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A month in Indonesia Just after Christmas :)

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1. Posted by arronpass (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Well yes Ive done it again...another impulse flight bought...detination Indonesia.

Im flying on boxing day from the UK and will arrive in Bali for the 27th. I couldnt wait for ifs, buts and maybes so this one is a solo mission!!

My ideal itinerary looks a little like this but if I dont make it all then no fus..... i hate too much planning and organisation cause its spoils the adventure

see new year in bali (of course)
travel either to sumtra or borneo to go see the orangutan sanctuary
over to Flores and komodo island]
Lombok and the gilis towards the end of my journey before headin back to bali and home.

I was hoping someone could give me ideas on hostels in bali area that I could set up as a base over the new year. All i require is somewhere that is safe and secure that has a good vibe for solo travellers...a hub where I could meet people/recruits for the journey.

Ive checked the net but its seems alot harder to spot decent hostels in Indonesia...nothing like thailand. And would I be right in thinking that its harder to get about from island to island? Again checking the net its seems hard to plot specific routes as the information on line seems a little limited.

If anyone canoffer any help or ideas what I have planned including comments on my itinerary then that would be wicked



2. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Arron,

There are no hostels in Indonesia like elsewhere in the world. Just lots of local homestays owned by locals who do not have the money or resources to have websites.
I personally like Ronta Bungalows in Bali - loads of back packers stay there and they will hold your belongings in a room for free if you wish to travel elsewhere in Indonesia and not take everything with you.
You can google the name and find out the details.

For ease of getting to see orangutans - maybe I suggest Bukit Lawang North Sumatra.
A flight from Bali to Jakarta and then a flight from Jakarta to Medan.
Best back packer place to stay in Medan is Blue Angel.
They will know about all the local transport to Bukit Lawang.
If you want the luxury of a car/driver to Bukit Lawang one of the guesthouses in Bukit Lawang will be able to meet you at the airport, with a detour to the bank to get money and then 3-4 hrs to BL.
Many guesthouses to stay in BL.
Check out this website for info' Bukit Lawang Accomodation Map and details
and BL accomodation
and you might find the following post I wrote on another forum
Accomodation Suggestions

A side trip to Tangkahan from Bukit Lawang is highly recommended. A hidden paradise amongst the jungle and home to at least 7 elephants.
You can hire a jeep to do the 3 hr trip or be adventurous and do the backc of the motor bike trip - have done this quite a few times and love travelling this way.
Tangkahan video
and Map of accomodation mainly across the river
Feel free to contact for further suggestions and information.:)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Sep-2011, at 17:08 by pPamela ]

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4. Posted by arronpass (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thats great Pamela thank you very much for the info,

I have heard of the Ronta bungalows through abit of research so will deffinately look into booking that one. No doubt new year will be busy busy in bali so I want to get some decent accomodation there as a starting point as soon as possible.

The back of a bike to Tangkahan sounds awesome btw, so Im sure I will deffinately look into that one . In fact I think youve given me a great starting point :)

After doing a tad of research I think taking on flores maybe too much to fit into this adventure...would you think??

But hey im going to have a good read of your previous post too, so no doubt wil have a question or two for you, if you dont mind

Thanks again


5. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi AP,

No problem to answer a few questions for you.
I just wrote you a long post and Lost it all - drat.

Agree with you in regards to Flores - leave for another time. Not easy to get to and they do cancel flights without notice and for someone on a tight schedule this can spell disaster.

If you are heading to Lombok may I suggest you visit south Lombok and a small village called Kuta and its surrounds.
An English woman Gemma and her Balinese husband own Mimpimanis Homestay about 1.5 kms from Kuta in the village of Desa Mong.
Check out her Trip Advisor reviews too and you can have a look at the forum link on the website, but she does have a new oneLombok Lovers forum too.
Here is a Recent Visit report by tezza a well known trip blogger on the internet.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Sep-2011, at 17:06 by pPamela ]

6. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi AP,
Here are some photos of my trekking in Bukit Lawang in 2005
and life in Bukit Lawang 2006 and life in Tangkahan 2006

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Sep-2011, at 02:24 by pPamela ]

7. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi AP,

Hope you get a chance to check out the links I put up for you in the above post.

8. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


Surfing the net last night I found this detailed Blog on Tangkahan from veejay in March 2011.
Pamela. :)

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Oct-2011, at 13:57 by pPamela ]

9. Posted by Hengman (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Why not Mount Bromo & Borobudur?
I heard they are exciting!

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