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Indonesia travel FAQ Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 21:28

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful information about Indonesia (both on and off Travelfish). We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Thanks! Introduction Home to more than 220 million people and comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia boggles the mind when it comes to travel potential. The vast majority of travellers get no further than Ba ...

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Suggestions for Indo trip

Posted by Jdav on 26/7/2016 at 10:33

Hi Everyone, I'll be spending 5/6 weeks in Indonesia in Sept/Oct and am looking for thoughts on what to choose from the endless options! I am a 30-something female and have the following so far: 1. 5 days TBD (flying in from Brisbane) 2. 1 week in Java: Meet friend in Yogyakarta and visit Borobudur/Mt Bromo/Ijen 3. 1 week Lombok Surf camp 4. 8-9 days TBD but probably Flores area 5. Meet friends in Bali - 1 week I'm looking for some suggestions for where to spend the first 5 days before ...

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Been to Simeulue recently?

Posted by devo on 22/7/2016 at 15:19

Aloha travelfish.. Looking for some insight on losmen style accommodation on Simeulue island north sumatra. I know sinabang will have have some of these, but what about other villages on the west side of the island?...Just not interested in USD$65-100 surf/yoga "resorts", rather direct deposit my rupiahs into the local economy. Western amenities not required or desired really. Ive got a bit of rusty Bahasa and a few budget into surf trips under my belt, so not afraid of a little effo ...

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Motorbiking in Sumbawa

Posted by somtam2000 on 16/3/2016 at 07:22

While I'm still very early into this trip, here are a few pointers for anyone considering doing this -- and I'll add more as I go. The pics are a bit big - sorry! GENERAL RIDING ADVICE There are goats everywhere. Goats appear to have extremely limited road sense. Watch out. There are also dogs, cows and some buffalo -- all are smarter than goats. After rain, kids play on the road, so keep your eyes peeled -- they also kick a ball from one side of the road to the other a lot, which can be a bit ...

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Sumbawa dreaming

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/3/2016 at 00:30

Hi all, Am planning a roughly three week trip to Sumbawa at the moment, and looking for suggestions - as while I've flown over it numerous times have never set foot on it. Broadly, so far I have Bima, Tambora (to climb), Lakey Peak, the breaks near Taliwang and very curious about the islands in the inland sea kind of thing below Tambora. There's also supposed to be some great beaches down past the Newmont mine in the southwest. Suggestions welcome & appreciated! ...

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Looking for fellow travellers in Late April - Early June!

Posted by bleeploads on 3/3/2016 at 23:57

I'll be backing indonesia from the abovementioned dates. I'll be starting with Sumatra and then just head down before my time's up! Looking for people to tag along with. I'm Singaporean and I can speak Malay, so that should help us quite well along the trip! Do let me know! ...

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Alor Islands ...Flores

Posted by laverysean on 3/3/2016 at 22:39

Hi everyone:) I'm planning a trip through Flores for a month, flying into Maumere then drifting across to Larantuka then Lembata ( Alor Islands) I was wondering of anyone lingering here had done something like this and if they had any handy tips? It's hard to get information about boats from Flores to Lembata... Any help would be greatly appreciate. Cheers Sean ...

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Motorbiking Sulawesi or Malaysian Borneo

Posted by Abi2016 on 5/6/2016 at 02:36

Hi all, I am looking for a travel buddy to join me on a motorbike trip around either Sulawesi (Indonesia) or Malaysian Borneo. I am relatively flexible in terms of my travel options, and haven't decided yet which of the two would be best. From what I've read online, long term motorbike rental (for up to a month) seems to be possible in both places. The dates I'm thinking of doing this are (approx) 17 June - 17 July. I am a 27 year old female from the UK. Im travelling alone, and have previou ...

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Few questions on Indonesia

Posted by ruthmichaels182 on 11/7/2016 at 03:26

Hey I have a few questions on Indonesia. 1. Is there a particular area that is good for rock climbing? 2. how to recharge phones credit in Indonesia? thats all the questions I can think of for now ...

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Snorkeling offshore

Posted by DanieleC on 6/7/2016 at 06:50

Hi all, I'm from Italy. I'm searching for guesthouse/bungalow/hotel with the beach for good snorkeling from the shore in Sulawesi. I've been in Maratua Guesthouse and Kanawa Island and I loved it. Thanks in advance. Daniele ...

