Here;s the scoop! I leave for Java on July 27 for close to three weeks and I will be flying into Surabaya. I would realy like some feedback on people who have done this sort of trip before and some of the better ways to get about.
Surabaya ---> Gunung Bromo and the Tengger Caldera --> Kawah Ijen --> Yogyakarta (Borobudur/Dieng Plateau) --> Karimunjawa Islands
Flying in from Bangkok and I have at least 3 weeks and have always wanted to see Java and mhave enough time to really enjoy all these amazing places.
Do you think its enough time and what is your best recommendation on getting from Kawah Ijen to Yogya?
Thanks travelfish I always appreciate the love!
#1 Arigato9 has been a member since 26/5/2011. Posts: 29
have not been to Ijen, BTW; Kawah simply means ''crater'' in bahasa. Have done Bromo-that is the penultimate Indo. schoolkids outing-you'll go with 10.000+ schoolkids.Your Q is amply answered in decent travelguidebooks.
There are 2 appoaches to Ijen-depending on what you want to see.
a.just the caldera=do a daytour (rather late nite/early morning) trip out of Banyuwangi=the ferry port for Bali. In fact it would have been easier to fly back out of bali. ANY place in Bw will be able to help you out. It is 8-10 hrs climbing.
b.the full tour of the highlands, with as said to be some magnificent sights and also loads of nasty bloodsucking flies. That is from west Wonobondo toward Banyuw-via crater, needs more planning and likely a guide-hire locally.
From Yogya-if you belong to that qaint minority of trainforall: read seat61.com, via Surabaya and change there.
Much quicker and easier to: any overnite Bis Malam/Ekspres out of Yogya toward Bali-get off at Banyuwangi, where most buses will be around 2/3 nighttime-perhaps just in time to catch on with those tours. NO-even more as in TH Indo are very well used to improvising and doing it on the spot, they do not even grasp the idea that todays western youth seems to have with reservations etc.
For those islands: has there been some article in the Sydney Morning Herald that suddenly everyone seems destined for it? There was a similar Q just 4-5 posts below-search for it.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
It looks like you are on the right track for getting at your destination
#3 jorgea has been a member since 17/7/2013. Posts: 2