Backpacking Route by Air and Ship through Indonesia

Truck the World 2017/18 Leg 5 | Backpacking Indonesia

Truck-the-world’s  expedition truck was not allowed to enter Thailand due to Thai DLT regulations effective 1.1.2017.  Since Thailand is transit country for Malaysia and  Myanmar we skipped this leg for now.

Instead, we took a break from trucking but backpacked 11 of Indonesias islands during late 2017/early 2018 including Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi and Java by air and visited Flores, Rinca, Komodo, Siaba Besar, Sumbava, Padar and Medang by boat.

Colorful Female Backpacking Equipment for 6 weeks...
Colorful Female Backpacking Equipment for 6 weeks….
Colorless Male Equipment for 6 weeks
Colorless Male Equipment for 6 weeks

INDONESIA

Indonesia is one of the most beautiful and friendly of about 100 countries we have visited so far, an insular state with 17.508 islands, 6.044 of them inhabited. Beautiful nature, wonderful seas, magnificient beaches, wildlife and fruit all over. People are poor in terms of money but rich in terms of life, full of energy and exremely friendly, laughing and easy going almost most of the time. Maybe integration of Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish cultures may provide benefits like tolerance, freedom, understanding, happiness?

Major drawbacks, however, exist with terrible pollution across land and sea with plastics all over and even the beaches if not cleaned by individuals. Terrorism  is reported anywhere almost every week, not to mention corruption.

Eathquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanos

Volcanic and seismic activities are reported daily for many places in this centre of the Pacific Ring of Fire with movement and collisions of lithospheric plates.

Bali’s Mount Agung was always active during our travel time but never caused major problems up to date. A safety zone around the crater was established and residents had to leave it. They lived in camps around Mount Agung being supported by National and International Humanitarian agencies. Bali and Lombok airports were closed because of smoke several times but reopenened again soon with the consequence that only a few tourists were arriving.

A few months after we had left Indonesia, Lombok was hit by a severe earthquake and Mount Rinjani eruption killling 500 people and destryoing major infrastructure. Almost all hotels and restaurants were and still are closed, a major impact for people earning their living with tourism.

Same happened to Sulawesi after we had left, earthquake and Tsunami killed more than 1.500 people and destroyed most of the infrastructure in Central Sulawesi. In Northern Sulawesi Mount Soputan close to Tomohon erupted.

Indonesians are used to live with it but if you are a Westerner and get scared easily…

LOMBOK

We took Garuda Frankfort-Amsterdam-Jakarta-Lombok with a boring stopover in Jakarta and spent a week in wonderful Puri Mas resort close to Senggigi at Lombok West coast. We watched active Bali’s Mount Agung being 2 of 7 guests, 50 would be standard during high season.

