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To say Indonesia is diverse is something of an understatement. With over 245 million people, it's a mind-boggling mix of cultures and peoples.
Indonesia's vast jungles make it a fundamental place to visit for nature tours and wildlife trekking. Couple this with its incredible food, a dash of history and you have an unforgettable place that has captured the imagination of travelers since the day it was discovered.
Hemy provided excellent service and guidance throughout the planning process.
She was perfect, communicated well, made changes based on our areas of interest and responded to our questions promptly in the USA before the trip and when we were in Sumatra. Everything was seamless from the arrangements she made, We were picked up on time and taken to the right locations. Our hotels and guides were well informed about our plans. All accommodations were wonderful and drivers,guides, and hotel staff were friendly, kind, helpful and very knowledgeable. I truly can't come up with a single complaint.Read More Read More Less
Trip was excellent and perfectly organized by Hemy. The activities were perfectly selected for my preferences, the hotel so beautiful, tour guides knowledgable and fun and the driver was professional and entertaining.
Hemy had it all planned out perfectly. As I was traveling alone in Indonesia for the first time that was just the perfect thing to make me feel comfortable and safe.
Very well planned and organized trip in which we covered in four weeks Java, Sulawesi, Flores, Sumbawa, Lombok and Bali. Particularly Sulawesi and Flores we found exciting, but we only had one day on the latter Island. Java we found disappointing - Bromo overrated, Borobudur and Prambanan overcrowded. Travelling during the Christmas school holidays made Java even more crowded - we might have been warned about this period when planning the trip.
Communication with Hemy - before and during the trip (she rang twice) - was otherwise excellent. We feel, however, that we should have made clearer that we were less interested in the well known and overcrowded tourist sites and places where we were expected to buy something.
The local guides were mostly very good and informative, but used different and thus somewhat confusing methods of extra payments. A fully organized, detailed and paid for trip should not charge for extra tips for extra guides that have already been paid, for fresh water in the car and for extra, not asked for visits. One of the guides now asked in advance EUR 54,- for a 'fooienpot' and EUR 70,- for city tours in Malang (becah trip) and Surabaja (we only asked to see the Freedom Museum and were more or less forced to visit the Kretek Factory which we had specifically asked not to). The Palace and the Batik Museum in Solo turned out to be closed (bad planning) and were replaced by a visit to the Pasar. A refund from the 'fooienpot' was not considered. I will take this up with Hemy.
Sometimes the trip seemed a bit over-organized in the number of specific sights we visited. With little room for relaxation (except the last 4 days) we did see a lot, but it made the trip also very tiring - setting off most mornings well before 8am. May be Hemy should have warned us about this, but at the same time it was us who proposed the itinerary.