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Unless things have changed since I last looked at this (and it's been a few years), your only option is to fly. In these days of low cost carriers, it may also be cheaper to fly via eg. Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia, even though this makes no sense geographically. And for why there are no ferries: the southern Philippines (Mindanao) are strongly Muslim and in ...


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The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low. I'd advise you to reconsider renting a scooter though. First, you do need that license to drive legally, and any insurance you may have is likely ...


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Depending on which city you are visiting, generally speaking you can use international driving license (if you have one). The problem however lies on the human aspect. Local police doesn't really know about this rule They don't speak english that well. They can be bribed... I know many foreigners riding scooter without proper license in Bali, Lombok or ...


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Indonesian ATMs generally won't let you withdraw more than 25 banknotes at a time. Since the largest denomination is only Rp. 100,000, this means 25 x 100k = 2.5 million. See eg. the Bank Mandiri FAQ. It's worth remembering that there are parts of Indonesia where the legal minimum wage barely crosses 1 million per month, not to mention all the people in ...


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I think it would be best to get in touch with the local department of Indonesian Traffic. Usually it is not allowed as per the country rules but can be applicable if you certify yourself through Indonesian Government Rules. The main reason for not applicable is due to the rules of driving in particular country. Then also it would be best as I said to get in ...


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If your profile picture is to be believed, you're an orang putih, so the simple answer is: You can't avoid getting hassled in Indonesia. You're white and you're a tourist, so you must be wealthy (and remember, by local standards, you are wealthy), so every tout in town wants some of that money! But to cut short the inevitable hassle, here's what I do: ...


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Following my recent experience in Java. I only stayed a couple of days in Java during the Ramadan, but I think it gave me a good introduction to this special time of the year for the Muslims of Indonesia. Basically, it was much more easy going than I thought, we did not feel a huge difference before and after the start of the Ramadan. It might have been a ...


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I went to a traveling agency here in Indonesia, they said I would need an invitation from an Indonesian, a "sponsor" they call it (someone that vouches for you). Although it seemed to be possible in 2010. See this thread http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/indonesia/18404_60-day-indonesian-visa---how-to--- A week or so later... After discussing further ...


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There is a public boat going every morning (in June 2015). The cost for the public boat is 30'000 IDR (payment after journey). This journey takes around 3h30min. Mind that the public boat schedule is very "peculiar". It leaves between 9am and 11am they will tell you (locals, tourists, agencies, etc). Reality is, it can take for a while for the boat to ...


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This is a quick itinerary and notes of my recent trip to Sumatra that may be of help to others thinking of doing the same. My trip was: Medan • Stayed at the Blue Angel. Excellent value for money but not to everyone’s tastes • Juice at the Tip Top restaurant is not worth the money. • While I was there, the Medan – Tangkahan bus was not operating. ...


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Here are the options: Charter a whole car (with driver). A car with 7 seats (1 driver + 6 passengers) costs 750'000 IDR. I would recommend to pay maximum 900'000 IDR. Journey takes 8h. Share a taxi. They call taxi ( for that kind of journey) a car with 7 seats (1 driver + 6 passengers). The price is 140'000 IDR (in June 2015). Journey takes around 8h if ...


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State of the road The road from Banyuwangi to Sempol is awesome. The road is like new. There is tarmac all way to the entrance of the Kawa Ijen (national?) parc, there are very few potholes on the road (if any). The reason for this, is that there is now a bicycle race called Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen, running every year since 2012 (or 2013?) so the road ...


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The primary reason for doing it on your own is usually lower cost and more flexibility. The primary reason of doing it with a guided tour is the local knowledge that your guide can share with you. So a traveler needs to decide, do they want to save money and just go look at it, or do they want to come away with an insiders understanding of it. And no, ...


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Here are the options I know of regarding buying train tickets in Indonesia: At a train station. Obviously, this sounds like the best idea, but don't be fooled, you're in Indonesia and waiting times can be epic. Give it a try, if the queue is huge, just try another option listed below. At a local supermarket (Indomaret, Alfamart, or else). They almost all ...


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The journey is typically split in 2. Cemoro Lawang to Probolinggo Probolinggo to Yogyakarta Cemoro Lawang to Probolinggo This journey takes around 1.5h regardless of the type of transport you take. Renting a motorbike in Probolinggo is the nicest option, see Probolinggo to Bromo by motorbike, possible? Catch a ride in a shared taxi with some other ...


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There are actually many cheaper options in Probolinggo than the ones visible on internet or in lonely planet Indonesia (edition 2013). I stayed in a guesthouse for 80'000 IDR per night, for a double bedroom with shower (cold water only). It was clean, not far from the train station, and staff was nice. The guesthouse is called "female guesthouse", although ...


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Info from June 2015 It's very hard to rent a motorbike in Probolinggo. Forget about finding a motorcycle rental company, there is none at the time of writing (2015). I literally spent an afternoon trying to find one. Your best option is to rent it from either: your hotel (they provide this service sometimes) in Probolinggo a private individual. Don't be ...


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I've been to Mount Bromo and Ijen crater many times. If you want to get a good view and landscape then better you go to Mount Bromo, take the picture on Penanjakan viewpoint, you'll get the picture: But if you want to see the big crater with toxic water and sulfur (and blue fire at night) with the chance of getting closer to the crater, then better to ...


