BANDUNG was once called the ‘Paris of Java’ or, more recently, the ‘City of Flowers’. No matter what tag you choose this is a most attractive city full of interest
Come with us to see the REAL Indonesia
TOURS DESIGNED FOR CURIOUS OVER 50s
An old man Orangutan in North Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park near Bukit Lawang – a visit here is included in our Premium North Sumatra and Java Tour
Indonesia is reopening
Better Tours ARE BACK
Indonesia has relaxed its COVID border restrictions and it’s likely the Visa requirements will become even easier soon.
This means that the Better Tours Premium North Sumatra and Java Tour program will be resuming from early 2023.
New high interest, PREMIUM tours for discerning mature travelers
At Better Tours we like to say you will have ANOTHER experience of a lifetime when you explore the REAL Indonesia …. because if you have an inquiring mind it’s likely you have already notched up other special and memorable adventures.
And if you haven’t, then after your first tour with us you will soon be out there looking for more … maybe even joining us once again to explore other fascinating regions of wonderful Indonesia.
We go to places and meet smiling people who are different, intriguing, refreshing, humorous, sometimes surprising, and, above all, warm, welcoming and interesting.
We explain and help you to understand, truly appreciate, and respect the culture, the history, the society and its diverse customs, values and lifestyles.
We create opportunities for you to make connections with some of the Indonesian people you meet. They may even become realationships that endure for years to come.
We see a selection of Indonesia’s most famous attractions but also wander off the beaten track – not too far, but far enough to add another dimension to our experience.
The roads less travelled are where the good stuff is … the REAL INDONESIA that travelers from most of the rest of the world are yet to discover or too nervous to seek out.
And we do it all easily, safely, securely and in COMFORT!
Key things to know if you want to explore Indonesia
So, welcome aboard. Charge your camera, punch your curiosity button and let’s read up, sign up and come enjoy seeing, experiencing, learning, absorbing, appreciating and having FUN!
New and different
New places, new peoples and new experiences to inform and challenge – thoughtful tours for mature and thoughtful people.
Interesting and Fun
We don’t just look – we learn, we understand, we appreciate, and we respect. Plus we have plenty of FUN along the way.
Fully Escorted Comfort
Authentic adventure – with safety, security and comfort. Adventure doesn’t have to mean roughing it or taking silly risks.
The Better Tours Experience
Jungles and cascading streams, rare and fascinating wildlife, traditional villages, iconic natural and man-made wonders, rumbling volcanoes up close, vibrant and colorful cities, and warm and welcoming people – plus quality accommodation and great food.
Safe, hassle-free and in comfort
That's the story of our PREMIUM North Sumatra and Java Adventure ...
Tours commence and end in Singapore
Mystical, beautiful and more than 1,000 years old – the Prambanan Temple complex is part of our North Sumatra-Java Adventure
Tours commence from Singapore’ AND ‘Optional add-on packages for Bali and Singapore available
Lake Toba ranks with places like the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Hainan Bay and the Niagara and Victoria falls as a great natural wonder. It is big (100
Borobudur is more than just the world’s biggest Buddhist temple – it also is a special, iconic place with a fascinating story and an aura to match. It’s easy to
To just about anyone with an interest in nature and wildlife, the ORANGUTANG is one of the earth’s truly fascinating animals. Bukit Lawang in North Sumatra is one of a
In our age of budget airlines and constant hurry few international visitors are aware of Indonesia’s superbly scenic train journeys. That’s a pity because they are missing out on great
Prized by the Dutch of the colonial era for its mild highland climate, leafy, historic Malang is consistently said to be Java’s most relaxed and charming city. Which makes even
You may well have already seen images of Mount Bromo and its four neighboring volcanoes without even realizing it. These mighty smoldering peaks belching clouds of smoke through the swirling
The kind of accommodations we choose
At Better Tours Indonesia we try to choose beautiful lodgings with character, facilities, traditions, or histories that make them special and memorable – like the Phoenix Hotel in Yogyakarta (above). Often, they are among the best available places to stay in each location. We believe in COMFORT — adventurous travel need not mean roughing it …
The historic and beautifully appointed five-star Majapahit hotel in Surabaya was built by a member of the Sarkies family who also built the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The Majapahit played a celebrated role in Indonesia’s struggle for independence. This colonial era jewel is so famous it is part of the city’s guided tours circuit.
Peace, tranquility, and beauty in this video by Harry Mateman made at Tabo Cottages Resort, our accommodation on the shores of Lake Toba. Tabo is noted for its Indonesian and international food and even has its own German bakery and coffee roastery to create wonderful brews from locally grown beans.
The Deli River Hotel is an oasis of tranquility in Medan, the busy and lively capital of North Sumatra. Medan and the Deli River Hotel with its Omlandia Restaurant are our base for exploring the North Sumatra region. It’s where we spend our first night after arriving in Indonesia. – Video production by Saidi Alhadi..
ESSENTIALS TO KNOW FOR VISITING INDONESIA
As of October 2022, it’s relatively easy for holiday travelers to visit Indonesia, provided you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and intend to stay for no more than 30 days. There is also a not-so-easy modified Visa option if you want to stay longer (up to
Most of us fear finding ourselves in a foreign country where we are unable to speak a word of the language. This is perfectly understandable. Not so long ago it could be a horrible experience. But now the digital world has come to the rescue.
You probably wouldn’t give too much thought to health issues if planning a holiday in Bali, right? Yet if you are like most people, you might get all get all flustered and worried about health risks if visiting elsewhere in Indonesia. Which is really weird.
Many Westerners find the idea of public bargaining for goods and services uncomfortable, even a little distasteful. Unlike the societies of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, it’s just not in our DNA … the sad reality is that we have been culturally deprived.
Dealing with strange ‘foreign’ money in unfamiliar places can be daunting. Especially if you are a first-time visitor grappling with banknotes in unfamiliar colors with stratospherically high denominations. I well remember my uncertainty and confusion on a first visit to Vietnam when the dong notes
Prefer to travel independently?
No worries – Be sure to get a copy of our free INDONESIA ESSENTIALS handbook (form at top of page) and also check out the comprehensive advice and information in the articles and pages of our sister website
The articles there complement and expand our content here with reliable, up-to-date and practical information you need for visiting North Sumatra and Java. But if you are new to Indonesia we recommend you consider a guided tour first to help you learn the ropes. You will avoid mistakes and feel much more confident and competent when you travel independently in the future.
Sultan’s Palace Medan