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Translation please. Booking domestic flights

Posted by SBE on 28/9/2012 at 15:06

I emailed Batavia the other day with this fairly simple enquiry: Is it possible for a foreigner to pay for a domestic flight online with a foreign credit card? My bank is in Europe. I do not have a bank account in Indonesia. Here is the answer I got. Can anyone tell me if they said yes or no? It used to be only possible to book flights on Indonesian airlines if you had a credit card issued by an Indonesian bank. Just wondering if that is no longer the case? Has anyone actually managed to boo ...

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Bali to Flores by boat?

Posted by KatMachine on 16/1/2012 at 20:47

Hi, is it possible to go from Bali to Flores by boat? If yes, how long will it take and how much? ...

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23 day itinerary

Posted by globetrotter19 on 3/7/2016 at 19:06

Hi there, I am in my early 30s and will be travelling to Bali solo very soon for 23 days. I have a rough itinerary planned. I was planning on spending the first four days in the Seminyak/Kuta/Legian area, five days Ubud/Gunung Kawai/Munduck. Three nights on Gili islands. Since reading about Indonesia I really want to explore a bit of Java, although I am a bit anxious about exploring this area solo. I was thinking of spending 10 days in Java then fly back to Bali to get my international flight ...

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Places to stay in Yogjakarta

Posted by Digitarius on 17/6/2016 at 13:48

Hello fellow travelfishers, Anyone have any info on places to spend 2 nights in Yogjakarta. I was told Alun Alun is where I should look for a decent place to stay. Just wanted to see if anyone had any advice on that. I wanna keep it around about $50-$60 an night. I did look up a few but wasn't impressed with the reviews. I might visit Bandung also. ...

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Lombok to Sumbawa Ferry

Posted by laverysean on 4/11/2014 at 22:05

Hi Guys Thinking about picking up a car in lombok, surfing, then putting same car onto the Lombok - Sumbawa ferry, surfing, then reversing the whole process. Possible? Issues? Tips for success ? Ideas? Thanks heaps Sean ...

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Posted by Kellyleanne77 on 23/6/2016 at 13:07

Hoping someone can help me... Beyond confused about the visas... So I'm traveling for 6 months, leaving the UK in Jan 17, going to Thailand for just over 30 days then to the Philippines for 56 days and then back to Thailand for just under 30 days. My issue is that I want to travel Indonesia for just under two months (under 59 days) but I will be away for four months before reaching Indonesia so how do I go back applying for a visa to cover me for the 55 days? Ideally I don't want to have to vi ...

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Klotok Tour in Tanjung Puting National Park

Posted by traveller932 on 25/6/2016 at 14:44

Hi there! We're two students from Switzerland and plan to visit Indonesia in the beginning of September. We would like to go on a Klotok tour of 3d/2n to see the orang-utans in the Tanjung Puting National Park, but the prices seem rather high. Anybody want to share the boat? We're intending to go from 6th to 8th of September, but nothing is booked yet, so we're flexible about the exact dates. Thanks! ...

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Sulawesi and maybe more

Posted by subliminalpop on 19/5/2016 at 05:25

Hello, in August (about 3 weeks) I'm thinking of going to Sulawesi and wanted to know some information about it (I already have the guide book, but it's old - I've been in Java, Bali, Lombok and Gili many years ago. So I'd like to have some "fresh" news). Mi idea is fly-in to Makassar fly-out from Manado It’s possible to do this trip, from south to north, all by land with local transport? Through Palu and including Luwuk zone? Which could be the must see place/things to do? (I like ...

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Returning from gili

Posted by srgank on 14/6/2016 at 03:49

Hi mates, I will be on September on gili air. I plan to return from Gili to Dempasar airport the same day as the flight is. My flight leaves at 7pm and I plan to take the first fast boat in the morning ( around 10:30 ) Do you think it's ok? Are the delays usual on the fastboats? For how long? ...

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Bali 1st timer, and desperate for a bit of advice!

Posted by thewonderseeker on 8/6/2016 at 03:05

Hi my husband and I will be travelling to Bali this October/November for 24 days. We have a rough itinerary prepared and and just needing some suggestions and a bit of advice. We are thinking about doing the following: Legian/Seminyak Area 9 days Ubud 4 days Lombok 6 days Jimbaron 5 days We want to unwind by a pool and or beach for a few days at the beginning and end of our vacation to unwind, relax with a drink in one hand and a book in another. Other than our flight, we have y ...

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