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Postcard from our traveler: A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bali

September 8, 2011
Travel to Bali

Travel to Bali

We just returned from our trip to Indonesia which was an absolutely terrific experience for the entire family. We so appreciate all of your guidance and collaboration together with our travel agent Roselyne at WorldView Travel. I especially wanted to point out that the guides Komang Wardiapa in Bali and Subur on Sulawesi were outstanding in every way – professional, knowledgeable, sensitive to Western needs and limitations and a pleasure to get to know. Amertha and Jabeki were a dream and we miss the kind caretakers Made and Ketut at our little Bingin hide-away.

The itinerary and accommodations were perfect with a couple of tweaks.

The Pare Pare hotel was very run down. Although the long stretch from Makasar to Toraja begs to be broken up, given the downturn in tourism and lack of proper accommodations, you really have to grin-and-bear the drive since there is neither much to see nor a decent place to stay on the way north to the heart of Tana Toraja. Luckily everyone was a good sport and we thought of this ‘simple’ hotel as part of the adventure.

Overall, it was a once-in-a-lifetime, fabulous experience enjoyed by all of us.

So again, many thanks and best regards,

Fiona B.
Solana Beach, CA


Fiona traveled to Indonesia with a custom Bali vacation package which was arranged for her by Travel Specialist, Jarrod Hobson. This is Fiona’s first trip with Asia Transpacific Journeys. We hope to see more of her in the future.

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  1. September 8, 2011 2:11 pm

    Dear Fiona,

    Thanks so much for the feedback.

    I know what you mean about the Pare Pare Hotel. I was there last November. Unfortunately there is no other option and, as we discussed, I thought Toraja Land was such an interesting and unique area, in combination with Bali, that it was worth the sacrifice in accommodations. That being said, I’m glad you can be optimistic and see it is as part of the adventure.

    Welcome home and please let Roselynne know if you ever want to get back to Asia! We’d be happy to help.

    Glad you liked Komang, he’s one of my best friends!

    Best regards,
    Jarrod Hobson | Sales Manager
    A Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist

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