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Sulawesi travel plan

Posted by ukeiro on 30/4/2016 at 20:59

Hi, We are a young couple traveling Indonesia for a month. We plan to stay in Java for a few weeks and then travel around Sulawesi. Overall we have 19 days in Sulawesi. The itinerary in mind is this: 27 JUN Fly Yogyakarta to Makassar 27 JUN Night bus to Rantepao 28-01 JUL Tana Toraja 4 days 2 JUL Private car from Rantepao to Ampana (cost around Rp 2.000.000 and takes min 14 hours) 3 JUL Morning ferry from Ampana to Togians 3-11 JUL Togian Islands (stay in two different resor ...

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1 month indonesia help required please

Posted by Rene020 on 13/5/2016 at 16:21

I'm flying out to Jakarta in 2 weeks time there is 2 of us travelling together. I would like to see as much as possible without spending to much time in trains and buses, we are on a tight budget and need like zero luxury's. i found the following flights from Jakarta as i did not see the point to spend some time there i much prefer nature then cities. the following flights(4) come to about 150 euro all together which is about are budget for inland travel. i have only been in Bali before for ...

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Cleaning up Indonesia's national parks

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/5/2016 at 07:48

From this week's soapbox. Don't get our weekly newsletter? Sign up here. I'm just back from climbing one of the tallest volcanoes in Indonesia, spectacular Gunung Rinjani. We'll have a full write-up on Travelfish this week (in the meantime you can see some happy snaps here). The trek took three friends and I three days. We started in Sembalun Lawang and finishing in Senaru, with one night spend camping on the crater rim, and the other lakeside within the crater. It is a truly breathtaking volc ...

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Climbing Rinjani on Lombok Indonesia. In photos

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/5/2016 at 22:15

Over the last few days I did a three day two night climb of Gunung Rinjani on Lombok with some friends from Jakarta, and here are a few pics to get your feet itching (or not!) While we'll have a full trip report on Travelfish next week (I only got home last night) my one piece of advice is: Don't do a three day two night trek unless you are in extremely good shape. Do either the one night "summit only" trek or, if you want to see the lake and hotsprings, definitely do the three nig ...

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Cash or Cards in Flores

Posted by Travelone1 on 2/5/2016 at 23:51

I am travelling to Flores late May and would like to know what the situation is like with; ATM's for cash availabilty Which is better Visa / Mastercard Should I take 50% cash and use card the rest of time Or basically use my cards for all cash top ups Cheers Travelone1 ...

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Free tourist visa

Posted by Lilly2188 on 11/4/2016 at 00:56

Hi all, Will be entering bali and getting the free 30 day visa. I read somewhere that if you get the free 30 day visa you need to exit from the same airport, is this true? Also, we will be doing a visa run via Kuala Lumpur and entering again into Makassar Sulawesi. I read that a free visa is not available in Makassar and only a 35usd VOA is, is this the case?! Thanks! Lia ...

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VOA to Yogyakarta by air

Posted by CrayCray on 1/5/2016 at 02:44

Hi, I'm a Malaysian, so I will have VOA for free when I'm at Yogyakarta airport but what I read from this website is, there are only 5 major international airports that I must arrive in and depart from and Yogyakarta is not listed. I am a bit confuse. So do I have to pay for my visa upon arrival in Yogyakarta airport or I don't have to pay because of my nationality? ...

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Taxi price jakarta to Ujung Genteng

Posted by fromfrom on 24/4/2016 at 23:14

Hi, I am planning to travel from Jakarta to Turtles surf break to stay for a week or so, I will be traveling by myself but with a couple of surfboards so public transport will be tricky. Does anyone know the price of a taxi? And how I can go about booking one? A couple of places offer transfers from Jakarta for about IDR1.200.000 but I would rather pick my accommodation once I get there. Thanks ...

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On the eruption of Tambora

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/4/2016 at 22:09

A fascinating BBC Radio 4 show on the eruption of Tambora and the 1816 Year Without Summer. The initial descriptions of the eruption are just staggering. Towards the end of the show they talk about how the related climate change contributed to population shifts in the US which may have given impetus to the anit-slavery movement in the US -- and perhaps the growth of opium cultivation in China! Fascinating stuff - you can listen to the full show here. ...

