5 - 6 weeks in Indonesia - Advice needed!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 12, 2012 2:01 AM Last Post By: aarbar
Jul 17, 2012 2:57 AM
5 - 6 weeks in Indonesia - Advice needed!Hi all,
I am trying to plan 5 - 6 weeks backpacking in Indonesia (probably Bali to Singapore route) in Nov / Dec on my way back to Ireland from Australia. What I would like to know is the following, if anybody can help me out please and give me feedback on their experiences it would be very much appreciated:
1) Would that be really rushed to do in it that timeframe, and idea of how much money i will need?
2) I have a laptop with me - what is security like in hostels?
3) Possibly any ideas what airline to use from Australia (Cairns... possibly Darwin) ? I've looked up Jetstar - cheapest is like $500, I was really hoping for less!
4) Best places/things to see and do... I've seen enough temples on my travels to do me a lifetime, I'm into nature, scenery, people, beaches and outdoor activities.
Jul 17, 2012 6:17 AM
1Six weeks Bali and Java (to Singapore) is not bad at all.....you will be able to see all the main sights and even a few less common ones.
Budget depends on how you travel (accommodation,food,organised activities etc.) but you might spend a minimum of around US$30 a day.....so around US$1200-1400 including local transport.Of course you can spend a lot more if you want,esp.in Bali.Singapore is more expensive...about double per day.
Jul 17, 2012 12:44 PM
2hello there :)
1.what you interested ? we have all you need ( beach mountain culture ? ) if you need all of them you can go from darwin to bali and go to comodo island then you can go to sumbawa lombok gili trawangan bali kawah ijen bromo yogyakarta bandung jakarta and go to singapore , or may start with a reverse route ( starting from jakarta and go to singapore from bali )
2.save for recommend hotel :)
3.but if you want get some cheap flight you can fly from pert or melbourne with air asia to bali check:
have nice long trip in my country :)
Edited by: Tebing_Yudhistira
Jul 17, 2012 6:28 PM
Jul 18, 2012 3:03 AM
Jul 18, 2012 3:04 AM
5Lol kenko, that's the problem... I'm not at home, I'll be traveling through indonesia on my way back to Ireland. So my options are... take it with me or post it home.
Jul 18, 2012 1:00 PM
6Aarbar, I missed that part! Tough call. When I'm in the third world such as Indonesia- I keep my electronics, camera and valuables in my book bag and with me at all times. Bus travel and cheap accom
security is risky. At the very least, I store photos and backup data in another location. As you can imagine,
valuables are very attractive to thieves who,unfortunately are ubiquitous throughout the world.
Jul 21, 2012 6:57 AM
7Re : Laptop / Netbook
Better security is the type we create, in my opinion.
Any existing security should not be solely relied on.
I've found that few hotel room doors in Indonesia have the option of using your own padlock, . Most are key situations, which can require securing main room contents every time you leave.
I say that routine is everything. Get yourself into a routine with security around the laptop and never ever deviate from doing this routine, even if it seems you're in a safe area. You can bet that the one time you don't do that routine, will be the day that you turn around and it is gone.
This means for me, even if I have to nip out of my bungalow or room for a couple of minutes across the road to get water or something, or even to the shower bathroom if it's a shared bathroom / shower, I shut the netbook down if it was on, and lock it all up in my bag again.
Yes it's a pain to have to re-boot it, but keeping that standard routine has served me well as I still have the netbook after 3 indonesian islands and plenty of hotels / bus journeys.
If I'm not taking my netbook with me for the day (common if I'm hiking or something), it simply has to go in my bag in the room and that bag is then locked, and then that bag is secured via a strong bike lock to something solid in the room, that won't budge. My bag material is strong cordura and cutting it would be quite a chore to do. All this helps slow down 'enter and grab'.
I'd suggest not bringing an expensive or brand new netbook with you. I got one second hand before I left. If it did get stolen, it wouldn't be the end of the world (plus, the entire system is encrypted so whoever gets it in a theoretical theft scenario is pretty much scuppered anyway)
Like Kenko, I back up photos. In my case, every week, onto 2 different mini USB sticks.
All of this sounds incredibly paranoid in text, but in reality it doesn''t feel 'extra-ordinary'.
It becomes routine, and has served me well.
Lastly, the obvious one is security when using it in a cafe or something. I always sit further 'into' a cafe, rather than near the street when using my netbook. If I need the toilet, more often that not I usually shut the netbook down and slip it in my bag and take it with me rather than trusting a member of staff to watch the netbook. If it's a busy place, such trust is a huge gamble, and I've heard of travellers who have entrusted their powered up laptop to staff in a place for a few minutes and it vanishes because he/she was distracted settling a bill, etc.
For some, all this sounds just like the reasons why they would never take a netbook with them when travelling. I travelled for 15 years without one and this is my first time with one. I've not found it a headache, if you keep routine. A little heavy with plug/ leads etc, but a good tool.
Aug 12, 2012 2:01 AM
Thanks so much for your advice... it is a MacBook, so it's a valuable laptop and contains even more valuable travel photos and documents! The safest option probably will be for me to post it home and enjoy my holiday with peace of mind. Thanks for giving me the insight to make the decision folks!
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