I got some questions about my upcoming Indonesian trip and I would be very thankful for someones advice..
In a couple of weeks I'm flying over to Medan to start my Indonesian trip. I just got my 60 days visa in Penang.
I have exactly 53 days to get from Medan to Bali and I would like to do it without flying.
I would love to buy a motorbike or scooter in Medan and drive it all the way to Bali and sell it there, but people tell me this is impossible.
So I guess I have to use local transportation.
One other thing I'm wondering is how to spend my days. How much time should I spend on Sumatra and Java of my seven weeks?
I think I will not spend more days in Bali than what I need to make a Thai visa before I'm flying out.
I would be thankful for any recommendations about Sumatra and Java. What else is a must on Sumatra than Lake Toba?
You don't need to give me an exact itenary, but I hope you can namedrop some places I must visit so I can plan my trip better.
I can add that I'm usually a fast traveller who likes to rough it up.
Many thanks in advance.
I don't know who is telling you riding a motorbike from Medan to Bali is impossible -- they're wrong. Just but the bike in Medan, hop on and you're on your way. You won't be transferring the registration into your name first, of course, but that's no big deal, right?
The main point is that it is currently registered to at least someone. Expired rego/plates will cause some issues, but even then not insurmountable -- just potentially expensive.
I recommend Ketambe for orangutan/forest experience, Berastagi for volcano and Karo culture, lake toba, bukittinggi, harau valley, Padang. That's Sumatra done.
Advise to skip Jakarta. Bogor for botanical gardens, Bandung for volcano, garut for volcano, hot springs & temple plus maybe a volcano, pangandaran for some beach time, yogya, Dieng, Bromo & Ijen.
There all places that are doable in about 2 months.
If you don't have a motorbike, no problem. Just rent one in every town you're in. Prices range from 50,000 to 100,000. Otherwise you can get motorcycle taxis, regular taxis or catch local buses/angkots/mikrolets/bemos/labi-labi.
Anyway, you're going to need to do some research before you start your travel as information on the ground is very difficult to come by, especially as there are often no other or very few fellow travellers who can give decent recommendations.