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My Indonesian Adventure and Laundry Musings

My Indonesian Adventure and Laundry Musings

On 20 August 2015, I left Singapore to embark on a culturally rich, educative and exciting adventure. From relaxing in the idyllic beaches of the Gili Islands, to trekking to the summit of Mount Rinjani, Indonesia is an amazing travel destination. We cycled for 4 hours, climbed mount Batur, snorkeled with the turtles, climbed a volcano, bathed under a waterfall, and attended a Balinese wedding.

With all these activities going on, we definitely had to do some laundry. Laundry (in Bali, Gili Islands, and Lombok) for tourists is extremely straightforward. You pass your laundry to the reception. In 24 hours, your laundry is returned, freshly cleaned and neatly folded in a clear bag. It’s affordable, convenient, my clean clothes smell great, and I just love it.

I didn’t really do extensive research on laundry done here, but based on my observations, this is how it works: These places (Bali, Gili and Lombok) are tourist hotspots, so there are laundry shops basically everywhere. These shops aren’t really shops but are local people doing laundry in their homes (mostly for a living).

The normal homestays/guesthouses/ hostels outsource laundry to these shops, where it costs USD $2 per kilogram. Wow. And still, the quality deserves 5 stars. The hostel I stayed in Gili Islands outsources its laundry service to the shop/home next door and follows the same procedure: You pass your laundry to the hostel receptionist. In 24 hours, your laundry is clean and returned. Easy peesy.

Pretty much the same thing as what fipin does, minus the travelling. By the way, if you stay in a good and/or famous hotel, they probably do laundry for you by themselves, and it’s definitely much more expensive. Good Luck!

Picture: The summit view of Mount Rinjani's crater, which sits impressively in the island of Lombok.