Best Places for Backpackers in Indonesia.

Enjoy backpacking around Indonesia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Indonesia.

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Top 50 hostels in Indonesia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Indonesia.

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2 Angels Homestay

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2 Angels Homestay

New building with first floor reserved to Guest rooms ( 3 ) and a large open kitchen. On the second floor there is another room where manager live so She is always on site and available for any Kind of issue. 2 Angels Homestay is situated in the Uluwatu, 2.4 km from Garuda Wisnu Kencana. Free pri...
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Nextdoor

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Nextdoor

Nextdoor is an enjoyable place with a nice atmosphere of a local house inside an authentic area, offers you comfort and traditional Indonesian hospitality. Guests can relax and socialize in the gazebo or in the garden. Located just a couple of hundred meters away from Trans Jogja bus station (easy c...
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Raja Ombak

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Raja Ombak

Set in a beautiful location close to Canggu 'central', still surrounded by pristine rice-fields lies the Stormrider Surfcamp. The recently booming restaurants and bar scene of Canggu is just a 5-minute drive or 20 minutes walk away. Its a place for people who look for a pristine environment while st...
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The Local Menjangan

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The Local Menjangan

Bed and breakfast with natural HOTSPRING near by suitable for guest who wish to exploring Bali barat national park that we offer great activities during your visiting west Bali.Budgeting your stay and take more activities to getting memorable holiday in Bali barat.Quick start to arrange your SNORKEL...
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Tjana Homestay

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Tjana Homestay

One of our bestsellers in Sanur! This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. TJANA HOMESTAY offers accommodation in Sanur. Centrally located, guests can easily find dining options, as well as public transportation. “Great location, only 5min wlak from the beach and from the night market. 15m...
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De Jarwo House

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De Jarwo House

d'Jarwo [email protected] is traditional beach lodge right at the edge of the main surfing spot and immerse in lushing green fields. Along the coast you can enjoy cold drink at one of the many 'warungs' or simply head to the beach and relax. 'd'Jarwo [email protected]', although a traditional house,...
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Villa Phyphy 2

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Villa Phyphy 2

Introducing VILLA PHYPHY 2, Gili Trawangan. 12 Quaint, nouveau style rooms, we have 7 double bed and 5 twin beds, 14 m Lap pool, 3 minutes by bicycle to the beach, sunset and harbor. All the amenities; AC, Internet, lounge bar with large screen satellite TV! Our experienced, friendly staff...
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Banana Leaf Bungalows

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Banana Leaf Bungalows

Banana Leaf features 8 private rooms & bungalows surrounded by beautiful garden, only 200 metres from the beach with the local harbor, turtle snorkeling point, restaurants and bars all within walking distance. Choose from our private double-bed fan bungalows, twin or double AC rooms, or our new...
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Maple House Ubud

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Maple House Ubud

Maple House Very close to YOGA BARN, is easier for those of you who take yoga classes to reach the location.Monkey Forest is an easy destination as it is about 500 meters from the Hotel. Strategic place close to restaurants, minimarkets, and located in a very strategic area to facilitate you in...
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Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

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Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

Hello! We are Socialista Lifestyle Hostel based in Seminyak, one of the most beautiful location throughout Bali. We are a comfortable Hostel at the heart of Seminyak – Bali. With a 5 Minute walk from the beach, clean and comfortable room, also an affordable price, you won’t find a better deal any...
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Celebbest Kuta Hostel

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Celebbest Kuta Hostel

Celebbest kuta Hostel welcom all traveler who coming from around the world, this hostel created to support all traveler, feel safe, feel like you are at home the most priority for us. base on what for this Hostel created we also really concern about environment. free pancakes 24 hours, drinking wate...
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Javana Bamboo Cottage

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Javana Bamboo Cottage

Javana Bamboo Cottage is the only one bamboo hostel in Malang city and we located on the higgest poin of Malang city, we also provide tour to Bromo and Ijen Blue fire with reasonable price and fine hospitality service! Please enjoy our hospitality service Our room is made from tropical bamboo...
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Gili Nyepi

