We biked in Indonesia this year in Jan. and Feb.. However much effort it is getting the bikes in to the country, it will be worth it. Until now (going to Mal., Thai., Lao and Japan) none of the countriess have been so wild, the people so friendly.
We started our trip in Jakarta, shipping the bikes there from Rotterdam. It took us aalmost two weeks to get the bikes out of ccustoms, lot of bribing, lots of negotiating.
If we would go to Indonesia again, we would ship to Surabaya, Java, we made very good experiences there when we left the country, shipping the bikes to Singapore. Customs was (almost) straightforward, NO bribe(!!!), also the port is smaller and more oranized. At least it seemed to us.
If you still have to wait and negotiate, Surabaya is a terrible ccity, but so is Jakarta....
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