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Member Name: evan bateup
Date: 12/11/01, updated on 12/11/01 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Wondeful People, Fantastic Sights
Disadvantages: Muslim Nation
While Sept 11 may have placed fear into peoples hearts regarding this wonderful country, I can say from personal experiance it is both safe and beautiful.
The people right throughout Indondesia were by far the most friendly that I have ever encounted. This coming from a Kiwi who has also visisted the Pacific Islands and Thailand is a complement.
Bali, while very touristy is still a wonderful place to visit. If you are young and keen to 'meet and greet' there are 1000's of other people you can find late in the evenings at the Sari Club (try the Jungle Juice). Otherwise you can go up to Ubud for culture and batiks, or the northern beaches to get away from it all. Being Hindu, you are safe from any religous problems and these are over mediaised anyway.
The must see for any trip to Indonesia has to be the Gili islands off the coast of Lombok. To get there from Bali, just take a 1 hour ferry to Lombok and a mini van around the island or there is a newer, more expensive fast cat that does the trip straight from Bali.
There are 3 islands, one for younger people who want to party to the early hours. Be aware on Gili Thangwan magic mushrooms are legal and dope is plentiful. There is a robinson crusoe island where you can get away from it all and a family destination. Not only are they incrediably cheap but you can snorkel right off the perfect white beaches. The diving is also cheap and wonderful ($25USD).
Once the situation settles down I suggest a trip to Java. The Mt Bromo sunrise will remind you of middle earth. Anyone who has read Lord of the Rings will be transported there in the imagination imediatly.
Mt Merepi near Jogjakarta is one of the biggest highlights. To be able to climb a hill at night and watch live lava flow down a mountain is a view I am not talented enough to describe. It is an experiance I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Indonesia is one of the cheapest places to go in th
e world, the people are wonderful and just want to meet you. OK they are all trying to sell something as well, but as long as you keep a smile on your face they will love you.
If you get a chance, do not let the biased media put you off visiting this wonderful place. I was there from Sept 5 to Sept 25 and never had one single problem or issue. Do not go wearing an American flag outside of mosques and you will be fine.