When we came back from Australia we knew we would be near it
as our travel to Indonesia was going to happen soon. It’s a country
with lots of things we love: wonderful nature landscapes and ancient
temples in the jungle but, besides, as animal lovers we are, we’ll have
the chance of enjoying the fantastic fauna there.
As usual, the first choice to do was when going
there. Generically speaking, rain season is from November to March, but
it can be larger for some islands, and even be the opposite in Sumatra.
As we’re not going to Sumatra, we pointed to October, as it is the end
of dry season, but still on it, and we get that boundary we use to seek
with good weather and low season, so best prices and less crowded.
If someone starts an investigation for this
country will soon learn there are tons of things to see and do. Only
Bali needs several days for itself. A part of Bali, we have in our
must-do list the temples in Yogjakarta, Komodo National Park and
orangutans in Borneo. Only with this, we’ve got an itinerary with small
room for something else.
Flights from Europe take us to Jakarta and are expensive, so
we look for options by using a city in another country to use for being
able to use different cities for entry and exit Indonesia. We can help
our itinerary this way. As we did for Australia. Then we used
Singapore, and we look at it for this time too but, finally, Kuala
Lumpur resulted to be more convenient. When we were purchasing the
flights, rates difference made flying to home from Jakarta a better
option, saving time and money this way.
Our final itinerary starts spending a week in
Bali, with a trip to Komodo in the middle of it. Then we spend just the
days we need for the temples in Yogyakarta and the orangutan tour in
Tajung Putting, in Borneo, and come back from Jakarta.
El plan de ruta general (número
de día y donde hacemos noche), cerrado definitivamente, ha quedado así,
comenzando por el 18/10/2018:
2: Kuala Lumpur
3, 4, 5 and 6: Ubud (Bali)
7, 8 and 9: Labuan Bajo
11 and 12: Yogyakarta
13: Tajung Pating
Total budget for this travel has been around 2800€ for
the two of us. 70% of it has gone to the flights, which has an
explanation on the cheap the country is but how far it is and its
distribution in different islands.
We kept an eye on round flights to Jakarta, Singapore and
Kuala Lumpur in order to detect our best chance to purchase it.
Airlines giving good offers for these cities were top ones: Emirates,
Etihad and Qatar Airways.
Rates for flights to Jakarta were never under
700€, while for Kuala Lumpur were available by around 500€. Malasian
capital city is the hub for what is considered as the best low-cost
airline in the world: Airasia, so it started to stand up as best option.
When we were going to buy the flights to Kuala
Lumpur the best offer was coming from Qatar Airways, then we check
rates for “Multiple destinations” option for using Jakarta as exit city
and it was just a few over 600€. Those 100€ more were compensated by
long with the flight back to Kuala Lumpur which, besides, needed of a
hotel night in a city to be used as link, as there are no direct
flights from the city in Borneo we’re going to be at the end of the
travel. These cities for the link are Semarang or Jakarta so, at the
end, by using Jakarta as exit city we’re saving one day, a flight to
Malaysia and two hotel nights in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.
We finally purchase these Qatar Airways flights by
640€ per person.
Immediately after this, we purchased the flight from Kuala
Lumpur to Denpasar (Bali) with Airasia by 56€ per person, with baggage
For domestic flights linking islands we had more
time. We needed one from Bali to Yogjakarta, the one to go to Pangkalan
Bun, in Borneo, and the one leaving that island. And then, we needed
the return flight to Labuan Bajo from Bali for the trip to Komodo.
As some Indonesian airlines give problems for
paying online with foreigner cards, we performed our searches, our
choices and paid all flights using tiket.com Indonesian website. It’s
from there were we purchased all domestic flights listed below.
Our only problem was for going from Yogyakarta to
Pangkalan Bun, as there is no direct flight and the most used option is
to take a van from Yogja to Semarang. We preferred to take two flights,
with link in Surabaya rather than being several hours in a crowded van
on the road.
Finally, then, return fligths with Qatar Airways
are like this, by 1280€:
10/18/2018 BCN 08:50 DOH
10/18/2018 DOH 19:40 KUL
11/02/2018 CGK 18:20 DOH
11/03/2018 DOH 01:45 BCN
The flight to Bali with AirAsia by 112€ (56€
10/20/2018 KUL 09:10 DPS
And the list for domestic flights is like this:
Bali to Labuan Bajo with Wings Air and back to
Bali with Nam Air by 260€ (130€
10/24/2018 DPS 12:50 LBJ
10/27/2018 LBJ 11:35
Bali to Yogyakarta cwith Wings Air by 98€ (49€
10/28/2018 DPS 10:25 JOG
Yogyakarta to Surabaya with Wings Air by 62€ (31€
10/30/2018 JOG 09:00 SUB
Surabaya to Pangkalan Bun with Nam Air by 102€
30/10/2018 SUB 13:30 PKN
Pangkalan Bun a Jakarta con Trigana Air por 75€
11/02/2018 PKN 07:35 CGK
With this, the total cost for flights, which is by
long the biggest cost on this travel, is around 1860€.
As usual, we've used
to choose our accommodation for every city. As it seems rates is not a
problem for this destination, we’ve been looking for the best option in
the location we wanted for every place.
In Kuala Lumpur we looked for hotels around
Petronas Towers. We’re usually arriving quite restless after these long
flights, so we look for something comfortable for getting all the sleep
we need, and yet not missing the main highlight on this city as it is
just across the street. We could find this for the Apple Boutique Hotel, where we
book one night by 324.90 MYR (about 68€).
In Ubud, the city in the center of Bali that we’re
going to be based for our exploration of the island, we’ve chosen
The Umari, a hotel looking
excellent from the pictures and reviews where we’re going to spend four
nights for less than 30€ per night.
We’re finally going to spend three nights in
Labuan Bajo as we plan to get the tours to Komodo once there. Our idea
is having a tour to Komodo island and another one to Rinca island, but
we may have the chance of taking a two days tour if the offer is good
enough. In any case, we pay nearly 100€ for three nights in Wae Molas Hotel.
We’ll come back to Bali for a single night and
here we want to try one of the luxury place one can get on this island:
a villa with private swimming pool. We find some by around 20€, but
reviews point to old buildings and lack of maintenance. We fall in love
to Villa Puspa,
close to Tanah Lot, where we can get one of these fantastic villas by
around 40€. Somehow, when going to book it, there was only one
available by 66€. But it is the biggest one, with 200 m2 of luxury. We
plan to spend the entire day in there with the only exception of a
visit to Tanah Lot if we couldn’t visit it earlier.
For Yogyakarta we choose Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel,
another hotel looking very good, by around 68€ for the two nights there.
Very few options were left in Pangkalan Bun when
we were going to book, so we quickly get two separate nights, the one
before and the one after the Orangutan tour, in Arsela Hotel. It’s about 25€ by
This makes a total expense in hotels of around
470€. The average cost by night is amazing for the quality of the
We’ll hire a car with driver for our days exploring Bali,
seems to be the best option there. We’ll do it once in Ubud.
We have some tours to hire, but we’ll deal for the ones to
Komodo once we get Labuan Bajo.
Somehow, we’ve hired the tour to see orangutans in
Tajung Putting National Park in advance with Varada Borneo Tours
We’ve chosen the one night and two days tour with speedboat because it
allows us to do the same visits than the three days one in just two
days and we’ll sleep in a lodge in the jungle instead of sleeping in a
boat. We’ve paid 230€ per person, 460€ in total.
Detailed plan, then, is like this: