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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi December 27th 2019

So our quick but so worthy stopover in Probolinggo was over and once again we took the train for our ongoing journey. We organized a grab to go the the train station. Have we mentioned in our blogs that travelling in South East Asia is now so easy with grab or gojek? No hassle with annoying taxi drivers, just use the app and have a cheap taxi drive in a decent car - reliable and fair. And what we exerienced, 99% of the drivers are super friendly and informative.Well, it also has its downsides, as the adventures times are a bit over. From Probolinggo it is a wonderful 5 hours train ride through amazing landscapes to Banyuwangi. We took the cheapest class on the train this time, ekonomi. It still is super comfortable. Unfortunately it was ... read more
Lulu and me with the "batik boss" - she was so sweet
us at the Jagir Falls
on the scooter around Banyuwangi

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi April 21st 2018

Podla planu vyrazame nieco po 7.00. Ranajky nestiham, tetula tu este nebola. Je mi oznamene, ze dnes pojdeme trocha rychlejsie aby sme sa vyhli prichadzajucemu teplu. Nakonec bola rychlost rovnaka 40-60km/hod. V meste dost velka premavka, mimo uz mensia. Doplnam palivo a ideme na to. Cca po 2hod mame prvu 5.min prestavku. Zadok ma uz riadne boli. Opat je moj stroj v strede kolony. Za Sumbermulyo cesta vyzera ako vo vychodnom timore, polnacka. Okolie fajn, obcas ryzove policka, kopce a super cesta lemovana rastlinami s bordovymi listami. Rajagwesi je nas ciel, tu zavora a vyberanie vstupneho. Pre cudzinca 225k, tak to veru fakt nedam za neake plaze (neskor zistene, ze boli cierne a uplne onicom). Mimochodom oni platili 15k. Fakt ma tieto dvojite ceny nasiraju. Dohadujeme sa, ze ich pockam na blizkej plazi. Pridu asi za ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi April 20th 2018

Budicek nieco pred druhou hodinou rannou. Na moje prekvapenie odvoz prichadza na minutu presne, 2.30. V aute 4 baby z jakarty. Este sme na niekoho cakali ale potom ho supli do druheho auta. Cesta z pociatku v pohode, osvetlena. Neskor uz len uzka asfaltka do kopca. Obcas mini diera ale s porovnanim s vychodnym timorom je to prechadzka ruzovym sadom. Vodic isol jak dosrany, ako keby tuto trasu siel prvy krat. Asi po hodine prichadzame na parkovisko, kde uz dost aut. Guide co bol s nami v aute nam rozdava plynove masky a niektorym aj baterky, ja mam celovku. Pod plynova maska je len na nos a na usta, ziadna klasicke celotvarova. Za cely vystup som ju nepouzil. K nasej skupine este pridavaju trojicu talianov a dvojicu starsich cechov. Ti boli na sulawesi a na bali. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi September 22nd 2017

Wszystko przez niedomknięte drzwi łazienki. Wyczekał aż zaśniemy. Wślizgiwał się powoli, pełznąc po podłodze. Gdy dotarł do naszego łóżka, równie nie śpiesząc się zaczął wdzierać się w nasze nozdrza. Zabójcza, halucynogenna mgła wkręcała się coraz głębiej w wypoczywające mózgi. Śniło mi się, że jem przegotowane jajka, pływam w nich, jestem nimi przygniatany, duszę się... w końcu zadzwonił budzik. Była 3 nad ranem a od tej chwili siarka, pod każdą postacią, oblepiła nasze zmysły na dwa dni. Znaleźliśmy się w piekle. Na szczęście tylko w przenośni. Były to dwa najbardziej intensywne ale i najwspanialsze dni w Indonezji jak dotąd. Wyprawa z Bali na Jawę, Bromo i Ijen to spore wyzwanie dla psyche i soma. Nie dość, że ostatnie 2 noce spaliśmy średnio 4 godziny, to w samochodzie spędzamy około 8-12 godzin na dobę. Do tego ... read more
Na szczycie Bromo
U podnóża Bromo
Kawah Ijen

