Impressive Bali & Lombok Trip Notes

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Welcome to an extraordinary 15-day Indonesia trip that promises to unveil the natural splendor and cultural wonders of two Indonesian gems: Bali and Lombok. Our meticulously designed tour invites you to embark on a captivating journey through these enchanting islands, where ancient traditions merge seamlessly with breathtaking landscapes, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted.

Our adventure commences in the serene coastal town of Sanur, Bali. Here, you will be greeted by the gentle lullaby of the ocean waves and the warm hospitality that Bali is renowned for. From Sanur, we will set our course for Lovina, a charming fishing village known for its tranquil black sand beaches and the chance to witness playful dolphins leaping in the morning light. The tour then takes us to Kintamani, a highland region nestled on the rim of a volcanic crater. Continuing our journey, we will discover Candidasa, a hidden coastal gem that invites you to unwind on its tranquil shores and explore the rich cultural heritage of Bali. But the adventure doesn’t end there! We’ll make our way to the idyllic Gili Trawangan, a tropical paradise renowned for its white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife.

This 15-day Indonesia tour promises to immerse you in the beauty, traditions, and warmth of Bali and Lombok. Join us as we explore the diverse landscapes, savor mouthwatering cuisine, and dive deep into the rich cultures of these two islands.

Duration : 15 Days

Destination : Bali / Lombok

Start/Ends in : Sanur / Sanur

Group Size : 12-42 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Overland

Hotels : 5 & 4 Star

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * You’ll fall in love with this tour for its perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. From tranquil beaches to exhilarating activities like snorkeling and surfing, it caters to every type of traveler.
  • * Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 5 & 4-Star hotels and ride in private modern coaches.
  • *  The diverse destinations on this journey offer something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, natural beauty, or vibrant nightlife, Bali and Lombok have it all.
  • * You’ll love the opportunity to explore the lesser-known corners of these islands, such as the serene Candidasa and the idyllic Gili Trawangan, offering a unique and authentic experience.
  • * The rich and flavorful cuisine of Bali and Lombok is a culinary delight. Savoring delicious local dishes is an integral part of this tour, sure to tantalize your taste buds.

  • *  The warm and welcoming people of Bali and Lombok will make you feel like family, ensuring that your journey is not just a vacation but a heartwarming cultural exchange that you’ll cherish forever.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting and Finishing Point:

The meeting and finishing point for the tour is :

Santika Premiere Hayam Wuruk – 5 Star – Jakarta

Address : Hayam Wuruk St No.125, RT.5/RW.6, Mangga Besar, Taman Sari, West Jakarta City, Jakarta 11180, Indonesia

Phone : +62 21 2600818

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Highlights

  1. Kintamani: Located in the heart of Bali, Kintamani offers breathtaking views of the volcanic Mount Batur and its serene crater lake, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.
  2. Koeta: Koeta, Bali’s liveliest beach resort town, is famous for its vibrant nightlife, water sports, and a wide range of shopping and dining options.
  3. Lovina: Situated on the quieter northern coast of Bali, Lovina is known for its black sand beaches and the opportunity to spot playful dolphins on morning boat trips.
  4. Mount Bromo: Mount Bromo is an iconic volcano in East Java, attracting adventurers and photographers alike with its otherworldly landscapes and dramatic sunrise views.
  5. Sanur: Sanur, a tranquil coastal town on Bali’s southeastern coast, offers a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere compared to other beach destinations on the island.
  6. Sidemen: Tucked away in Bali’s lush rice terraces, Sidemen is a hidden gem known for its scenic beauty, traditional Balinese culture, and serene ambiance.
  7. Surakarta: Also known as Solo, Surakarta is a cultural hub in Central Java, celebrated for its Javanese traditions, palaces, and vibrant batik art.
  8. Ubud: Ubud is Bali’s cultural and artistic center, where lush rice paddies, temples, and a thriving arts scene create a unique and enchanting atmosphere.
  9. Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta, often referred to as Jogja, is a historic city in Java famous for its ancient temples, royal palaces, and rich Javanese culture.

Itinerary

Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

On your first day of exploring Bali, your journey begins as you step off the plane. Our seasoned guides will warmly welcome you at the airport’s arrivals hall and escort you to your hotel in the charming Sanur area via a private transfer service.

