Friendly family, budget room
While just about every second family home on Karimunjawa has opened its doors as a homestay, Homestay Tri Putra stood out from the crowd for us—perhaps it was just the eyeball-numbing lime green paint job, but we were still impressed with the neat-as-a pin bright and airy rooms and friendly helpful hosts.
By and large homestays are an excellent budget option and you’ll be putting cash directly into the pockets of the local community, but you should expect the basics only: usually a fan-cooled room, share cold-water mandi and squat toilet—often with little or no English spoken. Located in a back street opposite the (old) Puskesmas (community health clinic), Homestay Tri Putra is a double-storey home and sits in a paved garden filled with pretty potted plants, a small water feature and a swing chair.
A new construction project was underway when we popped by in May 2017, with half the backyard dug up, but will soon be finished. The blinding colour scheme continues to the modest tiled-floor interiors, mostly lime green, some with “designer” polka dots added and other rooms in slightly more subtle vivid peach. All rooms we viewed enjoy exterior windows that can be opened and small wall-mounted fans to blow the breeze about (or just circulate the hot air).
Beds felt comfy and sport patterned sheets and a “Dutch wife”, but no top sheet or blanket, so you may wish to pack a sleep sheet and mozzie net, and some rooms add a small desk and mirror. Furnished lounge areas and breezy furnished communal balconies offer plenty of spots to get social, or catch up on social media with the free WiFi.
Clean “wet-style” share bathrooms offer refreshing cold-water showers and a choice of squat or throne toilets (both with bucket flush). Breakfast isn’t included in the deal, but free flow coffee tea and drinking water are, and if you really can’t be bothered going to a local warung for brekkie, they’ll whip you up something for a few extra rupiah.
Mum and Dad have very little English, but their son has a little more, and regardless of language they’re super willing to make your stay as homely as possible. Call or easier, text (using Google translate) to book as they have no email. Alternatively Homestay Mulya Indah and Gryia Citra Homestay offer similar deals (as do a host of others). If you’d prefer a more “backpacker” vibe for your budget digs, Samsara offer a dorm bed with an included breakfast for a similar outlay.
This is a Muslim neighbourhood, so partying late with your duty free plonk is a no go (as is running around in a bikini).
Address: RT 02 / RW 02; Karimunjawa
T: (0852) 2671 5519;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º26'2.36" E, 5º52'42.56" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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