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    • sallam88's Profile Photo

      One week in Saumatra

      Sumatra Feb 12, 2017 at 5:06 AM

      Hi mates,

      I would like to visit Sumatra for a week, I will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Medan (haven't decided from which city to fly back to Malaysia) and would like to visit Lake Toba (Danau Toba) so I will be appreciated if someone can suggest me any tips or info about the lake or any nearby attractions as well as I'm open to any suggested itinerary in Sumatra

      Thanks a lot

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    • sallam88's Profile Photo

      One week in Saumatra

      Sumatra Feb 12, 2017 at 5:06 AM

      Hi mates,

      I would like to visit Sumatra for a week, I will be flying from Kuala Lumpur to Medan (haven't decided from which city to fly back to Malaysia) and would like to visit Lake Toba (Danau Toba) so I will be appreciated if someone can suggest me any tips or info about the lake or any nearby attractions as well as I'm open to any suggested itinerary in Sumatra

      Thanks a lot

      1 Answer Feb 12, 2017 at 12:33 PM
    • Currency exchange

      Bali Jan 13, 2017 at 1:42 AM

      Hi, should I exchange my GBP£ for Bali currency in the UK or should I wait until I get to Bali?
      THanks

      2 Answers Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM
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      7 hours layover in Jakarta airport

      Jakarta Jan 8, 2017 at 9:47 AM

      Hi. On my way back from hols near Sorong I will have about 7 hors before my flight. Even counting check in time for the second flight etc., it leaves me with 5 hours. Any idea of where to park myself? Is there any lounge, spa, even day hotel within the airport?
      Thanks

      3 Answers Jan 9, 2017 at 2:52 AM
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      Guide in Banjarmasin

      Banjarmasin Jan 7, 2017 at 12:15 PM

      I shall visit Banjarmasin for a few days in early March 2017. Can you recommend a good guide to show me around and help with short tours in the area of South Kalimantan. Thank you!

      2 Answers Jan 15, 2017 at 2:34 AM
    • Last 4 nights Uluwatu or Lombok?

      Bali Jan 5, 2017 at 7:28 AM

      I am travelling to Bali for 14 nights in June and I am seeking advice on where to visit and for how long.

      This is a loose plan so far however I am open to suggestions!

      4 nights Seminyak
      3 Nights Ubud
      3 Nights Gili T
      4 Nights either Lombok with a day trip to Uluwatu during our stay in Seminyak or 3 nights in Uluwatu and an extra night in Gili T with day trip to Lombok.

      In terms of what we are looking for on our trip, we are looking for a variety of things. We are a young couple and like going out and partying however we also want to do lots of cultural things as well and see some temples. We prefer to stay in five star hotels/villas and we have already chosen ones we like in Seminyak, Ubud and gili T.

      Ideally we would like at least one destination on our trip to include nice white sand beaches however we are not big water sports people so that is not mandatory. We have decided against Nusa Dua though as we want to experience more of what Bali has to offer rather than stay in a 5 star resort the whole time.

      I would also like to swim with turtles which I have heard you can do in Gili T and see some waterfalls which seem to be abundant on Lombok however I was wondering if this could be a day trip?

      I want to visit all of the above at some point during the trip however I am undecided on whether to do a day trip to Lombok when in Gili T and stay in Uluwatu for 3 nights or to visit Uluwatu for a day trip while in Seminyak and then stick with Lombok for 4 nights. My main concerns are how few and expensive the nice resorts are in uluwatu are (I am finding it difficult to find the right accommodation in terms of price, availability and service level) while I have found this to be easier on the north side of Lombok I am concerned about the travelling time staying in Lombok will add on to the trip and that the nice beaches seem to be much further south far from the hotels in the north?

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

      Thanks
      Lucy

      5 Answers Jan 6, 2017 at 9:20 PM
    • scotontour's Profile Photo

      Seminyak or Sanur

      Bali Jan 3, 2017 at 11:47 PM

      If staying for two days before departing, which one would you prefer?

