I'm currently in Thailand and plan on making my way down to Indonesia towards the end of the month.
I'm looking to spend a week in Java and two weeks in Bali. I would appreciate any suggestions regarding what to do while I'm in the two islands.
In Java,dont miss Yogyakarta. It is a special region.
It is also known as a center of classical Javanese fine art and culture.
The most important thing is dont miss the Borobudur.
The ninth Century Buddhist Mahayana monument near Magelang,Central Java.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 3, 2007, at 6:29 AM by opospa ]
The Gili Islands are awesome they are off the North West coast of Lombok which the island next to Bali. You can arrange transport from various agents in Kuta, it takes a full day of travelling which is pretty stressful as you get hassled by hawkers everywhere you stop on the way and they are relentless but its well worth it, amazing diving and snorkeling really chilled out atmosphere.
p.s. take a dump before you get on the ferry as the toilets on the ferry are not pretty, the sway of the ocean and pitch black squat toilets do not mix well!!!
Thanks for the responses guys.
I think i'm going to spend 7 days travelling down the spine of Java, where most of the attractions seem to be. I'm still not sure about Bali.
Ha, ha, yeah i've seen enough dodgy toilets in Thailand so far that have made me wary of what Ie at before I travel!
going to be the same i suppose.LOL!!!
Since many sea countries are the doggy toilet.
when you get used to it, its going to be COOL!!!!!
Make sure you don't miss Mt Bromo in Java - it is amazing and you can spend plenty of time there. If you aren't too fused about accomadation I would say try and stay at least one night at the very rim otherwise stay a bit further down the volcano. It can get very cold so make sure you come prepared if you do decide to go there and make sure you hire a jeep to go to view the sunrise - its an experience not to be missed!!!
Best advice I can give is to talk back in Spanish to all of the hawkers in Bali. They will literally run away! The situation was so bad in Chawang Beach, my husband wouldn't go to the beach and instead stayed by the hotel pool. Our hotel was nice and we had a bungalo in a quiet garden, so I guess it was O.K. But seriously, we didn't need to fly around the world to hang out at the pool, I could have done that here. Once out of Chawang (and any place other other than supermarkets where I felt likeI had been reduced to a wallet with legs), Bali is lovely. The culture is vastly different than on Java. I feel like having been only to Jakarta and Medan and Bali, that I would skip Jakarta and Medan. Borobudur is supposed to be amazing. I would consider Kalimantan and some of the more remote parts of Indonesia. I would do Bali again but I would want to stay outside of Chawang. Give yourself a bit of time to explore Bali, it is bigger than it seems and traffic is bad.