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11 days in sumatra

Posted by mefcom on 7/12/2010 at 07:26

i am flying into medan solo on 06/04/2011 and leaving medan on 17/04/2011 for hong kong. i intend to get a bus from medan to bukit lawang and spend 2 days there and then get s bus and then ferry to danau toba lake but that will leave me with about 5-6 days without any plans I dont swim so any activity that revolves around water won't interest me ...

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Advice on Kuta/Legian Hotels.

Posted by MiaBritton on 28/11/2010 at 19:16

Hi again, Just looking for hotels/guesthouses in the Kuta-Legian area. Can anyone recommend a clean place to stay, with a pool for around $30NZD a night. We are there at the end of Jan 2011 (low season). Also, if anyone has stayed at these places could you give me a bit of feedback! Sayang Maha Mertha Balisani Padma Pondok Sari Thank you! ...

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Bali Budget & Tips

Posted by nickreck on 27/11/2010 at 01:04

I am considering a trip to Bali for the first 3 weeks in January - can anyone give me an idea of budgets? There will be 2 of us - sharing a room (backpacker and upward.) Also looking for a budget for food.. We are looking for some good beach time - im not sure if beach areas will be more costly? also will be heading to The Gilis... how do these compare cost wise to places in Bali. Thanks for any tips / advice you might be able to share. ...

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volcanos eastern java

Posted by topogene88 on 3/12/2010 at 13:51

3 12 10 luang prabang has anyone had any trouble with flights in/out of eastern java, bali, etc due to the volcanoes? thanks polesana, ...

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Where's the best place to get a visa for Bali?

Posted by jamesinoz on 19/11/2010 at 06:11

One more question! I'll be in both Thailand and Singapore before I fly to Bali and was wondering if one is better than the other for getting a tourist visa. I've heard that the queues are very long for visa on arrival. Is the cost the same? ...

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Traveling Sumatra alone

Posted by itamar on 9/10/2010 at 19:10

Hi, I've read on the lonely planet that traveling alone in Sumatra (even for males) isn't perceived positively. Is that true? would it be an issue to travel Sumatra alone? Also - Any other islands/beaches except Pulau Weh for crisp white sands and snorkelling experience in Sumatra? Thanks! ...

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Amed, Bedugul and Tanah Lot

Posted by MiaBritton on 24/11/2010 at 22:09

Hi, My fiance and I are heading to Bali in January for 9 days. I've been to Bali many times as a kid so I have an idea of where to go and what to do, but would love any suggestions. Can anyone suggest places to stay in Amed, around Bedugul and Tanah Lot? Under $20, not worried about a/c or pools! Preferably near to or on the beach in Amed. Is it worth staying a night around Bedugul, or just stopping on the way to or from Amed? Also- have a reservation at Bakung Sari in Kuta (Jl. Singosari)- has ...

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I'm looking for a good guesthouse a Bali

Posted by jamesinoz on 19/11/2010 at 06:06

Hi, New to the site here. I'm looking for a good guesthouse in Bali and would like some recommendations please. I'd clasify myself as a flashpacker and would like a room or a good bungalow with air-con and private bathroom. Wifi would be great. I don't mind paying extra for the wifi if it is a good connection, but I've read elsewhere that wifi on bali isn't very good. True? I realise Bali is a big place, but am unsure where to stay, I don't mind a beach (Kuta I guess - that is the only one I've ...

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Between Bali & Kuala Lumpur...few days!

Posted by smillertime78 on 15/11/2010 at 00:01

Hello! A friend is planning to meet me in Bali and travel to Kuala Lumpur after; she has a total of 2 weeks between the destinations. (She will likely meet me 3/15 or 3/16, and my exit flight is fixed from Kuala Lumper to Melbourne on 3/30, although I could likely change days). We would like some serious time in Bali (maybe 7 days?) and I was thinking between 4-5 days in Kuala Lumpur, but we were trying to maybe hit up something in between for a few days. Couple of questions: 1) Is this possibl ...

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volunteering at selukat school

Posted by lmwalthall on 15/11/2010 at 23:44

Hi I am planning a trip to Bali next year, and would like to here from people that have volunteer at the selukat learning center. I am traveling alone and I am planning on coming in Feb and staying threw March, I was wondering on the weather as well, I know it is the raining season but how much rain? is this a good time to go to Bali? I am looking for a nice home stay as well if anyone has any info on place in ubud or by the school I would like to here from you thank you... ...

