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Indonesia travel FAQ Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 21:28

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful information about Indonesia (both on and off Travelfish). We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Thanks! Introduction Home to more than 220 million people and comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia boggles the mind when it comes to travel potential. The vast majority of travellers get no further than Ba ...

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Taxi price jakarta to Ujung Genteng

Posted by fromfrom on 24/4/2016 at 23:14

Hi, I am planning to travel from Jakarta to Turtles surf break to stay for a week or so, I will be traveling by myself but with a couple of surfboards so public transport will be tricky. Does anyone know the price of a taxi? And how I can go about booking one? A couple of places offer transfers from Jakarta for about IDR1.200.000 but I would rather pick my accommodation once I get there. Thanks ...

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1 week in bali! HELP

Posted by danahosn on 25/4/2016 at 04:34

Taking you're advice about spending the perfect week in bali, a friend and I decided to do 2 nights in Seminyak/Kuta + 2 nights in Ubud + 2 nights in North (Singaraja probably) - to get the best experience because it's our first time there. I need help about transportation and accommodation. What's the best way to go about it. Start off in south and go up and start off in north and go down? Since the airport in the south and we arrive & leave from there? And where do you recommend is a s ...

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Free tourist visa

Posted by Lilly2188 on 11/4/2016 at 00:56

Hi all, Will be entering bali and getting the free 30 day visa. I read somewhere that if you get the free 30 day visa you need to exit from the same airport, is this true? Also, we will be doing a visa run via Kuala Lumpur and entering again into Makassar Sulawesi. I read that a free visa is not available in Makassar and only a 35usd VOA is, is this the case?! Thanks! Lia ...

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On the eruption of Tambora

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/4/2016 at 22:09

A fascinating BBC Radio 4 show on the eruption of Tambora and the 1816 Year Without Summer. The initial descriptions of the eruption are just staggering. Towards the end of the show they talk about how the related climate change contributed to population shifts in the US which may have given impetus to the anit-slavery movement in the US -- and perhaps the growth of opium cultivation in China! Fascinating stuff - you can listen to the full show here. ...

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Lombok / Gili / Bali

Posted by mmrez on 17/1/2015 at 03:05

Hello! I'm going to south east asia over the next 2 months and would like to travel to Bali/Gili. What would be the cheapest way for me to travel to Gili... Either i fly to Denpasar and take boat back and forth from Kuta to Gili. Or i'm thinking if it would be cheaper if i fly to Lombok and take the boat to Gili then Kuta? And then buy a plain ticket from Bali to my next destination? Do anyone know what would be the cheapest way for me to travel this route? And one more thing. Is it pos ...

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Getting Indonesian visa in Penang

Posted by lcybul789 on 19/4/2016 at 01:36

Hey y'all! Super easy and fast visa process in Penang , Malaysia for a 60-day single-entry Indonesian tourist visa for Indonesia. 60-day single-entry Indonesian visa process in Penang. I stayed at a clean, affordable hostel in Georgetown (Couzi Couji) and took the 101 bus from the (Jedi/Jetti?) ferry / bus terminal. Maybe about a 30-40 minute bus ride. Get off at Gurney Drive on the corner of Jalan Pemenang and Jalan Kelawai. If you're going in the direction of the bus and looking at Jalan P ...

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Maratua Island

Posted by pangolin on 11/4/2016 at 03:49

Where else in the world can you find an entire beach to yourself, pick up shells at low-tide and gaze onto turtles from your balcony? The only sound you hear is the lapping of the waves of the in-coming tide and the early morning bird calls. Maratua guesthouse is attractive, simple and functional. Accommodation is in jungle bungalows, bungalows on a closed, inland sea and sea bungalows built right on a coral reef on the sea. The latter, although more expensive, are a wonderful choice. Remember t ...

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Sumbawa dreaming

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/3/2016 at 00:30

Hi all, Am planning a roughly three week trip to Sumbawa at the moment, and looking for suggestions - as while I've flown over it numerous times have never set foot on it. Broadly, so far I have Bima, Tambora (to climb), Lakey Peak, the breaks near Taliwang and very curious about the islands in the inland sea kind of thing below Tambora. There's also supposed to be some great beaches down past the Newmont mine in the southwest. Suggestions welcome & appreciated! ...

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What else to do in Tangkoko?

