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11. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

Was I really lucky, is it so exceptional?

OK, but on the other hand, there was no chance to talk with some locals (and indeed, I'm lucky, bahasa Indonesia is pretty easy for Dutch speaking peoples)...

12. Posted by TalibIndo (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Thanks for all the reactions! I sure think I can use a lot of your experiences. I was wondering by the way how you guys found places to sleep. Did you book those in advance as well? Or did you just arrive and looked for a place to stay?

@bex76: Again I don't at all think it's too long. I don't just wanna see the highlights, I want to see what Javanese/Sundanese life is like.

@Pamela and Yvekes: Thanks for all the train tips, I'll make sure I'll book my Bisnis tickets in advance.

13. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

I've never booked a place in advance, especially not in Indonesia, where a lot of places or worn out...

You just have to show up, check out the room, and in case you like it, agree about the price

14. Posted by TalibIndo (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

You mean you can haggle about the price of room?! Or is it rude to do that?

15. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 6y

Quoting TalibIndo

You mean you can haggle about the price of room?! Or is it rude to do that?

Ofcourse you can haggle for a room, especially in low season or if you intend to stay a longer period, but please be polite and show some minimun of respect. If they only ask about 25.000 - 50.000 Rp, you don't haggle for another 10.000 Rp discount.

16. Posted by riri (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

hai..i'm indonesian, can help if you have a question. I stayed in Bandung west Java, but my home land is in west Sumatra- Padang, glad to give you some direction here.....:)

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

Hi,
I never book any rooms in advance either. Usually very easy to find a room.
Get a copy of Lonely Planet Indonesia book- new one out in Jan 2010.

I can help you with places to stay as well if you need recommendations.
Pamela

18. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 6y

Quoting TalibIndo

My main goal is to see all the big cities and transport myself by train.

Do you mean Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, [Solo,] Surabaya? I live in Jakarta. Since it's very cheap compared to your currency, you don't have to stay in hostels/guest houses. You can stay in 3-star hotels with relatively cheap rate .

From previous conversation I'm actually shock that you guys stayed in places with such dirt cheap rates, under Rp100,000 ! Are you sure it's clean and secure enough--the place itself and the area? I came visit my traveller friend once when he was staying at one of the hostels on the well-known-among-budget-travellers Jalan Jaksa, and actually I don't feel secure there. Is it because I'm a 'local' stranger so local people stared at me curiously, I don't know. Not to discourage you at all, just something to consider since it's cheap here, I'm sure you can afford hotels. I really hope you'll enjoy your visit here :)

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

Hi Zags,
With respect, Indonesia for travellers is very safe and I do not have any problems sleeping in 50,000 or less rupiah rooms when I am Indonesia.
I prefer to give my money to the local people who run accomodation places ( they are usually such wonderful happy people and I enjoy being in their company) and the money I save on "3 star accomodation" I can spend inviting a few Indonesian friends out for dinner every night for a week if I wish.
Or save the money and put it towards one Indonesian child's education or English lessons for someone who wnats to learn but cannot afford it.
Pamela.

20. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 6y

Hi pPamela,
I'm really glad you think that way about my country :) I hope more people from other countries are willing to visit us.
And it will be very nice if you support an Indonesian child's education. Many people do that here, but there are more children in need.