Last Modified: 29 Jan 2013
Bali Family Discovery
Trip code: TFFI
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012
Lying just south of the equator, Bali is a tropical paradise in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The gentle people live their lives against a stunning backdrop of shimmering rice paddies and dramatic volcanic peaks. This wonderfully varied trip has something for the whole family – traditional villages, ancient temples, markets, a boat trip to spot dolphins, volcanoes and fantastic beaches. Not only is this a well-paced holiday with lots of time to see the real Bali, but it’s an educational experience, showing kids the wonderful variety of cultures there are to explore away from home.
This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.
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- Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Days 1-2 Umabian
Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali.
You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until a group meeting in the early afternoon.
You will be sent joining instructions approximately 2-3 weeks before your trip starts, which will contain full details of exactly where to meet your group leader.
Arrive at the hotel in Umabian, a few kilometres north of Tabanan. Designed to resemble a traditional house, the numerous pavilions and guestrooms are laid out in the style of a village compound. Surrounded by rice fields, spectacular views, and a swimming pool in the garden, this is an ideal place to unwind. Spend the remainder of today acclimatising to the heat and time zone by relaxing by the pool, enjoying the peaceful view, or joining in the local activities in the village compound.
After breakfast the following day, we embark on a sustainable tourism excursion at Taman Sari Buwana farm.
At Taman Sari Buwana we can experience local Balinese life while supporting a community-based tourism project in the village on Tunjunk.
Upon reaching Tunjunk village, we start with a visit to the elementary school (closed on weekends and school holidays) before heading to the village home base. Prepare for farming activities by donning a farmer's hat, covering up with mosquito repellent and picking up a local mattock (small farm tool), all provided by the farm. We recommend wearing flip-flops or similar as well as bringing sunscreen. We then walk with the local farmers to their rice fields, locally referred to as sawah, where we learn how to plant, transplant, or harvest rice (depending on the season).
After farming, take a walk around the beautiful rice fields to observe the daily activities of the village. We visit other plantations, including a coconut plantation where locals will demonstrate their ability to climb up the trees and gather young coconuts for some refreshment. We then return to the home base where we observe the boiling of cassava root in the traditional kitchen before enjoying a delicious lunch at the farm.
This afternoon we visit the Royal Temple of Mengwi.
Built in 1634 to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty, the temple is a truly stunning piece of historic architecture, surrounded by a moat with multi-roofed meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates.
Continue on to Tanah Lot Temple.
Bali's most famous temple, Tanah Lot is set dramatically on a small island about 100 m off the coast. We arrive here in the evening in hopes of viewing a dramatic sunset.
We then return to Umabian where you can have dinner at leisure.
- Taman Sari Buwana farm
- Tanah Lot Temple
- Royal Temple of Mengwi
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 3 Bedugul/Lovina
After breakfast we drive to the cool highlands of Bedugul for a day exploring Bali's lakes and hills. Setting off with a local guide, we travel to the inland highlands where we visit local markets, walk through lush forests and plantations, and visit the iconic Ulun Danu Temple. With cool temperatures and lush green surroundings, this journey is a great way to travel to Lovina beach.
First off, we get picked up and head to Bedugul, an area of the central highlands that is famous for its stunning beauty and three lakes.
Visit the traditional market of Bedugul where myriad fruits, vegetables and orchids from the area's gardens are for sale. There are also stalls selling exotic spices and souvenirs.
Continuing north, further into the hills, we reach Lake Bratan and the famous Ulun Danu Temple.
Set on an island amid the peaceful water of Lake Bratan, Ulun Danu temple is one of Bali's most iconic and photogenic sites.
There should be time to discover the temple and lovely garden before we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue driving to a small mountain road overlooking two superb lakes; Buyan and Tramblingan. We stop here for photos and to enjoy the scenery.
We arrive into Lovina at the end of the day. Check in to the hotel and then enjoy dinner at your leisure.
- Bedugul Market
- Ulun Danu Temple
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 4 Amed
It is an early start today as we rise at dawn to take a traditional outrigger boat out to sea on a dolphin watching cruise. The journey will last about an hour to an hour and a half as you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins jumping out of the water to greet you.
The rest of the morning is free to relax on the beach.
After lunch, we continue by road along the dry north-east coast to Amed, a quiet seaside village, where we spend the night.
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 5 Sidemen
After breakfast, we set off to explore the beautiful, less visited province of Karangasem. We start with a village to Tirta Gangga.