Garuda Air departing from Amsterdam | Netherlands
Garuda Air Departing for an Exhausting Flight with Delays | Amsterdam
We Enoyed Puri Mas beach| Senggigi
Puri Mas Resort**** and Beach… | Senggigi
Mount Agung Active Smoking for the next Weeks just across the Sea | Senggigi
…Mount Agung Smoking for the next Weeks across the Sea | Senggigi
... and the Sun...
Sun but no Tourists because of Mount Agung…
...while Mount Agung was quite Calm but Cloudy and Scaring...
…Erupting now and then with Big Smoke –  not Clouds –  Scaring…
...Trusting Hindu Sculptures and Ceremonies...
…Trusting Hindu Gods, Saints, Demons and Ceremonies…
Holy Hindu ...
…and Hindu Ganesha…
...Some of them not so Optimistic...
…Some of them not Quite Optimistic…
But we Enoyed Puri Mas ****Resort Run by Dutch | Senggigi
…but we Enoyed Puri Mas Resort Owned by Dutch and Managed by Australians | Senggigi
...Comfortable Inside and Outside...
Comfortable Inside and Outside…
...Enoyed Christmas in Puri Mas Open Air Restaurant...
…Christmas Time in Puri Mas Open Air Restaurant already…
...Puri Mas Tropical Garden...
…its Tropical Garden…
...its Seaside Beds with a Wonderful View...
…Seaside Rests with a Wonderful View…
...Puri Mas Pool...
…Puri Mas Pool…
...And its Rough Beach | Senggigi
…And its Rough Beach | Senggigi
Lombok is Muslim Island and these are the Kids at School close to Senggigi
Lombok is a Muslim Island and these are Kids at School | Senggigi
...Surveyed by an Hindu...
…Surveyed by a Hindu Demon | Senggigi
...with WIFI all over Lombok and Indonesia - not like Germany...
WIFI all over Lombok and Indonesia – not like in Germany…
...Transport is not like Germany either...
…Transportation not German Standard either…
Mosques all over this Island and Close to Mataram
…Mosques all over Lombok | Mataram
Taxi Tour around Lombok with Rice Terraces and Palm Trees...
Tour around Lombok with Rice Terraces and Palm Trees…
...Curious Colleague...
…Meeting Curious Colleagues in Rinjani National Park…
...but Pa Watching...
…with Pa Watching…
...Picking Cashew on the Road...
…Picking Cashew at the Roadside…
...and Cacao...
…and Cacao…
...and Coconuts...
…and Coconuts…
...Finding a Path through the Jungle...
…Finding a Path through the Jungle…
...with Stinky Durian Fruit...
…with Stinky Durian Fruit…
...Avocado Trees...
…Avocado Trees…
...Leeches...
…Lychees…
...Coffee...
…Coffee…
...and Rattan Trees all over
…Rattan Trees…
...and Snakes on the Road
…and Snakes…
...and Tiu Kelep Waterfall...
…on the Way to Tiu Kelep Waterfall | Rinjani National Park
Visiting Pura Bulong Hindutemple at the Sea close to Senggigi
Pura Bulong Hindutemple at the Sea close to Senggigi…
Holyness at the Beach after Ceremony...
…with His or Her Holyness at the Beach after Ceremony…
...and a Tourist...
…and a “Hindu”…
...Happy Temple Mom and Child Selling
…Meeting Happy Temple Mom and Children Selling…
...and Happy Tourist Enoying Coconut Milk
…and Happy Tourist Enoying Coconut Milk…
...Streetfood at the Temple
…Streetfood at Pura Bulong Temple | Senggigi
Boat Trip to 2nd Island Gili Travangan West of Lombok...
Boat Trip to Island Gili Travangan Island West of Lombok…
...without Cars but with Horse Taxi...
…without Cars but with Horse Taxi…
...and Lots of Backpacking Tourists...
…and Lots of Backpacking Tourists…
...and nice Beaches but almost no Wildlife anymore at Gili Tranangan
…Nice Beaches but almost no Sealife anymore at Gili Travangan
Back to Puri Mas with a Dance Show of Indonesian Ballroom Masters | Senggigi
Back to Puri Mas with a Dance Show of National Indonesian Ballroom Masters | Senggigi

BALI

We took an express ferry to Bali’s East Coast and spent another week in several locations at Bali North, East and South coast. We met extremely friendly people, easy going, helpful and always ready for ceremony.

