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Posted by nadirahmed on 9/6/2018 at 12:20

Hi everyone!

I'm pulling together my itinerary for a four-week trip to Indonesia in December. Please let me know what you think!

Just to give you an idea of my travel style, I'm more a flashpacker than a backpacker - I like my home comforts even when I'm on the road (a private room to sleep in, hot shower, fan or AC etc.). I'd opt for culture over beach and good food over cheap alcohol/partying. I love experiencing new and unusual (by Western/British standards) things, particularly natural and/or historical phenomena. I'm neither a swimmer nor a surfer so wouldn't opt to do anything water-based (where I'm in the water!). Give me a temple or volcano any day.

My South East Asia travels have so far taken me on a 5-week trip, at breakneck speed, through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia in 2015. I also spent 2.5 weeks in Vietnam last year.

My current itinerary is as follows:

9 Dec - arrive Jakarta at 5pm
10 Dec - Jakarta
11 Dec - travel to Bandung
12/13 Dec - Bandung - day trips out to Tangkuban Perahu, Kawah Putih
13 Dec - travel to Yogyakarta
14-20 Dec - in Yogyakarta - day trips out to Borobodur, Dieng Plateau, Prambanan, Solo
20 Dec - travel to Probolingo, early morning climb up Mount Bromo
21 Dec - travel to Kawah Ijen, early morning climb to see the blue flames etc.
22 Dec - travel to Bali, probably Bukit peninsula
23 Dec - rest and recuperation on the Bukit peninsula!
24-28 Dec - travel to and explore one(?) of the Gili Islands (any suggestions?)
28-30 Dec - Ubud
30 Dec-1 Jan -Sidemen
1-3 Jan - Amed
3-5 Jan - Seminyak
5 Jan - depart DPS for London

Any thoughts on the itinerary?

I know Bali is a mostly Hindu island, but what should I expect around Xmas and New Year?

Any thoughts on which bits I might want a more structured (private) tour on? I suspect I might want some help from arrival in Probolingo to getting on the ferry at Bali.

Thank you in advance for your time!

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Posted by savorygal on 12/6/2018 at 23:09

The first thing that may be an issue is your timing. December is the height of rainy season and there will be rain. Lots of rain, especially in Bali.
Also, Christmas & New Years is especially busy & frantic in Bali and the Gilis ( where I live). If you prefer culture vs partying and beaches I'd steer clear of the Gilis as we really only have beaches, water sports & nightlife on offer.
Lombok may be more to your liking, but again, its going to be wet.
I also would advise you to slow down a bit, but you like "breakneck speed' travel so different courses for different horses.

You will just need to think about if you are going to go stir crazy or not if it happens to downpour for 3-4 straight days ( or longer).

Cheers & have fun

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Posted by nadirahmed on 13/6/2018 at 14:29

Thanks savorygal, really useful info.

In terms of the rain, I've read (can't remember where though) that the rain tends to be in short sharp bursts in the afternoon? I think I could live with that and even a longer period of rainfall (3-4 days). I'll have my kindle and am happy to spend my day/s sitting on a balcony, waiting for the rain to die down.

Re the Gilis - thanks. I'll probably give them a miss!

I probably will slow it down - my travel speed in 2015 was a result of circumstances rather than a desire to travel at that speed. I'll probably add a day to Ubud, Sidemen and Amed after dropping the Gilis. What do you think?

Thanks again (and again in advance)!

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Posted by Ramya on 21/6/2018 at 09:09

Hello Nadirahmed,

I think you need to explore scenic views of Bali. Best idea to explore Tanah Lot Island,Uluwatu Bali and Goa Gajah.Even if it rains you can explore the beauty around the Island with your Kindle.

Have Fun!

Cheers to your Trip!

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