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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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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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Java-Flores-Bali 2-week itinerary

Posted by elien on 17/2/2017 at 08:07

Hi guys! I will be travelling to Indonesia with a friend in the beginning of May. We were looking at some highlights to decide what we wanted to see in our 2-week holiday. We would love to combine Yogyakarta (with Borobudur+Prambanan), Mount Bromo, Snorkelling and seeing the dragons at Komodo island, visiting Ubud and spend a few days at the beach... We know it is a lot for 2 weeks.... The plan would then look like this: Day 1: Leave at home airport 2 Arrival in Yogyakarta 3 Borobudu ...

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Suggest me some Best Resorts in Bali

Posted by abhirajgupta on 17/2/2017 at 01:09

Hello Everyone, I am planning to visit Bali this April with my friends. Please suggest me some best resorts in Bali. ...

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Cycling trip in Flores

Posted by Mirresmirre88 on 14/2/2017 at 23:53

Hi everyone! Was hoping to get some advice for my upcoming trip. This April I'll have three weeks to cycle Flores or parts of it. I'd also like to combine the cycling with some diving and volcano trekking. Has anyone got some tips for a rough itinerary? Do you know a place to hire a mountain bike in Flores? I'll have to catch at least three flights to reach the island and I'm guessing transporting a bicycle would be rather costly. Also, are the road conditions tolerable? Any advice is highly ...

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How long/best way to explore Kuta Lombok area beaches

Posted by MFLM2017 on 14/2/2017 at 07:45

Hi there My partner and I will be travelling from Java to Lombok in April. We're looking at having 1 or 2 whole days around the Kuta area before we head north to the Gilis. We land late in the evening but aren't sure whether to spend all of the following day and night in the area, or have two whole days and 2 nights before heading up to the Gilis. we're not surfers but do love spending time walking and relaxing on the beach as well as swimming and eating/drinking at some nice places. I'd b ...

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Sumatra Itinerary help

Posted by savorygal on 13/2/2017 at 22:27

Hi TF peeps, I am thinking of taking a 2-3 week trip through Sumatra in mid June. Looking through TF & other guides, I'm a bit overwhelmed. Sumatra is so BIG. I am currently thinking of flying into Aceh, with onward travel to Pulau Weh for some diving. But thats flexible as well. I would like to include lake Toba and a shortish trek to see the orangutans, but would like to see them in their natural habitat and not at a feeding station. Recommended national parks? Bukitinggi sounds ...

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solo backpacking south asia 1st time!

Posted by kadaver2 on 13/2/2017 at 05:02

hi everyone , i'm a 22 years old dutch man an im going to south asia for around 5 months. now i got some questions where do i begin? are there other people over there to meet up? ive never traveled so i dont know mutch. are there other people ho go around june or the end of may? or maybe there is somebody ho is willing to start with me? ...

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1 week in southern Indonesia - Ideas?

Posted by mikeilowry on 9/2/2017 at 09:28

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum. I'm a geologist doing 5 weeks of research across southern Indonesia. I'll probably be spending most of my time in coastal villages and beaches around Yogya, Bali, Lombok and Timor. After the research is over, I have about a week in the beginning of August to do whatever I want before heading up to Vietnam. I know for sure that I'll want to visit Komodo for a day or two, and my flight to Vietnam leaves from Denpasar, but I'm having trouble deciding what else to ...

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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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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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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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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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