the main currency of Batam Island and the whole of the Indonesian Archipelago. Although many tourist areas of Batam Island accept Singapore Dollars, You Still Need Indonesian Rupiah, the local Currency to buy stuff at local areas like the Batam City Mall or Megamall or Lucky Plaza. The Indonesian Rupiah is the legal tender in all of Indonesia and the currency consists of coins from 25 rupiah up to 1,000 rupiah (1 rupiah are officially legal tender but are effectively worthless and are not circulated), and from banknotes of 1,000 rupiah up to 100,000 rupiah. There are lots of Money Exchange Shops around Batam Island.
Fondest memory: Current US Dollar to Indonesian Rupiah exchange rate is US $ 1:11,657 INR
well walking once in the city is my beat, and nowhere is better use than at Jakarta. The huge traffic jams the lack of metro/subway rides is inminent.
so walk the Streets it is safe never a problem to tourists and you will see more. I went around the Kemang district ,very chic,and where the night life is sublime. Just around the corner from my hotel (see tip)
here are some pictures
Fondest memory: walking kemang district at night...
Java and Bali are densely populated. On public holidays the popular tourist destinations may be crowded with local tourists. The traffic jams near Puncak Pass on these days are notorious. If you prefer not being part of a crowd, consult this list of 'bank' holidays. These official holidays are decreed by the government, but the decree does not include school holidays. For these I give an estimate.
(9) Monday thruough Friday 5...9 August. End of Muslim fast week. The end of the fast, Idul Fitri 1-2 Syawal 1433 H, is celebrated on Thursday and Friday. Around this week almost everyone in Java travels, and it is virtually impossible to get a plane or train ticket on short notice!!
(10) Saturday, 17 August. Independence Day, festivities on the days around this date.
(11) Saturday through Tuesday, 12...15 October. Long weekend with Muslim holiday Idul Adha 1434 H on Tuesday.
(12) Tuesday, 5 November. Muslim New Year 1435 H.
(13) Wednesday and Thursday 25-26 December. Christmas holidays.
The end-of-year school holidays probably will be from Saturday 21 December through Sunday 5 January.
(1) Wednesday 1 January. New Year's day.
(2) Tuesday, 14 January. Commemoration of Maulid Nabi Muhammad SAW (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad).
(3) Friday, 31 January. Chinese New Year (Imlek) 2565.
(4) Monday, 31 March. Hindu New Year's day, Hari Raya Nyepi Saka 1936.
(5) Friday through Sunday 18-20 April. Good Friday and Easter weekend (Indonesia does not have an Easter Monday holiday).
(6) Thursday , 1 May. International Labour Day, Hari Buruh Internasional.
(7) Thursday, 15 May. Buddhist holiday Hari Raya Waisak 2558.
(8) Tuesday, 27 May. Muslim holiday Isra' Mi'raj Nabi Muhammad SAW (Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad).
(6) Thursday , 29 May. Ascension of Christ day.
School holidays are not dictated by the government. We guess they may be from Saturday 7 June through Sunday 13 July.
(9) Monday 28 July through Friday 1 August. Eid al Fitr holiday week. The end of Muslim fast, Idul Fitri 1-2 Syawal 1433 H, falls on Monday and Tuesday. The remainder of the week is an official holiday. From the previous Saturday until the end of the week including Sunday 3 August virtually everyone in Java travels, and it is impossible to get a plane or train ticket on short notice!!
(10) Sunday, 17 August. Independence Day, festivities on the days around this date.
(11) Sunday 5 October. Muslim holiday Idul Adha 1434 H (the Feast of Sacrifice).
(12) Saturday, 25 October. Muslim New Year, Muharram 1435 H.
(13) Thursday 25 December. Christmas Day.
The end-of-year school holidays probably will be from Saturday 20 December through Sunday 4 January.
walking is great anywhere and Jakarta or Surabaya are no exception. However, when this cannot be done, then its the car. Quick more sure, and allows us to come closest to the people with the most coverage possible.
I always try to drive and walk, walk is first ,then the car is second in any city. don't want to be underground where nothing is seen.
Fondest memory: the different architecture is very nice in a new place.
The big cities, the villages and the countryside, which in this case is a gorgeous jungle.
Fondest memory: Near a large city this area was set-aside for blind people. Cars have no access to these streets, but they lead to every house in the kampung through their back doors. This is just one of the reasons I was impressed by the care, the people I met, took of everything.
agree with above respond..
you can buy SIMPATI-TELKOMSEL.. it has the largest coverage.
for calling, it's quite expensive though. however, for international call you can put 01017 followed by phone code and the phone number.. it's much cheaper than using your country's sim card.
