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Hi my boyfriend and I are travelling to Bali in August. We are stay in Ubud for two nights and the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak area for 6. After lengthy searches for hotels at the beach we have came across the royal eighteen resort and spa in Kuta. Apparently this hotel has only just opened and we can't find much information on the web.
Just wondering if anyone knows anything about the hotel, whether its actually nice or not etc.
Also any tips on other hotels near the beach would be great. We are looking at around £50-80 a night. Thanks
I am planning a 10 day diving trip to Bunaken Islands and Raja Ampat. I was wondering if anyone has recommendation on a dive operator in Raja Ampat that can accomodate for a short stay...roughly 3-4 days of diving. All the websites I have been looking seem to sell 7-10 day packages only. I'm not fussed on price, would rather pay more to go with a professional company, but just want to be able to have flexibility to dive as much as possible within only a few days. Greatful for any tips.
Also, if anyone has suggestions for a good operator in Bunaken please let me know.
I am planning to travel as a backpacker in Java and Bali next September. How annoying can that possibly become for a female solo traveller? Lonely Planet mentions some unwanted extra attention and even harassment that women can encounter. Anyone (esp. f) with experience in this regard? I am tall, blonde and don't look like my actual 43 years. And, yes, I know I should dress modestly,as this would not be my first solo trip in south Asia .
Thanks for any suggestions!
May I ask again if anybody has been to the snake cave - Istana Ular - in West Flores? Who has done the hike? What is it like? Do you really see the snakes? Is there a chance to see the green tree snake (view picture) as well? Is it worth going - it's 70 km from Labuan Bajo (on the route to Ruteng)? First-hand info would be highly appreciated.
Me and my girlfriend are planning a trip to Sumatra as backpackers for a period of about three weeks.
Since there will be just the two of us, I'd like to know of any safety risks we should be aware of? Thus,
a) are there places we should generally avoid ( besides Aceh )?
b) I'm especially concerned about the safety in rural areas, such as remote villages. Right now I don't have much knowledge of Indonesian culture or how they view westerners, so I'd like your opinions on whether visiting some remote non-tourist village could spell trouble, or should risks be minimal?
c) We may sleep few nights outdoors in a tent. I know there are few tigers here and there :), but are there any other safety risks as far as animals and people are concerned?
I have been accepted to a retreat in Bali. I had read that they are under a terrorist alert, although the people I have talked to have been there have said there have been no problems. Has anyone had any issues in Bali?
Also, any advice for a good time/ place to get tickets (to DPS – Denpasar Bali)? I am thinking of going there early to check things out. Can anyone suggest hostels in central Bali?
thanks so much!!!!
Apart from Jakarta.... from where else can I currently get a direct flight to Jayapura (West Papua)?
Also airlines if possible!
Hi! I'm going to Indonesia for 10 days between 7th and 17th of March. I'm looking for a travel mate. I didn't plan any itinary yet but here are few ideas: Jakarta, Yojakarta, Lombok, climb 1 volcano on Java Island, (I prefer to avoid Bali).... not everything of course since I will stay only few days.
About me: male, 28 years old, french living in Italy and I use to travel as a backpacker.
Flying in late to Surabaya and intending to bus to Solo the following day, is it possible to bypass downtown Surabaya and crash at some hotel near Purabaya. Any hotel recommendations there or are there late night buses to Solo? ETA Surabaya Airport about 8pm. Thanks!
I am going to Indonesia very shortly and am currently trying to plan what I can feasibly do. I would really like to go to Kuta, Gili T and one of the Komodo islands if possible. Unfortunately our flights are in and out from Jakarta so we will have considerable travelling time, we arrive on March 11th morning and leave late on 20th March.
Do you think we can feasibly fit in these three considering the distance and transport between? If so could someone possibly recommend how they would do it time-wise and transport-wise (we do not mind too much what order they are done in as long as we make it back to the airport in time)?
We are 2 Dutch girls looking for a shortterm project in Bali.
We did 3 projects in Thailand before and 1 in Australia with Helpx.net, but this site doesn't have places in Indonesia.
We are willing to stay for something like 1 week. Anything would be nice, from sustainable agriculture to yoga to teaching. We could pay a fee if wanted for sleeping place and food, but we don't like the big commercial programs.
Please contact us, as we like to give our travels a bit special feeling with interacting with the local people instead of only being a tourist.
You can sent an email to maaikevanbuuren@Hotmail.com
We are now in Bali, till the 2th of april.
Maaike and Iverna
anyone there with recent experience of the road trip (bus) from Padang to Benkulu care to offer comment or advice about same? I intend to travel that way in early April. I hope to fly from Medan to Padang mainly owing to the many negative comments about that trip by road but as there doesn't seem to be flights from there to Benkulu and in any case I prefer to travel by road when feasible the longish bus trip seems to be the only option. Any advice will be appreciated but I have Benkulu as a must.
My partner and I are traveling to Bali tomorrow and have decided to abandon our plans of trying to cram the Gili's/Flores into a week. So, now we have a week to relax.
We've been traveling for almost two years now, and the last four months have been sweltering.
Is there a higher elevation town, quiet, cheap accommodation, with a few nature-based things to do that anyone can recommend? We're celebrating our anniversary.
Failing that - how about any cheap town to hang out in for a week? Don't need much - peeling paint and saggy mattresses don't bother us really.
Thanks for your time!
My name is Jacob, a fellow Swede who's travelling half the world from Moscow to Southern Indonesia by land with my girlfriend Matilda. We just crossed the equator and arrived to the town of Bukuttinggi in the middle of Sumatra, where we intend to spend a couple of days hiking and trekking in the surroundings of the town.
When we headed out on our journey in late October last year, we promised ourself to take the advanced open water diving certificate somewhere in southeast asia and we first aimed to do it in Vietnam. But as time went on it has become just too obvious that Vietnam wasn't the place to do it in. So, now we're in Indonesia for 60 days and our main objective if to find a diving school somewhere on our way around the islands (excluding Papua, west Timor and Maluku) where we can first take our open water and then advanced diving cerfificate!
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we are planning a trip up Mahakan river in May.
Far far upstream does the ferry usually go in this season - Long Iram only or all the way to Long Bagun?
How long does it usually take to travel upstream to Long Iram and Long Bagun?
Thanks for your info
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