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Tourism and Indonesia

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/6/2015 at 00:04

From this week's newsletter: The Wall Street Journal had an interesting piece yesterday on the numbers behind the tourism industry in Indonesia -- you can read it here. One factoid that leapt out at me like a bad satay stick was that the "average tourist" spends just 7.6 days in the country. So the 0.6 is no doubt spent jammed in either traffic or immigration queues in Jakarta and Bali, leaving a remainder of just seven days spent exploring an archipelago of, give or take, some 17, ...

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The Frugal Surfer in Bali (Long term rental? Buy and resell?)

Posted by zoombackcamera on 5/4/2015 at 20:57

Hello, I'm going to be in Indonesia (most likely Bali, though answers for other islands might be interesting as well) for 1 month in May 2015. I'll be with another traveler and we'll be looking to surf everyday, multiple times a day. We don't want to pay daily rates on two boards for weeks on end if there are better options. What is the most flexible/cheapest way to have access to a board? Options that obviously come to mind include long-term rentals or buying and reselling a board. What's the ...

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Indonesia now visa-free for 45 countries!

Posted by busylizzy on 13/6/2015 at 15:26

Hallelujah!! "The Indonesian government this week finally formalized a visa-free travel regulation that was announced months ago for citizens from 45 countries, in a bid to boost tourism and improve relations with those countries. President Joko Widodo signed the presidential regulation on visa-free travel for tourists on Tuesday." "The list of visa-free countiries are: Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Chile, Morocco, Peru, ...

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Singapore - Bali - Kuala Lumpur

Posted by Sue13 on 17/6/2015 at 04:36

Hi all! Right now, I'm making my travel plan for the next year so I was wondering if you could help me. [img]smileys/smile.gif[/img] I want to visit firstly Singapore, then Bali, then Kuala Lumpur and I need info about cheap flights to the mentioned destinations: 1. Can you tell me what airline should I use to Singapore, but cheap airline. My start point will be Hungary (Budapest), but it's ok for me if I need to catch my airplane somewhere near Budapest (such us Sofia, Belgrade, Timisoar ...

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Indonesia for the Weekend: HELP!

Posted by johnsonm on 5/6/2015 at 06:30

What would you recommend for a weekend itinerary in Indonesia. No plans yet but will fly there for the weekend from KK. ...

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4 weeks in Indo - Bali+northern Sulawesi possible?

Posted by koombang on 7/6/2015 at 00:27

Hey folks, I have been working in an orangutan field station in Central Kalimantan/Borneo for 7 months, and as my stint comes to an end in a couple months, I have 5 weeks to travel, 4 of which will be in Indo. My ideal plan was to be a surf bum for 2 weeks/ a week and a half and then spend 2 weeks exploring some forest and diving. I am especially keen on seeing either Sulawesi or Papua since they are on the other side of the Wallace line. The first tentative plan is to hang out in Bali for the ...

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Explosion on fastboat to Gili Islands

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/6/2015 at 18:35

Seems the speedboat services between Bali, Lombok and the Gilis remain problematic. Bali ferry explosion, fire injures four Australians, Indonesian authorities confirm A Travelfish member was badly injured in a very similar accident a few years ago. Take the slow boat. ...

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Ramadan 2015 & Travel Problems

Posted by mooball on 31/5/2015 at 03:50

Just wanted to post this more generally as I know people have concerns about it, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of clear info out there. Ramadan 2015 will start on around the 18th of June and continue until around the 17th of July, give or take a day or two. If you are in Indonesia during this time, there are a few things you need to take note of. 1) Travel arrangements can be complicated by the extraordinary number of people travelling all around the country to see loved ones. This peaks ...

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Flores 10 day itinerary help please

Posted by pete61 on 12/5/2015 at 07:28

We plan to fly in to Lambuhanbajo and out of Maumere and have 10 days in between in September October. We have read of a number of amazing things to see including Komodo or nearby to see the dragons. Can we hire car and drivers to get from A to B as we travel east? If we hired a car to drive, could we leave it in Maumere? We imagine we would stay one night in most places with some for two nights if recommended. Suggestions and info please! Thanks, Pete ...

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Posted by amnicoll on 11/5/2015 at 05:27

I have 5 weeks (with a couple of extra days at each end of the trip in Bali) and I am doing my homework now as I plan my trip I am not a beach person and just enjoy meeting and hanging out with the locals and aim to travel slowly through these islands. I have no worries if I am the only westerner in town and do not see other travelers. I am the sort of person who if they like the place might hang around a week and if not get the next bus/train boat whatever out. Part of me says fly out to the fa ...

