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Ivan W Syafary 02-01-2017 06:22 (GMT)
We only stay for one night, but Tom is really a great host! His place is clean and homey. If you don't know where to go in Indonesia, Tom is the man.
Lythe 19-07-2016 01:30 (GMT)
Thank you for everything Tom!! It was great!

If you are planning to stay in Bogor, stay at Toms. I just arrived in Indonesia and he helped me out so much. When he got home, he went right with me to the botanical garden and straight away offered me to go to the waterfall. So yeah, stay at toms.
Iris and Fabian 24-06-2016 11:15 (GMT)
We just arrived in Indonesia when we came to Tom's place. Tom is definately the nicest person you'll meet in Indonesia, helped us with everything and told us great stories about the culture and the past of Java. Very friendly and especially not intrusive. Always up for a chat at our convenience. I would recommend his place to all, especially backpackers. Tom can really help you along in Indonesia.
Cyra Noriët Lübbers 09-03-2016 08:27 (GMT)
It took me some time before writing this comment, but i just had to.
Tom took me so many places in Bogor and traveled with me to Bandung to show me around. It was amazing! It still crosses my mind every once in a while.
His place is so authentic and he is so friendly. I would recommend a stay at Tom to everyone i know and i'll sure be back!
Mika 06-02-2016 17:10 (GMT)
I will never forgot my time at Tom place, he is an angel. I hope we will cross our paths once again in humid, green bogor or somewhere else. All the best Tom!
Iris 15-09-2015 08:09 (GMT)
As a freshly arrived backpacker one month ago, I was so fortunate to stay at Toms place and have an introduction to Indonesian kindness. Tom didn't only offer a very affordable, clean, correct place to stay, we also had dinners together, he accompanied me to a national park and made sure I got at my bus station. Thank you Tom!
Sanne Bewier and Jeroen de Smit 20-07-2015 14:50 (GMT)
Thank you Tom for the great experience at your homestay. You were very friendly and helpfull! Hope seeing you again, we will recommand you to all backpackers in indonesiaHappy
Sanne Fransen 03-06-2014 15:00 (GMT)
Tom is one of the sweetest persons we have ever met. His house is awesome and cozy but his hospitality is what made our experience in Bogor as one of the best. He stayed up until late to chat with us and provide us with information about Java. Because of him we discovered the best route through Java. The day we left he brought us all the way to the right busstation (30 minutes travelling) and informed the busdriver on where to drop us. Besides this, he gave us a 'survival package' with water and cookies. Bogor is only 1 hour from Jakarta and I would recommend every one to go there. It's not the place what makes your holiday memorable, but the people.
Indonesian Eco Tourism Community (IEC) 02-05-2014 05:12 (GMT)
Jungle in the City, Jungle In the House... really feel like home, with very helpful and friendly host in the house...
you need to start your trips in Indonesia? this is the best place to get the complete information about, just follow his advice than you will be out of trouble
Yazmin and Thijs 21-03-2014 22:18 (GMT)
Tom is the most amazing men we have ever met!
We started our backpacking route in Bogor, we found Toms homestay via internet en decided to go there. Be warned, when you arrive at the Bogor train station the local 'tourist police' will say that Tom's homestay is closed. When we arrived at the homestay Tom was already waiting for us. He was also ready to help us plan our trip through Indonesia. Tom will show you all the places you want to visit, which is fantastic because he knows some special places lonely planet doesn't even know. Also you will get the real Indonesian tour, which we definitely prefer. After our Indonesian trip (3 weeks) we had 4 days left till our flight back, we decided to go back to Tom and cross of the rest of our Jakarta/Bogor bucket list.
Must see's:
1. Botanical garden
2. Wayang doll (made by the sweetest family)
3. Waterfall
3. Local market
4. Tea plantation.
Thank you Tom, for making our time in Bogor so special. I hope we meet again!
Megan 07-03-2014 02:46 (GMT)
Staying with Tom at his house was a wonderful experience! His place is very conveniently located near the beautiful Botanical Gardens and in easy walking distance to several food stalls, the tourist information center, etc. The house itself is quite clean and features a lush garden in the central courtyard area. Breakfast is included (as well as coffee, tea, and drinking water anytime), and there is hot water in the shower! You really can't beat this deal for the price. Seriously a great deal. Tom himself was absolutely delightful, and went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable. I had a meeting to attend, and he even accompanied me there to make sure I knew how to get there. He also accompanied me to the bus station when I left. He is very friendly, and always up for a chat in either English or Bahasa Indonesia. I really recommend this place for the location, the facility, and the great company! Thumbs up
Anna Finke 28-11-2013 03:37 (GMT)
Thank you for the great stay! Really one of the best places in Bogor in terms of affordability, authenticity and a very friendly and helpful host!

Best, Anna



Our journey turned into a small expedition, climbing 14 peaks in Jawa with a total elevation of about 23 km. All was done independently without guides, porters and chartered vehicles with the exception of some ojeks. We visited (in this order) Salak, Papandayan, Guntur, Slamet, Prau, Sindoro, Sumbing, Merbabu, Lawu, Arjuno, Welirang, Semeru, Raung, Argopuro and still had the time to go to Pelabuhan ratu, Karimunjawa island, Pulau Sempu and mud volcano Bledug kuwu near Purwodadi. Semeru was the only place with western tourists. If you are into hiking has valuable information about most of Indonesia's peaks and volcanoes - approach camps, route-descriptions etc. Thanks again to our great host Tom for the buah Noni juice and a lot more. Cheers!

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