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi October 1st 2015

We checken in bij de Sriwijaya Air balie en gaan vervolgens door security. In Indonesië mogen alleen vliegende passagiers de terminal in, meestal wordt je bij de ingang gecontroleerd en later nog een keer. Hoewel er maar vier vluchten meer gaan vanavond is het heel erg druk. Er is namelijk al een vlucht van negen uur vanochtend die nu, om half acht, nog niet is vertrokken. Een andere vlucht die al sinds 10 uur vanochtend vertraagd is, gaat dan toch rond acht uur weg. Bij een andere vlucht van 16.15 uur staat DELAY UNKNOWN, een opbeurende tekst dus. Er wordt wel voor de mensen gezorgd, de ene vlucht krijgt een zakje met eten, voor de andere passagiers is er zelfs een warme maaltijd. Ons vliegtuig komt een kwartier te laat binnen, dus dat is acceptabel. Niet ... read more
Wings Air ATR72
Rijstvelden bij Bangyuwangi
Ploegen

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi April 5th 2015

If you want to know what hell is like go to Ijen. The path down to the base of the caldera is steep and treachous by torchlight at 2am. We had our gas masks on to keep the devil and his sulphurous fumes away. You could dimly make out the fizzure billowing out acrid steam. As you get closer you can see the ethereal blue flames of the burning vapourised sulphur dancing above the dark rock. When the steam blows your way you crouch down holding your mask and closing your eyes to stop the burning. You wait until the wind changes. Molten sulphur drips from corroded pipes in lakes and stalactites. And people work down here on a daily basis! We were accompanied by Eno (not Brian!) having booked a package with Ijen Expedition Tours ... read more
With the sulphur sample given to us by a miner
Breaking up a slab before carrying it up the crater
The fizzure billowing acrid steam next to the acidic crater lake in the morning light

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi April 4th 2015

Boy, does Indonesia know how to do volcanoes. There are 127 in the whole archipelago and they form the backbone of Sumatra and Java. You can get tours from almost anywhere to Bromo and Ijen in East Java and although we took local tours once we got close it is not really necessary. We avoided the all in packages from Yogyakarta and were very glad we did. To get to Cemoro Lawang on the edge of the Bromo caldera from Yogyakarta was very straight forward. We took the early train to Surabaya and then a metred taxi to the bus station. We waited all of ten minutes for a bus to Probolinggo. You then have to wait for a shared minibus to fill up to get up the hill to Cemoro Lawang. Unfortunately, there were not ... read more
On the edge of the abyss
The hole to Hell at the base of Bromo
On the edge of the crater

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi March 3rd 2014

So after a 2 hour bus journey and an hour on the ferry, we crossed over back to Java, to a small port town called Banyuwangi on the 3rd of March. After getting off the ferry we were met by Leo, a tour guide who booked us in for a journey up to see the Ijen crater, an active volcano not far from where we were staying. After settling in to our hotel, which looked more like a holiday park from the 70s!, we decided to go up to Ijen that night. So at 1am Leo picked us up and took us to the base of the volcano. At 3am we started our ascent up the steep but well maintained track up to the top, with our friendly young guide Ary. We met lots of other ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi July 27th 2012

we hired a car with driver to visit the beautiful park with sukamade where we saw the rainforest and turtles laying eggs on the beach... read more
baby turtles in sukamade
baby turtles in sukamade
monitor lizard outside our bungalow

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Banyuwangi May 18th 2012

Painful 5h public bus journey from Probolinggo to Banyuwangi, the launch point for the trek up Kawah Ijen. Stayed at the Manyar Hotel, described as "rather soul-less" by Wikitravel, but hey, there was wi-fi at the restaurant!... read more
Trekking up Ijen
Sulphur Miners @ Ijen
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