Across the Sea to Bali Island #3 by Boat
Across the Sea to Bali by Boat with 2.400 HP…
...Arriving at Pelabuhan Padang East Bali Island #3
…Arriving at Pelabuhan Padang | Bali
View of Lombok under Rain During Wet Season |
View of Lombok under Rain During Wet Season | Pelabuhan Padang
Hotel... at the Beach | Ahmet
Onlyou Villas at the Beach… | Ahmet
...with Luxury Bedding...
…with Luxury Bedding…
...with Protecting and Menacing Devices...
…Protecting and Menacing Devices…
Wonderful View over the Sea...
…Wonderful View over the Sea…
...and dangerous Boat Trips for Snorkeling at Paradise Beach, not Recommended
…Dangerous Snorkeling Trips by Boat to Paradise Beach almost without any Sealife – not Recommended | Ahmet
...and View of Smoky Mount Agung about 17 km Away | Ahmet
…View of Smoky Mount Agung about 17 km Away from Paradise Beach | Ahmet
Tremendous View over Rice Fields on the Way to Ubud
View over Rice Fields Heading to Ubud | Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace | Karangasem Bali
Tirta Gangga Water Palace Built by Raja Anak… in 1946, Renewed after Earthquake in 1963 | Karangasem Bali
...with Sleepy Pig...
…with Sleepy Pig…
...and Menacious Demon | Karamgasem
…and Menacious Demon | Karamgasem
Tourist Attraction Temega Tree House | Karangasem Bali
Another Bali Tourist Attraction: Temega Tree House | Karangasem
Guided Visit to Teganan Village
Guided Visit to Teganan Aga Village with Pre-Hinu Culture Famous for Traditional Weaving
Dong-Son Handloom
Dong-Son Handloom | Teganan Aga
Native Aga Don't Work and Enjoy Luxury Life Estate if get Married to Natives
Native Aga Don’t Work and Enjoy Luxury Life Estate if  Married to Teganan Aga Natives…
Hausheilger
…with their Personal Saint in Front | Teganan Aga
Location of Traditional Market, Conventon and Celebration | Gathering |
Traditional Market, Convention and Celebration Centre | Teganan Aga
Our Hotel Tropical Garden | Ubud
Our Tropical Garden Hotel**** | Ubud
...Morning Ceremony at the Hotel...
Morning Ceremony at the Hotel…
...like this...
…like this…
...not for these Guests...
…for Few Guests…
...and Ganesha...
…and Ganesha…
...and our Friend Asich...
…and our Friend Asich…
Joining for Cocktail at the Hotel Eating our Potato Chips...
…Guest Joining for Cocktail Potato Chips…
...Escaping from Monkey Forest Next to Hotel..
…Escaping from Monkey Forest Next to Hotel…
...Covered by Strangler Fig Trees Eating the Jungle...
…Covered by Strangler Fig Trees Eating Jungle, Bridges and Temples not only in Angkor…
First Night Ceremnoy | Ubud
First Night Ceremony… | Ubud
...Mainly for Tourists...
…Mainly for Tourists…
...but there is Real Ceremony each Night...
…but there is Native Ceremony each Night…
...Jungle...
…Jungle…
...with Rice Harvest...
…Rice Harvesting…
...Hidden Hotels...
…Hidden Hotels…
...Elephant Cave...
…Elephant Cave…
...and Tropical Garden | Ubud
…and Tropical Garden | Ubud
Rice Terrace on the Way to...
Rice Terrace…
...Hidden Village in this Jungle...
…Hidden Village in this Jungle…
...And Hidden behind Natural Curtains...
…and behind Natural Curtains…
Male Monument...
…Pura Gunung Kawi Hindutemple Female Shrine…
...and Female...
…and Male Shrine | Pura Gunung
Sukarno's Presidential Residence...
Soekarno’s Presidential Residence on Top… | Tampaksiring
just above this Temple...
…just above Pura Tirta Empul Temple…
...Food Ceremony...
…with Ceremony…
...for Visitors of the Holy Temple Pool...
…Visitors of Puri Tirta Holy Spring for Purgation Ceremony…
...and for Girls always Keen on Photos...
…and Girls always Keen on Photos | Pura Tirta
Rice Terrace on our Way back to Ubud...
Famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace on our Way back to Ubud | Tegalalang
Meeting Nice People...
With Nice People…
...Getting Nail Polish...
…and Nail Polish | Ubud
...with Nice Veranda...
We continued to Villa Karisa Hotel **** with Nice Veranda | Seminyak
...but no Beach Party during Rain Season...
…no Beach Party during Rain Season…
...a Ceremony...
…but Ceremony…
...and Surfing School Left Overs after the Last Storm | Kuta Bali
…and Surfing School Left Overs after the Last Storm | Seminyak
Gas Station often are Part of Super Market
Gas Station often are Part of Super Markets
...and Hindutemples often at the Sea like...
Tanah Lot Hindutemple at the Sea…
...always time for a Ceremony...
…Sunset is Time for Ceremony…
...Rice Terraces...
…Rice Terraces…
...and .... Coffee...
…Kopi Luwak Preparing World’s most Expensive Coffee – Half-Digested, not Recommended
Building a House in Bali with Ready-Made Wooden Front is More impressing
Building a House and Buying Prefab Wooden Fronts is more | Bali

SULAWESI

…was recommended to us by friends. We flew to Manado in Christian Northern Sulawesi and spent Christmas at Gran Luley**** hotel by the sea. Pool was due because swimming in the open sea was never recommended.