Fondest memory: still some remote area can't be reach.
Indonesia is huge. I've been travelling a few times there & still have not managed to cover it. :)
Anyway, with 7 - 10 days, you really need to be selective.
I would suggest, skip Jakarta & travel directly to Jogjakarta. Stay about 2 days there, and cover the Kraton, Taman Sari, Borubudur & Prambanan. The last 2 are UNESCO world heritage sites. They are relatively easy to travel to. Won't be doing much physical activity except for walking & a bit of climbing.
Then travel overland to Bromo, on the East of Java. What I did before to safe some time was to travel at nite. I left Jogja around 8pm, and arrived in Cemoro Lawang past 6am, making a few short stops along the way. Stay overnite there if you intend to catch the breathtaking sunrise, viewed from Mount Penanjakan. Besides the sunrise, you can make a short stop at the Lautan Pasir, basically the inside of the caldera, and walk to Mount Bromo.
Please check if Mount Bromo is safe to visit during that time. It erupted recently and was closed to tourist.
Bromo is about 3 hours drive from Surabaya, where you can make an arrangement for a crossover to Bali. Do spend a few days in Bali, especially Ubud. Bali has a lot to offer, with its beautiful beach, nature and distinctive culture...And if you do have some extra time to spare, then travel to Lombok to snorkel or dive.
Fondest memory: The food & the people.
Going to another country, it is important for a visitor to know a few local words and phrases.
Learning simple words In Bahasa such as "thank you" and "hello" goes a long way. The locals appreciate you more for trying. They become more friendly and helpful too.
Try these simple words and have fun!
Selamat datang / WelcomeApa kabar? / How are you?
Selamat pagi / Good morning
Selamat siang / Good may
Selamat sore / Good afternoon
Selamat malam / Good evening
Selamat makan / Have a nice meal
Selamat bertamasya / Have a nice trip / holiday
Have a nice trip / Goodbye (if someone is leaving)
Selamat jalan / Goodbye (if you are leaving)
Selamat tinggal / Goodbye
Terima kasih / Thank you
Sama sama / Don’t mention it
Tidak terimah kasih / No thank you
Berapa harganya? / How much does it cost / what’s the price?
Mahal! / Expensive!
Murah! / Cheap
Boleh tawar? / Can I bargain?
Harga pas / Fixed price
Fondest memory: .
I got the full list of words when I visited Indonesia but somehow only remembered "Selamat Datang/Selamat Pagi" simply because I'm awful with foreign words and Selamat sound like "Salamat" which is "thank you" in Filipino :0). Only two words but it is enough to get around Solo, Yogyakarta and other parts of Java. A lot of people appreciates it and they smile warmly whenever I utter those words.
As we travel, I also learned and make so much use on the word "Enak" simply means delicious, as food in Indonesia are very good. It also helped that a few words have the same meaning in Bahasa and Filipino ... like "mahal" and "mura".
Starting from Bali island, take a morning 07.00 am flight from Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo by 'trans nusa', cost in the range IDR 800 K to 1100 K and would take about 55 minutes, then take an Ojek (motorcycle) from Komodo Airport to Labuan Bajo downtown in 10 to 15 minutes(no taxi, don't imagine Labuan Bajo as Bali island, it is a small town), said to ojek driver (he will guide you to some hotels) to Jalan Soekarno Hatta to get some budget accomodation, there were many, GARDENA, MATAHARI, BAJO Beach or others in the range of $ 20 per night, or if you are 4 to 8 peioples, you could take a mini van called ANGKOT (sharing taxi)which loads 8 passengers.
At Labuan Bajo you could find so many travel agents or tour oprators with would manage your trip not only to Komodo National Parks but you coud Explore Flores Sea/East Nusa Tenggara, it is possible for you to hire a boat of some kind, that you are able to cruise around the many different islands, a boat with captain and crews big enough for 8 t0 15 peoples to live comfortably on it for the entire time you were there, or you could go to directly to LABUAN BAJO PIER in where you could find a basic boat that you could live on for the stay and negotiate to the captain about the charge and the route you would explore.
By budgets of around £2000 you could cruise one months and explore the land of Flores island enjoy walking, climbing, surfing, kayaking...etc, hunting a good view of photography where you would love to be able to take pictures of the beautiful places, and would love to understand and learn about the culture as-well. To be sure You could visit www.floreskomodo.com
Enjoy the Eastern Island of Indonesia Regards from Bogor, Indonesia
Fondest memory: its very nice a single step to explore Komodo National Parks in Flores island just go to eastern of Bali island, where you could cruise from so many island with fantastic view and beautiful scenery of hilly mountains range and dry savannah in combination with really pristine beach line with mangrove trees and to a place where european tourist come to this National Parks to see an amazing Giant Lizards 'Komodo Dragon'.
