JAVA, BALI & LOMBOK
Indonesia is a popular place among travelers and you can safely call it one of the most ideal roundtrip destinations. This vast archipelago has more than 17,000 islands, making it almost fifty times larger than the Netherlands. An estimated 6,000 of the islands have been inhabited. The majority of the population lives on the five largest islands: Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and West Papua. Every island is a world apart with a great diversity of nature, diverse cultures, traditional costumes, architecture and dialects. The climates vary from tropical rain forests to savanna landscape. There are also mountains and volcanoes all over the archipelago.
With diverse cultures and different tourist attractions, Indonesia is so diverse that it has much to offer for the traveler: wildlife, white beaches, vast rice fields, beautiful landscapes and a rich culture full of old traditions, are some things that you will encounter. Do not stay on an island. Visit several places such as Bali, the tropical island, with a cozy atmosphere, good food, tropical climate, beaches and temples. Sumatra, one of the largest islands with large cities such as Medan and Padang or even the lesser known Sulawesi. Do not forget the most popular attractions, such as Borobudur, Dieng Plateau and Mount Bromo.
The west of Indonesia has the same animal kingdom as in other parts of Asia, including tigers, bears, elephants, buffaloes, orang utans and hippos. In the eastern part you will find mainly a large number of species of birds, including the bird of paradise. Indonesia scores as beautiful and versatile country!
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
@Robert Louis Stevenson
We are travellers that like to experience everything a country has to offer. In every country we visit there are also a few basics we value and that is comfortable sleeping and good food. Of course this has to fit within our budget, which isn't a backpacker budget, but we also don't have unlimited financial resources.
What we usually strive for:
Local food which is cheap and most of the time the best food you ever had.
Value for money accommodation where we focus on cleanliness and a comfortable bed.
A mix of must sees which are almost for nothing as it is a hard to reach place or yet unknown and must sees which are pricy as it is very touristy.
Your daily budget for Java, Bali and Lombok are approximately EUR 20,- per day. This does not include your flight ticket and transport.
If you go to Bali you need a visa. For holiday purpose, you need a tourist visa which have a number of options:
- Less than 30 days
- Between 30 and 60 days
- Longer than 60 days
1. If you have a holiday shorter than 30 days in Indonesia, it is very simple: you get a VISA ON ARRIVAL at the airport in Indonesia. It does not matter where you land. This is free nowadays. You can stay in Indonesia for 30 days. You can travel from Bali to another island, for example, provided it is in Indonesia. If you leave Indonesia, and you return to the country later, you will get a new VISA ON ARRIVAL for 30 days.
2. If your vacation is between 30 and 60 days, you must 'extend' your visa. It can save money and a lot of time and hassle to this at the Indonesian embassy in your country. This will roughly take about a week and will costs you around EUR50,00. You can also extend your visa from 30 to 60 days in Bali. In that case, you must PAY for your visa when you arrive in Indonesia. When you arrive in the country, you are looking for a 'visa agent'. He / she can help you extend your 30 day tourist visa to a 60 day tourist visa. Note: this costs more money than a 60 day visa in your country.You can also do it without a 'visa agent' and arrange for immigration in Bali yourself. But that costs you several trips to Denpasar and hours and hours on immigration. Not recommended. If you have not paid for your VISA ON ARRIVAL, you can not extend it either. Then you have to leave the country after 30 days and then travel back in later.
3. If you stay in Indonesia for more than 60 days, you have to leave the country after 60 days. You can no longer stay on a tourist visa. What many people do is make a so-called 'visa run'. They fly out of Indonesia, to a country that is close-by. On the same day or a few days later they fly back into Indonesia and get another VISA ON ARRIVAL for 30 days. Many fly to Singapore.
Do not stay longer than your visa allows in Bali! It is not an easy country. They are very strict on immigration. You really do not want any hassle at the airport, believe me. For every day that you have stayed in Indonesia longer, you pay a fine, a so-called overstay. If I am not mistaken, that is around EUR 21,00 per day.
Bali, Lombok and Java have a lot to offer. But before you go you need to know what the hotspots of the country are. Beneath, we have selected a few of our finest moments. Are you also one of these travelers that takes the unbeaten path and you want to share it with us? Please leave us a message.
