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Flying in Indonesia

Posted by somtam2000 on 14/9/2015 at 22:10

I travel a lot in Indonesia and nothing scares me like flying. We've lost friends there to plane crashes and I do try to fly domestically as little as possible, especially with the family. This story very neatly illustrates why. The fixation with glitzy terminals over safety features and training is absolutely maddening. The Pontianak example given in the story is SO Indonesia. ...

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Another Plane Missing in Indonesia?

Posted by exacto on 2/10/2015 at 17:26

The report I saw says a search is underway for a missing Aviastar domestic flight out of Sulawesi with 10 on board. I hope it isn't true, but this reflects back to somtam's recent comments about how flying in Indonesia is particularly uncomfortable for him. ...

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Padang Bai and Ubud

Posted by smartlyndy on 19/9/2015 at 20:24

Hi all, Is it necessary to book ahead for accommodation in Padang Bai and Ubud in November? Does anyone have recommendations for good places to stay in the backpacker / flashpacker range? Many thanks ...

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Advice on 1-Month Trip East of Bali

Posted by GratefulGypsies on 26/9/2015 at 09:31

Hey Travelfish community, I'm living in Bali now as part of a language program and I'll have a good 6 weeks off from mid-December to early February. Since I'll be here for 9 months total, I'd like to take a month of that holiday and get out to explore Indonesia east of Bali. I've got a ton of options and ideas running through my head so I was hoping some experts on here could give me some advice. Here's what I've got so far: Option 1: Fly to Maumere, then travel west across Flores . Most like ...

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New solo traveller in Java looking for tips

Posted by Nickipea on 4/9/2015 at 07:09

Hi All, I'm looking for a little advice... I'm new to solo travelling (previously I've joined tour groups after arrival - this trip will be completely solo) and in the middle of researching a trip to Java towards the end of November and specifically on travelling from Yogyakarta to Bromo area and onwards towards Bali. I've already found quite a lot of advice on routes and transport on this site and elsewhere so that's fine. In doing that however, I've become nervous to the touts and cons that ...

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Change regarding hostels on Gili T

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/9/2015 at 02:53

We've just been alerted to a change in the rules (yes, the Gilis do have one or two) regarding hostels on Gili T. To quote from the Facebook page of Gili Hostel Trawangan: "Out of respect for the Island rules we have reduced our bed numbers to 3 guests per room. As of today we have checked out 28 guests. We worry that these tourists will still not find the homestays that lack an on-line presence but we have done what was asked. We cannot change our name from hostel to homestay as westerne ...

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Transport to Gili and Night Activities at Bangsal/Teluk Nara

Posted by leeliankong on 12/9/2015 at 20:18

Hi all! Any suggestions of which harbour we should take, Bangsal or Teluk Nara, considering our circumstances? We will arriving at Lombok Airport at 6.45pm and hoping to catch any 9am boat to the Gilis the next morning. I understand Bangsal is more stressful than Teluk Nara, but may have more lodging and food/drinks. We do not mind taking either the public or private fast boat to the Gilis. Just hoping for a good meal & drink after our flight and a comfortable backpacker-like accomodation ...

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Medan- Bukit Lawang- Lake Toba

Posted by ccfashionfox on 9/9/2015 at 15:45

Hi, I am flying into Banda Aceh from Pulau Weh and I want to see Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba while I am in Sumatra- I know I am going to need to fly into Medan but which is the best way to go in terms of ease of travel (if there is such a thing) MEDAN -BL-TOBA-MEDAN or MEDAN-TOBA-BL-MEDAN. Any travel advice would be hugely appreciated. I need to fly out of Medan to go to Bali- is 8/9 days for BL & TOBA do-able? I am a solo female traveller first time to Indo (although I have ...

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Important: Visa free entry to Indonesia

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/7/2015 at 05:36

Hi all, Just brining attention to a change we have just made on our Indonesia visa page regarding the visa-free entry. Apparently the visa is only valid for entry AND EXIT via the approved ports. So if you enter at Bali (an approved port) and try to leave from Lombok (not approved) you could well have problems. Anecdotal traveller reports are suggesting the need to pay a bribe may be required (ex Yogya), or you may just be refused exit (ex Lombok) and need to change plans and use an approved e ...

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Posted by amnicoll on 2/9/2015 at 07:35

Well worth a visit rather than passing over or round as most do! Alcohol is available but in most places very hard to find except in Lakey and other surfing hangouts. You will need the help of a local to sniff it out unless you can find a Chinese restaurant that sells it People very friendly through out the island. Travel surprising easy and the ordinary longer distance local bus from Bima to Sumbawa Besar was comfortable, not crowded and reasonably fast although the shorter services older and ...