Posted by boleslav on 10/2/2016 at 11:15

We are planning to visit Tangkoko this May. We will hire a guide to go into the park, but beside that are there any walks we can do ourselves? Or any other activities beside visiting the park? some travel guides mention hiring a boat to watch dolphins, but I was not able to get any feedback from the travelers. thank you, ...

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New Visa Rules for Indonesia (60 days) ?

Posted by misscherie on 12/3/2010 at 00:38

Hi there, I am hoping to spend 6 weeks in Indonesia in September and just read that there has been a sudden visa change for Indonesia "(2/1/2010) In a dramatic change to the current immigration rules, starting on January 26, 2010, foreign tourists from countries eligible for "visa-on-arrival" will now be given a 30 day visa that can be renewed for an additional 30 days." My question is, does anyone know how exactly this works? When you arrive in Indonesia, do you automatically get the ...

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Bali-Flores 3 weeks itinerary help

Posted by jensenl on 6/3/2016 at 09:54

Hi everybody I will be travelling to Indonesia for the first time this summer with my girlfriend. We are mid twenties, going for: hikes, treks to volcanoes (mountains), beaches, culture, snorkeling (we have never dived before, is this a must to do?). We would like to escape the most touristy places Here is the itinerary draft. Has anyone tried to travel through Sumbawa? Day 1-5: Bali Bali to Lombok by ferry Day 5-10 Lombok Climbing Mt. Rinjani (3-4 days) What else do we need to see? Lombok to ...

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Recommendation for tour operator for Komodo Island please:)

Posted by locadotte on 2/4/2016 at 04:12

Has anyone used a tour operator for a trip to Komodo Dragon Island they would recommend? Looking for safe, reliable and professional. Thanks in advance! ...

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Visa and Ramadan

Posted by Lilly2188 on 2/4/2016 at 03:53

Hi all, My and my bf will be visiting indonesian for 6 weeks starting 30th May. I have 2 questions To extend our visa our best option till now due to time and itinerary is to get the free 30 day visa on arrival and then fly out of jakarta to kuala lumpur and back to Bali on the same day to get another 30 day visa for free on arrival. Is this allowed? Do you think we will have any problems? Also, we will be in indonesia for ramadan and the end of ramadan. Where will be the best place to stay ...

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Ruteng Accommodation

Posted by td57hr45 on 2/4/2016 at 00:13

Both the Susteran Santa MBC and Sindh Hotel are booked out so I was wanting to contact Maryos/Mario's Hotel & Guesthouse. Does anyone have any contact details for them? Graham ...

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ATM's Indonesia - Fees, limits, Cash etc

Posted by altmtl on 9/11/2015 at 14:20

Looking for recent info: 2015-16 As I am going to spend most of my time in Indonesia on my next trip I was looking for some up to date answers on local bank fees and the such... As I understand it the max. withdrawal rate is only 3,000,000 = $309 CDN some other banks is even less. Inside the bank you can withdraw more on your credit card - up to 10,000,000 = $973 CDN. With a debit card there is a $5.00 fee + a 2.5% conversion rate - so that's $12.72 per max. transaction (so 38.16 for 3 trans ...

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Motorbiking in Sumbawa

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/3/2016 at 07:22

While I'm still very early into this trip, here are a few pointers for anyone considering doing this -- and I'll add more as I go. The pics are a bit big - sorry! GENERAL RIDING ADVICE There are goats everywhere. Goats appear to have extremely limited road sense. Watch out. There are also dogs, cows and some buffalo -- all are smarter than goats. After rain, kids play on the road, so keep your eyes peeled -- they also kick a ball from one side of the road to the other a lot, which can be a bit ...

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Batam for Kids?

Posted by EmelyBryan on 24/2/2016 at 06:59

What is there to see in Batam? I have 2 kids aged 9 and 4 will they enjoy if I bring them there? ...

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Alor Islands ...Flores

Posted by laverysean on 3/3/2016 at 22:39

Hi everyone:) I'm planning a trip through Flores for a month, flying into Maumere then drifting across to Larantuka then Lembata ( Alor Islands) I was wondering of anyone lingering here had done something like this and if they had any handy tips? It's hard to get information about boats from Flores to Lembata... Any help would be greatly appreciate. Cheers Sean ...

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Java - Bali ferry sinks, many missing

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/3/2016 at 07:26

Today a car ferry doing the Java to Bali run sank. In clear weather and calm seas. There is a video on Youtube of the sinking. While it is difficult to tell, it does look like the front ramp was open. Many people are still missing. Tragic. ...

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