      4 Answers Jan 6, 2017 at 5:26 PM
    • scotontour's Profile Photo

      Travel Route

      Bali Dec 25, 2016 at 11:33 PM

      I have a thought on travel route in Bali (7nghts) and would like the experienced members to comment on the pro & cons
      ....Go direct from airport to Sanur and stay for two nights (leaving one case in local storage)
      Then travel to Ubud for two nights
      Then travel up onwards over hills to Lavina or Pemuteran (recommended by lonely planet) for two nights
      Then take west coast road back and stay in Seminyak for one night before collecting case & departure

      I am estimating travel time in car with driver, subject to traffic....are these correct?
      30mins from Sunur
      2.5 hrs from Ubud to Lavina
      3 hours from Pemuteran to Seminyak
      25mins Seminyak to Airport

      I look forward to your comments

      5 Answers Dec 27, 2016 at 2:15 AM
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      Is Lonely Planet Ebook worth buying?

      Bali Dec 22, 2016 at 10:00 PM

      Is lonely planet ebook on Bali worth buying and upto date?
      I head off in a few weeks and wanted to ask members if any had bought it and thought this ebook was a worth while addition for their trip?
      Will not go diving so don't need it on that front.
      &
      While writing can members advise if Sanur is worth a two or three day visit .....current thought is to perhaps head straight there from flight arrival as it should only take 25mins with roads being quiet late at night.

      All thoughts welcome and appreciated

      5 Answers Dec 25, 2016 at 11:36 PM
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      Poor reviews on Bali

      Bali Dec 13, 2016 at 1:19 AM

      I have now read many reviews and bit disillusioned with Bali.......'beaches are poor, so many touts, so many people wishing to increase taxi fares' etc.....now I have second thoughts of going. Kuta, Legion & Seminyak have been dismissed due to poor reviews......thinking I will go straight from airport to Ubud ( although slightly hesitant because it arrives at 11pm) spend 3 nights there in booked hotel then just book as I go along from there .....or should I have all booked before I arrive? I am going to take motorbike training before I leave as it looks best way for me to travel in my own time...
      With hotels....would you trust the reviews with booking.com or Expedia.com? ..... we just seek a basic clean and tidy hotel with fresh linen & towels with a breakfast supplied.
      Is there someone or some company in Bali with good local knowledge of hotels?
      Even virtual tourist ... there seems to be only a few locals writing on forum....am I in wrong forum?
      Regards, Scot

      8 Answers Dec 27, 2016 at 7:49 AM
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      Best place to buy toys, dollhouse, carved scale furniture

      Bali Dec 8, 2016 at 12:30 AM

      I am a miniaturist and I have seen some beautiful Indonesian scale furniture for dollhouses so I would like to know the best area to find anything like that. We will be staying in Ubud and probably taking some craft classes there. Also interested in a cooking class.

      4 Answers Dec 12, 2016 at 1:28 AM
    • Private Driver wanted

      Surabaya Nov 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Coming to Surabaya 12/7 to 12/20 to visit friends, have a rental car, looking for a good driver for intermittent driving, inside and outside of the city, male or female no preference as long as a good driver

      2 Answers Nov 29, 2016 at 4:37 PM
    • Fresh pork

      Medan Nov 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

      What markets in Medan, Indonesia sell fresh pork for cooking at home?

      3 Answers Dec 29, 2016 at 11:37 AM
    • scotontour's Profile Photo

      Top Three Locations on Island to stay

      Bali Nov 13, 2016 at 5:48 AM

      Can members advise from their experience of actually visiting, can they advise ...
      if they could spend two or three days in each --- what is their top three locations.
      There are so many locations around the island it would be good to get feedback. I shall stay close to airport on first and last day of trip but will go anywhere which is recommended from there

      4 Answers Dec 12, 2016 at 2:13 AM
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      Bali-jogyakarta-surabaya-bandung

      Bali Nov 10, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Hi,
      I need help how to go to jogyakarta from bali and from jogyakarta i want to go surabaya and bandung,is there any bus or train beside taking the flight.
      Thanks,Much appreciated

      6 Answers Dec 12, 2016 at 3:50 AM
    • Solo travel during Christmas - New Year period

      Bali Nov 7, 2016 at 4:47 AM

      I've (25, Male) been thinking of doing a quick solo trip to Bali at the end of this year. Basically would want to fly out of here (Melbourne) on the...— 02/01/2017...back in time for work/the new year

      I think I'm opting more for a relaxing period as I've been in Melbourne during this holiday period my whole life, being from Melbourne you can imagine the partying that would've been done.

