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on 12 August 2013
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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