Train trip through Java - 10 days backpacking in Indonesia
Published: Sep, 2020 | Travel Date: Jul - Aug 2019
Java is the most populated island in the world with around 130 million inhabitants, so there is a lot to discover. In 10 days we climbed volcanoes, visited beautiful temples, discovered exciting cities and traditional villages, and ate delicious dishes. The days were packed, but we were able to take a lot of Java with us in a relatively short time. We traveled to all stations by train and used Grab within the cities. Traveling by train in Indonesia is very comfortable! After Java, we traveled on to Bali. You can also find this trip here on Tripspi.
We arrived by plane from Singapore and took a Grab to the hotel. Grap taxis run everywhere in Indonesia! Make sure you download the app and use this service. You can even have food delivered from Grab. We weren't very fond of Jakarta city and felt a little uncomfortable. On the one hand there are the most luxurious hotels and shopping centers and in front of them the begging children - a very grotesque picture. Besides, the traffic is absolute chaos.
OYO 135 Menteng Guest House, Jl. Lombok, RT.4, RW.5
The hotel itself was well located and the staff friendly. But the rooms were very dirty and there were dead flies everywhere.
Activities and Sights
Walk to the mall
Looking for a supermarket, we went to the Grand Indonesia shopping center. Security controls at the entrance prevent the "poor" population from gaining access. Pure luxury inside, a completely different world outside.
Selamat Datang Monument
Large roundabout that is lined with the most expensive hotel chains and numerous shopping centers.
Transportation to next station
Train | 08:00 Hours
Traveling by train is very comfortable if you book first class: you have plenty of space and legroom. However, the air conditioning is always fully turned on, so it is freezing cold. So be sure to wear warm clothes! Tickets can be bought online at tiket.com and then printed out at one of the machines at the train station.
The Indonesian island of Java is very adventurous and has a lot to offer. The infrastructure is good and you can easily get from A to B by train. At the big tourist hotspots you have to be a little careful and critical of course and not let yourself be fooled. Otherwise the people were always very friendly. In general there are many mosques in Java and the call of the muezzin is heard 5 times a day through numerous loudspeakers. Next time we would definitely plan a few more days at the beach on the islands in the north. A combination with Bali or Sumatra is recommended.