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  • 9 days family tour over Java and Bali

    Pack up the gang and head into Java's cultures on a family adventure as your sense of adventure doenst't disappear just because you have kids.... Even better, every child is adventurous. If you’ve been putting off a Javanese family holiday because of the language barrier or logistical worries, don't. With this tour you will discover the best of Java’s street markets, taste Malang's finest bakso, sip tea in the Bromo highlands and visit Indonesia's finest temples. Experience Java the right way: as a family. Java is brimming with unforgettable memories.  


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    Long & short itinerary - 9 days family tour Java & Bali

    Please, read the day by day itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full itinerary. This 9 days family tour is designed for a family with children between 4 and 12 years of age. Indonesians realy adore children and are natural caretakers. This is what makes your holiday more than just a holiday: a relaxing experience.

    Arrival in YogyakartaSymbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali Arrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest, take a swim, head to the spa, or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. Situated at the Malioboro boulevard. The hotel offers a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and BaliVisit the Borobudur and cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and Bali Visit the Borobudur & cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Cycling YogyakartaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia. The temple was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossible apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue,visiting villages is next on your day-trip. The cycling trip will take you to rice fields, other kinds agricultural land, and farms. You will meet locals at work on the fields and at home, and get to know how they live. Many villagers have at home some extra incoming earning activity - home industry - to provide them with extra income. Feel free to give a helping hand and ask questions. If you prefer to go by horse cart, to see it all a little differently, come along!

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    The lighthouse and the pirate ship greet you at the entrance to Jogja Bay Pirates Adventure Waterpark. Open from 09.00 to 18.00 to experience numerous spectacular slides, artificial waves, and a running river. There is also a swimming pool for the smallest with their own slides and other water fun. You can easily spend a whole day as there are also numerous locations with different kinds of food. The store in the pirate ship might even provide you with some souvenirs...

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    By train from Yogyakarta to MalangThe Executive train departs at 08.00 in the morning. Have some breakfast before you head to the train station. This ride is an experience. It shows you parts of Java you wouldn't see if you travel by car. The sceneries are beautiful and the kids have some space to stretch their legs, do some games and play with Javanese kids. At 15.30 you are picked up in Malang and by car you head in about 1 hour to Batu village.

     

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    Pohon Inn Hotel- This hotel is located at the entrance of the zoo named Jatim Park 2. The rooms have WiFi and ac, although not really necessary in this refreshing village in the hills. In the hotel one can find a restaurant with a plateau that twiddles slowly to observe some tigers and panthers. In the zoo one can find besides many many animals, a fun park with more than a few attractions and a fun swimming pool. The zoo is open from 09.30 till 17.30.

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Family tour Java and BaliToday the options are open. The possibilities are rafting, waterfalls, hot springs, swimming, several kinds of musea, fun parks and the zoo. Make your choice.

     

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    Hotel Pohon Inn

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    A walk through the farmer's fields. If you like, you can give them a helping hand. Immerse yourself in Javanese village live. Your guide will help you to feel at ease and enjoy the surroundings and the villagers. Drink a cup of coffee with a newly met family... You will also visit the local tofu factory where soy beans are processed. An interesting process....
    In the afternoon you will drive to Malang where you will spend the night. The babysitter is available in case you would like to spend an evening together.

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    Hotel Pelangi - it is one of Malang's oldest hotel as it was built around 1915. It is located at Malang's heart, at the town square which was transformed into a nice public park. The hotel has a small but fine swimming pool and the colonial atmosphere is adding to the experience.

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Kampong Warna-Warni in Malang, East JavaTake it easy today. You can discover Malang, with or without a guide and with or withour your kids. Our babysitter has her experiences and very well knows how to entertain them. It is her nature to entertain kids, who immedeately will feel at ease and love to share time with her. You can also as family visit the orphanage Al Kaaf in Jabung. Hawai Waterpark which isn't that far from the city center is a favourable activity to start or end your day.