DRINKS & BITS
A beautiful place by the sea, where you can dine romantically and chic with the pleasure of a beautiful sunset. It is a relaxed atmosphere, with lounge sofas and hip people, who enjoy the sunset while enjoying a drink and a DJ.
I like The Lawn ... a lot! Until recently, The Lawn was no more than a lawn (you get the same name) and an old VW van where you took Coconut Mojito's. It is now a real beach club. The location is great, food is delicious (gado gado!), Staff is friendly, and you have a view over the surf breaks of Canggu. Go go go!
Located in the heart of the city, on the 56th floor rooftop of BCA Tower – Grand Indonesia, Thamrin, SKYE provides a unique atmosphere and an amazing panoramic view of the city.
Sundays beach club is situated on the beach between high cliffs, on a white beach. The location points are already scored in my opinion. Grab a sup plank and paddle a round between the tannen and the cocktails while a DJ is running. All ingredients for a day of chilling in paradise are present here.
Apart from the beautiful and turquoise clear water, there’s one thing that makes this beach so interesting: at some places the sand is a bit pink colored (which apparently comes from some kind of seaweed). Also, the “Pantai Pink” – that’s how the locals like to call it – is a true insiders’ tip and not many tourists come here.
With its 3726 meters, the Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia. To get to the top you have to have a reasonable condition, but you can leave ropes and crampons at home. In theory it is even possible to walk up on slippers, but rather wear good shoes. This makes the hike over grass, sand, stones and gravel a lot more pleasant. On the way to the top! Cliché, but once it is all worth it. A sunrise that you have struggled for is just a bit more beautiful and better. Enjoy the hike!
The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in Tabanan regency, about a 2 hour drive from Kuta. They are best reached by heading up the West coast for a bit and then turning towards North Bali. Jatiluwih area is very famous of its rice fields and subak, the balinese irrigation system, which are considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rice terraces here are stunning, giving a new meaning to the word green. They crawl up the sides of the hills like stairs leading you towards the sky.
CAMPSITE & HOTELS
We know that the Gili Islands are paradise in Indonesia. But you probably did not know that you can find amazing bungalows and hotels at Gili Trawangan. We have recently spotted the Le Pirate Hotel and since then we are in love. Think of white, turquoise houses, waving palm trees with perfect hammocks, a view of the sea and that super relaxed Gili vibe that you feel everywhere. As far as we are concerned this paradise really belongs to the nicest hotels on Gili Trawangan.
TIPS & TRICKS
Upon arrival in one of these countries you will be surprised by the amount of taxis. The blue Bird taxi is known for its fixed meter prices. We will therefore advise you to take this.
Keep in mind that most beach clubs in Bali nowadays use a 'minimum spend'. These are generally not too bad and you will soon be there when you are eating and drinking all day while you enjoy the beautiful view on your bed.
RENT A SCOOTER
These countries are perfect for exploring everything with a scooter. This can be rented at any hotel for a relatively low price. Please note that you record the damage in advance by, for example, taking pictures of it. They still want to see you here.
Please be careful with holes in the road. And don't ride at night.
- Drink a cocktail at Ashtari, on top of the mountain. This view ... sighs. (Bali)
- The nicest districts of Yogyakarta are if you ask me the area around Jl. Prawirotaman and near the Phoenix.
Hotel to about Dixie Jogja where there are several universities.
BANGSAL COWBOYS (LOMBOK)
Life is made harder by a bunch of guys hanging around the port who will seriously hassle you to buy boat tickets to the Gilis from them. They use various ruses including claiming that your ticket is no longer valid, that tickets have sold out, or are unavailable. They also work hard on people arriving in the afternoon trying to install a state of fear that there are no services running when in fact there are both Public boats and later supplementary Shuttle boats running. Do not believe them and do not give in to them as they are normally just trying to play a game of deception. Above all, do not let them lead you to any alternative 'ticket offices' or informal arrangements. They will claim it is real office. Many travelers had been tricked to go to a small shack on the right on the way to the Jetty. Instead just head further toward the water and turn left at the end of the approach road where you will see a large sign, the ferry terminal and the real ticket office. The ticket desk is inside, in the north eastern corner of that building. It is normally manned by polite and friendly girls. Be careful who you talk to as there can be many people 'working' behind the counter, and only one selling real tickets! If you are not buying your tickets directly from a person seated at the front of the desk, chances are you are buying from a tout. There are also toilets in there for those who may require them. The "cowboys" will be hanging around and about, avoid small talks with them. Also watch out for new 'friends' who will talk about mosquito borne illnesses as part of casual conversation. They may try to guide you toward nearby shops where mosquito repellent and coils are marked up excessively or sell to you directly at absurdly marked up prices. Don't waste your time haggling over the prices as there are fairly priced alternatives at the shops on the islands.
