After the stories of trip to Indonesia I leave a brief summary with interesting data:
Visa to enter Indonesia
It is not necessary to process the visa in advance, it can be done at the same airport with the passport in order and with more than six months of validity. Yes, it is necessary to have a return plane ticket, because if not, you can be hit to enter the country (and also, the ticket must have it printed to be able to prove that it has). The visa is 30 days only and costs $ 35. We paid with a 50 euro bill and the change was given to us in rupees.
Vaccines needed to travel to Java and Bali
There is no mandatory vaccine, but it is advisable to keep up to date on tetanus, typhus and hepatitis A and B. In Java and Bali there is no risk of malaria, but for the rest of the islands there is. So it is best to go to the international vaccination center to get Malarone prescribed. In Catalonia, it costs about 3 euros with a prescription or 60 without. It is also advisable to carry a mosquito repellent, because with both rice paddy they are at ease, although with the heat and sweat, both the repellent and the sun creams endure little on the skin, so that the long sleeve ends up being the best antidote for all.
Currency in Indonesia
The currency in Indonesia is the rupee and there they handle millions, although prices also have many zeros. Rs 100,000 are roughly € 6.
Climate in Indonesia in october
Indonesia is a huge country and the weather can vary a bit between the islands. In Java and Bali the best time to travel is from May to October, which is the dry season. The good thing is that it does not rain, although with the issue of climate change some rain fell. Likewise, it is quite unbearable heat and high humidity.
With the actors of Ramayana
14-day trip to Indonesia
As we only had 14 day trip, we decided to visit only Java and Bali. We entered through Jakarta, since it was the cheapest flight we found in those dates, although it was not a bargain either. 850 euros Barcelona-Doha-Jakarta with Qatar Airways. Although we initially planned to spend 3 days in Bali and 3 days in Lombok, in the end we spent every day in Bali to rest. The distances in Indonesia are great and you end up wasting a lot of time going from one place to another, so we thought that it took 7 hours to go from Bali (Ubud) to Lombok to be there just 2 days was not worth it. In the end this was the itinerary we follow:
Day 1: Jakarta (we only spend the night)
Day 2: Yogyakarta, Java
Day 3: Yogyakarta Visit to the Prambanan temple and the Ramanaya show, Java
Day 4: Yogyakarta, Javanese villages and Borobudur, Java
Day 5: Way from Yogyakarta to Bromo, Java
Day 6: Sunrise at the Bromo and night near the Kawah Ijen, Java
Day 7: Ascension to the Kawah Ijen and night in Bali
Day 8: Ubud, Bali
Day 9: Goa Gajah, Gunung Kawi and Lake Batur by motorbike, Bali
Day 10: Pura Taman Ayun, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Pura Beji. Night near Singaraja, Bali
Day 11: Snorkeling in Singaraja, Gitgit Falls, Jatiluwih and night in Ubud, Bali
Day 12: Ubud, Bali
Day 13: Tanah Lot and Luhur Ulu Watu, Bali
Day 14: Jakarta
© X.Llobet for Diary on board
Hotels we stayed in Indonesia
We have stayed in budget hotels. In Indonesia you can find very cheap hotels that are very good and others that are not so good.
Hotel FM7 (Jakarta). We chose this hotel basically because of its location. As the next day we had to catch a flight at 6 am, we looked for a hotel that was near the airport. The hotel is very good, the price of the room included transfer and pick up at the airport and had a small spa. In addition, breakfast was served from 4am, which was appreciated. The price: 549,000 rupees for a double room.
Duta Guest House (Yogyakarta). We booked this hotel based on the price (325,000 rupees with breakfast and pool) and the location (Jalan Prawirotaman, a street full of restaurants and travel agencies). Also, upon arrival they told us that they were giving us a 10% discount, I still don't know why. The room was a little shabby but clean and the hotel had a swimming pool, which suited us well for the heat. Final price: 292,500 rupees double room.
Hotel Cemara Indah (Bromo). The hotel is very basic, but it was actually better than I expected. The bathroom was newly renovated and had two double beds. Of course, the beds only had a bottom sheet and a blanket (without top sheet). The breakfast was the worst of the trip, but it was the hotel that was included in the route and in fact of higher category than the one we had hired. The positive is that it was right in front of the volcano, so you can even walk or not have to get up early to see the sunrise.
Hotel Catimor (Kawah Ijen). Is a homestay located in a coffee plantation. At first glance, it looked good, but to which you noticed, it oozed neglect everywhere. The truth is that I do not know when was the last time they cleaned the bathrooms of the rooms, because in ours there was a bar of soap that had merged with the wall and, again, the bed only had a bottom sheet and a blanket with which to cover yourself go to know when was the last time they washed it, but that is what it was. For the area of Ijen they do not give you a choice and the Catimor is the one that is closest to the volcano and was included in the visit. The breakfast was even worse than at the Bromo hotel and the dinner was quite dire, but in reality you hardly spend a few hours there. The hotel had a pool, but the cold did not go with it. It is a passing hotel.
Hotel Kebun Indah (Ubud). It is a small hotel with several independent rooms in several modules. There are several prices, from $ 85 the most expensive, to $ 35 that we pay for the cheapest. Upon arrival, they accompanied us to our room, which was simply spectacular: teak bed with mosquito net, bathroom with bathtub and shower with the outdoor ceiling. Outside, at the door of the room, we had incense lit so that mosquitoes and two papaya and banana juices did not enter waiting for us at the table as a welcome. That's where they conquered me. So much so, that in the end we decided to spend the remaining six days of the trip there. Yes, I recognize it, we stayed in Bali for 6 days at the hotel. The Kodok (double) room cost $ 35 and included a super full a la carte breakfast. In addition, the hotel had a center where they did massages and some treatments, swimming pool and motorcycle rental. From here I want to publicly thank Jerome for recommending this hotel.
Hotel Villa Agung Beach Inn (between Singaraja and Lovina). The hotel was small and on the seafront, but the truth is that we were quite disappointed. The room was a bit shabby and had no mosquito net or any device to mitigate the attack of mosquitoes that abounded in the area. Also, it didn't include breakfast. Room with bathroom and fan: Rs 275,000, without breakfast.
How to get around Java and Bali?
The distances in Indonesia are huge. For long journeys we opt for the plane. There are several companies that connect Jakarta with Yogyakarta (Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia Air, Batavia Air and Lion Air). The flight lasts one hour. We flew with Air Asia, we bought the plane ticket a month before and it cost us 242,000 rupees. We also hired the flight from Bali to Jakarta with Air Asia and it cost us Rs 675,000, invoicing a suitcase of 25 kg each. In addition, we had to add the airport departure fees which for domestic flights was 30,000 rupees and for international flights, 150,000 rupees. Currently some airlines include the airport departure fee on the ticket.
Important: The Air Asia website does not accept Spanish credit / debit cards, but does accept their mobile phone version: Air Asia Mobile. It is a bit more rudimentary to use than the official one, but more effective.
Goa Gajah, Bali
In Yogyakarta we basically move with bechak (ciclorickshaw). The prices vary according to the negotiating power of each one, although in general, I think we paid much more than normal because I did not see myself with the heart of being arguing to pay 0.20 euros less to a man who really needed that money to survive. Here are the prices we pay as guidance: