Have been visiting Indonesia since June 1997 - 9 trips so far with the highlight being 5.5 months wandering around this beautiful country in 2006.
Esp love Sumatra and Aceh and then Java.
Oh what an open ended question- so much to see and do in Indonesia. My great loves are Sumatra and Aceh. Aceh - Ketambe for wild orangutans- flora and fauna. friendly people. Banda Aceh for that magnificent Mosque. Pulau Weh off Banda Aceh for diving, snorkelling and just general relation. Check out this website http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulauweh/ North Sumatra - Bukit Lawang - rehabilitated orangutans, trekking, partying with the locals. Tangkahan - quiet paradise in the jungle- accomodation nestled in the jungle Mega Inn, Jungle Lodge, Bambu River and Green Lodge You can river trek, lay in hot springs and read a book, sit under a small waterfall and get a shoulder and back massage. Go for an elephant trek and wash the elephants in the river - so much fun. Brestagi Go climb a volcano Lake Toba Batak culture, swimming in the lake, trekking, relaxing, great food. West Sumatra Fly into Padang. Bukittinggi - cooler than Padang as high up. Jungle trek to Lake Maninjau. Stay in Harau Valley at Abdi Homestay - a new clean place - listen to the gibbons call in the morning amongst the mist. Painan - 3 hrs by bus south of Padang - definitely off the beaten track Magnificent scenery- great people, stay with Edi at his homestay- he is a crazy lovable friend of mine - has crocodiles out the back. Get him to take you over to Cingkuk Island and laze the day away. Oh I could rave on forever, Pamela almost 9 years ago
Hi, Where in Java will you be on your birthday? If you are in West Java how about heading to Cianjur which is about 2 hrs from Bogor by mini bus or 3 hrs from Jakarta. Check out Yudi Sujana's homestay programme. He is featured in LP South East Asia on a Shoe String and also the new LP Indonesia from Jan 2010. Here is a little website an English traveller built for Yudi whom I have known since beg Sept 2000. http://www.cianjuradventure.com/ From Cianjur you can go down to Pangandaran Beach and see Green Canyon etc. If you happen to be in Central Java then a trip to Dieng Plateau would be nice - a very cool area with temples etc. Visit Yogjakarta, Boroburdur and Prambanan temples. In East Java a trek to Gunung Bromo or a trip to Kawah Ijen would be great places to celebrate a birthday. Pamela almost 9 years ago
Hi, I suggest about 10-12 days in North Sumatra taking in Medan, Bukit Lawang- orangutans, trekking, partying, Tangkahan - trekking,laying in hot springs, swimming, Brestagi - karo architecture, climbing volcanos, Lake Toba - batak culture, great food, relaxing by the lake. Then fly to Padang and spend 10 days in West Sumatra - head by bus up to Bukittinggi - cool area - markets, trekking down to Lake Maninjau - bicycling around the lake - Harau Canyon - stay at Abdi Homestay - new place very clean lovely guy running it Ikbal. Then fly to Jakarta. So much to do and see. Apply for a 60 day visa outsie Indonesia that can be extended up to 4 times. Pamela. Willing to asnwer any other questions you may have. Love Indonesia - been there 9 times and 10th coming up in 2011. almost 9 years ago