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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2016
How is Javan rainy season in january-february?  (5 Answers)

I'm planning an Indonesian road trip for january-february and of course Java is an must-see! But I've heard also it is the rainy season at that time. But how does the rain fall at that period? Is it some kind of endless heavy rainfalls or more like unpredictable short rainfalls bursting in the middle of the day, quickly replaced by sun as I experienced in Borneo (Kota Kinabalu)?

I've been in Bali in february. It was sometime a bit rainy but still bearable. Is it the same climate in Java?

Thank you :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2016
surabaya and around  (3 Answers)

i will go for 05 days to surabaya and i need visit some interesting locations
what are the best destinations around surabaya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2016
Car sharring ?  (1 Answer)

Dear travellers,

My partner and me plan a nice trip by hiring a car from Bali to Jakarta with overnights stop at Ijen, Bromo, Tretes, Jogyakarta, Pangandaran beach, Bandung and end in Jakarta.

We are open and anyone of max 2 persons joining and sharing the budget ? For periode of 17th june to 27th of june.

Please give us a note. We are flexible 8n route and time.

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 31, 2015
Where to go at Mid / East Java for a family with kids  (3 Answers)

Dear all,

I'm actually already roughly organizing our roundtrip for next summer (mid-July / mid-August). We're a family with two daughters who recently became 6 & 8 y/o and we intend to visit Northern Sumatra, Java, Lombok and Bali. Northern Sumatra, Lombok and Bali are quite easy to schedule and organize myself. However, I'm strugling with the Javanese part since it's huge and we need to skip certain parts preventing ourselves from being too rushed and being in a time squeeze. We do have 8/9 days for Java in mind.

Yogya and it's surroundings are a must for us (also quiet for the kids when we do have our Yogya hotel as a ground base for several days). Also Mt. Bromo (eastern Java) are a must for us. So a trip from Yogya to Malang / Bromo (with 2 or 3 overnights during this trip) is something which I do have in mind. After Bromo we intend to catch the flight from Surabaya to Lombok.

My question is which village / small town is nice to have a stop for 1 / 2 nights when travelling from Yogya to Malang. 1. We actually consider Serangang (which seems quite in the middle between Yogya / Malang). Solo is also interesting, but this is still quite far away from Malang.

2. We also hear good stories about Kediri / Blitar, but here again....Blitar is quite close to Malang already and driving time from Yogya to Blitar is quite long.

Any further opinions / feedback welcome! If you consider below schedule the best for a family with kids (5&7 y/o), let me know as well.

30 juli: Medan - Yogya
31 juli: Yogya (Borobudur)
1 aug: Yogya
2 aug: Yogya
3 aug: Yogya - Serangan
4 aug: Serangan
5 aug: Serangan - Malang
6 aug: Malang
7 aug: Malang - Bromo
8 aug (Monday): Mt Bromo (Sunrise / Vulcano / (avoid Mt. Bromo in the weekend) - Surabaya
9 aug: Surabaya - Lombok

Many thanks for your input and feedback and sorry for this long introduction....:-)

Regards, Roger

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2015
Nice beaches on Java?  (7 Answers)

Are there any nice beaches on Java? With "nice" I mean gently sloping, with fine sand and a couple of restaurants and guest houses in a coconut palm grove behind the beach. Something like (Palolem / Goa) or (Mirissa / Sri Lanka)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2014
Surabaya mt bromo tour and surrounding areas.  (2 Answers)

hi can anyone recommend a good tour company in Surabaya to book trips with.
Thanks Carlos.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2014
transport during ramadan  (5 Answers)

Hello, I have just realised that I am visiting Indonesia during Ramadan this year and am concerned that transportation will be a problem for me (buses and taxis to and from airports for example). Does anyone know how easy it is to get around during this time? I will be staying in Yogya, Padang and Bukit Lawang. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2014
how many days required to visit Java (west, central, east)?  (6 Answers)

I am planning to visit Java island Indonesia by mid of May for 4 days. Could you please let me know how many days required to visit Java and recommend a good itinerary?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2014
Planning to visit East Java  (4 Answers)

First of all I hope that the situation created by the Kellud volcano will become to the normality with the alerts reduced and the people doing their normal living
We are planning to visit East Java and going by land from Gogyakarta up to Banyuwangi , visiting Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen at the end of March
I know that things may change very fast, but do you think that in that time every thing should be recovered and that this route may be done without much risks and with the normal commodities ?
It should be good to prepare a "plan B" just in case ?
I hope every thing is much better on that side
Thank you
Gracias !!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2014
stuck in yogykarta  (5 Answers)

hi we are stuck in yogykarta due to the volcanic eruption anyone knows the airports situation? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2013
9 day trip on Java, need a plan!!  (5 Answers)

We are going to Java, Indonesia flying into Jakarta on 01/02/14 and flying out of Bali on 09/02/14. Can anyone recommend a good itinerary to see a few spots on the way down? Maybe 2 or 3 stops.

