On the way out of town I ended up chatting with a remarkably nice old man. I met him on the street. He had a bakery and he showed me around for 20 minutes just to be kind. I really think this is the Indonesian culture. I told him of my problems and said all the tourist say the same thing. He said it was killing tourism and made him sad.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Indonesia-We had to get the hell out of there
We really liked the Indonesian people who we met who were not associated with tourism. Universally friendly, most liked to laugh a lot, and very kind. The problem we ran into is we just hated the lying thieves who were associated with the tourist activities. We have traveled a bit and we are used to people trying to cheat us, but it was the worst in Indonesia that we have seen. We ended up with a choice, take a trip that was supposed to cost $8 each but they were demanding $60 each, or leave early. We left Indonesia two days early and headed to Thailand.