The trip was excellent. The planning was smart.
Indonesia | Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2022

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Avi S.
Cupertino, CA | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

The trip was excellent. The planning was smart and thoughtful. Marc suggested traveling to Sumatra which was a good call. He suggested doing the activities in the first part of the trip and allowing for some days to rest at the end. He was right. We needed to rest on the last day after all the interesting activities that we experienced along the way.
Marc booked us into great hotels and planned an interesting trip that included Urang Utan watching in Sumatra, Volcano climbing in Java,... read more

The trip was excellent. The planning was smart and thoughtful. Marc suggested traveling to Sumatra which was a good call. He suggested doing the activities in the first part of the trip and allowing for some days to rest at the end. He was right. We needed to rest on the last day after all the interesting activities that we experienced along the way.
Marc booked us into great hotels and planned an interesting trip that included Urang Utan watching in Sumatra, Volcano climbing in Java, visiting Unesco world heritage temples, snorkeling, and learning how villagers in Bali live.
The teams on the ground were punctual and reliable. They showed up on time

Marc was flexible and helped us reschedule the trip due to a family emergency two months prior to our departure. He also helped us deal with a last-minute cancelation of an internal flight by adjusting the schedule and hotel reservations.

I recommend Kimkim and Marc, the local agent in Indonesia. I would use Kimkim as my trip planning platform in the future.

Hotel Reviews
Ecolodge Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang

Nice hotel next to the jungle.

Authenticity & Character
The hotel rooms were comfortable and in line with nature.
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The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
Yogyakarta

This hotel is historic and in the center of the city. The rooms were nice and clean. The bathroom in our room needed a little fix so we called a maintenance person for help.

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Jiwa Jawa bromo

great location, close to the mountain. The room was nice with a nice view.

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Ijen Resort and Villas
Banyuwangi

Nice resort with a nice restaurant. Great place in nature.

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Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa - CHSE Certified
Pemuteran, Bali

Great location with nice rooms. Nice swimming pool and access to the beach. The room had an outdoor/indoor shower which is fun to take shower under the sky. Easy access to the snorkeling site and to good restaurants in the nearby village. Note: The Airconditioner could be better. We had to call maintenance to adjust it. The hotel is close to a mosque, and we were called for prayer at 4:50 am.

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The Sun Heaven Ubud by Inara
Gianyar – Bali

Great rooms, great stuff, and a nice dinner place. We had local artists perform every night of our stay.

Authenticity & Character
Location
out of the city among rice paddies.
Staff
shared with us their life and were very attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sudamala Resort, Sanur
Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Selatan, Kota Denpasar, Bali

The hotel is in a nice location and is in a secluded area. It is within walking distance from restaurants, shops, and the beach.

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Activity Reviews
Orangutan Tour
Bohorok

A great tour guide helped us spot wild life, including monkies and orang utans.

Quality of Experience
The guide was informative and showed us the nature
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
All were great
Transport
Visit Borobudur Temple
Yogyakarta
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Family Dinner - Visit Prambanan Temple Complex
Yogyakarta
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Explore Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo, East Java

The weather was not good on the day that we visited but never the less it was a good experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
I wish we had a guide on this section of the trip and not only a driver to understand what we are seeing.
Transport
Hike to the Top of Mount Ijen Volcano
Ijen, East Java

The guide was great and took us to the best location possible. He gave us information to understand the mountain and its significance.

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Snorkeling around Menjangan Island
Indonesia

The location and guides were great. snorkeling was broken into two sessions of 45 minutes in two sites.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
A very good guide explained and took care of us during the session. He also took pictures and shared them with us.
Transport
Transfer to Ubud
Indonesia

Nice trip.

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Visit a Local Market & Enjoy a Cooking Class
Ubud, Bali

Nice experience

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Cultural Immersion & Traditional Lunch at Rumah Desa
Indonesia

Very nice visit with good explanations. We learned a lot and also experienced life in a village.

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Cycling from Batur to Ubud
Indonesia

The cycling was supposed to be easy. However, a few factors caused it to be more challenging than expected. 1. Most of the ride was downhill and required us to hold the brakes. 2. Part of the ride was on roads (and not only on paths between rice paddies). The roads were busy, and we were not ready for it.

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Tibumana waterfall
Ubud, Bali

A short walk, a short waterfall, and not so impressive.

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Local specialist: Marc Urban
Marc
Marc Urban
Local specialist in Bali | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Dear Avi and Anat,

I do love that you enjoyed Sumatra, one of my favorite places in Indonesia!

Thank you very much for your feedback and recommendation!

Best wishes,
Marc