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    Indonesian Solar Eclipse Tourism March 2016

    I’m thinking of taking my mother to witness the total Solar Eclipse that will be visible in parts of Indonesia in March 2016.

    Bangkok is just on the cusp of seeing ‘Up to 90% totality’.

    The next one in Europe isn’t for another 10 yrs, so it would be a nice treat for her.

    The strip of totality is about 145km wide. The biggest city seems to be Palembang.

    Great Google Maps link showing the strip of totality.

    So how to get there from BKK.

    There are flights to Medan in the North of the Island, but then another 1300km to Palembang. Flights seem to be $100 or so and not by major airlines.

    The less travel the better though. She’s not exactly young.

    Jakarta is closer, but separated by sea. Flights from there to Palembang? An over night 1st class train from Medan (she loves traveling by train).
    Other places also get totality.

    It’s really about the easiest way to travel from BKK.

    Any Indo lads got some advice?

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    indo is a filthy shithole, watch the show on tv from a civilised country.

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    Actually Air Asia Fly from Medan - Palembang too, but have to be booked separately as AA only do multi-city bookings for Air Asia X.

    Schedule:

    March 7th - Don Mueang - Medan.4-6pm.
    March 8th - Medan - Palembang 7.30-9am.
    March 9th - Total Solar Eclipse 7-9am.
    March 10th - Pal - Medan 9.30-11am. Then only 1 hr later (cutting it fine) Medan - Don Mueang - 12.00-2pm.

    Cost of the four flights are spot on 8k baht per person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    indo is a filthy shithole, watch the show on tv from a civilised country.
    Mostly likely the mother's last opportunity to ever see one.

    She's seen one on TV before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    March 9th - Total Solar Eclipse 7-9am.
    Bit early in the morning.

    When is the next afternoon or evening solar eclipse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    March 9th - Total Solar Eclipse 7-9am.
    Bit early in the morning.

    When is the next afternoon or evening solar eclipse?
    Tiz a bit early early.

    Next one in SEA is 16th April 2023, but again is a bit early from around 9.00-12.00.

    Not the easiest things to be finicky about, to be honest.

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    Palembang or Balikpapan are options to see it from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    indo is a filthy shithole, watch the show on tv from a civilised country.
    Thanks for your valuable input. I wonder where your civilized country exists, is it all pure fantasy? Closest match appears to be third reich, but then it does not exist right now.

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    I wonder where your civilized country exists
    somewhere north of the mediterranean, west of the danube and east of los angeles.

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    Solar Eclipse is worth experiencing for anyone remotely interested in nature and science. Only time I saw it - it suddenly got dark - birds stopped singing. Very eerie

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Palembang or Balikpapan are options to see it from.
    Cheers. Have never been in Indo.

    If you were traveling from BKK with a 70 yr old woman for two days, which one would you choose?

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    About the same, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    I wonder where your civilized country exists
    somewhere north of the mediterranean, west of the danube and east of los angeles.
    Wolverhampton. I got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    If you were traveling from BKK with a 70 yr old woman for two days, which one would you choose?
    I would choose the safest and friendliest way as money does not come into it when you travel with your mother. If she likes to travel By train as much as possible, like many do opposed to airline stress and security checks and lack of leg room then why not. I travel to Malaysia regularly but it is KL and Penang so can't help you here.

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    And Langkawi

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    Mostly likely the mother's last opportunity to ever see one.
    Solar Eclipse is worth experiencing for anyone remotely interested in nature and science. Only time I saw it - it suddenly got dark - birds stopped singing. Very eerie
    indo is a dump.

    save your money, just put her in a dark room, shove some cotton wool in her ears and turn off the lights for 5 minutes.

    she'll never know the difference.

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    ^ Jesus the bloke comes here for a bit of advice and all you can come up with is an infantile comment like that !

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve down under View Post
    ^ Jesus the bloke comes here for a bit of advice and all you can come up with is an infantile comment like that !
    Get a sense of humour will you.

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    Whats the weather like in March ? Cloudy?
    be a bummer to travel and then find it's a heavy cloud day.

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    My first ever post on here and i have to say the last response from taxexile was one of the funniest replies i have seen in a long time it had me in tears.
    Brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonami View Post
    My first ever post on here and i have to say the last response from taxexile was one of the funniest replies i have seen in a long time it had me in tears.
    Brilliant
    If you liked that watch out for seekingayassylums posts, that stuck up old queen will have you in stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    but have to be booked separately as AA only do multi-city bookings for Air Asia X.
    Sorry I'm thick can you explain that for me? I used to work near palembang so ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonami View Post
    My first ever post on here and i have to say the last response from taxexile was one of the funniest replies i have seen in a long time it had me in tears.
    Brilliant
    Hi Tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    but have to be booked separately as AA only do multi-city bookings for Air Asia X.
    Sorry I'm thick can you explain that for me? I used to work near palembang so ...
    Booking multi-city would be booking Bangkok-Medan-Pal.

    All done at one time.

    They only allow that for Air Asia X.

    So I would need to book Bangkok - Medan. Then after that book Medan - Pal separately. With only an hour or so between flights, if the first one is delayed, there is presumably no reimburment for the second flight.

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    So spend an evening in Medan to be sure of catching the flight.

    Or spend the extra on Garuda.

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