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Gili Nyepi

Gili Nyepi is a small family-run resort (Indonesian& Dutch) with 4 private bungalows set in a tranquil lush green garden. The bungalows at Gili Nyepi , air conditioning and fan, garden views, nice big bathrooms, private terraces, a daily housekeeping service, laundry service on request ,WiFi con...
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Tepi Sawah Lodge

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Tepi Sawah Lodge

Our Bali remote location means we have no access to lifestyle and modern services such as night life, shopping mall but we are working close with local traditions, culture and rural life. We viewed this not as a shortcoming but as a wonderful challenge and have redefined independent living to includ...
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Balangan Paradise Hostel and Restaurant

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Balangan Paradise Hostel and Restaurant

Balangan Paradise Property located at Balangan Beach Jimbaran. The one of surf point in Bali - Indonesia. The Beach Front Property is designed with simple and comfort room. Suit for surfer, Backpacker and budget Hostel. This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Beautiful sea views and beachfron...
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Putu Guest House 2

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Putu Guest House 2

A 5-minute stroll from Canggu Beach, Putu Guest House 2 offers modern accommodation surrounded by rice fields. It presents a shared kitchen, an outdoor pool and simple rooms with a private terrace. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property. Putu Guest House 2 is a 5-minute drive from Echo...
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Matahari Tulamben Guesthouse

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Matahari Tulamben Guesthouse

Matahari Tulamben Guesthouse offers 6 rooms with aircon, safebox and sitting place inside.The rooms have bathroom with hot shower. In front of the room is an outdoor terrace with sitting place. Downstairs are 2 rooms with double bed and 1 room with twin beds. Upstairs also 2 rooms with double bed an...
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Slumber Party Hostel Lombok

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Slumber Party Hostel Lombok

On April 2019, Slumber Party Hostels - the world’s premier hostel chain – opened its first international location to guests in Indonesia’s up and coming surfer town of Kuta Lombok (NOT to be confused with Kuta Bali). Our Lombok hostel delivers the perfect combination of parties, adventure tours, and...
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Snooze Guesthouse

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Snooze Guesthouse

Snooze Guesthouse is situated in the heart of Jogjakarta as we are in the Sultan's Palace Area (5min walk). The perfect balance between quietness and central location to explore every corner of Jogjakarta! - We are a small hostel with 1 mixed dormitory of 4 singles beds (2 bunk beds), 1 Twin Roo...
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Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel

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Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel

About Us Dip and Doze Boutique Hostel is perfectly located in the heart of Canggu, Bali. You will find both mixed and female dorms for up to 80 guests along with a communal rooftop area, pool, kitchen, free WiFi, and more. Hop on a bike or go for a short walk, and within minutes you’ll be basking i...
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Cozybaze

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Cozybaze

Welcome to Cozybaze! Cozybaze is the newest hostel on Gili Trawangan where great service, awesome facilities and relaxing vibes come together. We are located in the North West of the island, just a few hundred meters away from the beach on both sides. Being surrounded by coconut plantations you g...
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Gelatik Bed and Breakfast

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Gelatik Bed and Breakfast

Gelatik Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Bali’s best hangout area in Seminyak, surrounded by walking distance convenience stores and cafes/bars/restaurants. It is a few minutes’ walk to Batu Belig Beach and 25 minutes’ drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport. Our location is easily acc...
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Wood Stone Hostel

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Wood Stone Hostel

Wood Stone hostel has concept between Javanese & modern. We are a social hostel with 16 beds in total. Lots of information and activities in Yogyakarta and our friendly staff would be really happy to help you about things to do in Yogyakarta. We have scooters to rent and special tour in great packag...
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Aurora House Ubud

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Aurora House Ubud

Attractively situated in the Ubud City-Centre district of Ubud, Aurora House is situated 300 m from Ubud Market, 300 m from Ubud Palace and 1.3 km from Ubud Monkey Forest. The property has a garden, as well as a terrace. The property is 300 m from the city middle. The rooms at the guest house are...
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Chillhouse Lembongan

