Local people in Manado are generally friendly and helpful, and mostly are strong believers of Christianity. Even though it is a Christian predominated region, travelers are advised to dress appropriately in order to avoid unnecessary attention, especially when visiting churches. Click "Tips" on the left menu or here for more matters on Clothing in Indonesia.

You might also experience a few greetings on the streets, especially from local kids or people who are trying to make a conversation with you. If you think the locals laugh or smile alot during talking to you, don't take it wrongly as if something is funny or wrong with you, it is just part of their smiling culture.


Should you like to develop and print your photos, there are many photo services in Manado. Generally locals go to either Kodak or Fuji shops. Processing time depends on numbers of printing, but usually it takes around one hour or less for a set of photos, and it costs about Rp. 1,500 for one print.

Postal Service

Manado Post Office

Location : Jl. Sam Ratulangi Manado (in front of Golden Supermarket or near to a BCA bank)
Operating hours : Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm, Friday-Saturday, 8am-8pm


In the old days, a group of people, usually the young ones, liked to get drunk and created trouble, especially in remote areas. However, today locals in North Sulawesi believe the situation is much better, even though they still advise visitors to avoid walking alone along Jalan Pierre Tendean (Boulevard) after 10pm, see Manado City.

Other common crimes in big cities, like pickpocketing, are fortunately a rare problem.

Police in Indonesia (and Manado itself) in general are changing towards better public service standards. Though changing the old habits (and public perception) is not easy and takes time, they have been taking lots of steps to improve public perception. For instance, renewing a driving license which in the past took a few hours and would make people end up paying a lot more, today can be done almost instantly without extra charges.

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