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    • 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?

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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!

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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?

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      Seminyak or Sanur

      Bali Jan 3, 2017 at 11:47 PM

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

    • 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!


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      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

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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

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      How is Javan rainy season in january-february?

      by Sinosphere Online Now Nov 4, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      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 :)

      5 Answers Nov 10, 2016 at 2:21 PM
    • surabaya and around

      by SlimaneB Online Now Jun 29, 2016 at 2:11 AM

      i will go for 05 days to surabaya and i need visit some interesting locations
      what are the best destinations around surabaya

      3 Answers Jul 26, 2016 at 1:04 PM
    • Car sharring ?

      by Tarigan Online Now Jun 4, 2016 at 12:57 AM

      Dear travellers,

      My partner and me plan a nice trip by hiring a car from Bali to Jakarta with overnights stop at Ijen, Bromo, Tretes, Jogyakarta, Pangandaran beach, Bandung and end in Jakarta.

      We are open and anyone of max 2 persons joining and sharing the budget ? For periode of 17th june to 27th of june.

      Please give us a note. We are flexible 8n route and time.

      Thank you

      1 Answer Jun 14, 2016 at 1:05 PM
    • Where to go at Mid / East Java for a family with kids

      by RogerQ7 Online Now Aug 31, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Dear all,

      I'm actually already roughly organizing our roundtrip for next summer (mid-July / mid-August). We're a family with two daughters who recently became 6 & 8 y/o and we intend to visit Northern Sumatra, Java, Lombok and Bali. Northern Sumatra, Lombok and Bali are quite easy to schedule and organize myself. However, I'm strugling with the Javanese part since it's huge and we need to skip certain parts preventing ourselves from being too rushed and being in a time squeeze. We do have 8/9 days for Java in mind.

      Yogya and it's surroundings are a must for us (also quiet for the kids when we do have our Yogya hotel as a ground base for several days). Also Mt. Bromo (eastern Java) are a must for us. So a trip from Yogya to Malang / Bromo (with 2 or 3 overnights during this trip) is something which I do have in mind. After Bromo we intend to catch the flight from Surabaya to Lombok.

      My question is which village / small town is nice to have a stop for 1 / 2 nights when travelling from Yogya to Malang. 1. We actually consider Serangang (which seems quite in the middle between Yogya / Malang). Solo is also interesting, but this is still quite far away from Malang.

      2. We also hear good stories about Kediri / Blitar, but here again....Blitar is quite close to Malang already and driving time from Yogya to Blitar is quite long.

      Any further opinions / feedback welcome! If you consider below schedule the best for a family with kids (5&7 y/o), let me know as well.

      30 juli: Medan - Yogya
      31 juli: Yogya (Borobudur)
      1 aug: Yogya
      2 aug: Yogya
      3 aug: Yogya - Serangan
      4 aug: Serangan
      5 aug: Serangan - Malang
      6 aug: Malang
      7 aug: Malang - Bromo
      8 aug (Monday): Mt Bromo (Sunrise / Vulcano / (avoid Mt. Bromo in the weekend) - Surabaya
      9 aug: Surabaya - Lombok

      Many thanks for your input and feedback and sorry for this long introduction....:-)

      Regards, Roger

      3 Answers Jun 14, 2016 at 1:19 PM
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      Nice beaches on Java?

      by wus Online Now Jun 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      Are there any nice beaches on Java? With "nice" I mean gently sloping, with fine sand and a couple of restaurants and guest houses in a coconut palm grove behind the beach. Something like (Palolem / Goa) or (Mirissa / Sri Lanka)

      7 Answers Oct 5, 2015 at 6:21 AM
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      Surabaya mt bromo tour and surrounding areas.

      by Carlos1968 Online Now Jul 5, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      hi can anyone recommend a good tour company in Surabaya to book trips with.
      Thanks Carlos.