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Chillhouse Lembongan

Chillhouse Lembongan Homestay is conveniently located in the center of Jungutbatu Village, Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Close with almost all of 'A must visit place' in Lembongan and has become one of the popular choices among travelers in Bali. The warm welcomed host and the family will make you feel...
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Indraprastha Home Stay

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Indraprastha Home Stay

Welcome to Indraprastha Homestay! We offer budget accommodation at a reasonable price, within walking distance of the heart of Ubud and approximately a 90 minutes drive from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport. We are one of the most comfortable guest houses to stay at in Ubud which locat...
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Sahar Backpacker

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Sahar Backpacker

Sahar Backpacker is the first hostel that provides a capsule in Batu Malang. We have 2 type of room, private room, and a capsule room. In a private room, we have Backpacker, Ransel, and Koper. In capsule room, we have mix capsule and female capsule. We have 3 common bathrooms, 1 common area, and...
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Uma Hostel Nusa Lembongan

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Uma Hostel Nusa Lembongan

Warmest greeting from Uma Hostel Nusa Lembongan........ We have 4 nice and clean rooms and each room has 4bunk beds style with 2 bathrooms in each room with a standing shower. Our facilities are AC, balcony, WIFI, Scooter and included continental breakfast. In each room has 4beds, so in tot...
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Uno Capsule Hostel

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Uno Capsule Hostel

HELLO ALL KAZOKU(FAMILY) ! come to visit us , Uno Capsule Hostel ;) Our Hostel is 100m from Kinley Bistro;400m from Centre point mall; 450m from Raillink station Medan;600m from Medan train station, and 700m from Merdeka Walk Medan. We have 5 Room types: 10 Male Capsule 10 Female Capsule 8...
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Dhika Adventure

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Dhika Adventure

Dhika Adventure is located in Probolinggo, Jl. Letjend Sutoyo No. 12, 5 km from the bus terminal, 2 km from Probolinggo train station, offering a terrace and garden views. WiFi can be accessed free of charge in all areas of the accommodation and private parking is also available free of charge in th...
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Nirwa Ubud Homestay

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Nirwa Ubud Homestay

Nirwa Homestay is located in a peaceful oasis in the beautiful ricefields of Ubud. It is ideal for the single traveller, couple or small family who would prefer home-style accommodation with a real Balinese family, rather than typical, undistinguished motel facilities....
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Bayu Mantra

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Bayu Mantra

Bayu Mantra offers our guests the chance to relax in a beautiful garden setting just steps from the beach and shops, but away from the sound of highway traffic. Our 8 units are in 4 double bungalows (two large bedrooms and two open air bathrooms in each bungalow). All have adjustable ceiling f...
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Riverside Hostel Padang

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Riverside Hostel Padang

Riverside Hostel Padang focused for traveler, backpacker, surfer, hiker, and adventurer, diver who want to dare themselves to explore the beauty of nature like mountains, island, and beaches around west Sumatra, beside that you will enjoy your vacation in Padang through historical tourism and culina...
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Surf Motel

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Surf Motel

A great place to enjoy cozy easy accommodation conveniently located in the number one spot of Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali. The trendy Echo Beach and the hip shopping and eat street of Canggu are within walking distance. Take your pick of the many diverse activities Bali can offer, such as surfing, s...
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OtU By OstiC House

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OtU By OstiC House

OTU Hostel located in the famous Prawirotaman Area with lots of café & bar, complete with swimming pool to relax and spacious communal area to chill. We provide you: 1.Our rooms options: a.Fun Bed Dorm is a dorm that has a slide in the room and 3D Mural b.Wide Bed Dorm is suitable for peopl...
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Poh Manis Lembongan

