Hints and tips for travelling in Indonesia during/after the Muslim fasting month.
The end of Ramadan on 19-20 August is called Idul Fitri, where Muslims return to their village/home town and exchange gifts with their families. (While not a religious requirement, Indonesian Muslims also like to broadcast loudly from every mosque that God is great, all night long.)
The large number of travellers is only matched by the days before Lunar New Year in China, and the days before Christmas in Europe and the United States. Tickets for trains and flights are already sold out, hotel rooms are often booked out and traffic jams move from cities to everywhere else in the country.
Some travel guides (e.g. Lonely Planet) discourage travel within Indonesia in the days before and after Idul Fitri, but unfortunately some tourists cannot be so flexible.
Mau Ke Mana is happy to help visitors in a bind, but – seeing banks are closed on 16-22 August – has the following limitations:
However, hotel bookings are automated and done online by the client alone, so no changes to report there. Make sure you have booked your accommodation in advance, or you may get a nasty surprise.
You can book flight tickets, hotel rooms and train tickets here.
While other airlines’ flights are fully booked, Trigana Air takes a different approach, ceasing operations entirely for the two Idul Fitri holidays on 19-20 August:
Libur Lebaran 19-20 Agustus 2012
Trigana Air tidak beroperasi pada Hari Raya Idul Fitri yang jatuh pada tanggal 19-20 Agustus 2012, dan akan beroperasi normal kembali mulai tanggal 21 Agustus 2012.