Hi..wrote regarding money changers on another thread. Best trick is to have PAPER CLIPS…the money changers just hate them!!!…..
If the rate looks too good to be true…….it definitely is!!
We were there last October/November and the rate on line said 19200 IDR to £1. I changed some here in the UK before we left and only got 17560 IDR to £1. On arrival at the airport in Bali we asked the rate at the exchange counters on the right and they gave us 19000 to £1 which I thought was very good. When we change money in Bali we take with us a load of paper clips. For instance if you change £200($250approx) you will end up with 3,800,000 IDR !!. When I recount it in front of the desk I put a paperclip on every 500,000 IDR. (I ended up with 7 bundles and 300,000 of loose notes)…this makes it easier to see how many ‘clips’ I have and I know each clip is worth about £26 (based on 19,000 IDR). This also annoys the changer as they then cannot retouch the money and skim!!! The ploy is always they then want to recount it and then that’s when they do a sleight of hand. …beware it even happened to us in an official exchange in Kuta where the lady tried to skim 60,000 IDR from the pile.
Another exchange place we used suddenly said there was a 1,000,000 IDR service charge when he realised he couldn’t touch the money, even though the board outside said no service charge!. We demanded our money back and left the shop. We even made his life hell for a few minutes by telling everyone who passed that he was a con man and don’t exchange your money at his shop!
Happy travels and stay vigilant………….