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I'm a Probolinggonese and right now (June 2015) there's no place in Probolinggo that rents any motorbike or scooter to bromo. It was possible in 2012-2014 as "lonely planet Indonesia" book (edition 2013) mentions on page 183. At that time, Sinar Harapan hotel provided motorbikes for rent. It was my friend and I's idea, but it's not working anymore.


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State of the road The road from Probolinggo to Bromo is fine. Locals in Cemoro Lawang do ride scooters to move around the area. It's just like any regular country side ride in Indonesia. Riding in the day No problem at all, just do it :) The ride takes around 1.5h Riding in the night Probably doable, just drive more slowly. I have not done it ...


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Suggestion If you cannot speak Indonesian, it is better for you to be always accompanied with an Indonesian you trust when making any contract. The hotel staffs might be the best choice because they can speak both Indonesian and English. As giving tips is common in Indonesia, just give them about 25,000 rupiahs for a 30 minute task. It should be enough to ...


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The daily rental price varies depending on the location, demand and the condition of the units (either new or old). For example, sewamotordibali.com rent the unit with price starting from 70,000 rupiahs (for customer using it infrequently) to 55,000 rupiahs (for customer using it frequently). Other site, for example, www.sewamotor-bali.com offers cheaper ...


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I have just confirmed the official website of Indonesia train ticket visit OFFICIAL WEBSITE, They accept the following payment method, , So, If you have any of the cards from above you can just try using the official website. Beside this there are many other private website which too helps in booking ticket, The basic difference between the option is, If you ...


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This is the internet answer, I have no local knowledge at all. The site of the Man in Seat Sixty-One has this page about buying tickets in Indonesia. The site ticket.com does accept international credit cards, as does the site Mau Ke Mana, there is one more site on that same part of the page, the official railway page for Indonesia, but that seems often not ...


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There are frequent buses from the bus depot in Gilimanuk to the Ubung terminal in Denpasar. The bus depot is very close to the ferry terminal. It should be no problem to find a bus to Denpasar especially after the arrival of a ferry. I don't remember the price, it's been a few years. I'm sure you can get a taxi as well, but that will be much more ...


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Well, you can't drive right to the top, obviously. But you can certainly drive up to the roadheads on the slopes. It's a short, straightforward run up to Kaliuramg. Otherwise you could make a pleasant loop along the road linking the main Magelang road with Boyolali, passing between Merapi and Merbabu, via the trailhead village, Selo. This is a really lovely ...


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I did it, on the back of a moped. So there should be no problem if you are alone on your scooter. As I remind it, it is less than 3 hours


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By Mini Bus From Medan (Berastagi) In Padang Bulan (Medan) several bus terminals are located in Jalan Jamin Ginting. Bus companies Adi Guna Taksi, Anugrah travels, Bona Taksi, Borneo Taksi (terminal in the front of Citra Garden of Jalan Jamin Ginting) will pick you up at your hotel in Medan and take you to Kutacane for 100.000 IDR. The trip takes 8 hours, ...


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I have been to Bromo a couple years back (2011). We took a tour bus there and a public bus back however. If memory serves me right, it's a proper road (for Indonesian standards), with a lot of potholes, but some sort of solid covering. Not well maintained, but definitely doable with a scooter if it's not your first time riding one. There are also a lot of ...


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Due to a lack of answer here I can tell you what I figured out. Apparently it is better to stay in Malang rather than Surabaya. From there I saw that there is a Bromo & Ijen tour (together). From Malang, Batu Secret Zoo is also much closer.


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I'd say a few hours will suffice, it's not that big a site. I'd actually recommend visiting Prambanan the day before going to Borobudur, since it'll still feel impressive that way around. The best approach is to hit Prambanan in the afternoon, drive up to Borobudur, stay at the Manohara lodge on the park grounds, and use their sunrise tour package to visit ...


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As far as I know there are two possible ways to get to Lake Toba from Medan.  The easiest way to do this journey is to travel on a tourist minibus. It is a bit more expensive than the public transport option but it also gets you faster to your destination and you do not have to worry about transfering buses, finding the right one, waiting for it to leave, ...


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As a general rule, if you are in Medan, Go to Mejid Raya (Angkot Mr X) then ask any travel agent In the particular case of Singkil, contact Mr Dermawan (+62 82166457040). He is the manager of "pulau baniak Taxi" and one of the most reliable person in north Sumatra. As far as I know, the price is 140k rupiah per person There are also minibuses a bit cheaper ...


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This information is from June 2015. Using public buses Starting on Samosir Island: from Tomok bus station (located where the ferry drops its passengers), take a public bus for Pangururan. The price is circa 15'000 idr. The journey takes circa 1h. Then from Pangururan, take a public bus to Sidikalang. The price is circa 35'000 idr. The journey takes ...


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Ferries in Indonesia are generally unsafe. The smaller they are, the worse they are, with the latest accident on a Lombok-Bali tourist boat (25 injured) just last week as I type this. Since Komodo and Rinca (the main dragon hotspots) are small islands without their own airports, you'll have to get on a boat at some point, so all you can do is minimize the ...



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