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Lonely Planet Indonesia (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Indonesia (Travel Guide) [Kindle Edition]

Lonely Planet , Ryan Ver Berkmoes , Brett Atkinson , Celeste Brash , Stuart Butler , John Noble , Adam Skolnick , Iain Stewart , Paul Stiles
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Indonesia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Marvel at the world's largest lizard - the Komodo Dragon, hop on a fast boat to the Gili Islands, or enjoy a Balinese dance performance; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Indonesia and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Indonesia Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including culture, customs, history, religion, art, sport, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 130 local maps
  • Useful features - including Top Experiences, Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), and Outdoor Adventures
  • Coverage of Jakarta, Bali, Java, Papua, Maluku, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sumatra, Lombok, the Gili Islands, Komodo Island, Yogyakarta, Bangka Islands, Kelimutu, and more

eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices)

  • Zoom-in maps and images bring it all up close and in greater detail
  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps let you stay offline to avoid roaming and data charges
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Easily navigate and jump effortlessly between maps and reviews
  • Speedy search capabilities get you to what you need and want to see
  • Use bookmarks to help you shoot back to key pages in a flash
  • Visit the websites of our recommendations by touching embedded links
  • Adding notes with the tap of a finger offers a way to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Inbuilt dictionary to translate unfamiliar languages and decode site-specific local terms

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Indonesia, our most comprehensive guide to Indonesia, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for a guide focused on Bali and Lombok? Check out Lonely Planet's Bali & Lombok guide for a comprehensive look at all that each of these islands has to offer, or Lonely Planet's Pocket Bali, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Brett Atkinson, Celeste Brash, Stuart Butler, John Noble, Adam Skolnick, Iain Stewart, and Paul Stiles.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19851 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (1 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743216327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743216323
  • ASIN: B00C2K5C2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ryan grew up in Santa Cruz, California, which he left at age 17 for college in the Midwest, where he first discovered snow. All joy of this novelty soon wore off. His first job was in Chicago at a small muckraking publication where he had the impressive title of Managing Editor because he was second on a two-person editorial staff and the first person was called Editor. After a year of 60-hour weeks, Ryan took his first trip to Europe, which lasted for seven months and confirmed his long-suspected wanderlust. Since then his byline has appeared in scores of publications and he has covered everything from wars to bars. He definitely prefers the latter. He wrote Lonely Planet's Chicago and Moscow, co-wrote Texas, Canada and Western Europe, and coordinated Russia, Ukraine & Belarus, Great Lakes, Out to Eat - London, Netherlands, and Britain. In the future, Ryan hopes to add more warm-weather destinations to this list, although covering places filled with pubs is a novelty that never wears out. He currently lives in San Francisco and works as author liaison manager at Lonely Planet's Oakland office.

Books Authored:

Don't Let the World Pass You By!
52 Reasons to Have a Passport
Southeast Asia on a Shoestring
Canada Travel Guide
Caribbean Islands Travel Guide
Bali Encounter Guide
California Trips
Bali and Lombok Travel Guide
Hawaii Travel Guide
British Columbia & The Yukon Travel Guide

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia Slimmed Down! :-( 3 Sep 2013
I had for editions given Lonely Planet's Indonesia guide 4 stars despite all its errors and shortcomings just because it remained the only practical guide covering the whole country, but this new edition is so much poorer than the previous one that it no longer deserves the same rating.

For a start, it suffers from the same shortcomings plaguing all new LP editions: far fewer accommodation options which are no longer listed ordered by price, maps less detailed, color pages on poorer quality paper, etc.
But the major step back is that content has been cut back seriously. This edition is 100 pages shorter than the previous one, and it shows. Entire islands and even archipelagos have vanished from the book, especially in the Maluku region, but also in Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and Sumatra. Very little in the way of new destinations has been added to compensate for those losses. Editing has also changed in a curious way: The regions themselves, once listed in a logical largely west-to-east order are now listed in a completely random order, with the furthest and least visited region of Papua now in the middle of the book, before the much more visited and accessible western and central regions of Sumatra and Sulawesi. Oh, and it's full of badly misspellt Indonesian place names, too.

After all these complaints, do I have anything good to say?
Well, if this will be your first trip to the country, and you are happy to visit only the more touristy areas, you will probably find that this book still gives enough information for you - and definitely more than any other guide to the country. It does still cover all the popular places first-timers are likely to want to go to, and it does still give actual (though changing!) prices for accommodation and transport.

But if you are a regular visitor to Indonesia and already have the previous edition(s), no need to get this new one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty weak 12 Aug 2013
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After 5 weeks in Indonesia with three kids, and being a life-long fan of LP I have to say this is the worst country/edition I have ever used (2013 edition). There is generally an abscence of detailed information on many important aspects - for example, the 30 day tourist visa for Indonesia is very short and many people organise an extension at the Immigration services - I also assume that the LP writters have done this too - so why do they not mention the dress code for public offices that result in more or less all travellers being turned away to go back to their accommodation, put on long trousers and closed shoes and return; or why do they fail to mention that blue ink cannot be used to fill in the forms...

Also, most of the descriptions of accommodation are hopelessly positive and rosy - many of the places we stayed received glowing descriptions in LP and were in fact borderline acceptable to even the hardiest traveller - the section for Sulawesi was worst for this. Descriptions should be balanced: LP is not the tourist board! The Sulawesi section was also pretty poor for transport logistics - LP recommends the Luwuk route to the Togeans as the fastest way but provides no information on how to arrange the overland section (where's the bus station?), or accommodation in Luwuk (there is some). For the Togeans the impression in LP is that it is quite easy to get around these islands - it is not, and there is no phone network available for you to check if there is a room available before you commit to a 3 hour boat ride to go and check out another place - this may not be necesarry in low season, but most people dont travel in low season.

In summary, pretty weak in some key areas but still a huge resource. Compliment your information from this book with the Thorn Tree and other online resources to spot the gaps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia (Country Guides) 2 Sep 2013
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The guide is not good - compared to previous editions important information was removed and criteria to include some items does not seem logical. For instance, some places have really few options for accommodation but include very expensive options - it is perhaps not the most useful for the target readers group - and it is easy to find those in the internet.

Some extensive and of doubtful value for travelers descriptions about certain service providers that clearly are very good marketing for those services - not really what I expect from such a guide.

Evaluations are often exaggerated and one is often disappointed.

Large parts of the country simply ignored! And too much focus on surf ...

Very short on maps - other guides of LP are much better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor smaller revised edition 6 Nov 2013
By m sell
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I travel to different parts of Indonesia and purchased the latest edition to get updated information on the areas I intended to visit. I am extremely disappointed with the 2013 edition compared to the previous 2010 edition. The 2013 edition has 100 fewer pages and the accomodation options for example have been halved compared to the 2010 edition as a result I will be taking the 2010 edition to Indonesia not the 2013 edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First time in Indonesia 22 May 2014
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The book is presented well and has all the major components of any good guide book; maps, reviews, tips etc. I would recommend getting a separate map of any island you wish to explore in more detail as it gets a bit tricky following the narrative sometimes in terms of where you actually are on Java for example!

As always, a combination of using the LP and chatting to locals, other travellers and just by investigating things yourself proves to be the most rewarding.
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