The place I see so many tourists parks their boats on the sea lied between the islands enjoy the sunset and the sunrise
I suggest you to make your trip to Bali.
Take budget flight such as airasia (www.airasia.com), jet star (www.jetstar.com) or tiger (www.tigerairways.com).
Get a room at Kuta, Seminyak or Legian. Tons of cheap accomodation there. Plenty travel agent so u can book your tour.
But you also can make a DIY your trip there. Rent motor cycle only 50 thousand rupiahs for 24 hours. But if you dont feel uneasy to ride, you can rent car there. Those are not expensive.
For beach, I like suluban beach. Good beach for beaching or swiming. It is near from uluwatu temple.
Enjoy your holiday..
About terrorism issue, I make sure to you that you will travel very safe.
Just go on your plan to Indonesia.
For Medan trip, you can take flight from Kuala Lumpur to Medan or from Jakarta to Medan. And then from Medan, you can go to Toba Lake.
Celebes or Sulawesi as it is now known is the center for maritime trade going to China for many years. Today it is still supplying lots of sea food, fresh fishes and dried sea cucumbers.
Hardy travelers plan for the strenuous trip through the center of this southern arms to Rantepao to witness funeral rites and the Torajans tradition of the placement of coffins in the caves. For the more timid tourist who just wanted a first hand impression of the Island? The provincial capital of Makasaar in Southern Sulawesi is a good alternative.
There is a barrage of changes taking place in this vicinity since host of budget air lines made beelines for the place. The city began waking up and year 2010 is seeing its transition. There are modern amenities, giving the place that "up to date metropolis looks". In the meantime, most other places -in constrast, time stood still. For example - the old part like the Chinatown and the poorer sections left to look "run-downed", with the pressure of modern traffic forcing the pace of contrast.
The city talks of the shortage of 9,000 hotel rooms as this place being the administrative center for East Indonesia organizes a fair share of conferences each year. Most tourist information mentioned rooms rate from Rupees 600' for a 5-star hotel. The very strained 3-stars hotels charge Rupees 350' while those decent but unrated hotels with hot showers, air-con and wi-fi are charging Rupees 100'
As there are few tourist and the local populations are not ready to support a eating out lifestyle, decent class eateries are scare. For visitors, meals were offered in the hotel with room rates. There are possibilities of venturing out to taste what the few locals do, merely for snacks, such as noodles and baked fishes. Of course, looking hard, the isolated restaurants of various sorts do exist in town.
Fondest memory: Each person has his/her expectation and preferences when making a visit. On hind sight, my selection for Makasaar narrow down to 3 places. 1] the mini-Celebes site of Fort Somba Opu, 2] The happenings in Paotere Habour and 3] Sight at the Bantimurung National Park.
Lastly, don't underrate the Night life that Nusantara Street has to offer. It is a vibrant strip that opens almost all night.
There are many wonderful beaches in Bali - one of my favorites is White Sands beach in Bug Bug village about 5 km from the more touristy area of Candi Dasa (which has no decent beaches).
If you are going to Bali to find a nudist beach - you are going to the wrong place. Balinese people are quite conservative and while tourists' dress is accepted in the tourist areas, it would be inappropriate to even consider a nudist beach.
SUMATRA TRIP: Please Fly to the most northern place of Indonedia, Banda Aceh, then from Ulee Lheue harbor take a Fast Ferry 45 minutes to WEH island with its Sabang town and visit IBOIH, GAPANG and Pulau (island) Rubiah where you could swim snorkell and diving, then by land trip to a beautiful Lake: DANAU LAUT TAWAR (Central Aceh), then to Bukit Lawang jungle trekking, see orang utan and elephants and rafting.
From Bukit Lawang to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province to see Brastagi (unfortunately now Mount Sinabung still expell its lava) and from Medan take a 3 to 4 hours land trip to Parapat, to see a great lake DANAU TOBA and Samosir island.
From Parapat take a land trip[ to Sibolga, continue to Bukit TINGGi (West Sumatra), then to see Danau Maninjau, Danau Singkarak and Padang, the capital of West Sumatra from where you could fly back to Malaysia or Singapore.
The beauty and danger. Upfront and personal. Beauty and danger roam parallel dimensions where you could witness both.
Fondest memory: How green everything was.
Massage (no happy ending expected or wanted) after playing golf.
Cleanliness of the places that I visited.
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