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Looking for Flores travel buddy..

Posted by faineg on 25/3/2013 at 13:39

Is anyone interested in visiting Flores in April? I'm arriving in Bali on April 2nd and would ideally like to have someone to travel with in Flores. This may be rather short notice but I can guarantee that I'm good company! Me: professional journalist and photographer, expat living in Cambodia for years but first time in Indonesia, loves outdoor adventure, eating interesting food, and discovering weird things. Quite committed to the idea of climbing a volcano. I'm 24 years old and female. No ...

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Viewed 1,522 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by ben1985 on 31/3/2013 at 17:36

One month in Indonesia sample itinerary.

Posted by AshNav on 24/3/2013 at 21:50

My boyfriend and I will be in Indonesia from August 1st until September 1st for the first time (SO EXCITED!!) We want to see as much as we can while we are there. We are not on a tight budget but would prefer economy options where possible. We would like to see as much of Indonesia as possible. We would like to do some scuba diving (Raja Ampat? Any other suggestions?), Jungle Trekking to see the Orangs, Bali to do some beach lounging, Irian Jaya to see the Dani tribe, temples, Komodo...I'd be op ...

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Viewed 2,935 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 30/3/2013 at 02:10

Being a student in Indonesia and travel afterwards

Posted by aprilshine on 27/3/2013 at 21:12

Hello, Apologies if this has been asked already, but with multiple internet searches I have not been able to find a similar situation to answer my question and put my mind at ease... OK, so I will be a student for 6 weeks in Indonesia (Java) coming up in a few months (I have a letter from the sponsor in Indonesia and all that). I understand that I will likely be applying for a 60-day Social-Cultural visa, as this seems to be the type of visa students get. However, my question is this: for the ...

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Balikpapan Indonesia - What to do?

Posted by Bimp on 3/2/2013 at 01:28

Hello people, my bf and I will be going to Balikpapan soon. Any advice of what fun things to do there or hotel with city location to stay in? Snip:Edit by Somtam2000 We are planning to fly in from Kuching to Balikpapan in Mac 2013. Grateful for any advice. tq! ...

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Viewed 2,580 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by mumun_indohoy on 25/3/2013 at 04:45

1 week in Bali, One Week in South Sulawesi - Itinerary

Posted by RJB2288 on 21/2/2013 at 15:55

Hi Everyone - My sister and I have 2 weeks to spend in Indonesia and we have decided to split up the two weeks between Bali and South Sulawesi (Tana Toraja and maybe a couple of days in Bira for diving). First, does anyone have any general suggestions about this itinerary ? And here are some more specific questions I've been trying to answer... 1. What would be your ideal itiniary for 1 week in Bali if you wanted a mix of beach, culture, biking, treking, non-beach scenary? As soon as we lan ...

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Viewed 5,810 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by mumun_indohoy on 25/3/2013 at 04:42

Bogor garden guest house

Posted by Skyyblu on 24/3/2013 at 12:14

Hi all, Anyone ever stayed at the guest house inside Bogor botanical gardens, Nusa Indah? How to contact them and book? Any thoughts or tips? Thanks, Skyy ...

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Viewed 3,079 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by mooball on 24/3/2013 at 22:07

Two Weeks in Indonesia - itinerary help

Posted by RJB2288 on 13/2/2013 at 17:34

My sister and I have 2 weeks to travel through Indonesia in May and need help with picking out the best itinerary for that amount of time (its way too short - but my work won't let me stay away). From my research, Sulawesi, the more remote parts of Bali, Lombock, and Sumatra sound like the most interesting places to go - but I know we can't cover that much ground in 2 weeks. So does anyone have any advice on how to get the most out of our time there with some sample itineraries? We want a mix o ...

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Surf Camp / Surf holiday -- for beginners

Posted by JulesMc on 12/3/2013 at 06:01

Hi experienced Indo travellers I will be in Indo for the first time for a minimum of 4 weeks+ in late June/early July 2013 and would like to kick off my Bali stay with a 5 or 7-days long "surf camp". I am travelling solo for my first half of the trip so I think for one it would be great for meeting people. I am a beginner, so not really looking to surf mental Padang reef breaks or anything etc. Besides the waves, looking for a good vibe and not sure if I should sign up to a full surf ...

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Indonesia weather Feb/March - Worth going?

Posted by StephJayne165 on 22/2/2013 at 22:54

Hi Guys, Need a bit of advice about the weather situ in Bali/Lombok/Gili Islands at end of Feb/beginning of March. I've been doing a bit of research and understand that this is rainy season over there. I'm hoping somebody can tell me if it really is a complete washout over there, of weather it's just a few hours of passing rain every day, still with some sunshine to enjoy the beaches? I've only got a couple of weeks left, so obviously want to make the most of it, is Indonesia still worth check ...

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Viewed 5,281 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 25/2/2013 at 18:52

national parks east java, baluran, meru betiri or alas purwo?

Posted by Animal_lover on 4/2/2013 at 14:53

Hi Any recommendations for Baluran, Meru Betiri or Alas Purwo? Looking to spend some time in one of these in September after Bromo and before heading over to Bali. Particularly interested in wildlife spotting but would prefer to have somewhere comfortable to sleep rather than camping. Thanks :0) ...

