• Thursday , 21 September 2017

Indonesia Route and Accommodation

View S&M Boiler Works Accommodations in a larger map. Last updated: 11 June 2017

Costs are all based on two people and two motorcycles. Locations included secure motorcycle parking. The US$ conversions are based on our average exchange rate while in the country. Another resource for accommodation is iOverlander (http://www.ioverlander.com). We share all our accommodation on iOverlander.

VIVO STAY HOTEL
Medan, Indonesia
Website: http://www.vivostay.com/id-id/
GPS: 3.586284, 98.684056
Cost: 253,000 Rupiah (US$19.02) per night for a double room with air conditioning
Dates stayed: 2 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: A non-descript hotel in the center of Medan that was fine for one night. It was clean and the wifi worked well. They also arranged airport pick up for us for a fee. There is not parking at this hotel but this worked for us because the bikes came by sea and we had not picked them up yet.

TALITHA GUESTHOUSE
Berastagi, Indonesia

Website: https://www.facebook.com/GuesthouseTalitha/
GPS: 3.20354, 98.50592
Cost: 300,000 Rupiah (US$22.55) per night for a family room
Dates stayed: 3 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes, for breakfast in the morning.
Notes: We shared a family room with a friend who rode in with us; we split it three ways so Mike and I paid 200,000 Rupiah (US$15.04). There was two large rooms each with a double bed. The bathroom was entered from one of the bedrooms. On demand hot water heater. There is free coffee in the morning. There is good, secure parking and the owners are very friendly. Lovely views from the gardens.

FRIENDSHIP GUESTHOUSE
Ketambe, Indonesia


Website: http://www.ketambe.com
GPS: 3.67946, 97.65654
Cost: 100,000 Rupiah (US$7.52) per night for a double room
Dates stayed: 4-5 and 7-8 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: They have bungalows for 50,000 or 100,000 Rupiah per night. We chose the larger concrete bungalows for 100,000. We were able to arrange a trekking guide here (see below) and we kept our room for all five nights. We were able to park our motorcycles in the locked garage so they were very secure. The onsite restaurant is very good and has fair prices (actually quite inexpensive). The bungalows are clean. Nice setting.

GUNUNG LEUSER NATIONAL PARK – tent camping
National Park, Indonesia

Dates stayed: 6 April 2017
Bathroom: No
Shower: No
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: We went on a two-day, one-night jungle trek with Jhon Kenedy (JFK) the top guide in Ketambe. He has been guiding for over twenty years and we would highly recommend him. You can book him through Friendship Guesthouse. We kept our room at the guesthouse while we went on our trek as it was easier with all our gear. You are not required to do this. We spent a fabulous night in the jungle!

HOTEL MAHARA
Lake Takengon, Indonesia

GPS: 4.62104, 96.85048
Cost: 350,000 Rupiah (US$26.31) per night for a double room with air conditioning
Dates stayed: 9 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: There are not a lot of places in this town especially as we arrived in the pouring rain. We were given information about this hotel from friends as most hotels in the area are business level. There are cheaper rooms on the upper levels (280,000 Rupiah) but we wanted to be on the first floor. They have secure parking and the room was clean. Wifi was slow to average. Easy walk to restaurants. There is parking for cars/vans in the front while the motorcycles were behind a secure fenced area.

HOTEL MEDAN
Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Website: http://www.hotel-medan.com
GPS: 5.55747, 95.31892
Cost: 300,000 Rupiah (US$22.55) per night for a double with air conditioning and breakfast
Dates stayed: 10-11 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes for breakfast buffet only
Notes: We had a ground floor room with outside door near parking which made for easy loading of our gear. Secure parking with guards. Cold water shower and okay wifi. The breakfast buffet was large. This is a popular hotel with tourist groups.

THE PANORAMA BUNGALOWS
Long Beach, Pulua Weh, Indonesia

GPS: 5.88196, 95.24372
Cost: 200,000 Rupiah ($15.04) per night for a double with air conditioning
Dates stayed: 12-14 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: There was a great view of the ocean from the bungalow and you are just steps away from swimming. There is nice, open space rather than a bunch of bungalows right on top of each other. They have wooden bungalows with fan and bucket shower for 100,000 Rupiah. They would likely let you camp here (tent or vehicle) as they have the room and there is an outside toilet (squat) and shower. Toilet in the room was western. The restaurant just seems to have coffee, water, and eggs. Not a full restaurant. There is an amazing Italian restaurant two doors down the beach (homemade pasta). There are only a few places at Long Beach and limited cell service and no wifi. It is best if you have your own transportation if you are staying at this beach.

EDDIE’S HOMESTAY
Lhoknga, Indonesia

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Eddies-Homestay-189696207727336/
GPS: 5.47496, 95.24008
Cost: 250,000 Rupiah (US$18.79) per night for a double with air conditioning and private bathroom
Dates stayed: 15-16 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: There are rooms with fan and shared bathroom for 130,000 Rupiah. The kitchen is mainly for the restaurant but we saw some people cutting up fruit and doing small things; no major cooking. This is a great place and it would be very easy to stay for days and days. The owner, Eddie, is a great guy and very helpful and friendly. There are a few good common areas including a table to get work done on and a roof top terrace. It is the highest building around so excellent for sunset and sunrise. It is a quick walk to the beach. There is good wifi. Cold showers. Restaurant on site with honor bar for snacks, soda, and beer.