  • Accommodation
    Prama Sanur Beach Bali – 5 Star

Embark on a memorable journey to the Jatiluwih rice-field terraces, which hold the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Afterward, we’ll set off to Bedugul, where you can explore the renowned Ulun Danu temple nestled beside a picturesque lake. Our adventure continues to Lovina via the scenic route through Munduk, with a captivating stop at Asahgobleg to take in the breathtaking views of the twin lakes, Buyan and Tamblingan. Your overnight stay awaits you in the tranquil embrace of Lovina.

  • Accommodation
    Lovina Beach Club and Resort – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Jatiluwih
    Sightseeing of Ulun Danu Temple
    Sightseeing of Topkapi Palace Museum

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel. When the time is right, embark on a captivating journey to Sekumpul Waterfall, a true gem among Bali’s natural wonders. This picturesque waterfall isn’t just one but a mesmerizing cluster of six to seven slender cascades, nestled within a lush bamboo forested valley.

To reach this enchanting site, you’ll embark on a nature trek through the charming village of Sekumpul, situated in the scenic upland region of Buleleng in North Bali. Located just an hour’s drive southeast from the serene Lovina Beach, these falls are fed by two pristine upland streams. While it’s the most accessible waterfall in the area, reaching this idyllic spot still demands a bit of effort, with paths consisting of dirt tracks, approximately a hundred steps, and several stream crossings.

  • Accommodation
    Lovina Beach Club and Resort – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Sekumpul Waterfall

Begin your day with a delightful hotel breakfast, followed by an exciting excursion to explore the magnificent architectural marvel of Pura Beji Sangsit. Similar to many other temples in Bali, this sacred temple complex is divided into three distinct sections: the outer ‘nisata mandala,’ the middle ‘madya mandala,’ and the innermost ‘utama mandala.’

Our journey then leads us to the enchanting Lake Batur in the breathtaking region of Kintamani. You’ll be spending the night in the tranquil ambiance of Kintamani, surrounded by the natural beauty of the area.

  • Accommodation
    Pramana Zahill Kintamani – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Pura Beji Sangsit Visit
    Sightseeing of Lake Batur

Start your day with a delightful hotel breakfast before embarking on an exciting journey to Ubud. Our first stop takes us to Tampak Siring, where you can explore the Holy Spring Water Temple Tirta Empul.

Next, we continue to the renowned Sacred Monkey Forest, home to approximately 700 Balinese long-tailed macaques in their natural habitat. Stroll through the expansive 12.5-hectare forest, a haven for these vibrant and healthy monkeys. You’ll also discover three temples within the forest, harmoniously guarded by the resident monkeys. Your overnight stay awaits you in the charming town of Ubud.

  • Accommodation
    Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Sacred Monkey Forest
  • Sightseeing of Tampak Siring

Explore the Keliki Rice Walk and immerse yourself in the heart of Balinese rural life while enjoying the stunning vistas of lush rice fields. Witness the daily routines of local residents, including visits to nearby elementary schools (please note that schools are closed on Sundays, school holidays, and public holidays), and local warungs for a taste of authentic cuisine. Your trek concludes in Sebali village, where you can relax in a traditional Balinese Gazebo and admire the captivating Traditional Balinese Painting in the Keliki Style on paper. On your way back to the hotel, don’t miss the opportunity to make a stop at the Ubud Palace.

  • Accommodation
    Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Keliki Rice Walk

Set off on an exciting journey to witness the traditional process of crafting ‘arak’ (rice spirit), a renowned practice in the charming Sidemen region (availability permitting). As you continue your adventure, you’ll be treated to the breathtaking landscapes of rice fields in Iseh, Duda, and Pesangkan, followed by a picturesque drive to Manggis village via the scenic countryside road of Putung. Along the way, soak in the awe-inspiring vistas of rolling hills and lush valleys before arriving at your hotel in the serene enclave of Candidasa.

  • Accommodation
    Ramayana Candidasa – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

Capture the essence of Bali’s most breathtaking landscapes on this visually enchanting tour designed for avid photographers and travelers seeking picture-perfect moments. Our first destination is the ethereal Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple, a serene sanctuary exuding tranquility. At the summit, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing view of the gate against the backdrop of Mount Agung.

Our journey continues with a visit to the opulent royal water garden in Karangasem, Tirta Gangga. This enchanting oasis boasts a picturesque pond, serene lake, elegant fountains, and guardian statues, all enveloped by a lush tropical garden.

