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20 Best Luxury Yachts to Cruise Indonesia

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago with over 17,000 islands, yet most tourists only visit the overcrowded and saturated island of Bali. Until recently, it was still difficult to access some of the most remote parts of Indonesia. It required using local transports which, while adventurous, often turned out to be unsafe, uncomfortable, and inconvenient in terms of schedule. If you are on a budget, you can still travel this way and enjoy a truly unique experience. A much nicer alternative is to book a luxury cruise, or even to charter an entire boat and its crew. There are now several ships operating in Indonesia offering liveaboard experiences, mostly in the eastern part of the country (Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Papua and Sulawesi). The best are privately owned and managed by foreigners who are passionate about sailing, diving, and discovering the culture of the islands they visit. Almost all the luxury boats mentioned below are Indonesian/Dutch schooner (also ca

Yes, You Need Travel Insurance for Indonesia. Here's Why:

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When I speak with short-time travelers in Indonesia, I am baffled to realize only a few have a proper travel insurance or a medical evacuation insurance. Among long-term residents and expats, there are also many who do not have health insurance, particularly among those without a working permit. The objective of this article is to convince you that spending a few dollars per day on an insurance is not a waste of money. Even if you are on a tight budget, you can get a cheap one ( as low as 3$ per day if you take a yearly subscription - check here ) that will at least save your ass in case of a serious illness or accident. If you cannot afford it, then you probably should not travel to Indonesia. Why you need a travel insurance in Indonesia While you certainly need insurance everywhere, there are even more reasons to get it when you travel in Bali , Jakarta or the rest of Indonesia: You are exposed to more risks There are several risks specifically related to being in Ind

Guide to Choosing Your Hotel in Jakarta

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I am asked daily by readers for tips about choosing a hotel in Jakarta . This little guide should answer all the questions I've ever received such as: - What is the best area to stay in Jakarta? - Where can I find a cheap guesthouse for under 10$ per night? Is there a backpacker area in Jakarta? - What are the best budget hotels in Jakarta? Which hotel chain offers the best value for money ? - What is the best accommodation for less than 50$? - Which 5-star hotel should I choose? Which 5-star hotel is the closest from action ? Which 5-star hotel has the best bars and restaurants? - Can I bring girls to my hotel in Jakarta? What are the names of girl-friendly or guest-friendly hotels in Jakarta ? - Can I actually sleep in Alexis Hotel , Malioboro Hotel, Travel Hotel or Classic Hotel? - Is there a spa or massage parlour near my hotel? - Which hotel do you recommend near the airport ? - Which hotels are connected to popular malls?

10 Best Things to Do In Jakarta

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Many tourists hate Jakarta because they visit it the wrong way. They check the things to do in a guidebook or on the internet, and then try to do as many as possible in a short time. Since they are not familiar with the city, they get stuck for hours in traffic, walk in the heat from one sight to the other, and spend more time bargaining than actually talking with Indonesians. I am not saying that Jakarta is perfect, but if you know what to do, you can definitely have a good time. Below is my list of the 10 most recommended things to do in Jakarta, starting from the best. An alternative title for the article could probably have been "How Not To Hate Jakarta". Your suggestions are welcome, please just write a comment at the end. You can also read  Is Jakarta worth visiting?  for more information. 1) The best thing to do in Jakarta is to date a local (at least for guys) Let's be honest here. Would Jakarta be as interesting for expats as it is today without I

7 Reasons Thailand Attracts More Tourists Than Indonesia

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Thailand welcomed over 29 million foreign visitors in 2015 while Indonesia only had 10.41 million. Almost 3 times less.  This is quite an abnormal situation considering Indonesia is a much larger country with better beaches, better surfing, better diving and better hiking. The cultural and natural diversity of Indonesia is unmatched in Southeast Asia. There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia and only 5 in Thailand. If only Indonesian cuisine was more famous, it could compete with Thai food (similar Malaysian food was named  6th Best in the World by CNN ). Indonesians are just as nice as Thai people, and they speak English better. 

Cheap Travel to Bali: A Complete Guide

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Traveling cheap in Bali is not difficult if you are well-prepared and well-informed. The following guide is a must-read for any visitor wanting to get the most out of her/his dollars without sacrificing on quality. I've lived 3 years in the island, enough time to know the best tricks and tips to save money on what is unnecessary. My goal is to help you make the right decisions regarding your flights, your hotels, your meals, your transportation and the attractions you visit. If you have any questions about your trip, you can leave a comment below or contact me directly: thibaud@jakarta100bars.com. Best Time to Visit Bali? Choose Your Season Carefully

Is Jakarta Worth Visiting?

