July 6 to October 26 2017
On our worldtrip we wanted to travel from the top of Sumatra all the way down to Australia… We booked a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Medan and from there we traveled up to Pulau Weh and down again through Sumatra, Java and currently we have reached Bali.
If we want to see this entire country, we’ll have to speed up, because Indonesia is huge.
With it’s 14.572 islands this archipelago is worlds largest island state. About 260 million inhabitants of which more than half living on the island of Java.
Indonesia is also one of the biggest Islamic countries in the world. 87% is Muslim and that is noticed by the large amount of Mosques. On every street corner and at least seven times a day you can enjoy the sound of chanting from the prayers through their loudspeakers. Not always charming, but mostly acceptable. This country being as Islamic as it is doesn’t mean ladies need to wear a headscarf, a burkini or long dresses. It’s all about respect, a normal covering bikini on the beach is mostly fine, but not on the boulevard. There is no strict dressing or behavior code for tourists, just apply the over all rule: try not to offend anyone 😉
The most northern and second biggest island of Indonesia situated on the equator and definitely one of the most stunning ones. Sumatra is beautiful with it’s pearly white beaches, clear blue seas, untouched rainforest and sweetest people we have ever met. Sumatra is awesome! This might be why we stayed here for 46 days…
You know those little pieces of paradise in between Bali and Lombok? The totally stunning Gili Islands are whet you call a tropical paradise. Perfect palmtrees hanging over white beaches, a fluorescent blue sea and a chill vibe. Doing nothing but relaxing, snorkeling and drinking fresh smoothies on the beach our days were much too short.
During our worldtrip we were in Indonesia from the end of July until the end of October. The temperatures in the first month (about 24 degrees centigrade) were fantastic, especially in Sumatra the nights were much cooler (about 18 degrees C) and even during the day we could be much more active. An occasional shower cooled things off and the fresh breeze was sometimes even a bit chilly.
Traveling southwards ánd further into the season the temperatures in Java were much hotter, but most days of September the temperatures were still an acceptable 28 degrees. Almost no rain. Reaching Bali and especially further east around Komodo Island in October the heat was a disaster. No wind and a relentless burning sun on your skin all day long of 34 degrees plus.
The best time to visit these southern islands is probably in may or june at the beginning of the dry season.
- Transportation: € 1074.50
- Accommodations: € 1035.00
- Food and drinks: € 1268.00
- Entrance fees: € 84.00
- Other: € 302.00
- White bread in supermarket: € 0.60-1.25
- Coffee latte in a lunchroom: € 0.90-1.90
- Beer (650 ml) in a cafe: € 2.50-3.50
- Beer (650 ml) supermarket: € 1.50-2.00
- Coca Cola in restaurant: € 0.60-1.50
- Fresh fruit salad in restaurant: € 1.50-3.50
- Fried noodles in restaurant: € 1.00-3.50
Applying for an Indonesian 60 day visa
Because our stay in Indonesia will be longer than the regular 30 days for which you get a visa upon arrival, we need to apply for a 60 day visa in advance. This Social Cultural Visa can later be extended at any immigration office in Indonesia for about € 25.00.
When we get to the Consulate of Indonesia in Kuching on Malaysian Borneo the office is very…
Extending your Indonesian 60 day visa
The bureaucracy has reached it’s unexpected low point when we went to the immigration office in Yogyakarta the extend our 60 day Social Cultural Budaya Visa. Our visa would expire on Friday so we thought going to the immigration on Monday would be early enough. The visa costs enough and every day we wait would be a day longer in Indonesia. There are many places in Indonesia where you can extend your Visa…