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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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Car & Driver in Flores?

Posted by Danila on 30/12/2016 at 23:35

Greetings! Looking at https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/18-days-flores on here, renting a car and driver in Maumere and taking several days to drive to Labuan Bajo is strongly recommended. There's an approx cost of around 600,000 to 700,000 rupiah per day quoted. Sounds good to me - so here's my questions: if it's over several days, and we book accommodation for ourselves, what about the driver? Do we book a room for him too, or what? How and where do we find a reputable driver?! And ...

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How to book car/driver in Indonesia?

Posted by Danila on 10/1/2017 at 00:39

Greetings! any suggestions on booking ahead for a car and driver in Indonesia? specifically looking for a one-way drive on Flores for several days. Thanks, Danila ...

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12 weeks in Indonesia - focus or go broad?

Posted by flijten on 19/12/2016 at 06:36

I'll be in Indonesia this summer for about twelve weeks. Probably june, july and august. As always with prolonging a stay somewhere, it doesn't get easier but harder to choose an itenerary. One of the first things I need to solve is wether to really focus on a few islands or go for a broader sweep of a lot more. I will be a first time Indonesia visitor (though I've seen most of the rest of SE Asia) So I will do Java, Sumatra and Bali, probably in a 3 - 2 - 1 week ratio (perhaps 2-2-1?) Which wil ...

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Extended Stay In Bali

Posted by theburningheart on 22/12/2016 at 17:24

I would like to stay a month or two around the end of april till june in Bali and learn to surf. Has anyone done this? I heard Sanur is a good spot for beginners but I'm open to suggestions. If you have any reasonable recommendations about accommodations out there I would appreciate it. I dont mind hostels but If I can find something monthly I think I would prefer that idea. Thank you in advance ...

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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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Indonesia in March

Posted by ashleymish on 18/12/2016 at 20:58

Hi All! We are planning our 'flashpacking honeymoon' - 3 weeks in Indonesia starting early March, I have a semi-rough outline right now, we fly into Denpasar -> Bali (seminyak, ubud, sideman), maybe Gili islands (deciding which one(s)) and then still deciding from there. We aren't planning on heading towards Jakarta right now. What is the best way to get between these cities? Within Bali how is the transportation? Would a taxi take us or would I be looking at buying bus tickets? I'm re ...

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12 days in Indonesia

Posted by Juha_H on 3/10/2016 at 13:50

Hi there, I'm travelling for two weeks in Indonesia between 22nd of Dec - 4th of Jan and going to the Komodo Island between 28.12-3.1. with Scuba Junkie Komodo. I'm nature lover and I would like to do some adventures in the nature for couple of days between 22nd of Dec - 28th of Dec. Where should I go from Jakarta on 22.-28.12.? Should I stay in Java, or maybe go to Gili Islands, Lombok island, or others? I have been in Bali some years ago and it's full of tourists. My itinary will be: Arrivi ...

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Banyak islands

Posted by Blueway on 14/12/2016 at 09:18

I'm travelling to Sumatra in May/June and would like to visit the Banyak islands. Anybody who's been could give me a bit of information about how much of a headache it is to get there, accommodation etc? Thanks ...

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NYE - where to? Gilis Air? Gili T? Anywhere else?

Posted by carolhaddad on 5/11/2016 at 14:13

Hey there! I'm travelling to Indonesia by the end of the year with my sister and a friend - late 20s, early 30s. Backpacker style - like meeting people, like getting to know local culture, authentic experiences, avoid fancy resorts, etc We are having a hard time deciding where specifically to spend the NYE. We would like to be at a party place - NYE afterall - but not too posh and not too wildly-college-people (I've been there, believe me, but it's over). We were considering Gili Air, but som ...

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8 nights in Bali with family

Posted by jonhoff on 7/12/2016 at 20:47

Hi there Planning an April jaunt to Bali with two kids in tow, one 8 years old and one 1 year old. Thinking of this: - 1 night in Kuta/Seminyak on arrival -3 nights in UBUD - 1 night in Sideman - 3 nights in Amed Would that make sense? Want a mix of culture, beach, and obviously with kids nothing too hectic schedule wise ...

