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Guesthouse reviews: Nusa Penida

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 11:17

Given we don't cover Indonesia on Travelfish at the moment, following a request from Travelfisher busylizzy I'm setting up a few threads in the Indonesia section of the messageboard broken out into islands -- so one (this one) for Nusa Penida, another for Nusa Lembongan and so on. The idea is to provide a clearing house for traveller recommendations for places to stay while we umm and ahh about if we really want to research 17,000 islands or not! A few suggestions and one rule: a) The more c ...

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HELP. SUMATRA - Looking for Oscar Navarro Costa

Posted by miQuel on 6/10/2009 at 17:49

Hi all.. This is a copy-paste of a message from others travelers forums. 'I guy I met whilst travelling was in Sumatra during the earthquake. His mother has been e-mailing me if I know what happened to him, but seeing that I'm in Malaysia now I have no clue. She's worried sick about him. The last time I spoke to him he said he would be surfing somewhere in Sumatra. I have no idea where though. I'm sure he's fine but I was wondering if anyone has met Spanish Oscar (34 years) since the ear ...

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Bali & Thailand general questions

Posted by mitchell456 on 1/10/2009 at 21:56

Hi everyone Im off to Thailand & Bali in about 10 days. I have a few basic questions. I have read loads on the forum pages so forgive mr if I am overlapping something previously stated.. Here 'tis: 1. water - aquatabs, iodine or boil it? (I have heard about the huge land-fill issue caused by plastic bottles there) 2. rainjacket or umbrella or just get wet (oct & nov 09) 3. take or not take malaria tablets? 4. does Lomotil work well if I get a belly bug? 5. does Air Asia on ...

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Noordin Top confirmed dead

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/9/2009 at 19:11

Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, Noordin Mohammad Top, was killed in a police shoot-out in Central Java, police said on Thursday. You can read more in the NYTimes story here. It seems unlike the rumoured death a while back, this time they actually got him. Unfortunately as Sidney Jones of ICG says, it is far from over: "It's a major success for the police but it doesn't mean, unfortunately, that the problem of terrorism is over. It's still unclear how many people were in N ...

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Bali, Borneo, or elsewhere in December...?

Posted by firsttimer on 9/9/2009 at 02:33

Hiya I'm just planning a 3 month trip starting in mid October and have come a bit unstuck! This is my first time travelling along so would appreciate any help. I plan to fly to Bangkok, have 10 days on the islands (east or west depending on the weather...?!) then am taking a 30 day tour of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos with Gapadventures. I then have 2 weeks from the end of November before flying to Cairns, and don't know what to do with them!! I really want to go to Bali/Lombok/Komodo/Flores ...

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Earthquake on Java ... at least 32 dead according to BBC

Posted by SBE on 2/9/2009 at 21:46

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8233344.stm ...

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Overland from the Gilis to West Flores

Posted by tezza on 10/6/2009 at 16:32

The islands east of Lombok in Indonesia are pretty strung out, and some of them quite big - so it’s no surprise that a lot of people use aircraft to jump between places of interest. Of course this means missing a lot of local sights and having little interaction with everyday locals - anyway that’s what I told myself last month when I decided to surface-travel between Lombok and Labuanbajo in West Flores to pick up a Perama Cruise back west. I bought me a through-buses/ferry ticket from ...

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Ramadan in Bali and Lombok

Posted by ade7 on 19/8/2009 at 14:45

Hi, Is Ramadan a major problem for travel in Bali and Lombok? We are heading there shortly, coincident with the start of Ramadan and are worried about finding food and accommodation. Any help much appreciated. Thanks, Andy ...

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Indonesia Without Borders video

Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 02:10

Some clips of our first video we made on our travels. (they got a lot better as we went on) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFkpFLbKeas ...

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arriving late, where to stay/long term rentals

Posted by musicalnomads on 17/8/2009 at 11:46

We have been using travelfish for quite some time now and love it! Thanks for all the help we have received from reading everyone's posts as well as the travelfish write-ups on all of SEA. This is a great site:-) We are arriving in Bali on Aug. 20 and since there isn't much written on Indonesia yet I need to ask a few questions and hope someone can help. 1) We arrive at Denpasar airport around 9:30 at night and don't know where to stay. We are thinking we need a cheap room for the night ...

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good travel guides....