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Poh Manis Lembongan

With an exotic backdrop for travelers looking forward to escaping to the tropical beauty of Nusa Lembongan our resort offers tranquility and peace with accommodation tropical scented gardens, sparkling pools, a variety of cuisine, attentive and helpful team member. Think to start the perfect morn...
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Sunshine Vintage House

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Sunshine Vintage House

Sunshine Vintage House is a new hostel with a new vintage concept located in the heart of Ubud. Its a little bit away from the busy and hustle of ubud centre and situated in a traditional balinese house compound in Padang Tegal Village. A cool, beautiful place where you can relax. By staying with...
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The Patio Yogya

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The Patio Yogya

A fully renovated heritage B&B/ homestay in an stylish Dutch colonial house. The minimalist patio features a plunge pool (jaccuzi) and bean bags. Every room is tastefully decorated with work from local artists, and the comfy beds give you a perfect rest. Two double rooms and two rooms with 4 lu...
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Rumah Yogya Homestay

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Rumah Yogya Homestay

Rumah Yogya is a very calm and relaxed homestay situated in an ideal location to see all of the tourist attractions. The homestay is always clean and we pride ourselves on having great prices, friendly staff and comfortable rooms. Rumah Yogya is a new hostel so improvements are being made rapidly...
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Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

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Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Puri Garden is a boutique hotel & hostel in the heart of Ubud, just a few steps of the main sights, shops, restaurants and the world's famous Yoga Barn. Our recently renovated cosy rooms offer an authentic Balinese feel with a modern touch in a beautiful spacious location, including a gorgeous garde...
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Hati Hati

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Hati Hati

Staying in Hati-Hati is a guarantee for good laughs and good vibes in a laidback atmosphere. Bringing people together is important to us, to make you feel at home. You will enjoy your stay as we take care of everything. Choose between our two types of air-conditioned dorm rooms (6 mixed, 4 girls...
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Kosone Hostel

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Kosone Hostel

Kosone Hostel, Bali’s newest boutique hostel. The hostel has fantastic natural views of vibrant, green rice fields, the Indian Ocean and Bali’s famous volcano, the mighty Mount Agung. The set up at Kosone is unsurpassed. Facilities include a boutique store, 2 Jacuzzis and a restaurant offering a...
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Sae Sae Hostel

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Sae Sae Hostel

Welcome to SAE SAE Hostel! Your next home away from home. We are located centrally in the city of Yogyakarta or “Jogja,” considered the cultural center of Java. Down a small alley, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, SAE SAE is just a short walk from the Sultan’s Palace and the Prawirota...
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Jawajiwa

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Jawajiwa

Meet like minded travellers and enjoy good vibes at Jawajiwa, your home whilst you are away from home. You are no longer a tourist but our family, our friend. Come as a guest, stay like a local, leave as a friend. Set in an artist village, amongst rice fields and local activities with the centr...
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Green Paddy Hostel & Villa

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Green Paddy Hostel & Villa

Green Paddy Hostel Villa is a hostel with unique concept. Combination of hostel style with villa facilities, ideally suited for all tourists who want to feel stay at villa in Ubud, but pay in hostel price (low budget ). This place give you real experience stay among rice field and swim in infinity...
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Buton Backpacker Lodge

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Buton Backpacker Lodge

Buton Backpacker Lodge is the first pod concept in Bandung City that is good for solo adventurers, business travelers, and big groups. There are private rooms with double bed or twin bed and equipped with TV, AC, and heater. We have spacious and comfortable shared room with pod/capsule style and bat...
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The Attic Bed & Breakfast

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The Attic Bed & Breakfast

Located in the slightly Northern Bandung, 30 min from airport, a vibrant area of Ir. H. Juanda St., walking distance from Hospital, Banks, Money changer, Factory Outlets, Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants. Good neighborhood with 24 hr public transportation. On the first floor we have private bedroom wi...
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Konko Hostel Jakarta

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Konko Hostel Jakarta

Konko Jakarta is the very first Konko Hostel and you'll find it in the area of Kebon Sirih, a stone throw away from Gambir train station. Everything you need to see is minutes away by foot or by train. It's definitely the ideal spot to enjoy Jakarta from. You'll never run out of things to do in...
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Gypsymoon Bali

