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Summer Family Vacation Ideas (TOKYO or INDO)

Feb 16th, 2019, 11:19 PM
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I wouldn't suggest the ferry/train option from Bali to Java unless you plan to stop in North Bali or East Java / Bromo along the way. To get directly from Ubud to Central Java it's best to fly.

The Merapi area's main draw is Borobudur and other ancient sites, like the Dieng plateau. There are also tea and coffee plantations in the area. Depending on the level of volcanic activity you can climb Merapi and other mountains in the area. The countryside is serene and scenic with many opportunities to explore small villages, markets and rice paddies on foot or bicycles, to attend dance and gamelan performances and to visit local artisan workshops.

The most convenient airport from which to access Singapore is Yogyakarta. Solo (Surakarta) is about an hour's drive. Semarang on the northcoast is about 3 hours from Yogya or from the Dieng Plateau. Pekalongan, a town completely dedicated to batik, is about 2 hours from Semarang.

South of Yogya, there are beaches rafting rivers and caves which are very popular with local holiday makers.

I haven't been to La Joya resort. No question that Balangan is a good surfing destination, but there isn't much else in the area. I would avoid Garuda Wisnu Kencan Cultural Park and some of the other big new developments around Dreamland. The sunset kecak dance near Ulu Watu temple is a Bali classic.

Canggu as I mentioned is comprised of several beach communities. Each one has its own personality, but in general the vibe is laid-back surfer/yoga. Tanah Lot sea temple is on the north end. The beaches are lively but a bit scruffy. So to compare, both are good surf and sunset spots: Balangan (and the Bukit in general) is more scenic, but offers less diversion; Canggu is less attractive, but full of low key shops, restaurants and spas.
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Mar 23rd, 2019, 06:09 AM
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Cruising Flores

marmot do you or does anyone else on this thread have experience cruising around the islands of Flores/Komodo? We might be looking to do a 3-4 night private cruise for snorkeling and hiking, wildlife, etc. Remember, this will be in mid June so the weather should be calm but Hot.

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Mar 23rd, 2019, 06:09 PM
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There are several posters who recently traveled in the area, though I don't remember any chartering live-aboards. I'd suggest you start a new thread with Flores, Komodo, Sumbawa in the title. Once you're in Bali or Labuhan Bajo, it's quite easy to find shared or chartered boats to take you to other parts of East Nusa Tenggara, but the reliability of the vessels is variable. It's best to see the boat yourself, talk to the crew and verify the safety equipment before making a commitment. SeaTrek is a extraordinary organization, but quite pricy.
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Jun 24th, 2019, 10:38 AM
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Great Indonesia Family Vacation

We just returned from a wonderful vacation to Indonesia and Singapore. 14 nights on the ground total with my family of five including three teens. Fun, cultural experiences for sure. Itinerary ended up as follows...

Uluwatu Surf Villas- 3 nights
El Chedi Resort/Ubud- 3 nights
Villa Bajagia/ Nusa Lembongan- 3 nights
Phoenix Hotel/Yogjakarta- 3 nights
Singapore- 2 nights

Thanks for all of the input provided in planning my vacation.
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Jun 24th, 2019, 10:48 AM
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I'm glad to hear that you had such a great time! Please write about your trip for others to learn from your experience.
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Jul 22nd, 2019, 07:04 AM
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Just returned: Singapore, Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Surabaya, Flores

Singapore, of course, needs no introduction other than to add that if jet lagged, dim sum at 2 AM at Swee Choon is delicious. This quarter, also, is filled with vintage shop houses worth meandering around in the wee hours before taking a short taxi ride down to the waterfront to watch the sun rise. Yogyakarta is a fascinating town; the shadow puppet performance with accompanying gamelan orchestra at the wonderful Museum Sonobudoyo was a trip highlight. Took a taxi to Borobudur ($25 usd) and stayed overnight at the peaceful country villa Rumah Boedi. It was great to ride one of their bicycles through the rice paddies and villages to Borobudur (about 1 1/2 miles). Surabaya deserves special accolades as they have undertaken to plant greenery throughout the city. Spotless! Even the river is enjoying a rebirth. An old port town (the venue of Joseph Conrad’s novel Victory), it has old communities — like the lovely warren of streets in the Arab Quarter — among the new residential towers and malls. The food was the best. Labuan Bajo in Flores is, itself, a one snorkel town but getting a day boat around the stunning surrounding islands for nature in and out of the water made it really worthwhile.
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Jul 22nd, 2019, 09:56 AM
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I hope you'll write a little more about your trip. I would love to hear more of the details and your opinions on the itinerary you finally chose, especially since you considered such a wide range of options in your planning! What are you glad you did, or didn't, do?
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Jul 22nd, 2019, 09:57 AM
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Thanks for your report travseehear!
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