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    Hotel Pelangi

    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    The Bromo sinrise tour starts at midnight. You will be picked up at your hotel by Jeep. Via Tumpang you drive in about 3 hours to Mt. Pananjakan from where you can see the sunrise, if weather conditions allow you to. If it is really dark, the skies are clear, and you aren't delayed, the Milkyway might be waiting for you. If not, you will have to wait for the sunrise.... The sunrise over this ancient landscape can be spectacular as colors come out and change your views. Mt. Semeru is every once in a while erupting to add some mistery to the scenery. After the sun has risen you will descend to the Sea of Sand which you will have to cross before you can climb Mt. Bromo. It is only a 45 minutes walk one way and not that heavy. Take your time at the top of an active volcano in an ancient lunarlike landscape.
    Once back at the Jeep you will be brought to the airport in Malang via de savanna which can be apple green during the raining season and desertlike during dry season. You will also visit a waterfall and a small temple called Jago. Your flight departs at 14.30. It is only a 1 hour flight to Denpasar in Bali. In Bali you are picked up and brought to your last destination of this trip.

    Note: 1. bring some warm clothes as the temperatures are very low; between 0 and 10 °C. 2. there are several view points to see the sunrise. In case you wish to avoid some crowds (if you are visiting during high season) alternatives can be discussed if you wish.

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    Hotel Hard Rock Bali - Kuta, Bali. This hotel is defenitely an attraction for rockin' kids. It is an impressive three-hectare prime site right in the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district. It comes with a swimming pool with slide, spa, meditation, sauna, fitness and climbing wall. It is only a 3 minutes walk to the beach.

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    After an astoundingly night in an amazing hotel you have another morning to enjoy where you are. Suddenly a nine days holiday has come to an end... If you wish, you can extend your stay in the hotel.

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT


    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.

    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

  • Batu village and Mt. Bromo

    Duration: 3 days & 2 nights

    Batu is surrounded by volcanic peaksOne can find Batu village just 18 km northwest of Malang. A happy village surrounded by volcanic peaks. Batu is a popular weekend destination, but makes a relaxed base during the week. And, the active volcano Mt. Bromo is a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Kampung Warna-Warni

    Kampong Warna-Warni in Malang - a tourist's destinationOnce a slum, now a colorful tourist destination: Jodipan. Jodipan is an area in Malang caught between the railroad, the river Brantas and the main road Jl. Gatot Subroto. All houses are coloured and many houses are ornamented with paintings by artists. It was a student's initiative.

  • Malang & Batu: waterfall paradise

    Waterfalls in Malang city and regency - East JavaIn the surroundings of Malang & Batu there are many waterfalls. As many as 27 are visitable, some are easily accessible while others are a little harder too reach. But, certainly there are many more waterfalls which aren't "unearthed" yet. Take some time, travel slowly, get to know Malang, its inhabitants, nature and culture.

  • Overland Java - Bali

    Two islands, many destinations. Java is the heart of the nation. Home to almost 150 million people it is the most populated island in the world.Though, it holds a formidable collection of charming landscapes, sparkling rice fields, active volcanoes, dizzling cities, magical archaeological sites and profound traditions in art, music and dance. While thoughts of Bali are those of paradise. Though Bali is more than a place; it's a feeling, a tropical state of mind. It is the essence of Bali that makes it so much more than just a sunny retreat.Experience one of the world's classic overland routes in your journey through time. 


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    Long and short itinerary - 12 days Java & Bali

    This classic tour is the best option if you would like to see the most impressive highlights that Indonesia has to offer. After 12 days you will defenitely be impressed.
    Take a look at the short itinerary. If you would like to read the itinerary in more detail, just click on the title and a full description will show.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalArrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the famous 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Visit the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaOne of the seven world wonders the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau

    The Borobudur in Yogyakarta - JavaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia that was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossibly apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue, the Dieng Plateau is next on your day-trip. This complex of Hindu temples was built in the 7th century. The five main temples form the Arjuna complex are clustered together on the central Dieng plain, which are connected to eachother by raised walkways. It are Shiva temples that have been named after the heroes of the wayang stories: Arjuna, Puntadewa, Srikandi, Sembadra and Semar. Locals offer, burn incense and meditate here.
    Then you continue to visit the Sikidang volcanic crater, one of several craters at the Dieng Plateau that are still active. Kawah Sikidang consists in steaming vents and anxiously bubbling mud ponds. Be careful as the trails are sometimes muddy and slippery. After Sikidang you will visit the Warna lake - Telaga Warna. The lake has turquoise and cobalt colours from the bubbling sulphur deposits around its shores. To find some privacy, follow the trail counterclockwise to the adjoining lake.
    When you feel ready, you will go back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Yogyakarta city tour & Pramabanan temple Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaYogyakarta city tour in the morning while the Prambanan temple is scheduled for the afternoon

