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December 30th 2009
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Wow! So after an epic 4 months in Indonesia it is time to (sadly) say goodbye. It's been by far the most rewarding, most arduous, most chaotic adventure we've had since we started our trip in June....and we didn't even get to see half of this huge country!!

We spent a total of 50 hours on boats, 88 hours on buses, 18 1/2 hours on trains, 9 hours in the air and of course 6 hours on the back of a truck. That's with a total distance traveled of 5,832km!!

Now for the rundown of places we've stayed, areas we've visited and what we loved (and hated) about Indonesia:

Medan:
Best: erm...the chaos?
Worst: The dirtiness and the fact it has no attractions whatsoever
Rating: 1/10

Bukit Lawang:
Best: Orangutans
Worst: Jungle bugs!
Rating: 9/10

Tuk Tuk (Lake Toba):
Best: Scenery
Worst: Hordes of Chinese-Indonesian vacationers during Idul Fitri!
Rating: 8/10

Padang:
Best: The people
Worst: The dirtiness
Rating: 2/10

Jakarta:
Best: The commercialization!
Worst: Traffic
Rating: 8/10

Bandung:
Best: Surrounding sights
Worst: Lack of food in the area of the hotel
Rating: 6/10

Pangandaran:
Best: Traditionalness
Worst: The beach is a non-swimming beach
Rating: 7/10

Yogyakarta:
Best: The Malioboro backpacker area
Worst: Too many touts
Rating: 8/10

Surabaya:
Best: Tujungan Plaza
Worst: One-way systems!
Rating: 2/10

Bromo:
Best: Stunning views
Worst: A little too cold!
Rating: 7/10

Ijen Plateau
Best: The absolute stunning beauty and the awe-inspiring views from the top!
Worst: The miners were slightly annoying
Rating: 9/10

Candidasa (Bali):
Best: The Roberts Bali home
Worst: Not much to do around here
Rating: 7/10

Kuta (Bali):
Best: You can get pretty much what you want here
Worst: Loads of rowdy Aussies!
Rating: 7/10

Ubud (Bali):
Best: The artistic food & culture
Worst: The town is now too big
Rating: 6/10

Gili Trawangan:
Best: Nightlife
Worst: Too many boats on the best parts of beach
Rating: 9/10

Gili Meno:
Best: The idyllic seclusion
Worst: Not much else to do!
Rating: 8/10

Gili Air:
Best: Friendliness
Worst: Only a small stretch of perfect beach
Rating: 9.5/10

Hunting Komodo by Camera Tour:
Best: Sai village and sailing the open seas
Worst: The snorkelling
Rating: 7/10

Labuanbajo:
Best: The first taste of Flores
Worst: Overly expensive
Rating: 5/10

Ruteng:
Best: Friendliness
Worst: But at the same time the aggressiveness
Rating: 4/10

Bajawa:
Best: The friendliest people we have ever met!
Worst: Being hungover on Arak
Rating: 7/10

Ende:
Best: The surrounding setting
Worst: Everything else!
Rating: 3/10

Moni:
Best: Village setting
Worst: Not much else to do here (oh, and the lack of food!)
Rating: 5/10

Maumere:
Best: The hotel
Worst: Similar to Medan...dirty, shabby and not much to see
Rating: 1/10

Lewoleba:
Best: Berkat Lomblen restaurant
Worst: Nowhere else to find food!
Rating: 2/10

Lamalera:
Best: Living amongst the traditional village life
Worst: The oppressive heat!
Rating: 4/10

Ahuwair:
Best: The tranquility
Worst: Yet again, food problems!
Rating: 6/10

INDONESIA:
Best: The friendliness, the chaos (see also below), the scenery, the food (when it was available).
Worst: People trying to rip you off constantly, squat toilets, the chaos.
Rating: 157.5/270


AMY & DAN'S BEST & WORST OF....

Hotel / Guesthouse / Fleapit:
Best: Jungle Inn (Bukit Lawang, Sumatra)
Worst: Hotel UKM (Medan, Sumatra)

Town:
Best: Tuk-Tuk (Lake Toba, Sumatra) & Jakarta
Worst: Medan, Sumatra & Maumere, Flores

Place to Eat:
Best: Manta Dive (Gili Air)
Worst: Rumah Makan Jogja (Ruteng, Flores)

Dish:
Best: Babi Guling
Worst: Some sort of fried noodles with pig kidneys!

Moment:
Best: Reaching the Ijen Plateau, East Java
Worst: Most of the way down the Trans-Sumatran Highway from Toba to Padang

Journey:
Best: Hunting Komodo by Camera Tour from Lombok to Flores
Worst: Trans-Sumatran Highway

Beach:
Best: The South Eastern beach at Gili Air
Worst: Senggigi, Lombok

Island:
Best: Gili Air
Worst: Pulau Lembata

Friendliness:
Best: Bajawa, Flores
Worst: Medan, Sumatra

Indonesia
Best: Friendliness
Worst: Dishonesty





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