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Lombok / Gili / Bali

Posted by mmrez on 17/1/2015 at 03:05

Hello! I'm going to south east asia over the next 2 months and would like to travel to Bali/Gili. What would be the cheapest way for me to travel to Gili... Either i fly to Denpasar and take boat back and forth from Kuta to Gili. Or i'm thinking if it would be cheaper if i fly to Lombok and take the boat to Gili then Kuta? And then buy a plain ticket from Bali to my next destination? Do anyone know what would be the cheapest way for me to travel this route? And one more thing. Is it pos ...

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Maratua Island

Posted by pangolin on 11/4/2016 at 03:49

Where else in the world can you find an entire beach to yourself, pick up shells at low-tide and gaze onto turtles from your balcony? The only sound you hear is the lapping of the waves of the in-coming tide and the early morning bird calls. Maratua guesthouse is attractive, simple and functional. Accommodation is in jungle bungalows, bungalows on a closed, inland sea and sea bungalows built right on a coral reef on the sea. The latter, although more expensive, are a wonderful choice. Remember t ...

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What else to do in Tangkoko?

Posted by boleslav on 10/2/2016 at 11:15

We are planning to visit Tangkoko this May. We will hire a guide to go into the park, but beside that are there any walks we can do ourselves? Or any other activities beside visiting the park? some travel guides mention hiring a boat to watch dolphins, but I was not able to get any feedback from the travelers. thank you, ...

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Recommendation for tour operator for Komodo Island please:)

Posted by locadotte on 2/4/2016 at 04:12

Has anyone used a tour operator for a trip to Komodo Dragon Island they would recommend? Looking for safe, reliable and professional. Thanks in advance! ...

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Visa and Ramadan

Posted by Lilly2188 on 2/4/2016 at 03:53

Hi all, My and my bf will be visiting indonesian for 6 weeks starting 30th May. I have 2 questions To extend our visa our best option till now due to time and itinerary is to get the free 30 day visa on arrival and then fly out of jakarta to kuala lumpur and back to Bali on the same day to get another 30 day visa for free on arrival. Is this allowed? Do you think we will have any problems? Also, we will be in indonesia for ramadan and the end of ramadan. Where will be the best place to stay ...

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Ruteng Accommodation

Posted by td57hr45 on 2/4/2016 at 00:13

Both the Susteran Santa MBC and Sindh Hotel are booked out so I was wanting to contact Maryos/Mario's Hotel & Guesthouse. Does anyone have any contact details for them? Graham ...

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ATM's Indonesia - Fees, limits, Cash etc

Posted by altmtl on 9/11/2015 at 14:20

Looking for recent info: 2015-16 As I am going to spend most of my time in Indonesia on my next trip I was looking for some up to date answers on local bank fees and the such... As I understand it the max. withdrawal rate is only 3,000,000 = $309 CDN some other banks is even less. Inside the bank you can withdraw more on your credit card - up to 10,000,000 = $973 CDN. With a debit card there is a $5.00 fee + a 2.5% conversion rate - so that's $12.72 per max. transaction (so 38.16 for 3 trans ...

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Batam for Kids?

Posted by EmelyBryan on 24/2/2016 at 06:59

What is there to see in Batam? I have 2 kids aged 9 and 4 will they enjoy if I bring them there? ...

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Java - Bali ferry sinks, many missing

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/3/2016 at 07:26

Today a car ferry doing the Java to Bali run sank. In clear weather and calm seas. There is a video on Youtube of the sinking. While it is difficult to tell, it does look like the front ramp was open. Many people are still missing. Tragic. ...

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Posted by indigoZ24 on 13/2/2016 at 23:29

Hi Travelers Heading to Bali in early March for 24 days to try to relive previous trip about 30 years ago, of course to relive those crazy hippie drug induced days are going to be very difficult Not that I'd be too too sober this time around but considerably more responsible. So thank you all for your assistance First. Arrive around 8:00 pm. Suggestions on cheap transport to Kuta? Recommendations on reasonless accom near Perama in Kuta? Second. Heading to Ubud next morning. I prefer stayin ...

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Sulawesi - Prices and advice

Posted by GJL on 23/2/2016 at 08:57

Hi all, I am planning a on week / 10 day trip to Sulawesi as a side trip from surfing in Bali/Lombok. I was wondering if anybody could help me out with the following questions: Firstly, any accommodation recommendations in Pantai Bai and rough prices. Secondly, accommodation / guide recommendations / prices in Tanah Torajah, for viewing a burial ceremony and trekking in northern Tanah Torajah / seeing the tongkonan houses. And generally any extra information people can offer would be gr ...

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