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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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Snorkelling trip w/ Grandfather

Posted by TheUnionJack on 19/7/2017 at 03:09

Hi there, My family and I are looking to go away for a week with our 80 year-old grandfather. We are looking for somewhere not heavily touristed, but also not super deserted where we could go snorkelling. We wouldn't want to stay anywhere on Java (too crowded), and hope to stay in a reasonably cheap area with lots of things to do for a family. Also not too long of a journey to get there, and hoping to stay in an area with less emphasis on activities such as hiking or camping (too taxing for our ...

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Tour/travel agent Sulawesi

Posted by Kairolina on 12/7/2017 at 08:58

Hi, Im currently in Jakarta and would love to go to Sulawesi (mainly Tana Toraja) and maybe up to the island +Maluku as well as to Flores. Do you know any travel agency which organise tours there?? I will be travelling alone so I prefere to join other tourists. Many thanks! Im looking forward for your recommendations! ...

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Stay outside Ubud proper

Posted by Michael29 on 5/7/2017 at 18:21

Hi, Any thoughts on 4-5 nights in small friendly place away from maddening crowds of Ubud. As I have changed, same too has the pace of development over last 10 yr. Cheers, Michael ...

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International Driving Permit Indonesia

Posted by Ian15 on 9/7/2017 at 10:58

Hi, I'm going travelling in Indonesia (Bali and Lombok) in September and was wondering what the situation is regarding International Driving Permits. I have read contradicting advice on the validity of the IDP in Indonesia. Does anyone have any experience of this and know if it is valid in Indonesia. I don't want to waste my time and money getting one if it is not valid. cheers Ian ...

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Trekking Mamasa to Rantepao

Posted by Martina1983 on 6/7/2017 at 12:59

Dear travellers, Is there anyone that can give information about the trekking between Mamasa and Rantepao? According to the lonely planet this is a hike that can be done without a guide but online I can not find any information/blog/description about the trek. Nobody done this trek and wants to share experience? Thanks ...

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Best snorkelling/Diving in Indo?

Posted by Animal_lover on 4/2/2013 at 15:05

Where would you guys recommend for underwater fun? Gillis look good but are there any other spots worth a dip? Particularly thinking around central/east Java or Bali/Lombok. Dreaming of turtles, though Jaws is just about to start on TV which might put me off... ...

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Padang Bai departure tax...

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/7/2017 at 23:47

Panorama reports that an "entrance fee" is now being charged to all tourists departing Bali from Padang Bai harbour. The fee is 60,000 rupiah per tourist if heading to the Gilis and 50,000 rupiah if heading to Nusa Lembongan or Penida. It is not clear if this is all tourists or just foreign ones—we assume the latter. No explanation was given regarding what the fee was for. Seems pretty stupid. You can read the full story here. ...

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Sumbawa

Posted by Nicki76 on 5/7/2017 at 08:15

Hi, looking for advice on Sumbawa. Has anyone travelled there with young kids? Thanks Nicki ...

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Family accomadation in Ubud

Posted by Nicki76 on 4/7/2017 at 08:57

Hi, I'm looking for a recommendation on a place to stay in Ubud that is family friendly . Traveling with two kids 9&11 and not very expensive or posh. Would like traditional Bali style. Thanks! Nicki ...

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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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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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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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Tourist VISA Extension 0n Lombok, Sumbawa or Flores?

Posted by 58raeaton70 on 25/6/2017 at 23:19

I apologize in advance for this topic being beaten to death, but I have yet to find a clear answer. Is it possible to extend a 30d Tourist Visa (paid) anywhere on the Islands of Lombok , Sumbawa or Flores? Our plan is to start a 60d adventure in Lombok and work our way east. Thank you, Rick ...

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Kerinci jungle and volcano

Posted by Veer on 25/6/2017 at 21:10

Dear indo travellers! I am a solo woman traveller, and I would like to go to bukittingi and the kerinci area! I have not a lot of time left, a bit less than 2,5 weeks. My plan is to go tomorrow to Bukit lawang and after that to Padang. My flight is on 14 Juli from bali. I'mnot sure if I have enough time. No idea how many days I need for kerinci..anyone experiences with that area? I am wondering if it's easy to find other travellers around kerinci to climb the volcano with for example. ...

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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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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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Sponsors for a long term visa

Posted by Digitarius on 8/6/2017 at 19:11

Does anyone have any solid information on obtaining a sponsor for a long term visa? I have been to the immigration office in Jakarta and the Indonesian consulate in Los Angeles and both basically said you have to find a sponsor who is Indonesian and have them write letter for approval to the immigration office in Jakarta. I have no idea where to begin or how to get one. I a guessing I will have to make friends and ask. Any real information which could help would be much appreciated. Thank ...

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Buying games in Indonesia (SkipBo)

Posted by flijten on 8/6/2017 at 06:09

Our SkipBo game has seen more countries than fit on toes and fingers but since I'm a total idiot I forgot to take it to Indonesia. The next tree months will be devoid of the game unless someone knows where to find this. So far I tried a lot of Jakarta malls, toy stores and yogya malls, but games seem not typically Indonesian ...

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Travel during Ramadan

Posted by flijten on 2/6/2017 at 07:12

So I'm currently on Java and taking good time. Since I didn't necessarily want to be on Bali for two full weeks however, I might end up at lombok during the end of Ramadan. Up until now I didn't notice too much of Ramadan, but that was Chinatown Jakarta and a homestay in Cianjur. I have a couple of questions: How does ramadan impact general food consumption when I'm in small(er) , less touristed towns? Should I take care of drinking water in public for instance or is it just harder to g ...

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