Next, we explore the ancient village of Tenganan, known as Bali Aga, celebrated for its Balinese double ikat weaving known as ‘gringsing.’

After this enriching experience, we’ll return to your Candidasa hotel, having captured memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Accommodation
    Ramayana Candidasa – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Lempuyang Temple
    Sightseeing of Tirta Gangga
    Sightseeing of Tenganan

Begin your day with a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, we’ll be there to greet you in the hotel lobby, ready to provide you with a comfortable Shared InterCity (SIC) transfer via a speed boat. This transfer will whisk you away to Padang Bai harbor, where you’ll board a fast boat for a picturesque journey to the island of Lombok, known for its stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture.

Once you arrive at Lombok’s harbor, our team will be at your service to ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel in the enchanting Kuta, Lombok. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s natural beauty, from its breathtaking beaches to its lush green hills, making your Lombok experience truly unforgettable.

  • Accommodation
    Novotel Lombok– 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

Embark on an unforgettable full-day adventure, beginning with a visit to Tanjung Luar harbor, where you’ll board traditional motorized outriggers bound for the enchanting Pink Beach 1 and Pink Beach 2. These stunning beaches are renowned for their uniquely pink-hued sands, creating a mesmerizing natural spectacle.

Our first stop takes you to Pink Beach 2, also known as Segui Beach, a pristine and less-crowded gem among the pink beaches in this region of Lombok. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Gili Petelu, a snorkeler’s paradise, and discover the vibrant underwater world.

Lunchtime arrives at Pink Beach 1, or Tangsi Beach, where you’ll savor a delicious BBQ seafood feast prepared by local fishermen, adding an authentic touch to your dining experience. Then, venture to Pulau Pasir, an ephemeral sandbar that emerges during low tide, offering a unique and picturesque setting for exploration.

This comprehensive tour promises a day filled with natural wonders, adventure, and culinary delights.

  • Accommodation
    Novotel Lombok– 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Included Activities
    Sightseeing of Pulau Pasir

Embark on a picturesque journey to Tetebatu, nestled in the hills, where you’ll explore the charming villages of Tete Batu and Loyok. As you venture deeper, a gentle trekking experience unfolds, leading you through lush forests inhabited by Black Monkeys (Pitu), towering Mahogany Trees, and fragrant clove and vanilla plantations. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of Lombok’s finest rice terraces.

Before reaching Senggigi, our journey takes a cultural pause at the Lingsar Temple. This unique temple serves as a symbol of harmony and unity, as both Muslim and Hindu communities come together for prayers and worship. It’s a remarkable place that will leave a lasting impression on you.

After a day of exploration, you’ll find comfortable accommodation in the scenic Senggigi area, offering a perfect retreat to relax and recharge for more adventures ahead.

  • Accommodation
    Merumatta Lombok – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Lingsar Temple Visit
    Sightseeing of Tete Batu and Loyok

Accommodation : Khao Sok Boutique Hideaway Cliff View – Lodge

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at your hotel,

Afterward, enjoy a convenient transfer from Senggigi to Teluk Kode Harbor, where you’ll board a fast boat bound for the captivating Gili Trawangan. Your transfer will even include a Cidomo ride, a traditional local mode of transportation on Gili Trawangan.

Settle into your comfortable accommodation in the vibrant Gili Trawangan area, where you’ll have the perfect base to explore the island’s beauty and vibrant atmosphere.

  • Accommodation
    Scallywags Resort Gili Trawangan – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

Embrace a day of pure relaxation and leisure with absolutely no set plans or activities on your agenda. Your accommodation in the heart of Gili Trawangan offers you the ideal home base for crafting your own island adventure.

Gili Trawangan is a tropical haven brimming with enticing possibilities for every traveler. Spend your morning or afternoon lazing on the pristine beaches that surround the island. Let the gentle waves kiss your toes as you soak up the sun. Snorkeling and scuba diving are fantastic ways to witness vibrant coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life.

For the adventure seekers, engage in water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet skiing. The island’s warm, turquoise waters provide the perfect playground. As the sun sets, Gili Trawangan comes alive with a vibrant nightlife scene. Enjoy beachfront bars, live music, and fire-dancing performances under the starry skies.

  • Accommodation
    Scallywags Resort Gili Trawangan – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel,

Afterward, enjoy a seamless transfer from the picturesque Gili Trawangan back to Bali via a fast boat. Your transfer includes a Cidomo ride, a traditional local mode of transportation in Gili Trawangan.