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Gypsymoon Bali

Gypsy Moon Bali is located in Canggu, 2.1 km from Echo Beach and has an outdoor swimming pool. The property is around 2.8 km from Vue Beach Club and 2.1 km from Batu Bolong Beach. Situated in the Batu Bolong district, the hostel is within 2.4 km of Berawa Beach. The rooms at the hostel come with...
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Backpackers Home Ubud

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Backpackers Home Ubud

Backpackers Home Ubud is your home and located in the middle of ubud area between tourist place and local place , just a few steps of the main sights, shops, restaurants, monkey forest and the famous Yoga Barn. each room contains 4 beds and has AC, free WiFi, hot shower, fresh and clean sheets,...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Indonesia.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Indonesia.

If you're already planning to visit Indonesia - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

1-day roadtrip from Canggu to Ubud

It took a whole weekend of driving to overcome my fear of driving in crazy traffic, but i have to admit:  being part of a scooter gang is the coolest means of transport in Indonesia ?

Lilla Kovács

Lombok and Gili Island in Indonesia

Mount Rinjani is located in Lombok island, Indonesia. It is the second highest active volcano with 3,726 meters. This is a “Short Gateway + Hike” trip! Starts with Hiking at Mount Rinjani then moved to Gili Trawangan to relax yourself and enjoy with the beach and sun after a hardcore activity.

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Gili Meno

The first of the three Gili Islands, and the biggest one, is Gili Trawangan. My friend’s and my first reaction was – no, we don’t want a party island. We don’t want crowds and loud music, we want to relax. So we picked the calmest one, Gili Meno. And, yes, I read about this island in the book “Eat, Pray, Love” and remembered that when we planned our trip to Indonesia. Later we heard Gili Meno was internally called a “honey moon island”, and it became more clear to us why so many people thought my friend and I were a couple.

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Discovering Pinang City and the Banyan Tree Temple

On one of our days on the island we decided to venture out of the resort to see more of Indonesia. Our driver knew all of the best places and drove us to Pinang City. Along the way we passed several pineapple farms and almost every second house had a rubber tree on their property that was slowly collecting latex that would later be sold.

