(= Selamat datang di Indonesia Welcome to Indonesia) This year we enter Surabaya in Indonesia, east of Java island, after 3h45 flight aboard an Airbus 320 of Air Asia. ! Arrival at Juanda Surabaya airport around midnight, the time to buy our "visa on arrival" to pass immigration and get our bags, we already smell the Indonesian kretek cigarettes clove!
In Surabaya, Balikpapan is like, taxis are regulated: a concierge delivers us a ticket with a printed on prices, according to the address you gave. 78, 000 Rp (Rupiah) for 20 minutes by taxi that separate us from Narita Hotel.
We reserve rarely room, but for our late arrival time, it was still more cautious. We had done this last year in Jakarta. And begin the journey quietly, it is also preferred to build on average prices in major cities. The economy is often very low quality or dirty. Unfortunately when we booked from Bangkok, there were only VIP rooms ... Too bad for 45 € the room, we'll have fun! We know that for the rest of the trip, we will sleep in a spartan comfort.
Very good surprise on arriving at Narita, it really is a "chic" hotel, unlike the so-called chic hotel that we booked last year in Jakarta. Hyper Warm, opulent reception, restaurant open 24h/24, VIP room huge and tastefully decorated, wifi, computers in the lobby ...
We had planned to change rooms for the second night, but we like our VIP room!
, premières kreteks Cigarettes indonésiennes au clou de girofle et premières Bintang. After taking possession of our room, we reconnect with our Indonesian habits first nasi goreng fried rice Indonesian first Indonesian kretek cigarettes with cloves and raw Bintang. No doubt we are in Indonesia.
The next day was devoted to the logistics of living. First, exchange money and buy our tickets for the next step (Java -> Borneo) and finally buy a SIM card to put in my old phone. It is convenient to have a local cell here, it costs almost nothing and it helps to be a little more independent.
We are greeted like royalty. Employees are all smiling at us in almost proud that they have chosen their bank. When they are launching a "selamat pagi! "(Literally" good morning "), they are surprised and redouble smile. As often simply say a few words in Bahasa Indonesia (the national language) them to believe that fluent, so they chained themselves to full speed and then we has learned the phrase "Bahasa Indonesia Bisa bicara sedikit , sedikit "(talking a little bit). In Surabaya, they speak English, so no worries.
We are made up to the first floor and a lovely young woman taking care of us. She made us sit time of the transaction, it is not a currency exchange, but a small bank, so we must first show that our euros are in good condition, and employees spend some calls for exchange rate (from what we understand), and finally proposes a rate. Then you have to wait that we deliver the tickets. It is fast millionaire in Indonesia since 100 € are about 1 million rupiah!
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Scattered thoughts2005-03-04 12:12:15 by wat2dowat2do
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We went to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, etc. How long have you got? I assume 2 weeks.
Use BKK as the hub. Not only do Cathay and Sing air have return economy tickets at the moment for less than $800, but Bangkok is a hub for most of those countries. Bangkok airways is great, just like the old Reno Air.
Fly to BKK. You will get ... you can only get a taste, then Saigon is a great city to taste). You won't get to see Ho Chi Min in his tomb glowing pink but, hey he's preserved for prosperity, right?
BKK - SIAM REAP - SAIGON - BKK (2nights in BKK) then separate ticket
BKK- Laos - BKK
With Laos, give little time to Vieteniene unless you have the time.
There's some sample itineraries on this website :
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