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1. Posted by Mdog (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

Mdog has indicated that this thread is about Indonesia

righto im off to good old indo, and i find its tres difficile' to get ne real useful info off the web, so im trying out a few forums. hopefully the responses to this will help others in the same situation as moi.

im going for a month in march/april:

1 when i get to denpasar airport how do i get to sumbawa? should i go by plane with (merpati?) and if so HOW in detail: cost, where to book, how long it will take, can i make a reservation now(cant find a website) and do they take surfboards.
similar info for boat/coach options. how +where do i find a coach or boat?

2 a realistic view of prices for a budgeteer; per night in sumbawa, per meal roughly, for the boat/plane over there, and between islands in general but inexpeirenced indonesia traveller. id like to pay less than 15-20$ a day and im not afraid of discomfort etc.

3 is it jam packed full of surfers?!!! im crowd shy

4 and of course the elusive qn 4... please give me the ultimate peice of advice which will make my trip be the best ever and run smoothly and not have any incodents of violence like when gangs try to mug me

i know this is a gay and unadventurous way of doing things, asking stupidly detail qns, but im sure u all understand that this is the kind of REAL nitty-gritty info a traveller needs. thanks for anyone who helped, and also if anyone wants any similarly detailed info on morroco, esp the south, and surfing in england, or spain, i would be more than happy to help. THANKS A MILLION... rupiah of course...

2. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 10y

surf you way to these links...all answers to your questions-and more-are there...have fun! i took the boat from lombok...on second thoughts, i should have taken merpati!...:(

http://www.wavehunters.com/sumbawa/sumbawa.asp

http://www.escapeartist.com/efam/72/Sumbawa_Indonesia.html

dana

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 10y

Quoting Mdog

righto im off to good old indo, and i find its tres difficile' to get ne real useful info off the web, so im trying out a few forums. hopefully the responses to this will help others in the same situation as moi.

im going for a month in march/april:

1 when i get to denpasar airport how do i get to sumbawa? should i go by plane with (merpati?) and if so HOW in detail: cost, where to book, how long it will take, can i make a reservation now(cant find a website) and do they take surfboards.
similar info for boat/coach options. how +where do i find a coach or boat?

2 a realistic view of prices for a budgeteer; per night in sumbawa, per meal roughly, for the boat/plane over there, and between islands in general but inexpeirenced indonesia traveller. id like to pay less than 15-20$ a day and im not afraid of discomfort etc.

3 is it jam packed full of surfers?!!! im crowd shy

4 and of course the elusive qn 4... please give me the ultimate peice of advice which will make my trip be the best ever and run smoothly and not have any incodents of violence like when gangs try to mug me

i know this is a gay and unadventurous way of doing things, asking stupidly detail qns, but im sure u all understand that this is the kind of REAL nitty-gritty info a traveller needs. thanks for anyone who helped, and also if anyone wants any similarly detailed info on morroco, esp the south, and surfing in england, or spain, i would be more than happy to help. THANKS A MILLION... rupiah of course...

If you are talking about Sumbawa Besar, I was there around 6 years ago.

One hotel that I used in Sumbawa was the TAMBORA HOTEL. I was a volunteer for a charity and we used this hotel for almost 3 weeks. The hotel had both AirCon rooms and fan only rooms. The staff was pleasant and helpful. The hotel was on a bus route for long distance busses.

There was a small "Seven Eleven" type store next to the hotel for basics like ice cream, bottled water (and T-shirts.) The hotel had a restaurant, don't expect any dishes with ham, bacon, or pork products.

BEMO's were the form of local transportation, real cheap, just pile on, one price for everything. If the birds don't wake you early in the morning the Muslim call to prayer will!

We took Merapatti from Denpasar. There was one stop enroute. Be vigilant when the flights leave, not much of an announcement to inform you.

Good luck.

4. Posted by Mdog (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

sheesh cheers team, this forum is pretty good eh?! one more thingy;
ive done lots of research and it seems to me that like alot of places, there are expensive, book online ripoff joints for westerners while u can eat for 50p round the corner.

ACCOMODATION COSTS AND EATING SEEMS TO BE IN THE 10-15$ MAX RANGE AROUND NUSSA TENEGGRA...
AND CHEAPER STILL IN SOME PLACES....

IS THIS FOR REAL?????!!!! IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE REALLY...

the prices seem so cheap for everything its hard to make a budget up

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 10y

Quoting Mdog

sheesh cheers team, this forum is pretty good eh?! one more thingy;
ive done lots of research and it seems to me that like alot of places, there are expensive, book online ripoff joints for westerners while u can eat for 50p round the corner.

ACCOMODATION COSTS AND EATING SEEMS TO BE IN THE 10-15$ MAX RANGE AROUND NUSSA TENEGGRA...
AND CHEAPER STILL IN SOME PLACES....

IS THIS FOR REAL?????!!!! IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE REALLY...

the prices seem so cheap for everything its hard to make a budget up

When you don't know what to eat in Asia you almost always can depend on fried rice. It seems no matter what country I am in in Asia, fried rice is something I can recognize. The spices may be a little different or they add some "other" different vegetables than I expected but it is always filling and cheap!

Drink Bintang Beer, in Sumbawa, and eat Nasi Goreng and you will probably live forever!

I find that Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar have similar prices - once you get out of the big cities. In Thailand, in smaller towns, it is not unusual to spend $10 for a hotel that has A/C, HW, TV, private toilet/shower and a safety box.

6. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 10y

Found this Sumbawa informaiton on Bali Expat Forum http://tinyurl.com/jj2rt
Also this website nay help written by an Expat Dr Bruce who lives on Sumbawa with his Indonesian wife and children http://www.cyberbali.com/sumbawa.htm
On Lonely Planet Thorn tree there was a aussie poster Simsg who travelled through Sumbawa and surfed in that area.
You will find a link to his photos in the first link I posted above.
Sadly he no longer seems to post on Thorn tree.
I am in contact with him sometimes so I will try to email him with your email address and see if he will reply to you.
Pamela.

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