    Employer at the Sultan's Palace - YogyakartaThere are a few cultural must-sees in Yogyakarta. The first one is the Sultan's Palace, also called Kraton, is the cultural and political hearth of Yogyakarta. In fact this is a walled city and home to about 25,000 people of whom 1,000 are employed by the Sultan. The area where the current Sultan still lives was built between 1755 and 1756. This is an examples of Javanese palace architecture. There are daily cultural performances in the kraton’s inner pavilion; starting around 9 or 10 am, varying from gamelan to Javanese poetry readings.
    The second must-see is the water castle - Taman Sari - which is another historical relic to be found just southwest of the kraton. It once served the sultan and his entourage. The water castle was built between 1758 and 1765, and lasted only for 100 years due to war and earthquakes. The bathing pools have been restored.
    Then the journey continues to the Prambanan temple, just outside Yogyakarta and listed in 1991 on the Unesco World Heritage List. The impressive Hindu temples of Prambanan are set in the plains and the best remaining examples of Java’s extended period of Hindu culture. The temples were built between the 8th and 10th century.
    Probably it is getting evening when you are heading back to your hotel. Enjoy your time.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Free day in Yogyakarta Day 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourFree day in Yogyakarta

    A massage for relaxationMake the most of your day off in the cultural and political hearth of Java.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    By executive train to Malang Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaBy executive train to Malang

    Have an early breakfast at your hotel as your train departs at 07.30. You can take a becak to the train station which is nearby. The Malioboro Express will arrive after about 8 hours in Malang. You will be waited for at the train station and brought to your hotel.

     

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    Hotel Ibis Malang - Ibis Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    Malang, the refreshing city with characterSymbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourMalang, the refreshing city with character

    Becak driver - easy mode of transport in East JavaA day of choices. You can discover the city on foot or by bike with a guide, you can take a guided cycling tour to Tumpang village, or cook your lunch during a cooking class in the kampong. Or, just have the day to yourself and discover on your own or just relax in your hotel.

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    Hotel Ibis Malang

    The breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by Smartine

    Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by SmartineThe breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination

    Farmer Bromo area - East JavaAt 01.00 in the morning you will be picked up. It is a three hours drive to Mt. Pananjakan, from which viewpoint you can first meat with the breathtaking volcanic Bromo region. The moonlike landscape in full glory is welcoming you when the sun is rising. Mt. Semeru - Java's highest peak - throws its shadows over the scene, while erupting every 20 minutes.
    If Bromo's condition allows you too, you can walk to the crater rim of this active volcano, after you crossed the black volcanic Sea of Sand. Mt. Bromo is flanked by Mt. Kursi (2581 m) and Mt. Batok (2440 m), both higher than Mt. Bromo (2392 m). All three volcanoes have emerged in an old crater which stretches 10 km across, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater's edge.
    Then, when you meet your driver again, he will bring you to hotel Cafe Lava where you can have your breakfast. After you revived a bit, your journey continues in the direction if Mt. Ijen. Your route guides you via the winding and hilly road over Mt. Arek-Arek before you reach Bondowoso.

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    Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel.As your stay in Bondowoso is short, you might enjoy your rest, but a swimming pool is also available.

    The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake - house PemuteranSymbol day 8

    Symbol day 8The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake

    Early morning departure! At around midnight you will depart to see the phenomenal blue fire at the Ijen crater lake. But, keep in mind that the possibility to see it is depending on local weather conditions. If local weather conditions don't allow you too, or if you do not wish to see the blue fire, you can leave later. Then discuss your departure time with your driver.
    After arriving in Paltuding it is a one and a half hours hike to the greatest acidic lake in the world. You will meet the heroic sulphur miners which have probably one of the heaviest tasks in the world. The miners carry baskets between 80 and 100 kg filled with vast sulphur up the crater rim and then down the mountain slopes to the sulphur weighing area behind the parking lot where you parked your car. 
    Once you are back at the car, your next destination is Pemuteran in Bali. You will take the ferry in Ketapang.

    Note: the blue fire tour is only for those in good physical condition as it is a serious undertaking which can only be seen when it is still dark.

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    Pemuteran (Bali) - Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto.Kubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome.