Also whats best way to get to bali from Java? Boat? How long does this take and whats it like?

We were kinda hoping to get to Bali for 07/02/14 to spend 2 nights there before we leave...

Any help would be much appreciated as I dont know much about the area!

Thanks, Nathan

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2013
Events in Indonesia?  (2 Answers)

Are there any events, such as festivals, in Java or Bali between February 23 - March 18?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2013
Bali - Kawah Ijen - Bromo - Bali  (1 Answer)

Hi There
I am arriving in Bali at the end of this month. I will be on my own for a week before my boyfriend arrives and have some time to kill before we head off on a surf trip... I'm very interested in making my way to check out Kawah Ijen and Bromo in Java. I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking for cheap transport and accommodation, I also want to know if its best to do the trip on your own or to book a package tour. I'll be starting my journey from Kuta and would like to know all the buses/ferries that I would need to take and all the routes I need to follow (towns/ports/etc). If you could give me a rough idea of how much it would cost that would be great :) Also, I am a female travelling on my own... is Java safe??

Thanks in advance for answering my many questions! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2013
How much to get in Krakatoa?  (1 Answer)

How much does it cost to get in Krakatoa?? Are speedboats still about 1.6 million now?? Going tomorrow (Tues 13th August) from Jakarta.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2013
getting to Mount Bromo from Jakarta...  (5 Answers)

hey all
we arrive in Jakarta end of of August for about 7days... we want to climb Mount Bromo for sunrise... whats the quickest way to get there from Jakarta? thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2013
Train journey from Yogyakarta  (2 Answers)

Can anyone comment on the trains from Yogyakarta to the Seloliman National Park? AC?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2013
Dressing for Java  (6 Answers)

Wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to what to bring with me with regards to clothing for Java this time of year. We'll be in Java traveling from Jakarta to Ubud...about 2 weeks. Also, would an insect repellant of 30% Deet be enough protection?
Thanks for any help you can give me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2013
Getting around Java  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some advice regarding how best for me and my girlfriend to get around Java in July. We land in Jakarta and will be travelling through Java and ending up in Bali (just started looking at the route but thinking of a lot of places, for example the first part of the route we'll go through Bogor, Cipanas, Bandung, Garut, Kampung Naga and Panagdaran and we know we want to visit Yogyakarta). We have about 9 days to get to Bali so will not have time to stay over in each of the places..

The question is what's the best way to travel? We want to maintain flexibility as our route/timings won't be exactly planned out. Options I'm thinking of are 1) hire a car with sat nav but is it safe in terms of road quality and car jacking type issues, 2) hire a car with sat nav and driver, but this is a long trip so is this possible, how would it work for the driver's accommodation etc. and can it be booked in advance, 3) use taxis as and when we need to travel but I guess this would be an expensive option and are taxis easy to get hold of across Java, or 4) any better ideas?

Any advice much appreciated.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2013
Jakarta to Krakatoa  (5 Answers)

Will be in Jakarta for a few days with a friend and we really want to go to Krakatoa but all the prices seem really expensive, can anyone advise a cheap and easy way to get from Jakarta to Krakatoa please, many thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2012
Safety in Java  (3 Answers)

How safe is Java for a backpacker to travel around?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 09, 2011
tailored suits  (1 Answer)

I noticed quite a few places in my previous travels in SE asia (particularly vietnam) where you could buy some cheap tailored suits... does anyone have any info on this for indonesia? And if so, any suggestions, I will be in Java mainly, so Jakarta, Yoga.. I'd be open to any suggestions...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2011
two weeks dec/jan  (11 Answers)

Hi, I will be arriving in Jakarta, Dec. 24th. My rough plan is to work my way across Java, hopefully Yoga, Bromo, Ijen, etc. Give myself the option of New Years in Bali (if i feel the need to party!) then relax somewhere until its time to catch my flight out of Jakarta January 7th.