Upon your arrival in Bali, you’ll experience a convenient and direct transfer from Serangan Harbor to your hotel in the Sanur area. This transfer is provided by a speed boat and is shared, ensuring a hassle-free journey.

Relax and unwind in the comfort of your accommodation in the beautiful Sanur area, making the most of your last night in Bali.

  • Accommodation
    Prama Sanur Beach Bali – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

“Start your final day of this unforgettable tour with a delicious breakfast at your leisure. Then, get ready to bid farewell to the stunning landscapes and rich culture of Bali. Our friendly guide will be there to ensure your seamless transfer to Bali Airport, ensuring that your journey concludes on a smooth and hassle-free note.

As you leave, carry with you the cherished memories and experiences from your Bali adventure. Until we meet again for your next incredible journey!

  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 5 & 4 Star Hotels, Lodge

Airport Transfer : Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour

Meals : 14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches

Transportation : A/C Vehicles, Ferry from Lombok to Koeta

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing :

Jatiluwih
Ulun Danu Temple
Danau Buyan
Sekumpul Waterfall

Pura Beji Sangsit
Lake Batur
Holy Spring Water Temple Tirta Empul
Sebali Village
Manggis Village

Lempuyang Temple
Karangasem
Lombok
Tanjung Luar
Segui Beach

Gili Petelu
Tetebatu
Lingsar Temple
Sanur
Gili Trawangan

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room, or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.

Prama Sanur Beach – Bali- 5 STAR

Located on the Sanur Beach, the 5 star Sanur hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, three different restaurants, a fitness and a SPA center.

Lovina Beach Club & Resort – Lovina – 4 STAR

A charming hotel located in Lovina, Bali. The hotel features an on-site restaurant, an outdoor pool & whirlpool and a SPA & Fitness Center.

Pramana Zahill – Kintamani – 4 STAR

A beautiful, rustic-design hotel offering its guests a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant offering local dishes and a cocktail bar.

Best Western PremierAgung Resort – Ubud – 4 STAR

Surrounded by tropical scenery, this 4 star Ubud hotel features two outdoor pools, a fitness & SPA center and an on-site restaurant.

Ramayana Hotel – Candidasa – 4 STAR

An elegant hotel & example to Balinese architecture, offering its guests a swimming pool, SPA center, a restaurant offering local dishes and a bar.

Novotel – Lombok – 4 STAR

Nestled in the Kuta Beach, Novotel offers traditional-design & comfortable rooms equipped with coffee maker, flat screen TV and safebox.

Merumatta Hotel Lombok 4 STAR

A 5 star luxury hotel that is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant & bar, wellness center and a private beach.

Scallywags Resort – Gili Trawangan– 4 Star

Guests will be staying at elegant garden villas at this charming beachfront hotel equipped with an outdoor pool & on-site restaurant.

Budgeting

Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Essential Information: Indonesia

Passport & Visas

Travelers to Indonesia must ensure they have the appropriate visa and passport documents before embarking on their journey. For many nationalities, Indonesia offers a 30-day visa-free entry option for tourism purposes, which can be extended once for an additional 30 days. However, it’s essential to check the specific requirements and eligibility based on your country of origin, as some nations may need to obtain a visa in advance.

A passport with at least six months of validity from the date of entry is mandatory. Additionally, travelers should be prepared to show proof of onward or return travel and sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia. It is advisable to double-check the latest visa regulations with the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before traveling to ensure a smooth and hassle-free entry into this diverse and beautiful archipelago.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Indonesia and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

Australia – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/

New Zealand – https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

USA – https://travel.state.gov/

Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/travel-insurance

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.

Weather

Indonesia experiences a tropical climate with a distinct wet season (November to March) and dry season (April to October). The best time to visit depends on your preferences and the region you plan to explore. Generally, the dry season is popular for outdoor activities and beach vacations, with July and August being the peak tourist months. For a more tranquil experience, consider the shoulder seasons of April, May, September, and October when you can enjoy pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Keep in mind that diving and surfing enthusiasts should check specific regions and seasons for their preferred activities. It’s crucial to research the climate of your intended destination and stay informed about local events and holidays that might impact your travel plans.