      Ideally in my head it's...soak up the Sun all day every day I would be there, get to know Bali a bit more. Then night time I guess would speak for itself

      This would be me traveling solo for the first time
      -Is this an okay time to fly out?
      -Anyone here thinking of doing the same?
      -Is it possible to choose activities to do whilst I'm there, and not necessarily have to pre-plan/organise them here?
      -Anything you guys would suggest/advise/advise against?
      -Anything you may think I need to know, I'm all ears

      Thanks guys,

      7 Answers Nov 9, 2016 at 10:44 AM
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      Is it a good idea to visit Indonesia in january-february (weather)?

      Indonesia Nov 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM

      Hello!
      I'm planning to travel in Indonesia in winter (Java, Sulawesi and maybe Moluccas), but more I check and more it seems impossible to travel there at that period because of the rainy season.

      But I'd still want to go there so I want to know a bit more how is the rainy season in this area. Is that violent and endless rainfalls all day long or more like intense yet scarce rainfalls with sun just after? Because to be honest I'd like to hike in some national parks with steep volcano trails and I'd like to practice snorkelling in Sulawesi. But I'm afraid just to deal with mud flats, leeches and turbid sea waters....

      Can you tell more me about january and february in Indonesia? Should I try or should I choose another destinations?

      Thank you in advance?

      3 Answers Dec 17, 2016 at 11:06 AM
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      How is Javan rainy season in january-february?

      Java Nov 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Hello!
      I'm planning an Indonesian road trip for january-february and of course Java is an must-see! But I've heard also it is the rainy season at that time. But how does the rain fall at that period? Is it some kind of endless heavy rainfalls or more like unpredictable short rainfalls bursting in the middle of the day, quickly replaced by sun as I experienced in Borneo (Kota Kinabalu)?

      I've been in Bali in february. It was sometime a bit rainy but still bearable. Is it the same climate in Java?

      Thank you :)
      XXX

      5 Answers Nov 10, 2016 at 2:21 PM
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      Is Sulawesi safe for travellers?

      Indonesia Nov 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      Hello!

      I'm interested for a long time to visit the island of Sulawesi. I know it's a diving paradise but I've heard there are apparently many social/racial/religious tenses. And I'd like to avoid any troubles. So is there any kind of problems I should be afraid of or is Sulawesi a nice spot to visit, despite some remote tensions that are not tourists concern?

      Plus I'd like to rent a car there if it's possible, because I know it's easier plus the island is huge. Is that possible? I mean the main roads look pretty fine so...

      About the infrastructures, is that easy to go on islands with ferries or to hike in some national parks, with maybe some agencies for example?

      Thank you in advance :)Hello!

      I'm interested for a long time to visit the island of Sulawesi. I know it's a diving paradise but I've heard there are apparently many social/racial/religious tenses. And I'd like to avoid any troubles. So is there any kind of problems I should be afraid of or is Sulawesi a nice spot to visit, despite some remote tensions that are not tourists concern?

      Plus I'd like to rent a car there if it's possible, because I know it's easier plus the island is huge. Is that possible? I mean the main roads look pretty fine so...

      About the infrastructures, is that easy to go on islands with ferries or to hike in some national parks, with maybe some agencies for example?

      Thank you in advance :)

      5 Answers Nov 5, 2016 at 6:08 AM
    • scotontour's Profile Photo

      January for 7 nights

      Bali Nov 3, 2016 at 9:59 AM

      Hi members
      I have an opportunity at short notice to visit Bali mid January for 7 nights while i appreciate it is rainy season
      I thought it was worth the visit as it is only a small extra fee from airline to stop off...... would you agree?
      if so is 7 nights too long should it be 5?
      next if staying where is the best location to be and of course where would i find a simple hotel (clean and tidy, fresh linen with good shower and breakfast). and suggestion of costs for basic hotel.
      here's hoping some members can help me with this decision (as has always been the case in the past :)

