3-9 Months in Indonesia
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 6:45 AM Last Post By: hclanham
Dec 18, 2012 7:35 AM
3-9 Months in IndonesiaI need some help deciding where to start my trip.
I'm going to Indonesia in mid-late January, and I will be staying indefinitely.
I've traveled extensively in the Arab world and Latin America, but not in Asia.
I'm not especially interested in snorkeling, surfing, climbing, or even beaches.
I'm planning on learning a lot of Bahasa before I go.
I have friends of friends in Banda Aceh and in Bali. Other than that, I know nobody.
I've read a lot of threads, and it seems like late-January/February is not the ideal time of year for most locations.
1. Where should I start my trip?
2. If February truly is a bad time to go, then should I spend a month somewhere else in SEasia? If so, where?
Thanks in advance!
Dec 19, 2012 4:16 AM
1i wouldn't recommend staying in the coast, but you must see Bali. it is really worth seeing and its famous for the Hindu culture. if you don't want to stay at the coast, you should definitely stay in Bandung. It's one of the most popular city in Indonesia. although Jakarta is the most popular, but it's very crowded and hot. Bandung is suitable for shopping and there are lots of food from different culture. I prefer taking the Cipaganti taxis to travel to the public minibus, it's more comfortable although it's more expensive for sure.
Dec 19, 2012 4:18 AM
2Well, February not really a bad time, maybe you should start your trip from Bandung cause it's near from Jakarta and a nice place to spend your time though consider you're not really interested in snorkeling, surfing, climbing or beaches.
You know Bandung has plenty of many interesting things which might suit you.
I guess you should definitely try to visit several places there, like there's the famous Saung Angklung Mang Udjo place where Java native music instrument angklung which soothing many people hearts and you can buy some if you want. And also there's Braga Street, the place where you can spend your night time in classical cafe which also a heirloom from the Dutch colony long time ago. And Bandung always good to be visited any time.
Personally I'd rather choose to spend my time in Bandung than Jakarta, it's so peaceful and relaxing.
If you don't like to do some snorkeling and whatever that is, maybe you should also visit Manado in northern Indonesia, the Sea Garden Bunaken which where you could have some sub-marine experience, where you get into a submarine and Bunaken was said as the best sea garden the world ever had...
Dec 19, 2012 7:09 AM
Dec 19, 2012 8:01 AM
4if you like to do snorklin or diving, go to karimun jawa island its a beautifull island as well for snorkling or diving, if you need more information about beautifull place at indonesia just mail me email@example.com
Dec 19, 2012 7:25 PM
Dec 19, 2012 8:42 PM
6First of all, thanks for the advice. It seems like starting in Banda Aceh and then going by land all the way to Alor is the most popular plan.
Are there any downsides to this plan?
Edited by: hclanham
Dec 20, 2012 2:50 AM
7Hello hclanham.., Greetings From Sumatra!..., you can start from Banda Aceh because you have a friend there and then next to North Sumatra, the most popular object there is orang utan. Bukit Lawang , Leuser National Park, Lake Toba, Pulau Samosir , Air Terjun Sipiso-piso and others. / you can ask from the local. then West Sumatra like Bukittinggi , Lake Maninjau , Anai valley ,Harau valley ,Puncak Lawang, Ngalau Kamang , Sianok Canyon /very beautiful. Koto gadang village. then for the island you can choice Mentawai Island and Sikuai Island, sikuai great place for relaxing.. and then kerinci / Mount Kerinci. and then Taman Nasional Kerinci Seblat. and then Jambi then Palembang , popular with Jembatan Ampera and Sungai Musi. and ending in Lampung for sumatra.
For java i recommended west java that is a Gunung Tangkuban Parahu., very GREAT place for view. and Central Java i know like Candi Borobudur and more. then in East Java i know like Mount Bromo..,very nice..!. Pulau Sumba , Alor . Papua/Raja Ampat. Sulawesi and then Kalimantan/Borneo.
So enjoy your trip. have a nice day!..
Dec 21, 2012 6:45 AM
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