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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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10 Days in Bali- The Western side?

Posted by Chaia09 on 25/5/2017 at 16:48

Hello! My husband and I will be in Bali for a wedding this October. We'll be in Kuta for the ceremony but have about 10 days afterwards to get out of the city and see some more of the island. After some research, we've decided to focus on the Western side and I've seen less information about this part of the island vs the East side. We're both active and outdoors-y and love snorkeling, hiking, biking, visiting cultural sites, and laying on the beach reading a book. This is our tentative plan: - ...

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Thailand & Bali general questions

Posted by tuanhuylink on 26/5/2017 at 03:59

Hi everyone Im off to Thailand & Bali in about10 days. I have a few basic questions. I have read loads on the forum pages so forgive mr if I am overlapping something previously stated.. Here 'tis: 1. water - aquatabs, iodine or boil it? (I have heard about the huge land-fill issue caused by plastic bottles there) 2. rainjacket or umbrella or just get wet (oct & nov 09) 3. take or not take malaria tablets? 4. does Lomotil work well if I get a belly bug? 5. does Air Asia only allow 1 ...

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Cool cafes / restaurants outside of the center to work from?

Posted by jameslon on 23/5/2017 at 03:09

Can anyone recommend cool cafes / restaurants outside of the center of Ubud that are good to work from? Ideally they'd have wifi but I can hotspot from my phone if needs be. ...

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3 1/2 weeks with kids ideas? Itinerary OK?

Posted by pictoncrew on 14/5/2017 at 00:45

So we are planning 3 1/2 weeks with Miss 9 and Master 5 around Bali. The trip needs to include lots of diving/ snorkeling spots mixed in with culture etc. So far we are planning 3 nights Jimbaran to recover!! only part booked 4 nights Ubud 1 or 2 nights Sidemen or similar??? not sure if 1 is enough 8 nights split some how between Candi Dasa, Amed and Tulamben 5 nights Gili Layar 3 or 4 nights Sanur or elsewhere. We are travelling in October/start November. Would love ideas of thing ...

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Suggestions for a 3-week Kalimantan trip

Posted by emeve on 20/5/2017 at 09:23

Hi, my bf and I are planning to visit Kalimantan for 3 weeks in Oct-Nov. The main reason to go there is to see some wildlife, local culture and enjoy some beautiful beaches. Because we've limited time and will be traveling from Europe we don't want to spend the majority of our time traveling from one location to the other, so ideally visit 3-4 locations. I've been doing research and can't decide if visiting Tanjung Puting National Park or Kutai National Park. Tanjung Puting seems much easier to ...

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Best place for Scuba PADI Certification for 11 year old - Indonesia or Thailand or Phillipines

Posted by chaitanya on 17/5/2017 at 02:22

Am from India and wish to undertake a trip during the week of June 19th with my 11 year old son for a Scuba Diving PADI Certification (Open Water certification for him and an advanced certification for myself) Could you please advise which is the best place that is very kid friendly, patient to teach from basics and enable certification? I have Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand as options. Your expertise and help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Chaitanya ...

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Getting around Bali/ Car Rentals

Posted by TanyaAllen2017 on 18/5/2017 at 16:54

Hi, I've been planning a trip for my husband and myself for Bali. We are spending 2 weeks and would like to see several different areas. However, I am not sure what to plan because I'm not sure how we would be getting around. Can you rent a car with a U.S. driver's license or a scooter with a U.S. motorcycle license, we don't have one of those but my husband has had one before and he could get another if needed. We would like to start in Ubud go to Sideman to Amed and back to one of the sou ...

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Yogyakarta 2 1/2 day itinerary??

Posted by roosen on 16/5/2017 at 14:37

Hi, My wife and I arrive in Yogyakarta at 9:30 in the morning. We have that day and two more. We of course want to see the Kraton, Borobudur, and Prambanan. We like to take photos and see historic sites. We are also interested in hiking, cycling, rafting, etc. but don't really expect that to be a Yogyakarta thing. Any suggestions on how to spend the time? Off the top of my head I'd say Kraton on the arrival day, Borobudur the second day, and Prambanan the third day. But as the Kraton ...

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Getting Indonesian visa in Penang

Posted by lcybul789 on 19/4/2016 at 01:36

Hey y'all! Super easy and fast visa process in Penang , Malaysia for a 60-day single-entry Indonesian tourist visa for Indonesia. 60-day single-entry Indonesian visa process in Penang. I stayed at a clean, affordable hostel in Georgetown (Couzi Couji) and took the 101 bus from the (Jedi/Jetti?) ferry / bus terminal. Maybe about a 30-40 minute bus ride. Get off at Gurney Drive on the corner of Jalan Pemenang and Jalan Kelawai. If you're going in the direction of the bus and looking at Jalan P ...

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Is it risky? Nusa Lembongan to Denpasar airport same morning?

