- The itinerary covered Java (interesting and varied) and Bali (noisy and touristy). I didn't like Bali because it was such a tourist destination especially for the Australians. However, this is a personal view and I think the itinerary offers the opportunity to see two very different Indonesian islands.
The itinerary was well balanced with walks, ancient buildings, dance and theatre. In a very short time I achieved a real feel for Indonesian culture and its heritage. People were pleasant, restaurants were cheap, the transport was good and the hotels, excluding the simple category were of a very good quality. Even the simple stays were fine, reminiscent of the accommodation used in the past. In fact the Lava View Lodge was so well located it would be unkind to be critical and will be happily remembered for a night singing along with the local musician.
1. If you take part in the walks to Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen you will need some good walking or trail shoes, you do not need your walking boots.
2. Take light weight wet weather gear. This can double up as an additional layer when you do the early morning walks. It can be cold so take a woolly hat and gloves.
3. Drink plenty of water. The temperature was 31 - 32 degrees in mid April but felt like 40 degrees because the climate was very humid.
4. Enjoy the culture. Go on all the optional excursions - attend the puppet show and Ramayana Ballet in Yogyakarta and see the Fire Dance in Sanur. Importantly, visit the Exhibition of Masks and Puppets on the drive to Sanur, the exhibits are life size and displayed in traditional Javanese antique houses (donations).
On a final note I would say this holiday represents excellent value for money.
Published on: 27 April 2017