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Flores travel and maumere and bajawa budget hotels

Posted by amnicoll on 2/9/2015 at 07:20

A quick update on the excellent TF guide to Flores on this site Travel around by either ordinary Gunung Mas bus (rather than the ordinary local buses or their executive bus) excellent and very easy and priced between local bus and the share taxi. The share taxis are also excellent and very good value and only marginally more expensive than the Gunung Mas and unlike anywhere else I have used share taxis they do not wait until full. They will usually quote a departure time and with perhaps a wa ...

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Indonesia travel photos

Posted by stevenjmartin on 29/8/2015 at 07:03

Hi all, I recently returned from a one month trip to Indonesia. I had an amazing time, and greatly benefitted from the help and advice received on this forum beforehand. I wanted to share some photos from my trip - if you're interested you can look at them in the following places: Indonesia travel pics - Indonesia fishing boats - Many thanks once again! ...

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Flores- Lombok fast!

Posted by Polfish on 19/8/2015 at 08:20

Hi, Trying to cram rather a lot into 10 days, wondering the quickest way i can get from Labuan Bajo to Lombok? I have seen there are tourist boats that seem nice but they are just a bit too slow. Any help much appreciated. Thanks ...

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Lombok Plans

Posted by batfastard on 25/8/2015 at 02:20

I'm starting to plan out my end of year holiday, and I'm thinking of taking the wife to Lombok for two weeks, in mid January 2016. So, what are the best recommendations and suggestions? We're after relaxation, exploration, bit of culture. Not into surfing or barhopping. Where to stay? What to see? What to do? Thanks ...

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Visa problems!

Posted by aimeebills4 on 27/8/2015 at 21:18

Hi there, Just thought I'd make people aware of the visa problems I faced when I arrived in Lombok from Malaysia... We arrived in Lombok at around 9pm (last arrival of the day), where anyone of Western appearance was sent to a seperate window to pay for a visa. Despite knowing full well we didn't have to pay (my friend arrived on an afternoon flight 4 days earlier and didn't have to) we were forced to pay £25 each for a visa. When we refused the staff said we wouldn't be allowed to enter ...

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Advice on 1 month in Indonesia December- January

Posted by somra958 on 9/8/2015 at 22:41

Hi everyone, I'm planning to head to Indonesia for a month from the 19th- ish of Dec - 15th ish of January with a friend and finding it overwhelming to plan where to include in my trip. We're happy to go with the flow but given we only have a month it would be good to have a rough itinerary sketched and any key bookings made ( e.g. will it be hard to find accommodation in Bali at NYE?) I would really appreciate any advice anyone has! [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] My initial thoughts are headin ...

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Ubud - Sideman - Amed and then what? Advice needed

Posted by ElectricLion on 22/8/2015 at 05:35

Hello, I am going to Bali with my girlfriend between 16th and 29th of September. After reading suggested itinerary for 2 weeks in Bali here at travelfish I decided on the first leg of the trip at least. I want to start from Ubud, Sideman, Amed and do some spa, hiking and snorkeling/diving. This will probably take me about a week and I am not sure how to proceed with a second week. From Amed I have a lot of options and initially I wanted to follow the itinerary and go to Lovina (not a big f ...

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Balian surfboard rental

Posted by boringtime on 25/8/2015 at 03:27

Has anyone been to Balian recently? I'm planning to stay there for the better part of a week starting this coming Saturday, and I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out from online research what might be available to rent in terms of surfboards. I've seen a few write-ups that mention they're available but nothing in detail. I'm hoping to get a longboard or maybe a mini-Malibu, and to avoid the soft-top learner boards. Anybody know if that will be available? Or would I be better off renting ...

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Bank Statements for Visa Application

Posted by mooball on 17/8/2015 at 22:02

Has anyone had any experience with having to provide bank statements when applying for a 60 day tourist visa? I've never had to provide them before, but this time I've read that the requirements are AU$600/week... which roughly equates to 50,000,000 rupiah per person for a 2 month stay in Indonesia. Not sure why they'd require that, but here is the reference. I've also seen similar references with different ...

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New visa on arrival rules

Posted by Sniksah on 15/8/2015 at 10:33

Im traveling to Indonesia later this month, into Bali from the U.S. I am aware of the new visa rules in affect since June 2015. I will be in Bali for a week then boat to Gili Air, then boat to Lombok. A week later, I will fly from Lombok to Bali for 1 more night before returning home. I was just curious if my travel plans required a visa on arrival due to me leaving Bali and returning a week later via a flight, before flying home. Does anyone know if this itinerary requires me to obtain a visa o ...

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