Meaning 'water of the Ganges' this sacred water palace was built in the early twentieth century by the last king of Karangasem. It boasts many decorative ponds and fountains, lush plant life and natural bathing pools.
We then set off on a trek from the village of Kastala to Tenganan.
The trek takes approximately 2 hours from the small village of Kastala, through the rice fields, down to Tenganan, one of several ancient villages in Bali. At the end of the trek, there is time to explore Tenganan. The village is home to the Bali Aga people, Bali's first inhabitants, who were there even before the arrival of the Majapahit dynasty who came from Java. You will be able to see the village's primitive architecture as well as observe the weaving of rare double ikat pattern and basket weaving.
We proceed to our hotel in Sidemen late this afternoon.
- Tenganan trek
- Rajah's Water Palace
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 6-8 Ubud
We depart Sidemen and drive along small, scenic roads to Besakih, known as the 'Mother Temple' of Bali.
Located on the western slopes of Mt Agung, Bali's highest volcano (2567 m), Besakih is the largest and most important temple on the island.
We then continue to Mt Batur. Although, at 1412 m, Mt Batur is not the highest volcano in Bali, it is the most active and is surrounded by an impressive caldera.
Our excursion continues this afternoon to Panglipuran, a traditional countryside village well known for its tidy row of traditional Balinese entrance gates and its unique architectural traditions.
We end the day with a visit to the sacred Kehen Temple.
Kehen Temple is build majestically on a hill, on a series of eight terraces enclosing a huge banyan tree in its first courtyard. The forest background of this temple offers a unique ambiance and mesmerising scene.
The next morning we visit the village of Mas for a true taste of local culture, traditions and lifestyles.
With your guide and driver, we visit Mas, a small village located 10-15 km from Ubud, and known for its wood carving tradition. Here we have the chance to take part in activities that are uniquely 'Bali'.
After first receiving a blessing by a priest, we then meet with an astrologer who will tell you more about your destiny by using ancient methods. Then it is time to enter the traditional Balinese compound and discover the process of making traditional temple offerings, or work with a local wood carver to learn the methods of this ancient handicraft.
We will then participate in a hands-on cooking class to teach you more about the cuisine and local ingredients. As the final touches are being put on the dishes, take a walk around the village compound to learn about the traditional architecture and layout of this rural setting. Then, return to the house and sit down to dine on your tasty creations.
After lunch we discover the many charms of Ubud with a short city tour, including the Ubud Market, where local vendors come to buy and sell food, handicrafts and textiles, and the Royal Palace.
Built in the 16th century, the palace is still home to Ubud's king and royal family.
The following morning is free for your choice of activities. Perhaps embark on some white-water rafting on the Ayung River.
Spend about 2 hours rafting on the Ayung River. Along the way you will be surrounded by spectacular trees, forests and towering cliffs.
In the afternoon we explore the monkey forest.
Take a short stroll though the lively streets of Ubud to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, officially called Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana - say that three times fast! The forest shelters a troupe of cheeky long tail macaques - watch out for any food and drinks you may have! Inside this cool dense jungle are three holy temples including the sacred Pura Dalem Agung (Temple of the Dead) complete with a carved Rangda figure devouring children at the entrance.
- Besakih Temple
- Kehen Temple
- Royal Palace
- Mas Village Visit
- Ubud city tour
- Ubud Monkey Forest
Hotel (3 nts)
Days 9-13 Sanur
The majority of today will be free to spend as you please before we head to Sanur.
Sanur's white sand beach stretches along the coast for five kilometres, sheltered along its length by reef making it safe for swimming and other watersports. You can enjoy a stroll along Bali's first beachfront walk, chat with the locals as they too enjoy the sea and sun, watch the fishermen in the shallows or join the local kids for a game of beach football.
Sanur maintains its traditions and local customs and ancient temples are only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach. What's that smell? Probably the waft of incense rising up to the Gods, or perhaps the stinky durian fruit!
On our last afternoon in Sanur we will drive to Bukit, the extreme south of the island, to reach Uluwatu.
One of Bali's most impressive temples, Uluwatu Temple is majestically perched on the edge of a steep cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of the south island. At sunset witness a dramatic kecak (Balinese dance) performance at the temple.
We then continue to Jimbaran for a farewell seafood dinner on the beach.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
Hotel (4 nts)
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
This is an active family trip. The high heat and humidity can be very tiring for adults as well as children. Journey times between nightstops are relatively short (around three hours max). The paddy field walk is graded ‘moderate’, primarily because they the heat is a factor. There are regular opportunities for swimming.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
The official currency of Indonesia is the Rupiah (IDR).