    Snorkeling neaar Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran - house UbudSymbol day 9

    Symbol day 9Snorkeling near Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran

    Fishes in the sea when snorkeling near Menjangan island, BaliMenjangan can be found within the protected area of West Bali National Park. Menjangan is famous for its calm and clear waters, while the bountiful sea life is just an aquarium but then 10 times better. Beautiful coral formations, clownfish-filled anemones, dazzling coral walls and drop-offs, and caves and nooks to hide in. You might even be lucky to see whale sharks, mantas and turtles. The water temperature is lovely with a 29 ºC, and the current is none to mild.
    After snorkeling you will be heading to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. It also has good restaurants and cafes and many street shops filled with the work of local artists.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.As they call it "A peaceful retreat' in the hearth of Ubud. With only 19 rooms that are cocooned within a tropical garden.

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    Symbol day 10 - Overland Tour Java BaliDance, volcanoes & art

    Tegallalang rice fields near Ubud in Bali, IndonesiaDances are merged with stories and history. The "Barong and Kris Dance" is one of Bali's iconic dances. There are two main characters, namely Barong, which is a lion-like spirit that protects the land and its people, and Rangda, who is a demon queen. A kris is an asymmetrical dagger and deeply rooted into Indonesian culture. The Baron and Kris Dance shows many men waving the kris. The close ties to the mythological traditions of Bali makes this performance interesting.
    Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Nature Reserve & Hindu temple complex. The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. To the villagers the Monkey Forest is as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center. The Forest covers approximately 10 hectares and contains at least 115 different species of trees and is home to three Hindu temples, that were constructed around 1350. About 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys live in the forest.
    You will also visit the central palace Puri Saren Agung. It was the home of the last "king" of Ubud, and now his descendants live in the palace. It was also Ubud's first hotel, opening its doors to paying visitors in the 1930s.
    Another artistic spot to visit is Batuan village, which one can find about 10 km south of Ubud. Batuan village is well-known for its style of painting that originated in the village in the 1930s. This style has emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. The village also contains art galleries and cooperative art societies. Every full moon the ancient Gambuh dance is performed.
    Sri Batu village is a village where one can see how several spices, coffee, cacao, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, and passion fruit are grown. Once can also sample Bali chocolate. Probably you are getting hungry somewhere along this trip. A stopover to have lunch with the volcano Kintamani and Batur Lake as your view, must be brilliant.
    Next. Gunung Kawi Sebatu is a Hindu water temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple complex is built on a natural spring, which feed a series of ponds and pools. Then you still have Tegallalang and Gajah cave on the list for today. Tegallalang is the area north of Ubud and full with beautiful rice fields, those jaw-dropping ones. Take a hike. Goa Gajah - or elephant cave - is your last part of the day, if you still have some energy left. This temple takes you back to the 11th century, if you can imagine it without the parking area and the various souvenir shops and refreshments kiosks.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.

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    Barong in the 'Barong and Keris dance' in Bali - IndonesiaAfter breakfast, check all your belongings and get them in your bag. You are moving to another hotel for the last time during this trip.
    Your day will start with a visit to one of Bali's most beautiful temples. Taman Ayun is a remnent from the Royal Mengwi Dynasty and a landmark in the village of Mengwi. One can see glorious traditional architectural features throughout the temple's courtyards and enclosures Taman Ayun was built in 1634 and underwent a significant restoration in 1937.
    You will continue to Tanah Lot, which is a rock formation off the island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Tanah Lot. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast.
    To be able to join the afternoon sun and some rest, you can check in at your hotel in the beach village Sanur early afternoon. Enjoy the beach.

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    Sanur - Peneeda View - Beach Hotel. Sanur's beach stretches over 5 km. It is a white sandy beach with calm blue water, while a small path connects north and south of Sanur.

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    Symbol day 12Relaxed morning

    Enjoy a relaxed morning as the only thing you will have to do is to get ready for what you are up to next. We can transfer you to the airport in Denpasar.

     

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.
    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

     
     

     

  • Poverty in Klojen

    Old woman - IndonesiaMany stories to tell, many people to help. "A dime for a demand" helps those in need at this right moment. A long term sustainable solution is not (yet) within reach, but the needs can't wait. Think about a meal, cash to buy a school uniform, and about on old women without children to support her.