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CIANJUR

The next day I was picked up by a van and taken to Cianjur. A three-hour ride, could take much longer if the driver was not a maniac. A lack of humor, small (2.3 m!) City. I had booked 3 nights in a hotel type. Run by a family with some locals. After arriving I was like a delicious lunch. I eat here three times a day rice with something there. The local food is divine unexaggeratable, sorry Dad, slightly better than at home! The people of this hotel offer several trips in the area. I chose to go to school after lunch to the local English lessons, was collected by a cousin of the hotel owner and a teacher. This good man was, I heard afterwards, told his cousin this time to take a nice teacher. In the school I was given a courteous reception. Enjoyed the enthusiasm of the children and teachers and the atmosphere. It seemed totally at a school. At 1 o’clock I left the hotel. A trip of two hours ended late in the evening. Until dinner time I gechillt in the school with pupils and teachers Rivan, nephew of the hotel owner. I have also been useful, they used me as a practice instrument for their English.Around dinnertime names Rivan, his cousin from South Korea (Mario), the teacher (Arsy) which is indeed very beautiful and nice, and a lecturer me to a according to their best local eatery. And not surprisingly, it was indescribable nice and cozy. Then she took me to a bar where a band was playing. Rivan is an artist by profession, knew some people over there and grabbed the microphone. After a while I took over the drumsticks … They took me to ‘home’, the people of the hotel made me feel like I was home. At home there appeared to be a group of tourists from different countries arrived (20-25 years). With a taste of all the traveling, I struck up a conversation and it was a long day. Chat, cards, table tennis with males from the area. They come after work often chilling at the hotel. The night that followed was restless, saw just above my head, a huge rat on a ridge walk, so I was wide awake at every sound. A night later, I was happy transferred, even though I had said nothing of the rat. There I found too nice to people. The third day I went was with a local guide, who could not stop talking about how beautiful (but too long), the European women do not, and two older French women to the rice fields and tea plantations. Delicious fresh air and interesting how primitive people live there among the rice fields in villages. There also arrive at the ricefields few tourists, we got to see a lot of puzzled looks. Local transport brought us towards it, a mini-minivan with too many people in it. After dinner, Mario took me. The teachers of the English-class school went out for dinner and wanted me to come along too. I’ve eaten cow brains and cowhide. Really, but this was surely the least tasty in Indonesia to date. To be honest it was just gross, haha. At home, there was a new group arrived, this time with two Dutch ladies there. Funny to talk Dutch, my English is still pretty bad. It was a pleasant evening, glad I katuitdeboomkijken forever I left Jakarta. The last day at the hotel I have a cooking course followed by the ladies who cook every day for guests. So many herbs and oils into a dish I unfortunately little I remember. Then comes the day when you have to leave Cianjur. But I did not feel like it, I felt so happy, and had met very nice people. I also was by Interlingua, English-class school, asked to go on the weekend to a camp which they organized. They invited me for the two nights, from Thursday to Saturday, sleeping at school. Along with some teachers and Mario I slept there for two nights. What I did on Thursday and Friday is relaxing in the school, learning Dutch people bought a second phone for a local SIM card. This smartphone was just 50 euro + 4gb internet SIM card 54 euro total. They took the morning, afternoon and evening the best dishes. There was even a shower, really a top hotel and they wanted to know anything about money. It is now Saturday, camp has begun. Older children, young children, teachers, parents, another invited American. There’s everything around.I wonder what it’s all arranged.

Lars Volborth

Stay

If you’re a light sleeper, it would probably pay to choose accommodation as far as possible from the Mosque, which is the source of a fairly piercing call to prayer multiple times a day, usually commencing pre-dawn. The population in this part of Indonesia are predominantly Muslim, but – despite the “No bikinis in the streets” signs – very tolerant of tourist behaviour. The streets are pretty safe, and in my anecdotal experience there’s not a lot of crime, so the biggest danger after a large one is being unable to find your way back to your room (trust me, the struggle is real).

Ruby Yeats

 Indonesia

Whilst in a shop in Goa, we started chatting to someone who lived in the Himalayas, Kashmir. We told him how we wanted to visit his hometown and by the following afternoon we were at his home in Goa being cooked a gorgeous meal by his brother, shown beautiful pictures of their home in Kashmir and being offered a place to stay if we were to ever visit. We were waited on hand and foot by his brother and friends who finally showed us how to eat the proper Indian way using your thumb to shovel the food into your mouth.  Indonesia The day after the Paris attacks I was feeling slightly unnerved and disgusted in some of the human race. We were in Indonesia (Lombok) at the time and we received more emails and texts from friends and family about staying safe. That day we needed a taxi so flagged one down from the road. We had a lovely journey with the man and ended up booking with him to take us to the airport the following day. He asked if we would like to be picked up earlier so we could meet his family and have some coffee. Now ask yourselves honestly, if a taxi driver in your own country asked you to go to his house and drink coffee you´d probably think he had alternative motives…so why is it different in another country? It just is! These people haven’t lost the trust and love in humanity that seems to come in our more sophisticated first world societies. They make time for new friendships, they are honest and they don’t think the worst about strangers like we so often seem to. So, the next day he picked us up and sure enough we had a lovely afternoon meeting his wife and kids, picking mangoes from his garden and drinking home made coffee. His wife enjoyed our company so much she then came to the airport with us to see us off onto our flight.