There are money exchanges and ATM machines available at the airport and all major towns. ATMs are the easiest and safest way to access cash, although we also recommend that you bring and carry some cash in a major currency for when ATMs can not be accessed.
USD notes older than 2000 series, as well as foreign currency notes that are old, torn, worn or damaged notes can't be changed in Indonesia.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$2-3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-2 per day for drivers.
Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$2-4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
At your group meeting on day 1 your tour guide will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your group leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip.
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
International departure tax from Denpasar (Bali) is IDR150,000.
RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL 2013:
In 2013, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 9 July through until 7 August, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.
BALINESE NEW YEAR:
Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.
NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.
This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.
Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5.
Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Hotel (12 nts)
Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.
GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Puri Taman Sari
Dusun Umabian, Desa Peken
Kecamatan Marga, Kabupaten Tabanan
Phone: 62361 7421165
Joining point instructions
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, following the Joining Instructions in these Trip Notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
Peneeda View Beach Hotel
Jl. Danau Tamblingan 89 Sanur Po.
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Australia:Yes - on arrival
Belgium: Yes - on arrival
Canada: Yes - on arrival
Germany Yes - on arrival
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
USA: Yes - on arrival
Visas on arrival are valid for 30 days, cost US$25 and are available upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and a few other international airports, or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports.
No extension of these visas can be made, they will be issued to arriving passengers at a counter set up prior to immigration processing. Payment for the visa can be made in all major currencies or by VISA/Mastercard.
Entering Indonesia without any visa is now possible for nationals of the following countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Citizens of these countries will be issued a stay permit on arrival for 30 days free of charge, upon presentation of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months. This stay permit cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa.
Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.
Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
What to take
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on the trip.
# T-shirts and shorts
# Warm top for chilly mornings
# Swimming gear
# Lightweight trail boots/trainers with a good grip
# Sandals for relaxing
# Sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and lipsalve
# Personal first aid kit
# A laundry service is available in most hotels, but we recommend you take biodegradable travel detergent.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
Kids bellies are delicate and standards of hygiene you may experience while travelling in this region can be less than what you are accustomed to at home. There are a few simple precautions you can take that will keep the family travelling in good health.
Make sure you always travel with plenty of water so you do not risk dehydration.
With all the exotic tastes available it would be a shame to avoid the great experience of trying new foods for the first time - both kids and parents! In most cases food is fresh and tasty and perfectly fine to eat, however it can contain ingredients that you are not used to. Any change in diet (no matter where in the world you travel) can result in an upset stomach. Usually this is the only side-effect and it can last a few days. We don´t want you to miss out savouring new flavours, but be wary of what you choose to eat - especially what your kids eat.
Keep your hands clean - and the kids'. It is important to remember to do this before eating especially if you will be eating with your hands as may be the custom. Antiseptic wipes or antiseptic hand gel (which you can use without water) are fabulous inventions - made with travelling families in mind.
CONTACT WITH ANIMALS:
In new and exciting destinations we often come across different animals such as monkeys, fish, and orangutans. There are also a lot of stray cats and dogs in some destinations. Keep an eye on children in these situations as aggravated animals can bite and may transmit diseases including rabies.
Health authorities in Bali have reported of an increase in the number of local people being hospitalised with rabies.
To avoid the risk of contracting rabies:
- Do not pat or touch any wild or domestic animals during travel
- Do not attempt to pick up an unusually tame, unfamiliar animal
- Do not attract stray animals by being careless with litter
Pre-exposure vaccine is available but receiving rabies vaccine prior to travel does not preclude the need for post-exposure medical evaluation and additional doses of rabies vaccine. There is a shortage of rabies vaccine in Indonesia and if you are bitten by an animal you should consider travelling to Singapore or your country of origin for treatment.
* Immediately wash the wound with soap and running water for 5 minutes.
* If possible apply an iodine solution or 40-50% alcohol (whiskey or other spirit can be used)
* Seek medical advice about the need for rabies vaccination and possible antibiotics for a bite wound infection as soon as possible. Tetanus vaccine may also be required.
All travellers who have possibly been exposed to the rabies virus, whether by bites, scratches or other exposure, should seek medical advice without delay. Medical advice should be sought without delay even if pre-exposure vaccine was received.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
Responsible Travel projects
Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Indonesia include:
* Bumi Sehat's mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as well as to support the health and development of communities. In addition to providing education and training for midwives and community health nurses, their Bali clinic assists approximately 1,000 people each month and their Aceh clinic around 1,500 people each month.
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