Gran Luley Restaurant with 300 Year Old Cherry Tree | Manado
Gran Luley Restaurant with 300 Year Old Cherry Tree | Manado
Gran Luley Pool and Beach Walk...
Gran Luley Pool and Beach Promenade…
Gan Luley Beach
…Gran Luley Beach…
Birthday Party at Gran Luley
…Birthday Party at Gran Luley Hotel
...Christmas with International Friends...
…Christmas with International Friends…
...Active Volcanos on Sulawesi as well...
…Another Active Volcano on Sulawesi for Christmas | Manado
Tuna House Restaurant at the Beach | Manado
Tuna House Restaurant at the Beach | Manado
Children almost always Interested Photos...
Children are almost always Interested in Photos…
...Living in "Romantic" Houses like this | Manado
…Living in Houses like this one | Manado
...Traveling in Microbuses...
…Traveling in Microbuses like this one…
...Loving to Eat Pig like this one...
…Loving to Eat Pig like this one…
...Protected by and Educated in many Christian Churches like this one | Manado
…Protected by and Educated in many Christian Churches like this one | Manado
Mountain Paradise Resort | Tomohon
By Taxi to Mountain Paradise Resort in the Jungle | Tomohon
Living in these Houses..
With People Living High up in such Houses…
...Surrounded by 10m High Bamboo...
…Surrounded by 10m High Bamboo…
...Pink Mallow...
…Pink Mallow…
...Tears...
…Tears…
...Orange...
…Orange…
...and Butterflies | Tomohon
…and Butterflies | Tomohon
Hiking to Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon
Hiking to Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon
...Meeting Japanese Tourists there...
…Meeting Japanese Tourists at the Waterfall…
...Waterfalls Make Happy in Indonesia
…Making Happy People at Air Terjun Desa Kali Waterfall | Tomohon
Again many Children | Tomohon
Selling Boots is Clever Business during Rain Season | Tomohom
Selling Boots is Clever Business during Rain Season | Tomohom
Bike Trip to Tumou Tou Restaurant with Great View over Tondano Lake
Moto Trip to Tumou Tou Restaurant with Great View over Tondano Lake
Taxi Ride | Tondano
Taxi Ride | Tondano
Tondano Fruit Market...
Tondano Fruit and Veggie Market…
...Lemon explains why Indonesian Food may be Tastsy | Tondano
…Lemon Explains why Indonesian Food may be Tasty | Tondano
Next Flight and Risha Trip was to Southern Sulawesi | Makasar
Flight and Riskha Trip to Muslim Southern Sulawesi… | Makasar
...Visiting Durch Fort Rotterdam - one of the few Remainders of Durch Colonialism in Indonesia
…Fort Rotterdam – one of the few Remainders of Dutch Colonialism in Indonesia…
...with its Impressing Entrance ...
…with Impressing Entrance | Makasar
Our Riksha Driver Brought us to Old and New Ports...
Our Riksha Driver Brought us to Old and New Ports…
...on the Main Road to Old and New Ports...
…on the Main Road…
...Passing Ship Wrecks...
…Passing Ship Wrecks…
...Sips Loaded with Banana and Coconut Shells for Fire...
…Ships Loaded with Banana and Coconut Shells for Fire…
...Truck RoRo Ferries...
…RoRo Island to Island Ferries…
...50 Year old Toyota Trucks Fully Loaded...
…50 Year old Toyota Trucks Fully Loaded…
...Pinsi Ships still in Use and Quite Impressing...
…Pinsi Ships still in Use are Quite High…
...but some like it Calm | Makassar
…but some like it Calm | Makasar
First thing on our Way back was Bike Repair at the Market...
First Thing on our Way back was Bike Repair at the Market…
...with Lots of Pepperoni - Indonesian like it Hot...
…with Lots of Pepperoni – Indonesian like it Hot…
...Banana - Indonesians Like it Sweet, too...
…Banana – Indonesians Like it Sweet, too…
...Indonesians Like Chicken, Beef is Expensive...
…Indonesians Like Chicken, Beef is Expensive…
...and Some Buy Fish, quite Expensive, too...
…and Some Buy Fish, quite Expensive, too…
...ad this is for the Market Boys
…and this is for the Market Boys…
...not able to Pay for New Years Eve Fire works on Sale | Makassar
…not able to Pay for Fire works | Makasar
...Expecting New Year Fire Works on the Main Road...
Expecting New Year Fire Works on the Main Road Short before Midnight …
Happy New Year 12018
…Happy New Year 2018… | Makasar
...and US-Type Christmas Party at Sheraton Hotel - Not Recommended | Manado
…and US-Type New Yearss Party at Sheraton Hotel – Not Recommended | Makasar
...with Happy People
…with Happy People anyway | Makasar

JAVA

Next stop was Java’s Yogyakarta by air for its Pubs and Buddha- and Hindutemples.

