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Female travelling alone in Indonesia-safe or not?

  • ElaineMcG

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    Hey everyone,
    I am debating whether or not to visit Indonesia early next year as part of my travels. As a 26 year old female travelling alone I have been advised to check into safety issues when travelling Indonesia. Just wondering has anybody had any experiences with this? Is there particular places to avoid or particular areas that are safer than others, is it worth it?? All/any advice would be gladly accepted!

    #1 Posted: 24/11/2010 - 18:50

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  • mooball

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    I've asked a number of solo female travellers I've met recently that have been through Java and all have reported no problems. I'm not sure how representative this is...

    #2 Posted: 25/11/2010 - 19:57

  • Tennouji

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    See this thread http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/indonesia/12033_traveling-sumatra-alone

    It is not so much "safety" as much as harrassment. Are you attractive? Do men usually give you a second glance at home? If so, imagine this magnified by 1000 times. All the women I met who were alone spoke of hassle, all those with a boyfriend/husband were having a great time!

    I even met one 50-something half Indonesian woman whose dream of re-discovering the country of her childhood was being spoiled by 25 year olds trying to get her to sleep with them. Not as much fun as it sounds, actually!

    #3 Posted: 30/11/2010 - 19:11

  • cisdeluca

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    I am a 28 year old female living in Indonesia - have been all over Bali, Gili Islands, Sabu, Rote and West Timor with no problems. Bali and the Gilis are quite touristy, so foreigners are not rare and you will attract less attention. The last 3 places I mentioned (eastern Indo) are all less popular, therefore I did get more attention - just stares, never felt unsafe.

    #4 Posted: 17/1/2011 - 12:52

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