      2 Answers Sep 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • transport during ramadan

      by er9631 Online Now Jul 3, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      Hello, I have just realised that I am visiting Indonesia during Ramadan this year and am concerned that transportation will be a problem for me (buses and taxis to and from airports for example). Does anyone know how easy it is to get around during this time? I will be staying in Yogya, Padang and Bukit Lawang. Thank you!

      5 Answers Jul 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM
    • how many days required to visit Java (west, central, east)?

      by paulami.sanyal Online Now Mar 17, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      I am planning to visit Java island Indonesia by mid of May for 4 days. Could you please let me know how many days required to visit Java and recommend a good itinerary?


      6 Answers Mar 31, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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      Planning to visit East Java

      by elpariente Online Now Feb 16, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      First of all I hope that the situation created by the Kellud volcano will become to the normality with the alerts reduced and the people doing their normal living
      We are planning to visit East Java and going by land from Gogyakarta up to Banyuwangi , visiting Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen at the end of March
      I know that things may change very fast, but do you think that in that time every thing should be recovered and that this route may be done without much risks and with the normal commodities ?
      It should be good to prepare a "plan B" just in case ?
      I hope every thing is much better on that side
      Thank you
      Gracias !!!

      4 Answers Mar 12, 2014 at 5:36 AM
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      stuck in yogykarta

      by JonathanB10 Online Now Feb 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      hi we are stuck in yogykarta due to the volcanic eruption anyone knows the airports situation? Thanks

      5 Answers Feb 15, 2014 at 4:53 AM
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      9 day trip on Java, need a plan!!

      by NatK2 Online Now Dec 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      We are going to Java, Indonesia flying into Jakarta on 01/02/14 and flying out of Bali on 09/02/14. Can anyone recommend a good itinerary to see a few spots on the way down? Maybe 2 or 3 stops.

      Also whats best way to get to bali from Java? Boat? How long does this take and whats it like?

      We were kinda hoping to get to Bali for 07/02/14 to spend 2 nights there before we leave...

      Any help would be much appreciated as I dont know much about the area!

      Thanks, Nathan

      5 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM
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      Events in Indonesia?

      by FinTrvl Online Now Oct 7, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      Are there any events, such as festivals, in Java or Bali between February 23 - March 18?

      2 Answers Oct 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM
    • Bali - Kawah Ijen - Bromo - Bali

      by tessakevitt Online Now Sep 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Hi There
      I am arriving in Bali at the end of this month. I will be on my own for a week before my boyfriend arrives and have some time to kill before we head off on a surf trip... I'm very interested in making my way to check out Kawah Ijen and Bromo in Java. I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking for cheap transport and accommodation, I also want to know if its best to do the trip on your own or to book a package tour. I'll be starting my journey from Kuta and would like to know all the buses/ferries that I would need to take and all the routes I need to follow (towns/ports/etc). If you could give me a rough idea of how much it would cost that would be great :) Also, I am a female travelling on my own... is Java safe??

      Thanks in advance for answering my many questions! :)


      1 Answer Sep 16, 2013 at 3:18 AM
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      How much to get in Krakatoa?

      by DerekF5 Online Now Aug 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      How much does it cost to get in Krakatoa?? Are speedboats still about 1.6 million now?? Going tomorrow (Tues 13th August) from Jakarta.

      1 Answer Aug 12, 2013 at 3:13 AM
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      getting to Mount Bromo from Jakarta...

      by indyblu Online Now Jul 29, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      hey all
      we arrive in Jakarta end of of August for about 7days... we want to climb Mount Bromo for sunrise... whats the quickest way to get there from Jakarta? thanks :)

      5 Answers Jul 31, 2013 at 6:20 AM
    • Train journey from Yogyakarta

      by gandergirls Online Now Jun 25, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      Can anyone comment on the trains from Yogyakarta to the Seloliman National Park? AC?
      Thank you!