      18 Answers Nov 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM
    • last 2 night splurge

      Lombok Oct 28, 2016 at 8:26 AM

      Looking for a beautiful hotel on the beach for our last 2 nights on Lombok celebrating birthdays and anniversary. I am looking at Tugu and Qunci villas. I love a beautiful beach and the beach at Tugu looks nicer than Qunci Villa. Advice and any other suggestions would be great. Thanks

      3 Answers Oct 31, 2016 at 8:08 AM
    • Bandung trip in December

      Bandung Oct 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM

      Hi, My gf and i would like to plan 4 days trip to Bandung start from 11th December 2016. I've check the weather forecast in December and it seems like raining and thunderstorm most likely happen in December. Would like to know whether the the weather around december will affect our sightseeing and outdoor trips.
      2. Any interesting places to get delicious and cheap local food around?
      3. Where is the best place to stay if we would like to shop around if not heading for outdoor activities.

      Thanks

      2 Answers Oct 20, 2016 at 11:35 PM
    • Catering for wedding

      Bali Oct 19, 2016 at 2:06 PM

      Hi all I am looking for recommendations for catering companies for my Bali wedding next July .. I am looking for great quality food cheers Lisa

      1 Answer Oct 20, 2016 at 2:25 PM
    • snorkeling and beautiful beach

      Lombok Oct 18, 2016 at 8:46 AM

      Looking for the best snorkeling experience and cannot decide between north gili and southwest gili. Also, looking for a beautiful beach for the last few days of our trip and wondered about selong balanak . We are traveling with our 3 adult children and saw Villa Atas which looks beautiful but only has 1 review. I am a little nervous about booking without knowing a little about the area. Any other advice for beach spots would be appreciated.

      2 Answers Oct 18, 2016 at 1:54 PM
    • How many days to spend in Senaru

      Senaru Oct 18, 2016 at 8:06 AM

      We are not climbing and want to hike the waterfall and visit local villages. We have a reservation at Rinjani Lodge for 1 night but wondered if I should stay 2 nights. Is there enough to do if you are not a climber?

      1 Answer Oct 18, 2016 at 1:58 PM
    • TRANSPORTATION

      Bandung Oct 18, 2016 at 2:56 AM

      HOW CAN I ENGAGE DRIVER AND THE ROUGH COST TO GO AROUND BANDUNG PLACES OF INTEREST OVER 2-3 DAYS?

      1 Answer Oct 18, 2016 at 6:56 AM
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      Intertrips Tour Company

      Bali Oct 17, 2016 at 6:44 AM

      Anyone have any info or experience with the tour company Intertrips. Not much on line. They seem legit and a
      subsidiary of a much larger Chinese travel group. They are currently running some insane deals on travel to SE Asia and Bali with air, accommodations, transfers and a basic tour here and there but with mostly free days. Accommodations check out as good or better tourist class. We usually are independent travelers but these deals are hard to resist.
      Thanks

      2 Answers Oct 17, 2016 at 10:38 AM
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      TCM or Healer in Bali

      Bali Oct 13, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      Can anyone recommend a very good healer or TCM practitioner in Bali. I have an old injury that continues to seriously bother me.

      1 Answer Oct 13, 2016 at 8:25 AM
    • Tour guide Hire for 4D3N ard Bandung

      Bandung Oct 13, 2016 at 4:44 AM

      Hi there, I am solo travelling to Bandung from 23 Nov - 26 Nov 16. May I know where can I find a tour guide (female preferred) to bring me around places of interests such as white crater, tea plantations, museum, spa/ massages, factory outlets? what would be the budget like? 

      Please help. Any suggestions are welcome :)

      3 Answers Oct 16, 2016 at 2:49 AM
    • transport suggest

      Kintamani Oct 8, 2016 at 7:41 PM

      is better us skuter to kintamani valcano

      8 Answers Nov 10, 2016 at 7:51 AM
    • Bali secret spots

      Bali Oct 7, 2016 at 4:35 AM

      I'm planning my trip to Bali this december. 10 days. I'm looking for the best waterfalls, villages, beaches in Bali. I hate tourism: what I'm looking for is to enter in contact with locals. I'm a videographer and I'd like to shoot locals living their life, child playing in the paddies.. that kind of things. I wanna capture the real face of Bali.

      Can anyone help me? Thank you!

      Thomas.

      4 Answers Oct 7, 2016 at 1:41 PM