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Help tweaking a 3 week July itinerary

Posted by jodiegallagher on 11/5/2015 at 05:37

Hi all! I'm just looking for a bit of itinerary advice for a three week trip in July. Basically we were hoping for this itinerary: SUN 12 - Arrive in Jakarta MON 13 - Yogya TUES 14 - Yogya WED 15 - Yogya THURS 16 - Get to Flores - HOW FRI 17 - Cruise SAT 18 - Cruise SUN 19 - Cruise MON 20 - Arrive in Lombok - Kuta/Tetebaku/Senaru/Rinjani - motorcycle TUES 21 - Lombok WED 22 - Lombok THURS 23 - Lombok FRI 24 - - Lombok SAT 25 - Lombok SUN 26 - Lombok MON 27 - Gilis TUES 28 - ...

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Indonesia 2015

Posted by tobfl on 18/5/2015 at 05:01

Hi guys, I am just planning the 2015 Indonesia vacation and i need some help as sometimes its just not easy to find good information. We - 2 people - have been to Indonesia before last year, mainly to north Sumatra, also short visit to Jakarta and Bromo. This year we want to go again in July and August, about 5 weeks. We want to do some trekking, preferably in a remote jungle, or/and staying in a jungle tree house, and doing some diving/snorkelling/swimming time on a nice beach, perhaps islan ...

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Mount Bromo accommodation

Posted by stevenjmartin on 20/5/2015 at 16:03

We were planning to book one night in Cafe Lava Hostel before seeing Bromo, in between visiting Yogyakarta and moving on to Bali (a pretty typical plan, I imagine). However Cafe Lava Hostel is fully booked for the night we'd planned to stay there. Does anyone have any alternative recommendations as to places to stay in Cemoro Lawang? Or would you recommend staying further away and either a) waking up earlier to get to Bromo for sunrise, or b) getting to Bromo later (e.g. 8/9 am), as I have h ...

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Travel from Thailand to Bali?

Posted by Alicia3 on 27/5/2015 at 20:21

Help! Best/cheapest way to travel from Thailand to Bali? Was looking at flying out of Krabi but that appears a little expensive....First time traveler need help! ...

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3 weeks: Bali to Komodo / Flores and back

Posted by seaniegraham on 20/5/2015 at 10:38

Hi All, I am looking into the potential of staying in Indo for a little longer and decided the Eastward travel would be more suited to my preference with the smaller islands available... maybe with the addition of Gn. Raung prior to the Eastward journey. with roughly 3 weeks see the best beaches, mountain hikes, coastal roads etc , potentially as far as Flores but definitely including the Komodo Islands, and then back to Bali. I would like to purchase a motorbike/Moped and have looked into ...

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Join us! Tanjung Puting National Park in July 2015

Posted by Laira11 on 6/4/2015 at 03:02

Hey Guys, We (2 18-year-old girl) are volunteers from Germany. We are living in Indonesia for a year and before we fly back home in August, we want to travel around Indonesia. There is a really great national park (Tanjung Puting National Park), which we want to visit. There you can go by boat (houseboat) through the jungle for a couple of days (5days/4nights). Its too expensive for 2 persons, so if there is anybody who wants to join us, youre welcome! Then we can get the whole trip a lot chea ...

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Rinjani crater rim from Tetebatu - possible/advisable?

Posted by jodiegallagher on 14/5/2015 at 04:57

Hello again, I really can't find much info out about this - I assume it's possible, but does anyone have any experience of the trek/views? Really tight on time, but would like to see Tetebatu over Senaru hence wanting to start from there. I emailed a couple of tour companies just to get a feel and one replied saying it was fine, less rubbish on the track etc. whereas another said it was dangerous! Once again, thank you! ...

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Short trip to Bali at the start June

Posted by TedTsang on 13/5/2015 at 17:37

Hello guys Just a quick one, planning to go to Bali by myself for a quick 2 week trip at the start of June. Landing into Denpasar and I was wondering what I must see and do in my short time I have. Any ideas would be great! Thank you David ...

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Lombok - Flores (Komodo) return boat trip - alternatives to Perama?

Posted by jodiegallagher on 12/5/2015 at 09:06

Just a quick one - I was wondering if there are any alternative companies which offer a return trip from Lombok to Flores returning to Lombok over 4/5 nights? After reading a lot of negative reviews I'm reluctant to travel with Perama, however, flight/departure times don't really warrant flying to Flores via Bali just to get the boat back. Thanks! ...

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The location of the Probolinggo bus station?

Posted by cloud on 12/4/2015 at 07:03

I plan to go to Bromo taking a bus from the Probolinggo bus station as explained in this site but I can not locate the bus station on a map. Would somebody explain its location? If its longitude and latitude are given, that's the best since then I can locate the place clearly in the Google Earth or Google map. If the values are not available, then clear explanation will be helpful, too. ...

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