      2 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM
    • Dressing for Java

      by gandergirls Online Now Jun 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to what to bring with me with regards to clothing for Java this time of year. We'll be in Java traveling from Jakarta to Ubud...about 2 weeks. Also, would an insect repellant of 30% Deet be enough protection?
      Thanks for any help you can give me.

      6 Answers Jun 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM
    • Getting around Java

      by ajh1 Online Now Jun 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Hi everyone,

      I am looking for some advice regarding how best for me and my girlfriend to get around Java in July. We land in Jakarta and will be travelling through Java and ending up in Bali (just started looking at the route but thinking of a lot of places, for example the first part of the route we'll go through Bogor, Cipanas, Bandung, Garut, Kampung Naga and Panagdaran and we know we want to visit Yogyakarta). We have about 9 days to get to Bali so will not have time to stay over in each of the places..

      The question is what's the best way to travel? We want to maintain flexibility as our route/timings won't be exactly planned out. Options I'm thinking of are 1) hire a car with sat nav but is it safe in terms of road quality and car jacking type issues, 2) hire a car with sat nav and driver, but this is a long trip so is this possible, how would it work for the driver's accommodation etc. and can it be booked in advance, 3) use taxis as and when we need to travel but I guess this would be an expensive option and are taxis easy to get hold of across Java, or 4) any better ideas?

      Any advice much appreciated.

      Many thanks

      5 Answers Jun 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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      Jakarta to Krakatoa

      by naomixxx Online Now Apr 8, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Will be in Jakarta for a few days with a friend and we really want to go to Krakatoa but all the prices seem really expensive, can anyone advise a cheap and easy way to get from Jakarta to Krakatoa please, many thanks in advance

      5 Answers Apr 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM
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      Safety in Java

      by worksopian Online Now Feb 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      How safe is Java for a backpacker to travel around?

      3 Answers Feb 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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      tailored suits

      by pwallmann Online Now Dec 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      I noticed quite a few places in my previous travels in SE asia (particularly vietnam) where you could buy some cheap tailored suits... does anyone have any info on this for indonesia? And if so, any suggestions, I will be in Java mainly, so Jakarta, Yoga.. I'd be open to any suggestions...

      1 Answer Dec 10, 2011 at 1:47 AM
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      two weeks dec/jan

      by pwallmann Online Now Dec 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Hi, I will be arriving in Jakarta, Dec. 24th. My rough plan is to work my way across Java, hopefully Yoga, Bromo, Ijen, etc. Give myself the option of New Years in Bali (if i feel the need to party!) then relax somewhere until its time to catch my flight out of Jakarta January 7th.

      My questions:
      1. I loved the rice terraces of China, by trekking around Yoga, Bromo, Ijen, will I find some? Any suggestions about particulars, or other spots to look?
      2. Is Bali a must see?
      3. Would Batu Karas be a good place to relax for 3 or 4 days, maybe give surfing a try? I'm looking for laid back, not too touristy (or at least a good area to mix with locals (eat lots of real indonesian food!).
      4. As a food junkie, is a couple days in Jakarta recommended? Sights to see? Food markets?

      11 Answers Dec 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM
    • Travel Buget? How much per day?

      by Nix1977 Online Now Mar 20, 2011 at 7:23 AM


      Please give me an idea in planning my travel buget:

      Cost of a bottel of water (1 liter)?
      Cost of a decent beer?
      Cost of a can of coke?
      Cost of a bottle of wine?
      Average meal on the street?
      Meal at a mid range/average restaurant?
      Fishing trip at sea?
      Scuba diving?

      We'll be staying along Karang Bolong Beach near Anyer.
      Any must see travel sights and/or must do adventures near Anyer?

      I'm leaving in 10days time.

      Thanx a 1,000,000!

      3 Answers Mar 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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      Help planning a week in Java...

      by teachersmate Online Now Jun 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM

      We are arriving at Jarkata airport in the evening and want to travel through Java before moving onto Bali or Lombok after about a week.
      We would definately like to see Borobudur, Mount Bromo and Yogyakarta. We would like to do some by train and maybe some flights to save time.
      Can anyone recommend a sensible route and can we book tours when we arrive in various places.