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NEED ADVICE ON WHERE TO STAY CHEAPLY IN BALI

Posted by tnewman on 5/12/2016 at 15:28

Hello, will be coming to Bali on the 7th of December...and wanted or need suggestions as to where to stay inexpensively for a few days for under $20 a day with decent accommodations that will give me access to WiFi as well as helping a community or organization that is in need of assistance...please only recommend legit organizations...can you be of assistance...it would be appreciated...thank you...tln ...

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Flores Driving Tour

Posted by Zellerrose on 4/12/2016 at 19:46

Hello, wondering if anyone has experience of, or can recommend a car/driver for a 4 day, 3 night tour of Flores, Indonesia. We are flying into Ende on December 7th and would like to head west, and be in Labuan Bajo by December 10th. We are a group of four backpackers so budget is a big part of our decision, and as such we will organise our own accommodation and itinerary. In a perfect world we would like to self-drive across Flores, but I have heard that this isn't an option - would be del ...

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Booking Komodo trip on arrival

Posted by brettjayhawk on 25/10/2016 at 08:22

First time in Indonesia and as a solo traveler I'd like to go see Komodo and see the dragons. I'm looking at doing a 3day/2night boat trip but I'm looking at arriving in LBJ the night before I want to head out on the trip potentially. I know it'll be cheaper if I find a operator when I get there but is it also possible to book something when I arrive in Bali the 3-4 days before my plan to leave for LBJ? ...

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New Sumba and Sabah itineraries online

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/11/2016 at 17:04

Yes, it took a while, but we finally have got two Sumba itineraries and two Sabah itineraries live on the site. Sumba first. The shorter plan is for those who are very time-limited, and it is a four-day taster, that focusses on West Sumba, while the second is a more in depth trip, for which you'll need a minimum of two weeks – go on, ask the boss for four weeks leave – which will take you right across the island. For Sabah (where is Sabah you ask? In northern Borneo and a part of Malaysi ...

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Watch My Indonesian Adventure!!! You Wont Be Dissapointed!!!

Posted by RailGod on 18/11/2016 at 12:27

Hey everyone! I'm a newbie here and just want to say hello to all my fell adventurers! Recently I went on a 15 day journey through Java, Bali, and Borneo and want to share my experience with everyone that shares my desire to travel. Here is a link to my YouTube channel so you can relive my experience. I'm currently on day 6 with the editing process, so subscribe to get the videos day by day Feel free to ask me any questions about my trip and thanks for watching!!! https://www.youtube.com/channe ...

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NYE - Seminyak - Which club?

Posted by AlexandreBorges on 7/11/2016 at 16:59

I am single and looking for a party at NYE in Bali 31/Dec/2016. Indeed I booked Seminyak, but I have no clue which venue to go for. Could you help me with your experience? I heard of KuDeTa, Potato Head and Cocoon. Till now there is only the complete listing for Cocoon attractions, but of what I saw in youtube it looks like it happens in a closed club, so I wonder an open air would not be better? Any opinion including about other venues out of Bali for sure will help me. ...

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Traditional Bungalows & Hammock in Lombok/Gilis?

Posted by smoothy on 27/10/2016 at 22:49

Visited the Gilis in 1998 and 2007, and stayed in traditional style wooden/bamboo bungalows where hammocks can be attached to the balcony. Was planning to visit Meno in December but it seems many of the bungalow operations have ‘upgraded’ and the old style bungalows might not exist anymore? Hopefully, I am wrong. Any recommendations (on any of the Gillis or mainland Lombok) gratefully received. ...

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Semarang

Posted by Digitarius on 21/10/2016 at 13:00

Has anyone been to Semarang ? If so, how does it compare to Bandung ? I am seriously thinking for staying in Bandung for several months. When I mentioned this to a friend who lives outside Bandung I mentioned I rather go where few tourists are. He said I should try Semarang or even Cianjur. Has anyone been to either of these places yet. ...

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Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra

Posted by Mirka on 18/1/2012 at 15:01

Hello travelers, My boyfriend and I will be visiting Sumatra in February 2012 and we want to do some jungle trekking here. I have read about Gunung Leuser National Park. We settled for Kedah lodges but find it problematic to find directions on the web. Buses go from Medan to Kutacane , Banda Aceh .....etc but no tips how to get to actual lodges. We wrote couple of email through the Gurung Leuser Trek website but no reply so far. Does anyone have any information about transportation to Kedah or ...

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