Asia - South-East Asia Islands & Peninsula
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There have been a fair few questions about Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) on this forum recently, so rather than replying each time briefly, I decided to write a longer standard post on the region.
PLANNING & INFORMATION
The First Question: Visit Malaysian Borneo or Kalimantan?
Well, which one you should choose depends on what you want and need.
Malaysian Borneo is far more visited than Kalimantan, because its attractions are well-promoted and developed for tourism, nice accomodation and food are easy to find, English is widely-spoken and getting around is fast and comfortable.
Kalimantan is rather different. If you go there you had better speak at least some Indonesian, be prepared for often slow and uncomfortable transport, basic accomodation, people who stare at you and don't speak more English than "Hello Mister!" and, most troubling... more »
I know this is a pretty broad question to be asking but hoping someone can help. I'm looking at going to Papua for maybe 2 weeks, before heading to Raja Ampat for some diving.
My question is about Papua, in particular is it possible for a solo traveller to go there, do some trekking, without spending a huge amount? Any recommendations on places to go?
I have read that hotels can be 3 times more expensive in Papua than elsewhere in Indo, but can someone give me a roungh estimation of costs for an average guesthouse? I don't need luxury and will be trying to keep costs down.
And as a solo traveller is it easy enough to do some trekking / day trips out of Baliem Valley? Happy to do overnight stuff if it means I see more. I don't speak bahasa indonesian but don't want to join one of the massively expensive trekking groups I've seen.
Any hints / advice / recomme... more »
http://www.mentawaisurftravel.com/ is the only company owned and operated by a local indigenous Mentawaian. You get THE BEST PRICE, the BEST SERVICE, and you will be supporting the LOCAL COMMUNITY into the bargain.
We are fully licensed and registered, and know all local government officials for a smooth trip. You have the choice of basing yourself in a Surf Camp http://www.mentawaisurftravel.com/?cat=9 or on one of the Surf Charter boat http://www.mentawaisurftravel.com/?cat=10 There are waves for all levels of ability - from learner to intermediate through to advanced surfer. Whatever your level, we can get you onto a wave that suits you! At the best price!
Surfing is the main activity MST caters for. However big game fishing is also available and is highly recommended as a quality once-in-a-lifetime extension to your time in the Mentawai Islands. The... more »
Located at the edge of Little India at the corner of Lavender & Serangoon Rds. My single room was a monk's cell -- a bed and a small table in a narrow room without even a hook. Towel are for rent. It was cheapest place I could find. I liked the staff and the location (near two train station and on bus routes and Little India is great). Okay the breakfast was extremely minimal even for a hostel. For self-caterers, there is a very good grocery store in the basement of a large building at the other end of Little India (Serangoon Rd is the main street). The Hive has good kitchen facilities. I used the laundry service – drying clothes was difficult. I rate the place high because it is a well-organized hostel.
Situation in Ambon
Has anyone been to Ambon or Maluku recently? What is the situation there
as regards any communal conflicts.
In 10 days I'm heading to Malaysia... first to KK/Sandakan, but that looks relatively haze-free for the moment.
KL and Penang however - not so. Is anyone on the ground who can let me know what conditions are like, whether there is a good source of (almost) real-time haze info out there, and whether I should consider cancelling?
The Singapore PSI pollution index has hit 290 at 9pm - a record. The previous worst case was in 1997, when it reached 226. This was also up from 190 at 8pm and they seem to be holding back the 10pm figure! This situation is expected to last at least until the weekend, when some rain will hopefully bring some relief. Using fire to clear forests in Sumatra is causing all this.
Would anyone happen to have an email contact for the Hotel Embassy in Mersing? I've got the ph# but no SIM and not in Malaysia at the moment yet anyway,.