      5 Answers Jul 12, 2010 at 7:13 AM
    • Javanese Beaches

      by benbull Online Now May 12, 2010 at 5:24 AM


      A friend and I are traveling to Java and we'd like to spend a few days on the beach somewhere. We've researched Pangandaran, Parangtritis, Pacitan and Pulau Seribu but are still unsure of where to go. We would like to go somewhere with white sand and a thriving traveler community. Out of the above options, where would you recommend?


      4 Answers May 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM
    • Trek to Badui tribe

      by world_traveller7 Online Now Jun 17, 2009 at 2:54 AM


      Has anyone done the hike to visit the Badui tribe? If so, how hardcore is it? I've read conflicting reports with some saying it's a moderate hike while others describe it as gruelling. Some clarification would be much appreciated.


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      Road Travel From Jakarta to Banyuwangi

      by arissyam Online Now Jun 15, 2009 at 12:13 AM


      1. I would like to know whether is it possible if i want to complete a travel within a week from Jakarta to Banyuwangi with few stops like Bandung, Semarang, Jogja, Solo and ended at Banyuwangi? or its better to allow 2 weeks to complete the travel?

      2. is it better to travel between the city by bus or by plane? is the express bus service between the towns is good? how about train?

      3. i wish to go to bali to from banyuwangi? how long it will take from banyuwangi to bali by ferry or express boat and how much it will cost?

      4. or may be i should make my stops list shorter and allow more time to at every stops?

      im open to any comments and suggestions as i know this road trip will cover more than 1000 km of travelling. i wish for a road trip as i hope to see as much as i could on this great island and teach the right things to my kids.

      your kind response or ur travelling experience are much appreciated. thank u.

      3 Answers Jun 15, 2009 at 9:46 PM
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      java travel

      by nick1177 Online Now Oct 25, 2008 at 10:11 PM

      Hey all,

      I am flying into bali around january 2009 and I am planning on traveling over land through java. I am setting aside 10 days traveling time to reach Jakarta and was hoping to get some suggestions on places of interest on the way.
      Is train travel the best option though java?
      Is 10 days enough to see the must see's?
      Is it faily inexpensive? I am use to traveling on a budget with moderate accommodation and street food.

      Also what are the budget local airlines in indonesia which can offer cheap flights back to bali?


      2 Answers Oct 26, 2008 at 2:53 AM
    • M'sia->Jakarta->Bandung->Yogyakarta->Mt.Bromo->Solo->M'sia : 9 Days Back-Packing

      by GreenGreen Online Now Sep 20, 2008 at 4:02 AM

      Hi,we r (abt 14 pax)M'sian nature lovers who adore free & easy travelling. Eager to see Java's natural beauty, integrate with locals, experience Javanese art & culture & lifestyle this year end. Your advise/comments would be appreciated in completing my planning :)

      My question :

      1) Is my itinerary feasible for a 9-day trip ?
      2) Will we ended up "on-the-move" most of the time instead of "holidaying" ?
      3) Or should I defer some of destination(s) to another trip ?
      4) How long shld we stay in each place ?
      5) Do you think this type of travelling (on trains & buses)wld be suitable
      for wheel-chaired traveller ?

      Life is great, cherish it.
      Cheers, GreenGreen from M'sia

      2 Answers Sep 22, 2008 at 2:01 AM
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      Lonely Planet - Indonesia - Would you sell it to me?

      by malikaniko Online Now Jul 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM

      Hi everybody! I would like to get the 'Lonely Planet - Indonesia' book (7th or 8th edition), but unfortunately it is 'currently out of stock' on Lonely Planet website. Could somebody help me to find one?

      3 Answers Jul 26, 2007 at 6:23 AM