How is Yogyakarta & Bali a few days after Ramadan?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 26, 2013 3:00 PM Last Post By: TheSwede
Nov 18, 2012 6:40 PM
How is Yogyakarta & Bali a few days after Ramadan?In 2013, Ramadan will be on August 8 and 9. I'm aware that as the biggest Muslim country in the world, there will be total chaos in Indonesia with everyone on the move as they travel around the country. If I were to travel to either Yogyakarta or Bali from August 14-18, would it be inadvisable? Has anyone ever experienced the situation in these places right after Ramadan? Is it totally crowded and are too many places closed?
Edited by: pianocello
Nov 18, 2012 11:50 PM
Nov 19, 2012 1:04 AM
2You mean after the end of Ramadan (Idulfitri, Aidilfitri, Hari Raya)?
I would recommend spending the first few days in Bali (would be crowded but manageable) and then Jogja.(should be back to normal by then).
But book all transport early to be safe.
Nov 19, 2012 3:28 AM
3Lots of tourists...yes.Even without Ramadan/Eid there are lots of tourists in August in Bali.
Nov 19, 2012 5:59 AM
Nov 19, 2012 11:36 AM
5Most people who went home from Bali to Java, Sumatra, etc. will be going back to Bali around the time you will be there. Roads will be very crowded so busses will be very packed as well as trains in Java. However, flights are not expensive and easy...if you are concerned about this I would consider flying.
btw, the mudik (going home to villages) chaos is worst when going home. Coming back to Bali is not so bad (think Christmas rush in the west)
Nov 19, 2012 7:36 PM
Nov 19, 2012 11:48 PM
Feb 17, 2013 7:07 AM
8Sorry that I dont aswer your questions op. Instead of creating a new thread I will ask my question here, hope it is ok.
Ramadan in 2013 will start on Tuesday, the 9th of July and will continue for 30 days until Wednesday, the 7th of August.
I am planning to go to Indonesia end of June and stay for 4-5 weeks until the end of July. Is it only after 7-8th of August that a lot of travel takes place? I will travel around a lot. Maybe all the way from Jakarta to East Timor. I will fly in and out of the country in Jakarta.
Feb 17, 2013 7:27 PM
9Swede: the mudik season starts about a week before as people go home to their villages. Then the return to work areas starts from about a few days after until about a week or so...(depending on their individual situation of course). The major mudik areas will be Java and Sumatra so other islands will not be quite as heavily affected. So bad travel times will be from around August 2 - 15 or so....for going home and then going back.
I would just play it by ear and see how it works out..airlines may add flights so flying is a good option, but tickets might be more expensive.
Also, if at all possible, try to fly into one place and fly out of another to avoid so much backtracking. jakarta is not a great place to have to go to TWICE.
Also, if you arrive on a regular visa on arrival you will have 30 days including your entry day and exit day. If you get a tourist visa at the embassy in your country you can apply for a o60 day visa.
Feb 18, 2013 8:33 AM
10Thanks for your answers. My concern is more that transport is overcrowded than concern about not getting a meal. I translate your responses that my schedule would be ok, if I leave the country 25-26-27 July. I have plans going to East Timor too and that makes it unnecessary getting the 60 day visa I suppose.
I really want to have a look at Jakarta again cause I haven't been there since 1994! I might fly into Indonesia in bali and out from Jakarta.
Feb 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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