Archive for the 'Java' Category

Oct 07 2013

Our favourite beaches and islands in Indonesia

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Our Bali favourite: Balangan Beach

We spend a lot of time “researching” beaches and islands. Not just in Indonesia of course — we recently bagged our 30th Thai island (and another dozen beaches), for instance — but when it comes to beaches, Indonesia is often difficult to beat. We still have a lot of ground to cover (Hello Sumatra, Sumbawa … read the full post

Sep 16 2012

Indonesia’s Krakatoa

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Krak 1.

I stop halfway up steep, dusty Anak Krakatau for a rest. As I stand, I hear a slow rumbling. My legs begin to shake; this isn’t from fatigue, though. The earth is moving – literally – and as the volcano sways, I can’t steady myself. An earthquake is more than the Indonesian adventure I’d bargained … read the full post

Jul 17 2012

Highlights of Indonesia’s Java

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Gunung Bromo is worth the effort and definitely lives up to the hype

Many people arrive in Indonesia with limited time to travel through this sprawling archipelago of more than 17,000 islands; typically they pick just a couple of islands to focus on, with Java being high on the list of choices. Many times during our travels through Java we’ve been asked about which places should not be … read the full post

Jul 09 2012

I’m in Jakarta, where do I go next?

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Bandung's volcano, Tangkuban Parahu

Many people arrive in Jakarta without a clear plan of where they will go in Java. In many ways, this is a mistake because this first impression of Java can be a very poor one and can encourage travellers to move as quickly as possible across the island. But with a bit of research, you … read the full post

Apr 23 2012

Travelling by ojek in Indonesia

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We’ve recently covered a variety of different transport options across Indonesia including minibus (angkot) and train — here we focus on one of the most efficient forms, the motorcycle taxi which is known in Indonesia as the ojek. Like many other places in the world, the motorcycle taxi in Indonesia is an important part of … read the full post

Mar 05 2012

Travelling by minibus (angkot) in Indonesia

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When travelling throughout Indonesia, visitors can choose from an array of different forms of transport such as bus, train, ferry, becak, minibus and ojek. Of all the forms of transport in Indonesia, minibus, otherwise known as angkot, seems to be one of the least frequently used by foreign visitors to the country — which is … read the full post

Jan 30 2012

How to get to Java’s Pangandaran

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We previously wrote about Java’s answer to Kuta beach, the wonderful Pangandaran located on the south coast of West Java. It’s a fairly remote outpost off the main highway, disconnected from the rail network and seemingly a hassle to get to. But it’s really not as difficult as it first seems and here we explain … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Train travel in Java

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Indonesia is a massive archipelago spanning over 5,000 kilometres from its western tip in Aceh to the eastern border in Papua, and travelling across this huge country requires the use of a wide variety of transport (including boats, which we cover here). On the densely populated island of Java, which is the home to more … read the full post

Dec 19 2011

Bali to Java by bus

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Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, attracting more and more visitors every year; for some, the number of fellow tourists is just too high and there is a strong desire to high-tail it right out of there. That’s where Bali’s western neighbour comes into the picture: Java, a long slender island … read the full post