|We will be staying in Jakarta for about 4 days before heading out to Bali and Lombok. I heard that it is a shopping paradise. Can you suggest a few good places to shop?
If you want to shop for clothes. shoes, bags and other various electronic goods, Blok M is the place to go. But if you want to go for more designer stores, then you can head to FX Mall or Plaza Indonesia. For local finds of souvenirs and household items, you may go to Pasar Ikan. For cheap and imitation goods, head out to Mangga Dua, you’ll be surprise to find that the quality is actually quite good.
Q: I am a beginner surfer and would like to surf in Indonesia. I am wondering where is the best place to surf for beginners?
A: You may take lessons in various surf places in Indonesia if you are interested. There are lots of good breaks at Lombok for beginners. Another choice would be Kuta Beach but do catch the waves early in the morning before the high tide, else you can head up to Medewi Island for slow waves.
Check out our Top 10 Places to Surf in Indonesia
||Q: I am a solo female traveler and I am planning to visit Indonesia for about 3 weeks. I plan to go to Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Lombok and Yogyakarta for a start. I might be traveling to several off the track places too but have yet to decide. Do you think it is safe for a woman to travel alone there?
Depending on the are you are visiting in Indonesia, it is generally safe for women or solo travelers depending where you go. Yogyakarta and Bandung are noted to be safe and friendly place to travel. Just practice the usual caution of taking care of belongings and well aware of surroundings, especially in crowded places. Therefore experienced solo women travelers would be fine but the new and fresh ones should be more careful and may think twice to bring companions or at least experience somewhere else first. Rachel have done backpacking in Java Indonesia as solo female traveler and finds it safe.
Q: I am wondering if there is another option to go to Indonesia from Singapore without flying, probably by boat? I am thinking it might be a cheaper and more adventurous option.
You can take a boat from Singapore to either Batam or Bintan which are in Indonesia, and from there you can get boats to Riau or southern Sumatra. It may not necessarily be a more budget option considering there are so many budget airlines that serve this route but it may definitely be an experience itself if you are looking for some adventure. Be forewarned though it is not one of the safest methods to travel.
If you are planning to visit Batam Island or Bintan Island, however, boats are definitely the preferred choice, especially for weekend or day trippers from Singapore.
Check out our Batam and Bintan Island Guide for more information.
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