I live in western Europe, where it's currently hay fever season. I am moderately affected by it and am wondering if I should plan on bringing my medication with me to Indonesia for the months of July and August or if it's not an issue there. Thanks!
im currently in cambodia about to leave for phnom penh tomorrow, our plan was to then travel down to sihanoukville in a few days but as the weather isnt so great we were thinking of going straight down to thailands islands ie ko phangan or ko samui. can anyone tell us what the weather is like there at the moment in any of these areas? i have checked online and it says rain for everwhere but it has said that for places we have been to already and its been ok. we arent sure if we should hurry down to malaysia and indonesia, if the weather is going to be better down there, or take our time where we are so any tips would help, thanks.
We are going in July to visit Sumatra for 3/52 - 2 of us.
Main destination supposed to be Siberut - 7-10 days there.
There is not much information online about it.
I know about ferries Monday and Thursday and back the next day.
What about the new ferry - Gambolo - does it go to the same port on Siberut?
If not would it be easy to find local guide there as well?
Is it better to find a guide in Padang or on Siberut after arrival?
After back from Siberut there is not much time left :)
Plan is - Bukkittingi - Lake Toba and Bukit Lawang at the end - all together about 10/7...
Is it worth to change something to go to Kerinci - climbing the top and the lake nearby - 3-4/7?
Any help regarding itinerary and trekking would be appreciated :)
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I just want to share our nightmare At the immigration office in Solo. We went there with our sponsor, a nice guy from Paradise guesthouse, and all the documents required. The officer simply refused to give us the extension of our 60 days visa because, he sayd, we "needed a sponsor from the same town we entrered in Indonesia first", that's assolutely bullshit. For what i Know, this rule ws required many years ago to extend a social visa, and i tryed to explain that to the officer, and that many Tourist do that all around the country, but that idiot couldn't understand, and we were sent off from the office with bad manners.
If you need a 60 days visa extension, better to avoid that office!!!
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Hello To Everybody,
I'm Franz and I'm here to ask a couple of questions to all the Philippines experts. Next Autumn I'll go to the Philippines and the "draft" of my trip would involve Manila-Banaue-Palawan. So, my questions are the following:
1. I would visit the mount Pinatubo, is it better to make Manila-San Fernando (stay overnight-visit to Pinatubo-departure in the evening)-Banaue, or making a "day tour" from Manila to visit the Pinatubo and then a straight ride from Manila to Banaue?
2. As far as you know, which is the closest airport to fly from Banaue (and heading to Palawan)?
3. Which is your favorite Flight Company?
I wish you all a great time to travel!
We are planning out trip to Indonesia in August since already last year.
We want to go by train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta on August 4. Therefore we asked our contact person in Jakarta to organize 2 tickets for us as soon as they are on sell.
Unfortunately we noticed that this person was not reliable as he did not buy the tickets. Now we see that all trains are fully booked. We are (and were) aware that they get sold out really soon due to Idul fitri.
Does anyone know any possibilty to get 2 train tickets for this date?
Maybe some agency has some tickets on stock or someone does not need his tickets for this date?
We were really looking forward to go by train as this was the highlight of the trip for my boyfriend (he loves trains. :-) ). The problem is that we really have to go on this special date even if we know about the problems with transport ... more »
Just some advise from our recent trip on the ferry from Labanbajo, Flores to Sape, Sumbawa. We found thre were no flight back to Denpasar for a week and our flight to Sumatra left in two days. So we took the ferry (45,000 Rp - $4.50) which left port at 4:00pm (which really left at 5:00pm). We arrived in Sape at 11:30 pm. The ferry ride was good. They had drinks and some soup on board. However, we did not have a good experience with our driver and in retrospect never should have got in the car. Our driver told us one price then another and we were surrounded by about 10 men at this point. Very uncomfortable! Luckily I was traveling with my boyfriend and not alone or with another girl. To top it off one of the other three guys in the car was drunk and carring a knife on his lap. The car ended up costing us 400,000Rp. We did make it to a cheap hotel (100,000 Rp - $10) called La Iia. Th... more »
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