My questions:
1. I loved the rice terraces of China, by trekking around Yoga, Bromo, Ijen, will I find some? Any suggestions about particulars, or other spots to look?
2. Is Bali a must see?
3. Would Batu Karas be a good place to relax for 3 or 4 days, maybe give surfing a try? I'm looking for laid back, not too touristy (or at least a good area to mix with locals (eat lots of real indonesian food!).
4. As a food junkie, is a couple days in Jakarta recommended? Sights to see? Food markets?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2011
Travel Buget? How much per day?  (3 Answers)


Please give me an idea in planning my travel buget:

Cost of a bottel of water (1 liter)?
Cost of a decent beer?
Cost of a can of coke?
Cost of a bottle of wine?
Average meal on the street?
Meal at a mid range/average restaurant?
Fishing trip at sea?
Scuba diving?

We'll be staying along Karang Bolong Beach near Anyer.
Any must see travel sights and/or must do adventures near Anyer?

I'm leaving in 10days time.

Thanx a 1,000,000!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2010
Help planning a week in Java...  (5 Answers)

We are arriving at Jarkata airport in the evening and want to travel through Java before moving onto Bali or Lombok after about a week.
We would definately like to see Borobudur, Mount Bromo and Yogyakarta. We would like to do some by train and maybe some flights to save time.
Can anyone recommend a sensible route and can we book tours when we arrive in various places.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2010
Javanese Beaches  (4 Answers)


A friend and I are traveling to Java and we'd like to spend a few days on the beach somewhere. We've researched Pangandaran, Parangtritis, Pacitan and Pulau Seribu but are still unsure of where to go. We would like to go somewhere with white sand and a thriving traveler community. Out of the above options, where would you recommend?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 17, 2009
Trek to Badui tribe


Has anyone done the hike to visit the Badui tribe? If so, how hardcore is it? I've read conflicting reports with some saying it's a moderate hike while others describe it as gruelling. Some clarification would be much appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2009
Road Travel From Jakarta to Banyuwangi  (3 Answers)


1. I would like to know whether is it possible if i want to complete a travel within a week from Jakarta to Banyuwangi with few stops like Bandung, Semarang, Jogja, Solo and ended at Banyuwangi? or its better to allow 2 weeks to complete the travel?

2. is it better to travel between the city by bus or by plane? is the express bus service between the towns is good? how about train?

3. i wish to go to bali to from banyuwangi? how long it will take from banyuwangi to bali by ferry or express boat and how much it will cost?

4. or may be i should make my stops list shorter and allow more time to at every stops?

im open to any comments and suggestions as i know this road trip will cover more than 1000 km of travelling. i wish for a road trip as i hope to see as much as i could on this great island and teach the right things to my kids.

your kind response or ur travelling experience are much appreciated. thank u.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2008
java travel  (2 Answers)

Hey all,

I am flying into bali around january 2009 and I am planning on traveling over land through java. I am setting aside 10 days traveling time to reach Jakarta and was hoping to get some suggestions on places of interest on the way.
Is train travel the best option though java?
Is 10 days enough to see the must see's?
Is it faily inexpensive? I am use to traveling on a budget with moderate accommodation and street food.

Also what are the budget local airlines in indonesia which can offer cheap flights back to bali?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2008
M'sia->Jakarta->Bandung->Yogyakarta->Mt.Bromo->Solo->M'sia : 9 Days Back-Packing  (2 Answers)

Hi,we r (abt 14 pax)M'sian nature lovers who adore free & easy travelling. Eager to see Java's natural beauty, integrate with locals, experience Javanese art & culture & lifestyle this year end. Your advise/comments would be appreciated in completing my planning :)

My question :

1) Is my itinerary feasible for a 9-day trip ?
2) Will we ended up "on-the-move" most of the time instead of "holidaying" ?
3) Or should I defer some of destination(s) to another trip ?
4) How long shld we stay in each place ?
5) Do you think this type of travelling (on trains & buses)wld be suitable
for wheel-chaired traveller ?

Life is great, cherish it.
Cheers, GreenGreen from M'sia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2007
Lonely Planet - Indonesia - Would you sell it to me?  (3 Answers)

Hi everybody! I would like to get the 'Lonely Planet - Indonesia' book (7th or 8th edition), but unfortunately it is 'currently out of stock' on Lonely Planet website. Could somebody help me to find one?

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