Hannah Sinnott

4. Skip the Expensive Destinations

Vietnam, Cambodia and most of Thailand (except a few of the more popular islands) were all this cheap. You may be worried that you will pay for the cheapness with inconvenience, but these countries are well travelled and are very well set up for tourists. The same can probably be said for Laos, Philippines, Indonesia and India, though I haven’t personally got there yet. Don’t expect the infrastructure of your comfortable first-world home, but these places are excellent for low-cost adventures.

Carolyn Walter

MUSEUMS IN JAKARTA: THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER INDONESIA’S HERITAGE

If you are forced to brand Jakarta by the first sight you will probably mention its horrifying transport system and insubstantial character as capitalistic economic centre. So I did a couple of months ago! Every time I entered the city I did almost everything to leave it as soon as possible. Everything changed when I moved there and started to explore this city from different perspectives. Jakarta is namely one of the three predominant art centres (beside Bandung and Yogyakarta) on Java island and therefore definitely worth to be discovered more deeply. For museum lovers Jakarta is doubtless one of the best places to be in Indonesia! But still, Jakarta remains one of Asia’s fastest growing megacities and can be puzzling in the first place. Let me navigate you a bit through Jakarta’s museum-scene and explore with me two of my favourite museums in Jakarta and its best-kept secrets.

Claudia

Curug Nangka, Famous Waterfall in Bogor

I always love Bogor. It’s a city where I grow up. I’ve been living here ever since I was born. It’s a small, beautiful city, about 2 hours’ drive from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. However, as I grow up here, I feel like I knew all about this city when actually I am not. I realized I got more excited to explore other cities or even countries than my own hometown. But finally, here I am, exploring one of the famous natural spot in Bogor which is Curug Nangka. Curug means waterfall in Sundanese Language, which is Bogor local language.

ineke-yulianti

Everyone goes to Bali - Why not visit Sumatra this time? Part 1.

Let’s start with one’s knowledge about Sumatra before ever even thinking about visiting it. Depending on the part of the World we are from we either know that it is an island between Asia and Australia or have no clue. We might even know that it forms part of Indonesia, the same country Bali belongs to. Many people though when they hear „Indonesia” think of it as India.

Beata Czifrik

Why Port Moresby?

5) Papua New Guinea is an expensive nation, compared to neighbouring Indonesia and Australia. Accommodation is sky high, most food products are imported from overseas and you may never see a backpacker in the entire time that you’re in Port Moresby

Martin Anthony

TRAIN

Words of advice: Check train availability on Indonesia railway company’s official page. The site is in Indonesian only. Additionally you can use eTiket webpage, when buying tickets. This site is also available in English Carry a warm sweater and long pants so you don’t get caught off guard when air-conditioning kicks in. AC in trains are set to coldest temperature and maximum fan power. That is why the train’s inside can get ridiculously cold. Even worse if you sit near one of the ACs. Executeive class of Indonesian train

Snejl

Bali : A small paradise.

Selamat datang ! Welcome ! Very different from Java island and filled with spellbinding things. But first, if like us, you have the “happiness” to arrive by the ferry that connects Ketapang to Gilimanuk, you will meet soon the difference. Looking for the bus terminal to get to your favorite city ? Forget it. We have tested to find it but everybody known it’s totally corrupt. You will meet drunk balinese who want to drop you for a fortune. But don’t worry, you will find some taximens just after the exit. If they ask for 500,000 base, go down far until around 150.000Rp (We had 120,000 but with some risks and ending with the visit of the police to avoid being hit by a drunk)

Mathias André

Jakarta: Arriving in the Big Durian

Ah, the New York of Indonesia! A bustling metropolis teeming with over 10 million living, breathing bodies shelved on top of one another in crooked arteries. Indonesia’s capital is unlike any other city I’ve ever visited, and it is here that I chose to make my home for the past four years.

