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 ...
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!
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
I am currently in Kuta and have enjoyed it but much too touristy and the beach is not what I am looking for. I have about 11 days left around the area and am looking for some suggestions on nice beach areas to go that have a tiny bit of nightlife, and/or some really beautiful quiet spots.
Tomorrow I am going to go to the Gilis for 5 or 6 days and then will have 5 or 6 days remaining, before I catch a flight out of densapar.
Right now was thinking maybe find somewhere on Lo ...
My wife and I are halfway through a 6 month trip through SE Asia and are planning on spending the last couple of months (Jul-Aug) in Indonesia but are unsure of where to go.
We are planning on spending our last week on Bali but other than that keep changing our minds on where to go. The current plan is about 3-4 weeks on Sulawesi and then 3-4 weeks Lombok-Sumbawa-Flores.
Any of the experts have opinions on must see places in Indonesia? i.e How could you goto Indonesia and not see "X"! ...
Maybe you have done this same trip, or maybe you are really familiar with Indonesia - I need a little help! I am trying to plan a 6 week itinerary from Kota Kinabula (in Malaysian Borneo) ending in Denpasar, Bali. I want to spend approx 10 days in Borneo and 1 month in Indonesia.
The beaches of Bali are not a draw, but the Gilis are. I want 4 days in Ubud at the end, and I want to hit Jakarta, Jogajakarta and a few other places on the way.
Thanks in adv ...