KHANA PAKAT HOTEL
Balang Pidie, Indonesia

GPS: 3.73948, 96.84119
Cost: 175,000 Rupiah (US$13.16) per night for a double room with air conditioning
Dates stayed: 17 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: There is average wifi and cold water shower. We were able to put the motorcycles in a locked garage. They also have parking in the front with a gate that is closed at night. Friendly staff with some English. The rooms are rundown and the bathroom was dusty but the sheets were clean.

SAPO JUMO – tent camping
Sipisopiso, Indonesia

GPS: 2.91012, 98.51927
Cost: Free
Dates stayed: 18 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: No
Internet: No
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: This is only suitable for tent camping. Good parking for motorcycles, bicycles, or a van. No big rigs and road is a bit rough for large vehicles (unless you have good clearance, etc). View is from the tent area and not the parking area. Bucket shower. No electricity that we could see though we heard a generator at night. No wifi. The manager (no English) called the owner who spoke to us on the phone in English. Because we didn’t need anything (tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, etc) it was free. Lovely site. Great views and covered area with tables. There is a place to wash dishes. Squat toilets. Part of a farm and some sort of recreation facility; maybe possible to rent rooms.

GOKHON GUESTHOUSE
Tuk Tuk, Indonesia

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Gokhon-Guesthouse-345065818989127/
GPS: 2.67667, 98.85517
Cost: 250,000 Rupiah (US$18.79) per night for a double with balcony, view, and private bathroom
Dates stayed: 19-21 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: All rooms have a good view of the lake and a balcony. You can swim from the property. Hot water shower and good wifi. Secure parking. Friendly owners. Easy walk to a couple good restaurants (Poppys and Jennys).

MUTIARA HOTEL
Balige, Indonesia

Website: http://mutiarabaligehotel.com
GPS: 2.33309, 99.05873
Cost: 450,000 Rupiah (US$33.83) per night for a double, standard room with breakfast
Dates stayed: 22-23 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: My bike broke down in this town so we needed a hotel close-by where the bike stopped that had parking where Mike could work on the bike. We ended up here. It was clean but the walls were paper-thin and there were a lot of families with kids here (holiday weekend). The kids were very loud and running in the hallways. The breakfast buffet was good and the wifi was an average-good speed. It is next to the lake.

MADINA SEJAHTERA HOTEL
Parbangunan, Indonesia

GPS: .810642, 99.570143
Cost: 250,000 Rupiah (US$18.79) per night for a double with air conditioning
Dates stayed: 24 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: We took a deluxe room so that it was in the outside area and not dark and dank on the inside hallway. Plus Mike could work on my bike right outside the room. The room smelled and I am not sure that the sheets were clean. The towels were clean. The room wasn’t dirty but smelled badly and the bathroom had the usual pee trap smell of urine. It was okay for one night. The wifi was very weak and only near the reception.

BAMBOOSA GUESTHOUSE
Bukittinggi, Indonesia

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Bamboosa-Guest-House-1533934073593289/?rf=182187182127474
GPS: -0.295912, 100.37063
Cost: 225,000 Rupiah (US$16.91) per night for a double including breakfast
Dates stayed: 25-27 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No, just for breakfast and they have water, tea, coffee on all day
Notes: Good secure parking at guesthouse. Rooms of different sizes so look around first but mostly same price. Nice included breakfast of nasi goreng (fried rice) and omelet. The wifi is fast. Some power outages but they do have a generator though they don’t keep it running all the time. Very friendly owner (Rico) who speaks good English. Comfortable bed and very clean. There are inside and outside common areas for sitting, using wifi, and relaxing.

HOTEL AND RESTORAN BAGUS
Tapan, Indonesia

GPS: -2.161610, 101.077855
Cost: 150,000 Rupiah (US$11.28) per night for a double with private bathroom
Dates stayed: 28 April 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold bucket shower
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This was a good halfway point and one of the only hotel/guesthouses we saw on the way between Bukittinggi and Bengkulu. It had a squat toilet and stand up fan. The cleanliness was about fifty percent but it didn’t have bad smells. The floor was clean. We used our own sheets. This is a truck driver stop. There is a Padang style restaurant attached to the hotel block.

TROPICANA GUEST HOUSE
Bengkulu, Indonesia

Website: http://tropicanaguesthouse.blogspot.co.id
GPS: -3.795974, 102.253750
Cost: 200,000 (US$15.04) (standard room), 300,000 (US$22.55) (suite) Rupiah per night depending on room type
Dates stayed: 29 April – 1 May 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold in standard room and hot water in suite
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: Breakfast is included and the wifi was fast. They only have five rooms: one suite, two standards, and two singles (they are 140,000 Rupiah per night). It is a family run business and they are all very friendly and helpful. We stayed in the suite the first two nights because the other rooms were full and then moved to the standard room. It is very clean. It is walking to the beachfront and has secure parking. Motorcycles are parked out back behind a locked gate.

