South-East Asia Islands & Peninsula FAQ
Replies: 88 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2013 3:28 AM Last Post By: Konniandmatt
Feb 9, 2008 6:45 AM
Feb 10, 2008 4:12 PM
46Where were you asked at Belawan ? , I have been asked a couple of times ,but that was long time ago , and they just asked how much money i had and let me in.
Some people who are staying long term in Indonesia may get asked , but for travellers in general the evidence is that there is little risk of getting into any trouble when arriving by ferry.
Would point out its common for travellers to arrive by ferry without any onward ticket , you don't see people putting up posts saying they had trouble. Posters are pretty quick on this forum to give warnings , and yet no one in recent time is reporting trouble when arriving by ferry.
Apr 1, 2008 6:48 AM
47Travel Warning: Don't Go to Eastern Sabah
The islands and coastal areas of Eastern Sabah are considered very dangerous for foreigners, who are at high risk of being kidnapped by terrorist groups.
In respond to the above travel warning posted in the Lonely Planet Destinations Malaysia page, see this TT thread
Apr 20, 2008 10:54 PM
48VISA ISSUES REGARDING INDONESIAN CONSULATES AND EMBASSIES ABROAD.
For those who haven't been to Indo before and are not familar with Indo visa issues its important to note that Indonesain missions DO NOT have a standard system of visa rules . There is no ryhme or reason and they often just make up their own rules and regulations . Furthermore trying to contact them by phone or e mail to enquire about visa imatters is usually fruitless exercise.
Some Indonesian missions outside South East Asia region are sometimes reluctant to grant 2 month tourist visas or they attach unreasonable conditions . If this is the case consider flying to Malaysia or Singapore first , where 2 month visa are readily available. , then make your way to Indo from there.
Jun 14, 2008 10:46 PM
49Transient is the word in Baguio, Philippines
After all the above posts I arrived in Baguio somehow confused about the kind of accommodation that was waiting for me. Luckily I had a phone number I received from Firelady and I checked in to this very nice private house with all facilities (clean and very well maintained rooms, common kitchens, hot water, tv, etc for 350 php/person/day =8 usd). I wanted to stay long so I thought I could find a cheaper place and I started looking around.
In Baguio there are some hotels but they are quite expensive (as you can read on Thorntree threads) but those are really more for businessmen or such. For simple travelers/backpackers the word is "transient" which is a room in a kind of family guesthouse. Since Baguio is a student city (8 universities here) these rooms come in all sorts of different options. They usually have 3 to 6 beds (also for groups of local tourists) and have common kitchen, WC (which is CR-confort room here) and they can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Some of them (esp. daily based ones) have basic furniture like a bed and a table but some are just 4 walls (and in the cold and humid Baguio you don't want to sleep on the floor). The daily prices can go down to 250 or even 200 pesos (4.5-5.5 usd) but if you want a well maintained and cleaner place be ready to pay 300-400 (7-9 usd) per day per person. The famous Tam Awan has expensive but nice traditional cottages for 500 per head per day (11 usd). The best way to find a good place is to buy a copy of the weekly Baguio Midland Courier and check the classified ads there. It saves much time and energy since all these places are spread out around town.
I came home after a day of seeing many pads and rooms and told the caretakers that I'm looking for a house for a month. So they phoned the owner and now I'm staying there for almost half the daily rate and I really enjoy it.
So, if you are looking for reasonable accommodation in Baguio forget about guesthouses or hostels, "transient" is the word.
PS. by the way the food here is not half as bad as most people told me. It's not all fast food and they are very nutritious. Anyone without a chilly addiction or sugar allergy will survive in good condition here.
Aug 21, 2008 7:25 PM
Sep 18, 2008 8:36 PM
51BOAT TRANSPORT BETWEEN INDONESIA AND AUSTRALIA .
Questions about this continue to be asked over and over again , week after week , year after year . Here is link to thread which summarises the situation.
boat transport between Indo and Australia.
