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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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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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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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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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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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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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A sailboat library in Sulawesi

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/10/2016 at 01:16

Interesting story about a sailboat library in Sulawesi, which also points to Indonesia's very poor levels of literacy, saying: "The Perahu Pustaka (Book Boat) is sorely needed. In a recent study of 61 nations for which data was available, Indonesia ranked second worst for literacy – only Botswana scored lower. More than 10% of the West Sulawesi's adult population cannot read, while in many villages, the only book available is a solitary copy of the Quran." Well worth a read. ...

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Trekking Mt Rinjani and visitng Gili

Posted by DShan on 12/5/2011 at 08:42

Hi, just wondering if anyone has done the trek up Mt Rinjani and can recommend any good trekking companies? Or can I book with guesthouses in Lombok? Planning to trek Mt Rinjani early June (I'm going alone, but hoping to find people to trek together with), but not sure if there are cheaper alternatives out there. The ones I've asked go for USD175 per pax for a 3D2N trek. Also, any good recommendations on guesthouses to stay the night before the trek? Going on a budget trip, so hopefully to find ...

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Notes from 3 nights in Pemuteran October 2016

Posted by rolyboy on 18/10/2016 at 01:26

Just back from three nights in Pemuteran. Stay: Stayed at Sunia Loka which was a bit tired around the edges. Bad drains smell in the bathroom, "feminine hygiene product" not cleared away from the previous resident, gardens getting so bushy it was difficult to walk around without getting a face full of leaves. However, views to die for, lovely staff (except for being bullied by someone on breakfast duty because both of us in our party didn't come to breakfast at the same time), fantast ...

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How to Avoid Bankruptcy at the Airport Taxi Counter

Posted by tezza on 11/10/2016 at 00:06

The Madang-jago was a gang ofBalinese colonial era travel facilitators who specialised in jumping out frombehind roadside rocks to bail up passing travellers - only allowing onwardpassage for a handsome sum. No cash? The alternative cost was an arm and a leg. Literally. Dutch colonialists considered this a challengeto their authority and introduced a re-education program, horticultural in nature: namely testing the tensile strength of tree branches by way of bodyweight suspended by rope. Around ...

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My Guide to Visiting Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Posted by peterrcole on 21/9/2016 at 16:41

It is nice to read your update on Pemuteran . My wife and I were there for 10 day(!) in August. There is basically one reason to go to Pemuteran, to snorkel or dive at Menjangan island in Bali Barat National Park. The snorkeling off the beach there, however, is not worthwhile at all. The reef restoration project is a great thing, but there is essentially nothing there now, just mud. For snorkeling off the beach in Bali, go to East Bali, not to Permueran in the north. As the update stat ...

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Sumba, Sumbawa and Flores

Posted by stevenjmartin on 2/10/2016 at 04:32

Hello, A lot of people focus on Flores as a place to visit east of Lombok if you have already seen Bali and Lombok. However, I was wondering whether anyone has also explored Sumba wa and Sumba? Sumba gets an interesting write-up in Elizabeth Pisani's Indonesia Etc., while Sumbawa seems to be the most overlooked of the three - possibly with good reason? ...

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Boat tour 7 Days/6 Nights in Raja Ampat (no dive only snorkelling)

Posted by Macstom on 30/9/2016 at 11:24

We are an italian couple and we try to arrange a boat tour with a local tour operator the 18 Oct. 2016 (or days around) but we need two more person to share the boat costs (min. 4 people). For more information see also rajaampatadventures.com/inde... If you are interested contact me in private. Massimo ...

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Maluku or NE Sulawesi?

Posted by dezatron on 21/9/2016 at 04:14

Hello I have just over two weeks left in North Sulawesi, and was originally going to spend a large part of that in the Togeans. But I have been hearing/reading a bit about the Maluku region and also the Sagnier islands to the north, and would like to check out one or both of those places. If anyone has been to either, or even better both of those places and could tell me which would be a better option, or even just any info/suggestions relative to those places, your help would be appreciated! S ...

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MALUKU ISLANDS

Posted by GJL on 5/12/2014 at 14:38

Hi there everyone, I just wondered if anybody has any information on things to do / itineraries for Ambon or any of the spice islands , information is quite hard to come by on line so anything from accommodation transport beaches etc .. would be much appreciated , thanks Jack ...

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Yet another accident on a Gili Fastboat

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/9/2016 at 00:28

Details are still sketchy, but it appears a fire/explosion on a Gili fastboat this morning has killed at least one, perhaps two foreign tourists. As we've said on multiple occasions, in our opinion these boats should not be used as they're mostly run by cowboys with scant thought for safety -- use the slow ferry. ...

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