Jay McKenzie

6 types of people you will find in every dorm

These people usually have just finished high school or just need a break from something in their lives back home. Be it Germans in Australia or Australians in Indonesia for schoolies – these people tend to populate the bigger cities, preferably in Asian countries since alcohol and nights out in general are ridiculously cheap compared to their home countries. They are good fun to spend one or two nights out with and are certainly people persons, however, their rhythm is not necessarily the most suitable for your travel plans if you are actually planning on seeing something of the country you are visiting. Yet, if you are a little tired of travelling and just feel like having fun for a while – then stick with these people: they surely know where the hottest party of the night will kick off and where to buy reasonable drinks. They can be identified by a six pack of cheap beer hidden underneath their bed and the noise they make when stumbling back into the dorm at 4 am, thinking they are being incredibly silent. They can be found in bed most of the day or tucked onto the couch sipping an early afternoon beer in the common area watching TV or chatting to people.

Marnie Hensler

Bali : The Island Of The Gods

A month ago I arrived in Bali, yes this island paradise where the sky is so blue and the rice fields so green they always look photoshopped. But let’s be serious, I came here to work. I’m a student in a French business school and I took a gap year to do some internships and maybe discover what I want to do with my life… apart from travelling. So I’m doing an internship in a really nice startup called Bedforest which provides all kind of accommodation all over Indonesia and gives back part of its commissions to local NGOs. So that’s it for the “why” I’m in Bali.

Leonore Tarpin

Nusa Lembongan: The Magical Island Getaway in Bali, Indonesia

NUSA LEMBONGAN: THE MAGICAL ISLAND GETAWAY IN BALI, INDONESIA “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust I definitely agree with the quote above. The objective of the real travellers is not only visiting new spots but also experiencing new things and meeting new people from different backgrounds and understanding their point of views. So we can have bigger perspectives toward things and having higher level of tolerance to the difference when we go back to our hometown.

Puspita Wardani

Amed: Serene Paradise in the North-East of Bali

My recent trip to Amed in the North East of Bali was very fulfilling across both dimensions. But first things first. Indonesia has been exciting my imagination for a while with Bali at the top of the list. Deciding where to stay, I searched for dive sites proximity, Amed came up with a description along the lines: “coastal strip of fishermen villages, uncrowded by tourists, offering excellent diving opportunities”. Sold.

oksana-chetyrko

Some facts about Bali

If you could choose to go anywhere in the world, where would that be? I asked myself that question and I chose to go to Bali. But what is it about this small little island that makes people wanting to travel there? Is it the welcoming and loving inhabitants, the stunning beaches or the charming rice fields? All of these things makes Bali one of the most mesmerizing islands in Asia, absolutely a place everyone should have on their bucket list. Some facts about Bali Bali is the only island in Indonesia where the society is based on hinduism instead of islam.This attracts a lot of tourists since it is not as strict as the other islands which is the reason it is called the party island of Indonesia. The balinese food is also an attraction, especially if you come from another culture. Their food culture is filled with different kinds of fruit and vegetables and if you go there it is a plus if you like rice and noodles. Nasi goreng (fried rice) and Mie goreng (fried noodles) are two specialties the inhabitants tend to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Imagine doing that every day! They have the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. The difference between this coffee and regular coffee is that it is made from Civets droppings. They feed the civets with the coffee beens, collect them from there poop and roast them. This may not sound appealing but the process is supposed to give the coffee a really good taste. Imagine a beach paradise. Maybe you are picturing a beach with beautiful white sand. It may surprise you but Bali is one of the few places where some of the beaches have black sand. The black sand comes from the cooled lava from the volcanoes up in the north of the island. How cool is that?! Things to do and places to visit As you may know, all people are different, some like beaches and sun while others for example like snow and skiing. There are different opinions about Bali too, some people does not like it because of the partying and some people love it there because of the variety of places you can visit and things you could do. The ones who think Bali is too touristic and trashy have usually only been to Kuta, which hosts most of the parties on the island. So it is true, a lot of people tend to go to Bali to party but there are just as many who travels there to find inner peace by practicing yoga in the heart of Ubud, a village in the middle of the island. You should basically take your time to travel around the whole island while you are there so you can experience the beauty of the different places. Below are some places I really think people should visit while there.

linnea-olsson

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