Which Golf Course in Bintan Island?

I heard that Bintan Island is famous for some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. I am an avid golfer and currently working in Singapore. Which golf course should I look to go to in Bintan Island over the weekend?
– Chris

You are right, Bintan Island is famous for many world class golf courses, here are a few golf resorts or golf courses that you can consider:

Bintan Lagoon Resort – 18-hole golf courses
Jack Niklaus Sea View Golf course – best through the jungle golf course
Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf course – dramatic change of landscapes and water hazards
Ria Bintan Championship Golf course – award winning 27-hole

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Living in Jakarta for more than 20 years now, she still have not manage to cover the tip of Indonesia’s diverse destinations, people and even food! Pearl loves shopping as much as enjoying luxury but she knows all these have to be done sensibly and on a budget. Therefore you may find the best scoop and offers in Jakarta and beyond with her.

Surabaya to Mount Bromo – How Many Days?

Q – I would like to visit Mount Bromo and I think the best place to fly into is Surabaya? May I know what is the days needed to go up Mount Bromo and back? I would like to do this trip myself if I can or if not can you suggest a tour?
– Sue

A – The minimum days you need for Surabaya to Mount Bromo and back would be 3 days and you would need to time yourself pretty nicely. Fly into Juanda Airport in Surabaya, preferably in the morning and then get a bus to Probolinggo and then change to minibus to get up to Mount Bromo.

Stay one night in Mount Bromo and wake up really early to hike up Penanjakan to see sunrise over Mount Bromo. Then you can trek to the crater itself and go up Mount Bromo for an up close view. After that, make your way back in time to catch the local minibus down to Probolinggo at noon, then change back to the bus back to Surabaya.

You can spend a night in Surabaya and then fly off the next day, depending the flight hours you can maybe chuck in some last minute shopping in Surabaya!

Related articles:
Surabaya Travel Guide
Mount Bromo Travel Guide

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Living in Jakarta for more than 20 years now, she still have not manage to cover the tip of Indonesia’s diverse destinations, people and even food! Pearl loves shopping as much as enjoying luxury but she knows all these have to be done sensibly and on a budget. Therefore you may find the best scoop and offers in Jakarta and beyond with her.

How many days to travel in Jakarta?

Q:
How many days should I spend in Jakarta? I plan to fly into Jakarta and then later explore the rest of Java but do not know how much days I should allocate for Jakarta. Appreciate if you can also suggest some itinerary. Thank you.
– Rene

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For Jakarta most people would spend about 3 days, which is sufficient enough to cover all the tourist attractions in Jakarta and also some of the popular things to do in Jakarta. If you want to extend more then Jakarta has enough to offer to fill up 5 days of travel. Check out our Top 10 Things to Do and Must Visit in Jakarta for your planning in travel here.

While here are some of our suggested itineraries for Jakarta:
3 days Itinerary in Jakarta
5 days / 4 nights Itinerary in Jakarta

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Author: Pearl

Living in Jakarta for more than 20 years now, she still have not manage to cover the tip of Indonesia’s diverse destinations, people and even food! Pearl loves shopping as much as enjoying luxury but she knows all these have to be done sensibly and on a budget. Therefore you may find the best scoop and offers in Jakarta and beyond with her.

3 Days / 2 Nights in Bali Itinerary

Q: My family is planning to visit Bali for three days and two nights this Sept. if you can help us to plan places to visit. We have two children that are coming with us.
We appreciate your help. Thanks.
– Sheila

With only 3 days, one important tip is that you should consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around as Bali island itself is huge and would take quite a bit of time to get from one place to another. It would be serious moving around with children, so maybe you should consider choosing what you like among the must visit places in Bali. Also check out our Top 10 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Bali for some ideas.

If you want to stick to the tried and tested route, visiting the best attractions, here are our suggested itinerary for 3 days in Bali:

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali. Photo by melburnian

Day 1 – Arrival, Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temples and dinner at Seminyak

Try to arrive early since you only have 3 days to visit this beautiful island, and stay in one of the strategic places in central or south of Bali. Hire a car in advance and use it to head straight to two of the most famous temples in Bali. First head to Uluwatu Temple and double back to Tanah Lot Temple, in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you are also in time, catch the famous Kecak Dance here that is set against the backdrop of this beautiful temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 2 – Ubud, rice fields, beach and seaside dining

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali. Walk around the city would be a delight, there are many boutiques to shop around, spas and massages to pamper yourself and art or attractions to visit. Next, head out to the north to the neighbor town of Tegalalang to find classic rice terraces of Asia. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is quite central to many of the attractions around Bali and yet away from the crowd in Kuta. After visiting Ubud, choose one of the beaches in Bali and get some swim and tan, popular choices are Balangan or Padang-padang beach. At sunset, head to Jimbaran and enjoy a seaside romantic dining.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Day 3 – Temple or shopping or beach

Depending on how much time you have left, you may squeeze in one of two more things before heading to the airport for your departure. If you still want to explore more of Bali’s amazing temples, then I would recommend the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a beautiful mirrored temple by the lake. Or if you would prefer to pack in some last-minute shopping, there are few shopping places in Bali. Or if you still have not enough of the beaches, you know where to find more beautiful beaches in Bali to hang out.


Best Accommodations in Bali

Booking.com is my favourite site to book a place when I am planning my trip to Bali. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Bali:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
    For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
  • Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
    For those who appreciate traditional architectures and design. This hotel, built way back in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. Among the spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures and fish ponds. It also has direct access to the Sanur beach.
    Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
    Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
-> See Best Luxury Hotels in Bali
-> See Best Budget Hotels in Bali

-> For more read Top 10 Best Area to Stay in South & Central Bali

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