Posted by SophieAlice363 on 11/8/2009 at 20:26

Hi guys! im off round South East Asia in october for about 4 months. I fancy Indonesia first, then flying over to Thailand, then the bus up to Laos/Vietnam and back down to bangkok. Would that order be ok? and as im a female going alone are there any places I should avoid/be wary of? (please don’t just say all of it, im shitting it already!) and are there any good travel books/guides out there except lonely planet? thanks very much xxxx ...

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reasonable per day budget?

Posted by ziplok on 11/8/2009 at 09:06

I'm heading to Indonesia for 2 months early next year and was wondering what would be a reasonable per day budget? I'm aiming for $50 per day, but who knows how things will go between now and then. Also, I'm landing in Bali, heading to Lombok, then the ferry to Flores. Any other suggestions beyond that? Thanks!! ...

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How long in Indonesia?

Posted by kraver_alex on 31/5/2009 at 21:20

Hi guys, Me and my girlfriend are planning roughly an 8-month jaunt round Asia. We're taking in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Southwest China, Malaysia, hoping to spend a month in each (maybe about 40 days in Thailand and China) and are hoping to stick on a trip to Indonesia at the end. Basically, I was interested in visiting Java, Lombok, Flores and Sumba, and one of Sumatra or Sulawesi, and what I want to know is whether a month and a half (40-45 days, I guess) would be sufficient ...

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Two bombs in Jakarta

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/7/2009 at 09:13

Breaking news reports this morning are covering the apparent bombing of the Ritz Carlton and Marriott Hotels in Jakarta. At the moment there are reports of six dead -- though that may well increase. It took CNN all of about thirty seconds to start rabbiting on about Al-Qaeda, but being so close to the just concluded elections there could be any number of parties behind these explosions, including disgruntled elements of the armed forces. Given this happened just an hour or so ago, there's ...

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2 weeks in Sulawesi?

Posted by jessieo on 3/8/2009 at 19:37

Any suggestions for a good itinerary? We are thinking Aug 10 - 24. Thanks! ...

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Boats to Indonesia?!

Posted by marcwilson87 on 24/7/2009 at 04:43

Hello, I'm planning a 6 month + trip around Asia and was hoping I could get a boat from Malaysia, or any other nearby country to anywhere in Indonesia? We haven't planned where in Indonesia we want to go, BUT we don know we don't really want to travel by air! We are trying to go from Malaysia to China without using planes... Any help would be great, I have already learned so much from these forums already. My trip planning would be impossible without people like you! Thanks, Marc ...

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A few questions on Indonesia

Posted by mattsmith on 28/4/2009 at 10:50

Hey I have a few questions on Indonesia. 1. Is there a problem getting a 2 month visa, the website and lonely planet say you need proof of exit and bank statement as well as a host of other things. Ideally I would like to stay longer but may have to fly to KL and back for another visa. 2. I haven't seen any trouble reported so im assuming Suliwesi is okay to travel althought is it best to avoid some parts still. Same with other trouble spots in INdonesia. 3. I have been travelling ...

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Kebunvilla - new place on Bali (doesn't seem to be in guidebooks)

Posted by sjpdg on 19/7/2009 at 18:01

I've recently come back from Indonesia and want to recommend a newish place on Bali that doesn't seem to have made the guidebooks yet. It's in the western half of the island, fairly central and therefore in the hills - well away from the hussle of the beaches on the main tourist drag in the south of the island (about an hour from Denpasar or Ubud). The layout, landscaping, accommodation was all designed by a local guy called Deddy who also runs it. Its called Kebun (which apparently means 'o ...

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South east Sulawesi

Posted by somtam2000 on 2/7/2009 at 15:09

So now it is my turn to ask! I'm planning a short two week trip over to Southeast Sulawesi (flying from Denpasar to Makassar) and am looking for suggestions. Most importantly, I don't dive - so stuff like Wakatobi etc isn't a high priority. Friends here in Bali have recommended in particular Bau Bau and Kendari for some old colonial stuff and interesting kicking around. Any more tips are much appreciated. I want to fly as little as possible only doing the flight to makassar 'cause ap ...

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A Guide to Bali's Beaches.

Posted by tezza on 25/6/2009 at 19:21

Kuta beach was gorgeous when I first visited as a surfer-grommet. Good waves, lovely clean white sand, backed by a line of palms, behind which were mainly grazing water buffalo and cash-cropping. The beach was pretty deserted apart from a handful of surfer dudes and naked hippy-chicks sunning and frolicking in the shore-break. I spent my teens pining for a hippy-chick girlfriend to take to the beach. These days? Ummm - well the surf is still often pretty good. I RECKON BALI'S BEST BEACH is D ...

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