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There are barely any tourists visiting Jakarta. Most foreigners you see are expats or businessmen. In the backpacker street of Jalan Jaksa, you will have a maximum of 50 travelers on any given night. For a capital city with 10 million inhabitants, this is exceptionally small.  It is not difficult to understand why most people avoid Jakarta: It is noisy, smelly, dirty, polluted, hot and messy. Getting around is difficult with massive traffic jams, no sidewalks and bad public transportation. There are no spectacular tourist sights and the attractions are disappointing compared to those in Bali, Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur .  Things are not as bad as they seem though. If you can get past your first negative impression, you will discover that Jakarta is home to museums , modern malls, authentic neighborhoods, traditional markets , monuments, religious buildings, parks, cultural centers, art galleries, a beachfront and of course one of the best nightlife in Asia

Train from Bucharest (Romania) to Istanbul (Turkey)

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If you enjoy traveling by train, the trip from Bucharest (Romania) to Istanbul (Turkey) via Bulgaria is worth considering. You will take 3 small train, each with only a few wagons, across the rural areas of the 3 countries. The pace is rather slow, probably less than 60 km/h, with multiple stops in-between. It is perfect for slow travelers who have plenty of time and who like meeting people from various nationalities. Surprisingly indeed, most customers onboard are foreigners, including many young backpackers. From what I was told, the fares are deemed too expensive by locals who prefer other travel options. The train is neither the fastest nor the cheapest way to travel from Bucharest to Istanbul. To summarize:

Sleeping in a Male-Only Capsule Hotel in Tokyo

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The best way to save money on a trip to Tokyo is to sleep in a capsule hotel. Depending on the location and the facilities, it costs from US$20 up to US$50 per night. During my stay, I chose one of the cheapest capsule hotels in Tokyo, the male-only Oriental Capsule & Sauna in Ueno. It is a very convenient location to explore the city as both the Metro and the Japan Rail Yamanote Line are within 200 meters. Rated above 7,5/10 on Booking.com and Agoda , the price is around US$20-25 per night. You can use HotelsCombined.com to compare the rates and find the best deals.

11 Indonesian Islands You've Never Heard Of

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The next Bali or the next Lombok is listed below. If you are a tourist considering going to Bali to enjoy a quiet beach holiday, just forget it. Bali is ridiculously overcrowded and it is starting to look no different than Jakarta: Clogged with traffic, disorganized and polluted, it is far from the paradise it pretends to be. The good news is there are 17,000 more islands to explore in Indonesia, with far better beaches and scenery. Sure, they require a bit more effort to visit and you may not find 5-star honeymoon resorts so easily. But once tourism will develop and change the authenticity of these islands, you will probably regret not making the trip earlier.

Ikan Bakar Mas Jammuz (Gesing Beach - Yogyakarta)

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Ikan Bakar "Mas Jammuz" is a local seafood warung with an amazing view on Gesing Beach, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all Java (the first photo above was taken from the table we were eating at). It is not easy to reach it though, you'll need to drive about 1h30min from Yogyakarta on a tiny, yet brand new road. The trip itself is fun and you'll go trough small villages, forests and various plantations. You can rent a motorbike in Yogyakarta for that (Rp60,000 for the day).

Public Swimming Pool in Bangkok: Wisutamol (Olympic Size)

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If you are a swimmer looking to do some laps in Bangkok, look no further than the Wisutamol Swimming Pool. It is located next to the National Stadium, a 3-minute walk from the National Stadium BTS station. The complex is also called Visutdrarom. It is the best and cheapest olympic-sized (50-meter) public swimming pool in Bangkok (at least from the ones I tried). It is open to everyone and you'll just need to pay 100THB to enter. If you live in Bangkok, you can become a member for 1000THB, and then only pay 50THB per visits. To do so, you must provide a copy of your passport with two photo IDs. They will also make you pass an easy test (floating 5 minutes in the water and swimming 50 meters). The basin is in the open air so the sun can hit you pretty hard. It's best to bring some sun lotion and maybe goggles with UV protection. I've always found the water and the environment to be clean for local standards. The place is starting to age though as you can see f

Bachelor Party in Jakarta

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This guide will give you insider's tips and recommendations to help you prepare a memorable bachelor party (or bachelorette) in Jakarta with your friends. I will answer all the questions you may have about the best clubs to visit, how to get around in the city, which hotels to choose, how to meet Indonesian girls and how to stay safe. If there is anything else you would like to know, please write a comment or send me an email thibaud@jakarta100bars.com. Partying with friends? Read my guide:  18 Best Apartments for Bachelor Parties in Jakarta

Why I Never Fly With Air Asia

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Update 2016: AirAsia has changed the way you book their tickets online, so part of this review is not relevant anymore. In the new system, there are no more tricks to make you book unnecessary upgrades and add-ons. I am surprised that Air Asia can still get the title of "World's Best Low Cost Airlines" in 2013 considering it is by far the worst company and the one company I always try to avoid when flying in Asia. It seems like AirAsia is so good with its marketing and advertising that people are brainwashed into thinking that they are receiving a 5-star service when flying with them. I hear people excited about taking AirAsia, when the truth is that they will pay more for sitting in a super tiny seat without any food or service and probably departing late. AirAsia is more expensive than any other low cost airlines in Asia while it does not give back any thing to its customers. Obviously, they do cut on their services and operating costs but the money save