...Touristic Mile with Pubs for Beer and Wine - otherwise strict Muslim | Yogyakarta
Tourist Mile with Limited Number of Beer and Wine Bars – otherwise Strictly Muslim… | Yogyakarta
...and Fine Meals in French ... Restaurant | Yogyakarta
…and Superb Meals in French Medierranea Restaurant | Yogyakarta
Royal Palace, Boring... | Yogyakarta
Royal Palace, Boring… | Yogyakarta
...and Medieval Mosque...
…and Bathing Pool at Taman Sari Water Castle, Former Garden of the Sultan Built in 18th Century…
...ad took a Ride with our Driver John...
…Ride with our Driver John in his Toyota…
...Got some Gas at the Super Market...
…some Gas at the Super Market…
...and Visited Borobudur Temples...
…and to Borobudur Buddhist Temples Built in 9th Century with 2.500 Reliefs and 500 Buddha Statues…
...together with many many others...
…together with many many other Tourists Surveyed by Police…
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…next to Prambanan Hindutemple also Built in 9th Century closeby …
…with Expressive Shiva Relief | Yogyakarta

BALI

On our way to Flores island we had another stopover in Bali.

Airplanes Landing at Denpasar Airport Viewed from Jimbaran
Airplanes Landing at Denpasar Airport Viewed from Jimbaran Beach…
...the Beach gets Crowded before Sunset...
…Crowded before Sunset…
...while we Enjoyed one of our Rare Fish Dinners...
…we Enjoyed one of our Rare Fish Dinners…
...Cooked by Juli in Teba Cafe at the Beach | Denpasar
…Cooked by Juli in Teba Cafe at the Beach | Denpasar

SHIPPING FLORES, RINCA, KOMODO, SIABA BESAR,SUMBAVA, PADAR and MEDANG

We took a flight to wonderful Flores Island just North of Australia, quite lonely, natural and Christian. In Flores we booked a 5-day-trip back to Lombok by ship together with other European Tourists with full pension and accomodation onboard the ship together with a nice captain and crew.

...with this Aircraft...
Arrival at Flores Airport by Aircraft…
…with Marvellous Sunset in Front of Laprima Hotel**** | Labuanbajo
...this is the Daylight View,,,
…this is the Daylight View…
...and this is ... Hotel | Labuang Bano
…this is Laprima Hotel from the Sea | Labuanbajo
...still Christmas in the Hotel...
…still Christmas in the Hotel…
...Bike Trip through Northern Flores...
…Bike Trip through Northern Flores…
...with Dries Fish at the Market...
…with Dried Fish at the Market…
...Laundry at the Port...
…Laundry at the Port…
...View over Labuanbajo...
…View over Labuanbajo…
…Gas for the Bike…
...Meeting Friends | Labaunbajo
…Meeting Friends before Getting on the Ship | Labuanbajo
Our Captain for the Next 5 Days
Our Captain for the next 5 Days…
...Komodo Dragons |
…Komodo Dragons | Rinca Island
...Hard to Detect...
…Hard to Detect… | Rinca Island
...Beach Deers | Komodo
…Beach Deers | Komodo Island
Waterfall… | Sumbawa Island
...Dinner at the Ship...
…Captains Dinner…
...Before Sunset...
…Before Sunset…
...Islands around the Ship in the Port...
…Islands around the Ship |Siaba Besar
...Sailing with another Captain...
…Sailing with another Captain…
...our Ship Anchoring at
…our Ship Anchoring | Medang Island
Farewell Party at the Beach and at the Ship...
Farewell Party at the Beach and onborad the Ship…
Good Bye...
…with everybody…
...Berlin Friends...
…Berlin Friends…
..Ourselves
..Ourselves…
...and Final Sunset...
…and Final Sunset | Medang

LOMBOK

We arrived at Lombok Port by microbus and chose Puri Mas Hotel again for our Good Bye to Indonesia.

...Getting on the Bus...
Everybody Getting on the Microbus…
...to Comfortable Puri Mas Resort again..
…to Comfortable Puri Mas Resort again…
...with Comfortable Shower and Bath...
…with Comfortable Shower and Bath…
...Buddha...
…Buddha…
...Dancing...
…Dancing…
...Percussion...
…Percussion…
...Wine...
…Wine…
...Rough Sea...
…Rough Sea…
...and a Good Bye to Friends | Lombok
…and a Good Bye to Friends and Indonesia | Lombok

Shortly after leaving Indonesia several earthquakes and Tsunamis occurred in Bali, Sulawesi and Lombok. As a consequence Lombok tourism went down and Puri Mas Resort was closed like almost all Tourist hotels and restaurants.

Except security all personnell was sent off into unpaid holidays waiting for reopenings and jobs since…