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Papua Border Crossing

Posted by mooball on 15/11/2010 at 15:07

Does anyone know if it is possible to cross the border from Papua New Guinea to West Papua overland or via boat somehow? Seems to be a nifty border post on google maps... ...

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Going to Yogyakarta? Let Travelfish help.

Posted by somtam2000 on 21/10/2010 at 10:10

Just a quick note that I've just opened the first slither of our Indonesia coverage -- to the Javanese culture capital of Yogyakarta which lies near the centre of the island. Next in the pipeline is Solo, followed by Bali and the Gilis. As always, comments and feedback appreciated. Now off to fix that stupid link problem! ...

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Yogyakarta/Java - Mt Merapi

Posted by AlainaRae on 7/11/2010 at 22:58

I leave for Indonesia next week with a start in Bali and am supposed to be taking the train through Java to see Mt Bromo and then to Yogyakarta before catching a boat near Jakarta. However,with so much going on with the eruption of Mt Merapi I am wondering if the trains are still running and if I need to skip over Java and Sumatra and catch a flight straight to Singapore or stick with my original overland route. Having a tough time finding info on the local situation. Does anyone have any ...

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Our Bali coverage

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/10/2010 at 13:01

Just a quick note to let you Indonesiaphiles know that I've just opened the first couple of bits of our Bali coverage - for Padang Bai and Candi Dasa in East Bali. A LOT more on the way. Comments, as always, are appreciated ...

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Bali - 4 @ Drupadi

Posted by shitfart on 28/10/2010 at 19:06

Has anyone stayed there before? According to their website (, they are pretty near seminyak beach. But, when i used google map, its actually not. It more on sanur beach side. So I'm kinda confused and might need some clarification. Thanks in advance! ...

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rent a spot on a fishing boat

Posted by 4some on 21/10/2010 at 15:47

i tried to a boat to crew on and go to australia well i've tried probably every travel forum i can find , but there's nothing ,but i remember there's a lot of fishing boat in timor and arafura sea so i was wondering can i pay some money to be on a fishing boat for a few days or longer , i don't really care about the condition or the food i just want the have this adventure and i am also ready to swim to australia that is if the fishing boat can't take me, so does anybody know how to make this ha ...

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cheap and nice accomodation in sanur, ubud and padang bai?

Posted by travelback2basics on 11/10/2010 at 12:14

hi there has somebody made good accomodation experience in sanur, ubud or padang bai and wants to share with me? i'm travelling to denpasar 2night. thankx! mel ...

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from Hanoi to Bali

Posted by alekk on 15/6/2010 at 06:54

Dear All, I will spend a 2 months in Hanoi this summer, but I would also love to visit Bali (or any other Island in the neighbourhood) - unfortunately, a quick search reveals that the plane tickets from Hanoi to Bali are extremely high in July (~1000eur/2people/2ways). Any experienced expat with suggestions on how to get from Hanoi to Bali - I don't mind staying a few days in Singapore, Thailand, or anywhere ... if it is on the way Thank you very much! Alekk ...

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Going to Australia

Posted by worldcitizen999 on 5/9/2010 at 12:23

hello. my name is jimmy, i am 22, and i live in China, Beijing, i am planning on go to Thailand and then Malaysia and Bali and Australia, so my problem is that i want to go from SE Asia to Australia without flying mainly because i have a lot of time but not alot of money, so i am can either go from Bali to Dampier or i can go to Torres Strait and island hopping make my way down to queensland, i kinda perfer the second way(because i've got no clue how to cross those islands) Actually i can leave ...

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CGK Airport Jakarta

Posted by dooryardroses on 25/9/2010 at 10:59

My husband and I will fly to Jakarta in a week, and have an overnight layover before our connection to Jogyakarta the following afternoon. Our flight to CGK doesn't arrive until 11:30pm, and hotel options in the area seem to be few and far between (not to mention expensive!). I'm dreading the idea of negotiating with airport taxi drivers for a longride into the city at night, just to sleep in a crappy hotel for acouple of hours. Does anyone have experience staying in the airport overnight? E ...

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