Sep 25, 2008 3:50 AM
52Malaysia Trip Report – independently using public transport
Hi. Within August 2008 I have been to Malaysia, travelling independently and using public transport. My route included the Crocker Range NP, Tambunan, Kinabalu NP, Kota Kinabalu, Niah NP, the Rejang river (from Belaga to Sibu), Kuching (incl. visits of the Bako NP, Kubah NP, Santubong NP, and Semenggoh WRC), Tioman island, Melaka, Taman Negara NP, and Kuala Lumpur.
When preparing the trip I used information often gathered at this site - to repay this help I have put a rather detailed report on my experience for others to use on the internet. If interested, check it out at my site .
Happy travels to everyone.
Oct 15, 2008 2:13 PM
Dec 1, 2008 7:44 PM
Dec 4, 2008 6:55 PM
55BUS TRAVEL FROM SINGAPORE TO MALAYSIAN CITIES AND TOWNS .
It is much cheaper to take the public bus to Woodlands immigration and then to Johore Bahru and buy a bus ticket from Johore Bharu bus station to their destination in Malaysia , rather than buy a ticket in Singapore for a direct bus . Doing it that way will cost twice as much.
see this thread
Mar 27, 2009 3:01 AM
56Some excellent information, posted on the main branch by Robin about ferries from Surabaya. Be aware that schedules change all the time, but this gives a good idea about what destinations are available, and how frequently, from Surabaya.
Ferrys Surabaya to/from Kalimantan, Sulawesi & Nusa Tenggara
Having searched on here for info about ferries other than the Pelni ones in and out of Surabaya i have just trekked out to the port at Tanjung Perak to get the info first hand, thought I'd post it on here to save others the same trip.
Many Pelni ships call at Surabaya, you can check the website for info (if and when its working...) http://www.pelni.co.id or http://ww.pelni.com .
There are 2 other private ferry companies - Primavista and Dharma Lautan - which have more regular boats on many of the routes, these also all/mostly take vehicles as far as I could tell.
The Surabaya office numbers for all 3 are as follows:
Pelni - (031) 3293197
Primavista - (031) 3298777 (only sail to Banjarmasin & Balikpapan)
Dharma - (031) 3293777 (more boats and routes).
Route/timetable info for Primavista and Dharma boats (this is generalized):
Surabaya - Banjarmasin: one boat each way every day (maybe 20 hours?) from the Ro-Ro terminal.
Surabaya - Balikpapan: almost every day (3-4 dedicated boats run this route, but it works out that every 3rd or 4th day there is no departure from Surabaya).
Batulicin: one of the Dharma boats stops here on way to Balikpapan, others also call here on way to/from Makassar.
Sampit: Kirana III (Dharma) goes to/from roughly once every 5-7 days.
Kumai: Dharma boats sail here too, maybe also once a week.
Makassar: Dharma boats sailing usually every 3-4 days, sometimes a gap of up to 7 days though. KM Kirana II regular once/week.
*Maumere (Flores):*KM Dharma Kencana does this run every 6-7 days.
Ende(Flores): KM Dhamra Ferry III goes here once every 2 weeks or so.
This info was based on the timetables for March 2009. I asked when the April timetable would be available - they said not until 1 April (!!) but you can kind of predict roughly when the less regular boats will be going anyway, or else phone the office numbers above (don't expect any English spoken though).
Hope this is useful to somebody, no need to wait for 2 weeks for the next Pelni ship in some of these cases :-))
Apr 13, 2009 9:16 AM
Dec 9, 2009 10:29 AM
58This is an excellent resource. I think I was sending mine while you were sending yours. I'm a new member, and I did searched and read more than 40 pages related to my plans, but I didn't get what I wanted, it's just rough idea with the short notice, so I hope you'll apologise me if I don't give enough time to search the threads longer.
Sorry for being a part of community tailors' annoyances.
Jan 6, 2010 1:47 AM
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