in this hotel in late September 2017 we noticed that the exchange rate that many places in the street offer is often even better than the official one. Looked mainly after EUR/IDR and that fact made me suspicious. At some places, 16200 IDR are offered per EUR with the official rate being around 15900 only. We did not use the money exchange there at all, only the ATMs that the hotel recommended.
Just wondering which tricks are used to make money with tourists there, anybody who made experiences with some false notes or manipulated calculators?
We bought our cash in Canada and used ATM's and Visa when in Bali. This worked out fine. Hope that helps.
Hi Steven, I think you'll find that they 'drop' notes, so although they count them out accurately they use some slight of hand and don't actually hand over all the notes. Always be the last to count and handle the notes. But be aware that as soon as they realise they won't have the opportunity to short change you, they will change the rate.
much better to use an official exchange office. If you turn left out of the Puri driveway then turn right at the T intersection you'll find a proper office :-D
The offer for a higher exchange is probably to lure you into the their shop and perhaps later inform you that the rates are different now. You probably would have to be extremely careful when exchanging for local currency as i have read and seen videos of scams operating. Try exchanging your currencies at authorize centres like the banks or even at the airport...you might lose a couple of thousand rupiahs but you can be rest assured that its all legit and above board.
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