Posted by lajoy9 on 6/5/2017 at 01:30

Hi, we have a 12:00pm flight from Denpasar airport to Kuala Lumpur. We would be leaving N'usa Lembongan Island same morning by boat(speedboat?), to Sanur, then transportation to airport.We Would like to be at airport by 10:00 am. Is this too risky? Would it be better to have one night buffer closer to airport? Do you have a reliable boat/transport to recommend? I have been in contact with my hotel but cannot get a clear answer. Thanks. ...

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Ferries/Fast Boat from Nusa Penida to Padang Bay, Indonesia

Posted by farditi on 7/5/2017 at 12:42

Hi! We are planning our trip in Indonesia and we will stay for a couple of days in Nusa Penida , but I am a bit confused on how to go back to Bali. We need to reach Padang Bay as we are going to take another fast boat from there to Gili Meno. But I can't find any website or info about ferries or fast boats from Nusa Penida to Padang Bay. Can someone help? Thank you so much! Francesca ...

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Flores and Borneo

Posted by jackiejanuary on 2/5/2017 at 00:32

Hi All, Any recommendations of places to go in Flores for about 6 days? We will have already been to Rinca and Komodo. Any good guides? Also, is it better to go to Malaysian Borneo or Indonesian Borneo to see orangutans in the wild? We have about 10-14 days there. Many Thanks ...

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Ubud for a digital nomad from mid May to mid June?

Posted by jameslon on 27/4/2017 at 01:37

Im taking a month to work on a personal project on my laptop so I suppose that qualifies me as a "digital nomad". Ill be flying from Australia mid May and by mid June I need to end up in Hong Kong. Ive already been to Chiang Mai as a backpacker. Bali (with Ubud in particular) seems to be the other hub for nomads. However Ive heard a lot of Aussies go on holiday around this time so will it be swamped with tourists? Id rather hang out with nomads as ill be working most of the day ...

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Three weeks in Bali/Lombok. What do you think?

Posted by tstaines94 on 21/2/2017 at 16:30

Hi, I'm going to Bali this June for three weeks and am trying to plan the itinerary/where to stay for the duration at the moment and I'm not too sure where to stay or how long for. I'm 22 years old and will be travelling with my partner. We're both fairly active and want a good mixture of adventure and relaxation! Here's my plan so far: Seminyak - 2 nights (have heard bad reviews about the area but arrive in Denpasar around 11pm so stay here will only be short) Ubud - 3/4 nights (want to ...

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Quick trip report for Alor and Pantar in eastern Indonesia

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/4/2017 at 07:24

Thanks to a cracked rib, I'm just back yesterday from a trip to this area of Indonesia and while I'll have the detailed write up for all this online in a few days (probably by the end of the week), here is the quick and dirty summary on the slim chance someone is heading there tomorrow! My routing was: Flew Bali -> Kupang -> Alor to get there Stayed in Kalabahi four days at Cantik Homestay Moved to Kepa Island where I stayed three more days at L'a Petite Kepa Because I missed the ferry t ...

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Learning Indonesian

Posted by flijten on 19/4/2017 at 02:33

Since I like learning new languages and I am going to be spending at least 13 weeks in Indonesia this summer I've started learning at least the basics of the Indonesian language. So far I love how they removed a lot of the irregular grammar and useless extra verbs learning a lot of words is now half the job. I use babbel (payed) which works pretty good for me. My questions: Have you learned Indonesian? Up to what level? Did you need it? Where? How do Indonesians respond to a westerner grasping ...

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Indonesia in January?

Posted by mariaescandell on 17/4/2017 at 11:27

Hello, We are planning a trip to Asia and I was thinking about visiting Indonesia where we haven't been. We can just travel december -january. But now when I started reading about it I see that it is raining season!! Has someone been there on January? We where thinking about Yogyakarta, Bali ( Ubud) and maybe Sulawesi or Flores. Even if we are open to recomendations!!! I am looking for NOT crowded places. I rather visit another place than visit a country with rain all day long. I already had th ...

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4 Weeks in Indonesia

Posted by Ian15 on 11/3/2017 at 14:32

Hello everyone, I’m after some help planning an itinerary for a 4 week trip around Indonesia in September. I want to visit Bali, Lombok and Flores so I'm after some advice on places to visit. My interests include trekking, natural beauty, wildlife, riding motorbikes and photography. I’m also lookingfor a bit if beach time. At the moment I’m thinking: Seminyak (2 nights) – Arrive late Night 1 Ubud (4 Nights) Sideman or Munduk or Other (3 Nights) Gili Is ...

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Tarempa - Anambas Islands - Any Advice?

Posted by tpogrady on 7/4/2017 at 11:03

I am planning to spend a few days in Tarempa - located on Pulau Siantan in the Anambas Island chain. There is very little information about this destination online (which adds to the charm), but I was curious if anyone has recommendations of lodging, restaurants or activities. Should I book a hotel room in advance, or upon arrival? Does anyone have any idea how much rooms cost in late May/early June? This site has helped me understand the logistics of getting there via ferry: www.anambasferry.co ...

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