Indonesia alone, any tips!
Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 21, 2012 12:01 PM Last Post By: hurricanebertha
May 10, 2012 12:22 AM
Indonesia alone, any tips!Hi,
I haven't travelled outside of Australia but I am looking to go to Indonesia sometime between November and January.
At this point in time I'm looking to go alone because no one else is keen!
Does anyone have any tips for me?
Good places to travel to? Preferably not Bali because I hear it's very touristy and feels like you've hardly left Australia
Places where you can catch a quiet wave?
Good hostels, and places to meet people?
Anyone else in Indonesia around that time who wants to have a shoelace adventure!
All my friends are into resorts and lazing on the beach which is sweet but I also like to get out there and try new things!
Anyway please everyone let me know what I should do and see in Indonesia!
Edited by: vale91
May 10, 2012 12:55 AM
1There are lots of good places to visit in Bali where you wont see a lot of tourists. Amed and the east coast for example or Munduk in the hills. Ubud is great for cultural pursuits. Lombok is only a 30 minute plane trip and there are lots of laid back beaches in the south around Kuta. The further east you go in Indonesia the more off the beaten track you are. Check out Sumbawa photos at http://journals.worldnomads.com/merantau/ Travelling alone will not be a problem - in Indonesia you are never alone. People will always want to engage you in conversation. Of all the countries I've travelled I've found Indonesians to be the friendliest people of all.Have a good trip.
May 10, 2012 4:49 AM
2As #1 says...only a small part of Bali is 'like being in Australia' (though if we are talking about Kuta that is an insult to Australia I think ;-)
Plenty of Bali is not overrun by tourists...then you have all the other islands as well.The possibilities are really almost endless.
Great beaches are almost everywhere....there is culture,jungle,trekking and much more...
I'd suggest you buy a guidebook like the LP 'Indonesia'....read it and then post some more specific questions on here...
May 10, 2012 10:58 AM
May 10, 2012 8:54 PM
May 11, 2012 3:28 AM
5It's farther away from Australia than Bali, but there are some interesting spots in North Sumatra, e.g.
Lake Toba (it's addictive; so many people I met there said, "I'm leaving tomorrow," and repeated this for about 10 days!
Bukit Lawang (wildlife, I mean, orangutans, etc.)
Berestage (volcano hike)
There's 5 spots for you, there's probably more... :)
May 11, 2012 7:10 AM
May 12, 2012 12:02 AM
I travelled around Indonesia on my own just a few weeks ago and it was great. There is so much to see that it may be better to settle on 1 or a few province(s) (ie Sulawesi, Maluku, Sumatra etc). Maybe focus on some specific activities (snorkelling, diving, trekking etc) and start from there.
Bear in mind that travelling a lot (from one area to another) will make it much more expensive as you will probably need to fly, and you will be charged airport fees every time. Flights are generally cheaper in advance.
I went to the Banda Islands (see separate thread), which was fantastic.
I did not enjoy my short time in Java; would not recommend Mount Bromo as it's like being on a tourist conveyer belt (mind you, it was Bank holiday and super busy).
Escaped East Java (wet, polluted, difficult to get around mountain sites) to Bali, which was better than expected. Mainly it is of great interest because of its Hindu heritage. Ubud is very touristy but worth a visit as the area is genuinely very beautiful.
Good luck; it's a great destination.
May 13, 2012 3:41 AM
Indonesia fabulous place to travel - been 9 times myself - love Sumatra - West, North and Aceh and also Java - West, Central and East.
November to January can be quite wet esp in Java so maybe save that for another time and go east where the wet season seems to start a bit later.
Great friendly country.
May 21, 2012 12:01 PM
9Yes November to January is rainy season but it only rains for a few hours in the afternoon.
How long will you stay in Indo for, 1 or 2 months?
Java, Flores, Sumatra.
You should definitely avoid Bali seeing as you are already aware of the scene.
Catching "a quiet wave":
Not sure what this refers to, are you a professional surfer? If so go to Sumatra with smaller islands, and Sumba, Sumbawa. However not too easy to get to and many tsunamis. But if you are a professional surfer then yes.
Good hostel/meeting people:
There are no hostels in Indonesia, there are cheap guest houses though. You can meet people on the street, usually locals and travelers hang out, eat, on the street.
Indonesia isn't very touristy, so you'd have to choose between meeting people and doing Bali.
If you are interested in meeting locals you will have a good time.
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