Money Matters

Money matters in Indonesia are relatively straightforward for travelers. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), and it’s advisable to carry some cash in small denominations for minor expenses, as many smaller businesses and local markets may not accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in cities and tourist areas, making it easy to withdraw cash in IDR using international debit or credit cards. However, it’s a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with card transactions. Credit cards like Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments, especially in more touristy areas. Still, it’s wise to have some cash on hand, particularly in remote or less touristy regions. Money exchange services are also readily available at banks and currency exchange offices, although rates may vary, so it’s advisable to compare rates and fees before exchanging currency.

Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping.

Tipping in Indonesia is appreciated but not mandatory. In restaurants, a 10% service charge is often added, but if not, leaving a 5-10% tip is customary. In smaller eateries, rounding up the bill is appreciated. For hotel staff, tour guides, and drivers, a tip of IDR 10,000 to 100,000 is appropriate based on the service provided.

Eating & Drinking

Indonesian cuisine is a flavorful and diverse culinary experience, known for its rich blend of aromatic spices and ingredients. With over 17,000 islands, the cuisine varies across regions but commonly features staples like rice, noodles, coconut, and an abundance of fresh herbs and spices like lemongrass, ginger, and chili. Signature dishes such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Rendang (slow-cooked meat in coconut milk), and Satay (grilled skewered meat with peanut sauce) showcase the depth of Indonesian flavors. Sambal, a spicy chili paste, is a ubiquitous condiment. Indonesia’s cuisine offers a tantalizing mix of sweet, savory, and spicy tastes that appeal to a wide range of palates, making it a must-try for any food enthusiast.

Nasi Goreng: This is Indonesia’s version of fried rice, typically cooked with a mix of vegetables, meat (such as chicken, prawns, or beef), and a fried egg on top.

Rendang: A flavorful and tender meat dish, often beef or chicken, slow-cooked with coconut milk and a blend of aromatic spices until it’s rich and fragrant.

Satay: Skewered and grilled meat, usually served with a peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce, or a spicy condiment called sambal.

Gado-Gado: A vegetable salad typically served with a peanut sauce dressing, often accompanied by tofu, tempeh, and boiled eggs.

Soto: A flavorful soup made with either chicken or beef, enriched with spices, herbs, and coconut milk, and served with rice.

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Internet access in Indonesia has greatly improved, particularly in urban areas and tourist destinations, with reliable 4G and 5G networks available. Rural regions may still have slower and less reliable connections, often limited to 3G. Mobile internet is widely used, and SIM cards with data plans are easily obtainable for travelers. Wi-Fi is prevalent in urban areas but varies in quality. Internet cafes are common, providing affordable access. However, there are some internet content restrictions, and a VPN may be needed to access blocked content. Overall, internet access is affordable and accessible in most parts of Indonesia, but it’s advisable to plan for potential variations in speed and reliability.

Culture, Religion, and Traditions

Indonesia is a diverse and culturally rich nation with a complex tapestry of traditions, religions, and cultures. The country is predominantly Muslim, with Islam being the most widely practiced religion, and it greatly influences daily life and traditions. However, Indonesia’s unique blend of Hindu, Buddhist, and indigenous animist influences has resulted in a fascinating cultural diversity, exemplified in the arts, architecture, and festivals. Balinese Hinduism, for instance, has a profound impact on the island’s vibrant arts and rituals. The country’s traditions are marked by elaborate ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, where communal participation is highly valued. Traditional arts like batik, wayang kulit (shadow puppetry), and gamelan music showcase Indonesia’s artistic heritage. Indonesia’s cultural and religious diversity fosters a spirit of tolerance and pluralism, making it a harmonious and inclusive society despite its vast and varied landscapes.

Etiquette and How to Dress

Etiquette and dress code in Indonesia are influenced by the country’s rich cultural and religious diversity. Modesty is highly valued, particularly in interactions with locals and when visiting religious sites. When dressing, it’s essential to cover your shoulders and knees, so wearing long pants, long skirts, and tops with sleeves is advisable. In more conservative areas, such as Aceh, it’s even more important to dress modestly. When entering a temple, mosque, or someone’s home, it’s customary to remove your shoes. When greeting others, a slight bow or a handshake is common, but it’s polite to use your right hand as the left is considered impolite. When receiving or giving something, use both hands. Additionally, it’s crucial to show respect for elders and those in positions of authority. Overall, demonstrating cultural sensitivity and modesty in your dress and behavior will help you navigate Indonesian etiquette with respect and courtesy.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/ and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/booking-terms/

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/responsible-travel/

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