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Trip to Indonesia: preparations

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I am planning my trip to Indonesia of a month and the first thing I have observed is that the country is much larger than imagined. I am still in phase one where I bought the flight, the guide, I have browsed a few websites to contrast destinations and I still do not have the route fully prepared.


Flight on November 12 and doubts assail me when booking a flight beforehand or waiting for me to arrive in the country. On the one hand I break the improvised way that I usually take when making a trip of this type: I like to go for free and stay as long as I want in each place. On the other, I have doubts if the prices and flight availability will be the same as I now see on the websites of Air Asia or Garuda.

At the moment I am observing that Air Asia It is an ideal company for flights between the main destinations in the area (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Medan in Sumatra, Jakarta in Java and Bali) with prices around 40 euros only. On the other hand, there is another low cost company in Indonesia -Garuda- which makes multiple regional combinations that bring us closer to more remote islands of Indonesia like Ambon or Kendari although I doubt that it has time to make these spectacular getaways. However, these flights already approach 130 euros one way.

For now, the route seems to be seen as follows, although I am sure that I will make many changes before leaving. That's why I'm still doubting if I buy the tickets now or wait a little longer ...

  • Arrive to Singapore where I don't plan to stay more than three days.
  • Coach in the direction of Melaka -Malaysia- where a wonderful traditional community awaits me where to sleep one night.
  • Coach in the direction of Kuala Lumpur Where I will not be more than two days.
  • Flight from Kuala Lumpur to They give me (Sumatra)
  • Visit to Parapat, the lake area of Danau Toba and Berastagi. That will take me another three or four days.
  • From Berastagi there is a coach that brings me closer to the national park of Gunung leuser in five hours
  • Visit of a couple of days in the national park and return by coach to Medan where to fly to a destination in Java either Jakarta, Bandung or Yogykarta.
  • Visit to the ruins of Borobudur.
  • Climbs to the volcanoes of Bromine Y Kawah Ijen on the island of Java.
  • Arrival to the island of Bali

From here it will depend on how much time I have left. I imagine that it will be very little given the wide range of options offered by this gigantic country split by the ocean everywhere.

Can anyone who has visited Indonesia show me the places that one cannot miss? Any recommendations regarding buying airline tickets at the same site? Is there a danger of price increases or do planes usually fill up quickly? We are in low season in Indonesia but you never know….

As you can see, I am still in a sea of ​​doubts, although that makes the trip even more authentic!

Image | Wandering Gus

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