It has the largest number of active volcanoes! Great monuments of ancient civilizations that have survived to this day, and two great oceans – the Indian and the Pacific. This is a unique country Indonesia. Experienced traveler Oleg with eight years of travel experience shares his independent journey through Indonesia to the island of Java.
– Let’s get acquainted)
– Hello! My name is Oleg. I have been traveling for the 8th year. Direction – Southeast Asia. He visited almost all countries in this region: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines. Outside the region, he visited Ethiopia and North Korea. In Russia: at Baikal, Kamchatka and the Far East. In addition to travel, I am engaged in laying and drawing up routes, tracking, and information support. I develop new projects on the topic of author’s training tours to teach the skills of independent travel in practice.
– What is the uniqueness of Indonesia?
- Well, firstly, it is just INDONESIA – the most, most, most … The largest island state and the largest Muslim country in the world. It has the largest number of active volcanoes!
- A country where there is no alcohol, in principle.
- Off the coast of Indonesia, there are two great oceans – the Indian and the Pacific.
- There are about 350 nationalities in the country who speak 700 languages.
- This is the only place in Sumatra where you can see orangutans in the wild. And such temples as Borobudur and Prambanan ?! Along with the Khmer Angkor, these are the great monuments of ancient civilizations that have survived to this day.
In general, I do not have enough space and time to tell about all the features and uniqueness of this country! I deliberately missed the island of Bali, because it is such a “tourist hostel” that has nothing to do with real Indonesia.
– Oleg, how many days did your route in Indonesia take?
– The route was not very difficult (by the way, I put it in my “Javan Tour”) and long, because he was part of a trip to 4 countries (Thailand-Myanmar-Malaysia and Indonesia).
It took me 10 days to get acquainted with the capital of the country – Jakarta, fly across all Java to the cultural capital of Jogju (Yogyakarta), visit the famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, climb Mount Merapi, and descend into the Jomblang cave.
– How to get to Indonesia on a budget (from Moscow)?
– Well, budget travel, best of all by flight to Jakarta. There are no direct flights. I usually fly on Arab airlines with connections in the Emirates or the Bahrain airline Gulf Air. The price is about $ 450.
– What to see in Jakarta?
– There is a misconception that there is nothing to watch in Jakarta. And that it should be used only as a transit springboard. This is not entirely true. Even, not at all. Two days will be enough for you to: see Batavia Square and the old port on the shores of the Java Sea, Chinatown and the Istiklal Mosque, art lanes and huge bazaars, a national park with the Independence Monument, and many museums and parks. And shopping in the capital will exceed all your expectations – I have not seen such low prices anywhere in Southeast Asia.
– What do you remember about Java?
– To tell the truth, I went to Java, only because of one thing – the Borobudur temple! It was only later that I was greatly impressed by the ascent to the Merapi volcano and the Jomblang cave. I remember the two-storey market in Yogyakarta, saturated with the pungent smell of spices, where there was not a single tourist except me, and where I bought local tea to the eyeballs (100 packs).
The Javanese themselves are kind and helpful people (I’m not talking about tourist places where beggars and gopniks breed, as in all of Asia), always ready to help.
– Did you meet the sunrise at the Borobudur temple? Tell us about this magnificent place.
– Unfortunately, I was in Java in winter, and the weather did not allow me to meet the dawn (cloudy), but the temple itself impressed me! This is a place of POWER, and not only spiritual. One feels a surge of something similar to vigor throughout the body. I’ve only experienced this in Cambodian Angkor! In short, it is impossible to describe it – you better watch my videos in VK, everything is there in detail and clearly.
– What is special about Jomblang Cave?
– Well, there are many features. These are vertical caves, and you can go down there only with insurance. Depth 60 meters. Having passed underground at this depth, you come out to another “well”, and here the most important miracle of this cave awaits you – a huge column of sunlight that falls from a great height into a dark well. An unforgettable sight!
– Oleg, tell us about climbing the active Merapi Volcano.
– The volcano is located 20 kilometers from Yogyakarta. There are several climbing routes and it is best to have a walking navigator if you are going to climb on your own.
I went up from the blind side of the village of Selo. The ascent to the Merapi volcano began at one o’clock in the morning in order to meet the sunrise at the crater. But our hopes (mine and of two other Singaporeans) were blown away by a cloud of sulfur gases, the wind changed, and we had to “quickly” leave.
- trekking shoes
- fleece jacket (pretty cool at height)
- track sticks
- 2 liters of water
- energy bars
The ascent lasted 4.5 hours and met all expectations – the views from the volcano are mesmerizing! Descended 3.5 hours. This track impressed me so much that I quit nicotine and have not smoked for 3 years. I have all the videos in my VK and U-tube channel.
– Tell us about the amazing Prambanan temple complex.
– Prambanan temples can be reached by train or public transport – 18 kilometers from the center. I was struck, as in Borobudur, by the very fine stone carving and architecture of the buildings! It is difficult to tell something specifically, you have to see it with your own eyes.
– Indonesians – what are they?)
– The Javanese themselves are kind and sympathetic people, always ready to help (I’m not talking about tourist places where, as in all of Asia, beggars and gopniks breed). They are more “educated and decent” or something. It seems to me that religion, Islam, plays an important role here. And they don’t drink alcohol! I saw the first country where even beer is not on sale!
– How much does it cost to travel around Indonesia on the Jakarta-Yogyakarta route?
– I will give you the calculation of the budget for my “Java Tour”.
Dates of the training tour in Indonesia:
June 11-25, 2019
From 13 to 27 August 2019
Meeting at Jakarta Airport, Sukarno Hatta – June 11, August 13
The cost of the tour itself is $ 520.
Indonesia route cost per person:
- Transfer along the route – $ 200, including transfer to Merapi
- Excursions – 142 $
- Flight Jakarta-Jogja – $ 76, or train travel $ 34
- Accommodation and breakfast – $ 325
- Guide services – $ 50
- Total on average $ 800 per person for the entire tour
- Add another 100 dollars to the bazaars and shops in Jakarta and Jogja.
– Oleg, your wishes for tourists going on a trip to Indonesia)
- The best time to travel to Indonesia is summer! Because the humidity is reduced and the heat is tolerated more easily than in winter.
- US dollars are in use.
- Take alcohol with you – it is not here (except for Bali). Although I do not recommend drinking (this is not Turkey) – they will not understand!
- Here is not strict Islam, but democratic, but women, nevertheless, should not shine with their charms.
- The visa is opened automatically upon arrival for 30 days.
- The prices are the cheapest in Southeast Asia – a subjective opinion.
Interviewed by Olga Avrakh
Photo by Oleg