Read Indonesia by Justine Vaisutis Mark Elliott Neal Bedford Lonely Planet Online


Discover a kaleidoscope of cultures, find surfing nirvana on a palm-fringed island or get up close to orang-utans in Borneo's jungle - plan the Indonesian adventure of a lifetime with this comprehensive guide....

Title : Indonesia
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ISBN : 9781741044355
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 924 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Indonesia Reviews

  • Hattivat
    2019-04-22 10:46

    It's really hard to rate a guidebook, especially so in case of one describing a country so vast and diverse. My feelings over it are particularly mixed, given that I've spent a year in the country and learned to speak the language quite well. On one hand I feel indebted to this book for the amazing wealth of information it provided me with. In fact, so much of it that I often left locals stupefied over me knowing more about their region's attractions than they did themselves. No book that I know of can provide so much comprehensive information about often obscure locations on the archipelago. This is where Lonely Planet's Indonesia is unbeatable - providing you with a list of places to see, the "where to go and what for".But on the other hand, when it comes to "how to go" the book has its inevitable share of mistakes. Most of them are simple mistakes when quoting prices or addresses, but some are more subtle. There are three overall bad tendencies in LP's guidebooks that seem to get stronger with each subsequent edition. The first one is the tendency to include less and less descriptions and explanations of traditional culture. Second, attractions that are easy to reach and "manage" are overemphasized even if they are dull - I've found the Harau Valley (which is barely mentioned in a tiny box) infinitely more interesting than Lake Toba (described in detail on several pages). The third, more malicious and pronounced than the other two, is the shift from emphasis on cheap, adventurous and independent trips towards emphasis on expansive, comfortable and semi-organized cruises. Luxurious hotels and restaurants that weren't even mentioned in the first LP guidebooks (because their original readership despised them and their clientele just like I still do) are now underlined as "our picks"! This amounts to embracing the emerging mass-"adventure"-tourism catering to the needs of wealthy and unimaginative people in need of something to boast with on cocktail parties. Consequently, accelerating the death of the very mindset that made Lonely Planet guidebooks so popular in the first place. This tendency reaches its peak in the chapter about Bali. It is badly written and wrong in many places but all this fades when you realize that the entire chapter is apparently written from a viewpoint of a person who travels the entire island by a rented car, doesn't bother to interact with the locals, drops corny jokes all the time and has an amazingly dull taste for "mysterious" pseudo-exotica. It should have been more accurately entitled "how NOT to travel in Bali".Another loathsome trend (though admittedly not the Lonely Planet's fault) is the tendency of too many travelers to follow the book to the letter. A few conversations with gap-year yuppies following this guidebook as if it were the Holy Quran itself did a lot to convince me not to do the same. The issue is so widespread and apparent that "follower of the holy book" has become a seasoned travelers' tongue-in-cheek expression for a run-of-the-mill, unimaginative backpacker.In conclusion, buy this book if you plan to visit Indonesia but remember to take its data with a pinch of salt. It is best used as a source of inspiration for future voyages and emergency solutions when in trouble. In any case, DO NOT follow this book to the letter. Leave a lot of room for improvisation, imagination and genuine adventurousness in your travel plan. Locals ain't gonna eat you if you arrive in a place that ain't covered in this guidebook, really.

  • Jamie Hardy
    2019-03-29 09:47

    Obvy, it's hard to "do" a country of 17,000 islands, let alone figure out how from one guide book, but I think they did an OK job here. It's probs the only book with info on some of the outer islands, though if you want to go there for diving, there are better guides. Going there with a general idea of what you want to do, and then meeting people there is the best way to go.

  • Velvetink
    2019-04-02 16:04

    Very early 1973 edition

  • Ambar
    2019-04-19 15:02

    A lot better than the previous version of LP. It has more information about flight connecting around the archipelago including budget ones. Information about accommodation is unbeatable. But probably need to do about activities and cultural background. Yes the only LP book that can beat India.

  • Shazia
    2019-04-14 15:58

    Lonely planet guides are a must for the traveler experienced or inexperienced. Have used several for the middle east and for Asia and never been disappointing. Gives you access to a whole range of different things touristy as well as local.

  • Oscar Prawiranegara
    2019-03-26 12:58

    I am an Indonesian and I am traveler too, from this I know a lot about so many beautiful places from this complete guide book. After I read this book, I realize I only traveled 10% from the places they mention. Worth to buy if you love travelling especially in Indonesia.

  • Dudadi
    2019-03-31 14:44

    given the miss information about jakarta's famous clubs ... (woops) I'm not sure to completely rely on the book, nevertheless it's the best shot to get to know a bit about our archipelago country in one single book.

  • Sekar
    2019-04-10 17:56

    sayang sekali, buku panduan wisata indonesia yang bagus justru ditulis oleh orang asing..

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-04-23 14:53

    Reserving judgment - cant tell if these are any good till you go there. The dedicated Bali LP I thought good, the Thiland one was crap.

  • Intan
    2019-04-06 09:57

    indonesia raya, tanah airku! (buat ukuran penulis bule, lumayanlah ada kata2 dlm bahasa indonesia yang sebenarnya kurang tepat artinya. jadi gatel pengen nelpon author-nya hehe...)

  • Aditya Adhit
    2019-04-23 13:08

    complete guide for visiting indonesia.. even me as an indonesian need this book to help my self finding good advice to travel in indonesia