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Where to go in Indonesia?

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1. Posted by Keter (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

If I fly to Jakarta where can I go by bus or by train?
Are where any places certainly to visit if I am interested in seeing as much as I can?

Please do not suggest Bali)

2. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Hi Keter!
What kind of places do you want to see?
By train or bus, you can go to many cities/towns, for example:
- Bandung (West Java): shopping, nice restaurants/cafes (by local public transportation or taxi or rented car)
- Yogyakarta (central Java): Borobudur temple, Prambanan temple, & other nearby temples, sultan's palace, shopping along Malioboro street
- Malang (east Java): take a public transportation/rented car to Mt.Bromo
- Lombok and the Gili's: you can go directly from Jakarta by bus (but a very long trip), you will cross 2 straits (bali then lombok) by ferry
- ...

Tell me what you want to see and I'll give you some tips if I know anything...

3. Posted by Keter (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Which option is better?
To go West to Sumatra or go East to Timor?

I prefer interesting but not dangerous for a tourist places with lots of sightseeing and some nice beaches on the way (may not be often).
Jungles is also of interest but those are not safe.

Good Luck
Max

4. Posted by numpty (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

yogyakarta is worth a few days. try some of the tours from http://www.pissedupasia.com/country/Indonesia/yogya/via.htm

the temples at borobodor and prambanan are worth seeing.

malang to for a few days is cool and pleasant, mt bromo is in easy ish reach.

5. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Hi Max,

I can't choose which one is better between going east and west. In West Java there is Ujung Kulon national park where there are the endangered species of one-horned rhinos. You can also cross the sea and go to Krakatau volcano or its "child". In Sumatra there are beautiful beaches in Bangka-Belitung islands. Or Bintan island, which I guess is a little bit more touristy. The tourist resort in Bintan is managed by Singapore. Bukittinggi in West Sumatra is a beautiful highland especially the view of Ngarai Sianok (valley), typical houses, n of course interesting culture. In North Sumatra there is Toba Lake, and also interesting culture.

If you go East you can travel around Java: Yogyakarta, Solo, Malang, etc...cross the strait to Bali and cross again to Lombok. Or you can go on to Flores, Komodo island, and so on.