BEST TIME TO GO
The climate in Bali is a tropical rainforest climate. It has two seasons. The rainy season and the drought season. In the rainy season there is often a shower (sometimes every day) and the humidity is much higher. So sweat! The rest of the year is the dry season. That means really very little rain!
The temperature on Bali is fairly constant. Although there are some differences: the south is warmer than the north. even in the mountains it is a lot colder. Jacket so when you climb the volcano! Furthermore, I notice that the evenings in July and August are cooler. A thin sweater or blouse can be nice. But you do not need much more. I often have only my airplane outfit with long sleeves and pipes with me and that I basically only wear in the plane. In Bali really only short, airy and bikinis!
In general you can say that the rainy season in Bali starts somewhere in November and lasts until about April. That does not mean that it rains 24/7. It can also be dry. Especially in the months of November and March. But the chance is a lot bigger on heavy rain. Sometimes the rainy periods are very long, but it's mainly about the frequency (for example every day a shower) and the intensity (that is, heavy rains!). Tip: always a poncho in the buddy of your scooter! You leave with the sun and 5 minutes later the sky can be black and a mega buzz clatter down. Advantage: if the weather stops you are dry again in 10 minutes because the temperature is nice again.
Rainfall (mm) Temperature (°C)
HOLIDAYS AND EVENTS
The 28th of April Idul Adha, 3rd-8th of JAZZ FESTIVAL, 19th of May Hijrah (New Year), 2nd of June Waisak, 28th of July Mavlid, 17th of August Independence Day.
A positive travel advice applies to Java, Bali and Lombok. Check the current travel advice for Indonesia before departure.
It is strongly recommended that you visit Indonesia for your own vaccinations and protect your health. These vaccinations Indonesia are fortunately also useful when you visit a number of other countries in Southeast Asia. The risks are very similar and with a few inoculations you can also visit several countries with a good feeling. What pricks you need for Indonesia is especially dependent on which areas you visit. For example, malaria occurs in certain parts of the country. Furthermore, the length of your stay also influences which vaccinations you need.
There are a number of vaccinations that are strongly recommended when you visit Indonesia: DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) Typhoid Hepatitis A Which typhoid fever is only necessary if you stay in the country for more than two weeks. Because typhoid fever occurs in many other countries in the region, you almost always need it in reality. If you spend a longer time in Indonesia or the rest of Southeast Asia, you often need vaccinations against hepatitis, rabies and / or tuberculosis.
Except in Bali and parts of Java malaria is abundant in Indonesia. In any case, we recommend that you always rub in with DEET. Also using a mosquito net and wearing long clothing helps stabbing these mosquitoes. The use of malaria tablets is strongly recommended in some regions. Always ask for this if your vaccinations have Indonesia put.
Since tap water is not safe everywhere to drink, we recommend drinking water from bottles. We advise you to consult your doctor or the National Coordination Center for Travelers Advice (www.lcr.nl) in good time before departure.
If, like us, you leave for a longer period of time taken in malaria tablets every day isn’t good for your health. You would also go bankrupt here ;-). Our solution is to measure our temperatures regularly. If by change our temperature is higher and we have been bitten by a mosquito we will use an emergency treatment, which consists of taken 4 malaria tablets a day for 3 days straight. This corresponds to the shot they will give you in the hospital. Of course it is of your own interest to visit a hospital as soon as possible.
TIP! If you already have had a vaccine for yellow fever and rabies they are no longer bound by a certain period, but are valid for life. This has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).