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Timor-Leste, advice needed

Posted by Sparts on 7/12/2010 at 06:38

Hi everyone, it's been a while since I've visited here but now I finally have a trip back to SE Asia "planned". I say planned, but it's not much of a plan so far! In truth there really isn't much I can plan for at the moment as my schedule will be dictated by others, brief explanation to follow! Basically I hope this thread will grow arms and legs but hoped that someone out there could help me with information on Timor-Leste, or East Timor as it's commonly known. So, I will be visiti ...

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Female travelling alone in Indonesia-safe or not?

Posted by ElaineMcG on 24/11/2010 at 18:50

Hey everyone, I am debating whether or not to visit Indonesia early next year as part of my travels. As a 26 year old female travelling alone I have been advised to check into safety issues when travelling Indonesia. Just wondering has anybody had any experiences with this? Is there particular places to avoid or particular areas that are safer than others, is it worth it?? All/any advice would be gladly accepted! ...

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Sumatra during Ramadan

Posted by millipatti on 2/1/2011 at 05:30

Hi! I'm actually thinking about my next travel, from mid-July to mid-August. Sumatra is on my shortlist (with Sri Lanka) but I hesitate because half of my trip would be during Ramadan. I know it is perfectly possible to travel during this period but I wonder if I would miss a lot of the experience this place has to offer. I love to stop in small roadside eateries or markets... I can't imagine eating only in guesthouses during the day! And how about the more "general" atmosphere? Do a ...

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Central Kalimantan

Posted by Meg_blue on 1/1/2011 at 13:35

If you have travelled in Kalimantan and visited Palangkaraya I would really like to hear from you. Where you visited, how did you get there, what you did and your lasting impressions. Anything you can tell me would be great. Mega. ...

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Bali wet Season. How wet?

Posted by furneburner on 12/9/2009 at 10:14

Hi, Will be visiting Bali in late Jan/early Feb and wondering how wet it will be. How will beaches and snorkeling be affected? Can i expect similar conditions to Thailand's wet season? thanks ...

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East Timor into Indonesia overland, then boat between islands, 2months

Posted by hmeyer on 11/11/2010 at 09:19

Hi all, This is my first time on Travelfish. I'm a solo female traveller, looking for some advice on the best way of travelling from East Timor into Indonesia. I'd like to cross overland into West Timor and then travel by boat via some of the smaller islands in the archipelago, then Java, Sumatra, and into Malaysia. I have 2 months in Indonesia as part of a 12month trip around Asia. My questions are: - is it possible (and safe) to cross from east to west timor - how do I go about travelling via ...

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Learning to Surf

Posted by Steve81 on 7/6/2010 at 01:26

I'm going to be spending a couple of months in Indonesia (initially heading to Bali, no definate plans from there) from September and I'm really keen to try and learn to surf, easier said than done I know. I'm just wondering if anyone has any advice on the best way to go about this? Should I go to one of those surf schools or just go to the beach and hope someone takes pity on me?! Any specific reccomendations of places would also be great. Don't worry I'm not expecting miracles, I'm fully a ...

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Motorcycling in Bali and Lombok

Posted by ade7 on 19/8/2009 at 14:51

Hi, What is the deal with motorcycling in Bali and Lombok? We were hoping to hire scooters, especially in Lombok, but we have read in the Lonely Planet guide that you need an international license (which we dont have) and that police fines have become more common in Lombok. We have hired scooters in Java (Pangandaran and Jogja) with no problems. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Andy ...

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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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