Help with Itinierary, 3 weeks Indonesa in August / September
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2013 11:17 AM Last Post By: morpho
Apr 20, 2013 8:00 AM
Help with Itinierary, 3 weeks Indonesa in August / SeptemberHi there,
in August/September my girlfriend and I will be going to Indonesia, and we need a little help with our itinerary. What we want: lots of Nature (some Jungle, see a Vulcano...), Culture, and a couple of days chillin' on a beach (snorkeling / diving).
Budget: around 1000Euro (about 1300$) per person (flight not included) is the maximum. We dont need high-end-accomodation, but a clean private bathroom is highly appreciated. We don't go to fancy restaurants, so simple streetfood / lower budget is allright as long as we manage to get something vegetarian^^
From our research on the web so far, I think seeing 2 Islands is the maximum in 3 weeks. First question: which ones? Java in 3 or 4 stops and then relax on Bali? Or discover Sumatra instead of Java (seems superior for nature)? Or rather Gili Islands or Lombok than Bali? We've already been to Borney (travelled Malaysia some years ago).
We're not the hardcore-backpacking-type, so we'll not be able to sleep in a bus or train every second night... after all, it's still a vacation.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance :)
Also, we'll need to book the flight pretty soon (crazy expensive...), and are still figuring out which airport would be the most practical... Maybe fly in/out to/of Jakarta, then fly from Surabaya to Lombok and in the end fly back to Jakarta...?
Apr 20, 2013 2:57 PM
I lived in Indo for a year and have done quite a lot of travelling there so I will try to help.
If nature / volcanoes / beaches are your thing I would probably recommend something like this;
Fly in to Jakarta, then get a domestic flight to Surabaya. From there you could see Bromo volcano (not to be missed). I would also recommend a trip to Kawah Ijen volcano too (World's largest acid lake + sulphur miners). If you have time you could also do a trip to Sukamade in South East Java to watch a turtle come ashore at night to lay its eggs. The next day you can release baby turtles into the Ocean (this was a highlight of my Indonesia trip). Sukamade is VERY difficult to get to so I would recommend that if you want to do it you should book a tour. I booked a trip for me and three friends with www.javacances.com who were really good.
Once back in Surabaya you could fly to Lombok, take a taxi to Bangsal and get the boat to the Gili Islands (don't miss the Gili islands - superb beaches, nice nightlife and great snorkelling / diving). If you still have time after that, you can do a 5 day boat tour from Gili Trawangan to the Komodo Islands to see the Komodo Dragons. Then fly back to Bali. You'd have to work out the timings and allow time for cancelled flights (flights back from Komodo Airport Labuan Bajo] can be unreliable.
Your budget of $2600 should be OK for travel (excluding flights) but if you do the tours I mentioned above those might work out a bit more expensive.
Have a look at my photos of Indonesia on flickr if you would like to see photos of Sukamade (turtles), Kawah Ijen etc:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowan-castle/sets/72157623053879773/ (from 2010)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowan-castle/sets/72157631968321355/ (from 2012)
You might get some more ideas from the pics.
Hope that helps and have fun!
Apr 20, 2013 3:06 PM
2I haven't seen a lot of Java so I can't comment on nature etc there, but I have travelled through large parts of Sumatra and it is stunning. A possible trip could be two weeks in Sumatra and one in Bali along the following lines: Fly to Singapore, flight from Singapore to Medan. From Medan (only stay one night) to Bukit Lawang for a few nights for jungle adventure, on to Berastagi for a few nights, climb a volcano, visit some villages, then to Lake Toba to relax for a few nights. Back to Medan and fly to Bali. If you want diving, head up to Amed for a couple of days. Finish in Ubud for more Bali culture or Sanur for a beach experience.
An alternative where you combine your jungle, beach, culture, volcano to one island would be - fly to KL, KL to Banda Aceh (on Air Asia, or via Singapore it would be Singapore - Medan - Banda Aceh), head across to Pulau Weh for a couple of nights - beach and O.K. snorkelling with diving, back to Banda Aceh for a night or two, travel down to Takengon - long bus trip but great scenery, travel to Ketambe - fantastic, 'real' jungle, very quiet and laid back, travel to Berastagi for volcano etc then back to Medan and return flight or if time permits, to Lake Toba for a couple of nights before returning to Medan. I did this trip (without the Lake Toba) in 2012 over four weeks but had longer stays on Pulau Weh and in Ketambe. Note that some of the accommodation is pretty basic - clean but basic.
If you want any more info, just email me.
Have a great trip.
Apr 21, 2013 3:14 PM
3Thanks for the helpful replies!
After some research, I think what we want to see on java is:
and anything else that anyone might think interesting for us or that would fit into our travelplan...
Now, what's the best route to see these places? Just stay in Yogyakarta or Surabaya and do daytrips? Or is it possible to travel from Java down to Surabaya and see some of these places on the way?
If I just look at a map, one might think that it would be nice to travel from west (jakarta) to the east (surabaya), see some amazing stuff on the way, then fly from surabaya to lombok, chill out there a week, fly back to Jakarta and home to germany. But when I remember my last travels in SE-Asia, i usually made the experience that this "looking at a map" usually doesn't work out^^
Something like Jakarta - Bandung -- Yogyakarta, from here check out Borobudur and Dieng Plateau -- Surabaya, from here check out Bromo and Ijen, then fly to Lombok.
I ask because we want to the domestic-flying just for lombok (or bali) and back (due to the costs).
Problem is, we are no "big-city"-people...
@morpho: thanks for your reply. The turtle-thing we allready had in malaysia (releasing babyturtles in the middle of the night after clearing a path for them on the beach and saving them from the crabs... magical moments, you see grown-up men applaud like litte children when "their" babyturtle finally makes it to the ocean... ;) Your pictures are really nice and make me look forward to the holiday even more!
@daihappydai: thanks also. I just reviewed some of the domestic flights, and it seems pretty expensive (Medan-->Lombok at least 200$pp...), but I'm still looking around if we should still see Sumatra instead of Java...
@Klemencia: thanks for your input :) I will NEVER EVER go to one of these "german expat"-places you find all over SE-Asia... I can get german beer and Schnitzel (and often grumpy germans) down here EVERY DAY ;)
Apr 22, 2013 2:33 AM
4If you're looking for "lots of nature" and jungle as you say, I wonder if you'll be disappointed with Java. Daihappydai has some good advice on North Sumatra/Aceh options. Pulau Weh for island stuff instead of Lombok might be cheaper...
Or, you could consider West Sumatra/Kerinci area (some of my images of Kerinci: http://on.fb.me/14IDTn1). Loads of pristine rainforest here, and a number of volcano options (Gunung Kerinci, Gunung Tujuh, Gunung Kunyit, Gunung Merapi). You could spend the beach portion of your trip at Bungus Bay, south of Padang, and take daily snorkeling trips out to the islands. Or, since you saved a bunch by getting off the tourist trail, you could spend a bit more and stay at the Cubadak Paradiso resort (http://www.cubadak-paradisovillage.com/) where they have PADI instructors on hand.
For your research purposes, you can fly to Padang from either Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia, Singapore with Tiger Airways/Mandala, Medan with Lion Air or Sriwijaya, or Jakarta with Lion, Garuda, Sriwijaya, CityLink, etc.
Happy travels wherever you go!
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