NO NAME MOTEL
Krui, Indonesia

GPS: -5.199735, 103.929164
Cost: 150,000 Rupiah (US$11.28) per night for a double (two twin beds)
Dates stayed: 2 May 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold bucket shower
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: There was secure parking out front. There were a lot of ants in the room and the toilet room was grimy through not too bad smelling. It was ok for one night and the attached restaurant was good. The power does come on/off – true for the whole town. There is a wall fan in the room.

KRUI SURF CAMPS
Krui, Indonesia

Website: email contact zanekrui@gmail.com
GPS: -5.202843, 103.921250
Cost: 300,000 Rupiah (US$22.55) per night for double room (two twin beds)
Dates stayed: 3 May 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: This price was without meals. You can also arrange full board but I don’t know the costs. It is a shared bathroom but we were the only guest staying there at the time. It is right on the ocean. There is secure parking. The owner, Zane from the US, has been here for more than 20 years. He is a great guy. There are inside and outside common areas. Very comfortable and enjoyable place to stay

ASTORIA HOTEL
Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
GPS: -5.418936, 105.258051
Cost: 300,000 Rupiah (US$22.55) per night for a double room
Dates stayed: 4 May 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: This is a luxury business hotel. The price includes breakfast. They were having a sale and the usual price is around 500,000 Rupiah. When we arrived at a hotel next door it was full so we started walking around to find a place and this was the closest that had rooms available. It was very clean.

RORO SHIP SUMATRA TO JAVA

Cost: 180,000 Rupiah (US$13.53) per person with bike plus an additional 400,000 (US$30.07) to upgrade to a private room for two
Dates stayed: 5 May 2017
Bathroom: Shared with running water
Shower: Cold
Electricity: Yes
Internet: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Notes: We took the midnight sailing from Lampung Port into the Jakarta central port. This meant we avoided having to drive through much of Jakarta from the Merak port in the West (the usual ferry route). The RoRo (roll on, roll off) ship is primarily for long-haul trucks and the drivers. It was much nicer on board than I anticipated. The ticket comes with a place to sleep in room of 10 people where each person has some floor space. You can then pay an additional 100,000 if you want a mattress to put on the floor. Rather than sharing with the truck drivers we got a private room with bunk bed and more space. The trip is supposed to be a 10-hour sailing but we left an hour and a half late from Lampung and then had to wait for a pilot boat to get us docked in Jakarta so at the end it was a total of 14 hours. We would recommend using this RoRo to leave or enter into Jakarta proper. Note that on the business card photo only the third phone number worked.

FRIEND’S HOUSE
Jakarta, Indonesia

Dates stayed: 6-13 May 2017 and 22 May – 16 June (a quick trip to Bangkok as well)
Notes: We have been truly blessed with a fantastic place to stay with good friends in the heart of Jakarta. Our friends have been incredibly generous allowing us to stay with them as long as we need, which has ended up being much longer than anticipated due to motorcycle maintenance, trip to Bali and Horizons Unlimited meeting on Sumbawa, shipping the motorcycles, and healing time for Shannon’s broken leg.

FRIEND’S HOUSE
Bali, Indonesia

Dates stayed: 14-17 May 2017
Notes: We needed to stop in Bali to sort out visa extensions and our same friend in Jakarta had a place for us to stay in Bali.

HORIZONS UNLIMITED INDONESIA
Sumbawa, Indonesia

Dates stayed: 18-21 May 2017
Notes: We were VIP speakers at the first annual Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting in Indonesia. We were given a complementary bungalow at the event to use for our five-day stay. This event was spectacular and so much fun to attend. We highly recommend making this a destination if you are ever traveling in SE Asia in May.

OJEK’S HOMESTAY
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
GPS: -8.507999, 115.266900
Cost: 150,000 Rupiah (US$11.28) for a double room including breakfast
Dates stayed: 17-24 June 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Warm
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes at reception
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Notes: We don’t have our motorcycles with us so we weren’t concerned about parking but did find that they have garage parking. This was a very busy hostel in the center of Ubud and was a nice location to stay for a short time. The rooms are very close together so it can get loud. As this is a humid place and the bathroom doesn’t have a fan the room would start to smell when closed up for any length of time. Our friends stayed around the corner at I Gusti Nyoman Oka Homestay (-8.505197, 115.265742) and the place was better value at the same price (the rooms were much nicer).

RENTAL HOUSE
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Cost: 4 million Rupiah (US$301) for one month
Dates stayed: 25 June – 23 July 2017
Bathroom: Running water
Shower: Hot
Electricity: Yes
Internet: Yes (high speed)
Kitchen: Yes
Restaurant: No
Notes: We rented this house for a month and it has been exceptionally good value. We also rented a scooter from the family for 500,000 (US$38) for the month. The wifi is very fast and consistent. It is a small house on its own little compound (so lots of privacy) on the family’s compound. If you are interested in renting a house in the Ubud area two FaceBook groups that are really helpful (this is where we found our house) are:
Ubud, Bali – Housing & Rental: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1523008504577896/
Ubud Rentals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ubud.rentals/

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