Travelling in Indonesia for 3 weeks in August early September and would like some advice for possible stops. We are flying into and out of Jakarta so need a roundish trip. Finding it hardest to find good stops in between Jakarta a Yogykarta know theres a 9hour train in between but after having a 16 hour flight dont think we will fancy that maybe take that train on the way back to get from Yogykarta- Jakarta. As Ive said first time travellers two 19 year old girls so safety has to be considered. We also are on a budjet so looking for the cheapest home stays. Think we are looking for the usual: landscape, cultural sites, activities, nature. Also because we are only going for 3 weeks want to keep time we travel to a minimum or overnight to make the most of our stay any help would be appreciated
#1 cat122333 has been a member since 4/6/2012. Posts: 6
You can get really cheap flights from Jakarta-Yogya (like $60 one way) on Air Asia/ other budget sites. But, and I can't stress this enough, arrive with way more than enough time to make your connection, and if possible, figure out exactly where you need to be/how to get there ahead of time... or risk this style of adventure:
In my (one-time Kuala Lumpur-change in Jakarta-Yogya) experience, the Jakarta airport is completely insane, and has very little signage/direction as to where you're supposed to be heading. People (including airline employees in their uniforms) will offer to help you, but only for a tip. We knew we were being hustled, but we were (it turned out, needlessly) worried about missing our flight. A guy passed us off to a taxi driver at an absurdly inflated rate to take us to another terminal (there were no signs saying this, we'd been given no such information).
All in all, this was good preparation for the being handed to one after another "nice dude 'helping us' buy/book things and secretly collecting a commission" that you'll be used to after 3 weeks there, so a flight back could be the most restful way to start your trip home.
#2 sunshinefiasco has been a member since 20/6/2012. Posts: 1
I would choose Bogor as your first stop to see the gardens et al. Then I'd head for Bandung for Tangkuban Perahu and then Pangandaran for the beach. It's all pretty easy to do and can be done very cheaply. Think about $10 per night or less for accommodation, transport less than $4 and food as cheap as you like.