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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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Sumatra-Java or Sumbawa-Flores? What to choose?

Posted by andreynel on 7/12/2019 at 00:19

Hi! Now I'm thinking of visiting Indonesia and I have some options: 1. Time of visit: end of December-January or end of January-February. The total of time I'm gonna spend in Indonesia is 1-1,5 months (maybe 2 months). 2. Where to go: I'm thinking of two options: western part (Sumatra and Java) or eastern ( Sumba wa, Flores, Sumba maybe). What are your suggestions? What time and what itinerary to choose? One of my concerns is the weather. I know it's a rainy season, but probably it ...

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alternative to fast boats in Indonesia

Posted by ambersaffron on 29/12/2017 at 19:34

I've been reading about the safety issues with fast boats in Indonesia, specifically from Bali to the Gilis. I'm a nervous boat traveller. Is there an alternative to the fast boats? ...

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Getting around on Flores

Posted by u2tool on 21/10/2019 at 03:02

Looking at a week to ten days on Flores this early June, and trying to get a handle on getting around. Contemplating LBJ, then on to Wae Rebo, and on to Bajawa . From there we'd either come back to LBJ, or add Riung and then return. I'm planning to use car and driver - pricing around 600k per day seems not exorbitant - then renting bikes in Bajawa for extra liberty. My questions is mostly about practicality of driver/car. Am I better off renting a car for the whole period on the road (not ...

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Recommendation for Lombok visa agent?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 28/8/2019 at 07:10

Hi. I'm currently in Indonesia on a 60 day tourist visa, and I'm interested in getting it extended (converted) to give me another 30 days, to save doing a run. I'll be in LOMBOK at the time I need to renew it. As I'll need a sponsor and the process is a bit complicated, I wanted to find an agent to take care of the paperworkand sponsor for me. Can anyone who has done an extention in Lombok recommend a reliable and trustworthy local agent? Thanks ...

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Banda Aceh to Lake Toba

Posted by Digitarius on 24/7/2019 at 10:32

I am planning a trip to Aceh in Sumatra, from there travel to Lake Toba and who knows where from there. I am in Yogyakarta now so plan on going to Aceh in August sometime. Anyone made that trip or can offer some advice or direction, much appreciated. ...

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Togean Island Questions

Posted by dewilondo on 18/7/2019 at 16:46

In October, 2019 I will be traveling to the Togeans to see an Indonesian friend who lives on one of the islands. He says,"Jangan kuatir!" (don't worry) but I'm interested in other travelers experiences with the topics listed below. Also wondering if anyone else on this forum is going in October. The good folks at Travelfish have helped me figure out my inter-island air and boat transport – thank you, Stuart! 1) Safety and reliability of "speedboats" from Amapana to W ...

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Day Trip from Sanur to Nusa Penida?

Posted by dewilondo on 29/7/2019 at 19:08

Hello Travelfish et al, Saw your recent newsletter feature on Nusa Penida. Looks great. I don't have time to stay overnight there. Would you recommend a day trip? I'll be staying a few nights in Sanur and might want to get away to a quieter beach. Would need a restaurant recommendation for lunch. Thanks. ...

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GILI LAYER OVERVIEW

Posted by tezza on 5/7/2019 at 10:37

I have just put an overview of GILI LAYAR in the TRIP REPORTS section. I will put a review of the only resort there in the INDONESIA ADDITIONS section when I find time. Ditto info, pix and maps on TEZZA'S BEACHES AND ISLANDS. ...

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Gili Gede Overview

Posted by tezza on 29/6/2019 at 04:04

Just put an overview of Lombok's GILI GEDE on the forum, but unfamiliarity due to long absence saw me posting it on the SE ASIA FORUM. Overview of nearby GILI LAYAR coming up - hopefully I'll get it onto this forum (DUH!!) ...

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Overstay Fine Increase

Posted by davelliot on 5/6/2019 at 05:08

From May this year Indonesian overstay fine has increased to 70 $ a day . 'The reason is to give a deterrent effect to violating foreigners," said Agung Sampurno, Head of Public Relations and Data of the Directorate General of Immigration, as quoted by Detiknews. Previously, the fine imposed was only $30 (Rp. 300,000), and Mr Sampurno said that the amount did not provide a deterrent effect for foreigners who violated their visas...' Excerpt from SBS Indonesia news website. ...

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Nusa Penida

Posted by rossndeb95 on 8/1/2019 at 08:21

We are planning on travelling to Nusa Penida this year and want to know when is the best time to go. We plan on doing a lot of snorkeling so want to go when the weathers best for this. We would also like to know the best areas to stay for snorkeling. ...

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Sideman, Bali

Posted by gatoguts on 24/5/2018 at 18:57

Does Sideman get cool enough at night that lack of aircon in my room should not be a problem? ...

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Sumatra itinerary help and suggestions

Posted by maristia on 2/9/2018 at 04:13

Hey guys. We are heading to Sumatra. We've been in Indonesia before, so we plan to spend our whole 30 visa on arrival time (or close) there. We arrive in Medan from Penang. We know we would like to visit north and central Sumatra primarily. We are looking at Ketambe, Bukit Lawang (is it overkill to do both? Are they too similar or are they both worth visiting considering we have a whole month there?), Berastagui, Lake Toba. Then we are looking at some south coast beach island, which c ...

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Indonesia Lion Air Crash on Flight from Jakarta

Posted by exacto on 29/10/2018 at 13:20

I've been following news reports on the Lion Air crash shortly after takeoff from Jakarta earlier today. Those reports mention 189 people on board including two foreign nationals. ...

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Where to go on Bali/Lombok for seven days during Nyepi?

Posted by LottaL on 17/10/2018 at 14:17

Hi all, I'm going to spend nearly a month on Bali/Lombok in March, lucky me. My sister will join me for the first two weeks and we will start in Canggu and spend the last days in Ubud before she goes back home. But I can't make up my mind about the seven days in between, it's during Nyepi and I think it's interesting as long as we stay somewhere with a pool. I'm considering three alternatives: Pemuteran for a week but we aren't divers and maybe it will be boring for a whole week or Gili A ...

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Help Central Sulawesi!

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/10/2018 at 19:53

Hi all, As you have probably heard, last week there was a large earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi near the town of Palu. The damage has been catastrophic—you can see some images of the devastation here. Erin Cook is a Southeast Asia focussed journalist who runs a weekly newsletter covering the region called Dari Mulut Ke Mulut (if you have an interest in the region, it is absolutely worth the money—you can sign up here) She decided to offer complimentary membership if people sent ...

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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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Lake Maninjau Point Of Interest

Posted by davelliot on 2/10/2017 at 01:03

Have been informed that the Bayur area of Lake Maninjau , Sumatra is still quiet. Once Lake Maninjau was semi popular on the travellers circuit with a growing number of guesthouses and restaurants but after early 2000's with the new visa rules and terrorism fears it never really recovered. Is this your experience if you have been there recently? Here is picture of Rizal Beach Homestay ,which I understand has been more or less closed for years. ...

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Indonesia itinerary advice/critique!

Posted by nadirahmed on 9/6/2018 at 12:20

Hi everyone! I'm pulling together my itinerary for a four-week trip to Indonesia in December. Please let me know what you think! Just to give you an idea of my travel style, I'm more a flashpacker than a backpacker - I like my home comforts even when I'm on the road (a private room to sleep in, hot shower, fan or AC etc.). I'd opt for culture over beach and good food over cheap alcohol/partying. I love experiencing new and unusual (by Western/British standards) things, particularly natural and ...

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