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Viewed 2,480 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by Laszlo on 18/2/2013 at 20:37

Bali Spirit Festival (Mar. 20-24): Advice Needed

Posted by BinLeenk on 7/1/2013 at 19:54

Hey there, My wife and I plan to be in Bali for the Spirit Festival held in Ubud March 20-24. However, the "backpacker" accommodation package is $1400 (yikes), which includes this: FULL FESTIVAL PASS 6 Nights Accommodation Simple Daily Breakfast Ensuite Bathroom with Hot & Cold Water Airport Pick-up Shuttle Bus My wife is a yoga instructor and is super excited to go to this, but I need to find a way to lower the costs a bit. I reckon we could buy weekend passes and find a good ...

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Sanur - Car Hire and reccomendations of things to do.

Posted by slow_mo on 29/1/2013 at 11:13

Hi all, We have decided to spend the last two days of our 16 day trip in Sanur before departing as its close to the airport and we have seen a wonderful villa to stay at. Otherwise was thinking of staying in Seminyak for the final x2 days? If we stay in Sanur has anyone got any reccomendations regarding car hire? As the villa is north of the town I was thinking of using the car to get in and out of Sanur but to also explore some beaches to the north. Is there any seculded beaches worth visit ...

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Couple going to Bali!

Posted by AjaPapaya on 5/2/2013 at 02:46

Hey We are a danish couple going to Bali on the 19th February, but we have a few questions. First of all, we will be leaving Bali in the afternoon on the 13th march and we are a little worried about getting to the airport etc. due to Nyepi being on the 12th march this year. Anyone have any experiences and tips on being in Bali for Nyepi? Secondly we are not sure about visas. We have read in a few guidebooks that you can just get it upon arrival in Bali in the airport and pay 25 US$ ? Another ...

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Viewed 1,651 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by AjaPapaya on 6/2/2013 at 12:05

A weekend on Komodo

Posted by claireberries on 19/1/2013 at 22:43

Has anyone managed to get to Komodo for a long weekend from Jakarta? Any advice gratefully received! ...

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Viewed 1,618 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by travellingpoul on 3/2/2013 at 11:23

sailing indonesia

Posted by lorcan_f on 22/1/2013 at 16:04

My wife and I want to sail through Indonesia on a traditional junk or a yacht for about a week, stopping off on island and snorkeling etc. I don't mind spending a bit but not 4k per day or anything mad. Has anybody done this before? Any advice? Thanks! Lorcan ...

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Headed to Maluku? Let Laszlo help...

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/1/2013 at 18:43

Maluku in far eastern Indonesia sees but a trickle of both foreign and domestic travellers. We've never been there ourselves, but Laszlo Wagner has, and partly as a result of his love of the region he built the website So what we've done, in cooperation with Laszlo, is added links across the Indonesian portion to that will lead you straight to the relevant sections on Maluku on All such links are followed by [EI] so you know you're on the ...

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Viewed 3,618 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 31/1/2013 at 18:27

Couple travelling Indonesia for x2 weeks advice needed

Posted by slow_mo on 16/1/2013 at 07:01

Hi all, What a fantastic website and helpful forum. I used the Thailand forum last year and got lots of friendly advice from its members. This year I am landing at Denpasar on 27th Feb and will be in the region until 15th March. I was hoping for some advice around a suggested itinerary. I will be travelling with my girlfriend and we want an even mix of relaxation as well as keeping ourselves busy and entertained. We both hated Phuket so I imagine we would hate Kuta. As we only have two weeks I ...

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Viewed 3,932 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/1/2013 at 00:59

Indonesia: 1 month honeymoon - Help please :D

Posted by Garyzombie on 18/1/2013 at 09:15

Hi there, Myself and my partner are planning on a month's backpacking in Indonesia for our Honeymoon mid June. We are both experienced backpackers having travelled together in Africa, India and much of South East Asia. We haven't been to Indonesia before and I was hoping for some tips/advice on an itinerary. We have looked at flights to either Jakarta or Bali (via Singapore). Our main interests/goals are: Diving and snorkelling Floating Markets/Night Markets Orangutans - Would like to go to T ...

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Viewed 2,241 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by kitajimaland on 28/1/2013 at 20:31

6 weeks itinerary Vietnam & Indonesia - is this vaguely realistic?

Posted by Lettie2012 on 3/1/2013 at 10:27

Hi, Some friends and I are planning a 6 week trip to SE Asia June/July. We've never been to Asia before. I've been trying to wade through the information but there are so many places we would like to go! We're looking for a good mix of things - nature, culture, beaches, cities. We only have the 6 weeks and are students so budget is not limitless, but we're happy to spend on good things. Thinking about flying into Hanoi and out of Denpasar with Singapore Air. This is sort of ordered list of ...

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Viewed 6,462 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by Lettie2012 on 16/1/2013 at 11:52

Where To Stay For Chinese New Year (Beach... Reggae DJing...)

Posted by themuths on 12/1/2013 at 11:49

Hi, We're an American couple traveling to Bali for Chinese New Year (from Hong Kong), looking to relax during the day at the beach yet also go out some nights. Have been looking at villas with pools on Airbnb, so this is a slightly upmarket trip for us (we usually backpack), but we've decided to pamper ourselves a bit for once. I am wondering what other options there are besides Seminyak/Legian that have a decent beach for both relaxing and also body surfing [loved Varkala and Gokarna (Kudlee) ...

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Viewed 1,993 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by themuths on 16/1/2013 at 02:25

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