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The Smartine people

Bold entrepreneurs with ideas? We definitely have a couple of those that lead the way! Why do we focus on perfect service and going local? Read our story:

We, Agus & Martine, met about 2 decades ago. I, Martine, was doing research in small villages south of Malang city. There was no running water except the river and no electricity at all. This gave me plenty of time. I got in contact with the locals like 24 hours a day. My fieldwork in the villages made me fall in love with Indonesia as I learned about generosity, honesty and modesty. An old couple, by that time about 80 years old, was living in a bamboo house without a bathroom, a window, locks on the door or even a concrete floor. They invited me every time I passed - I walked the villages - to have a cup of coffee together and to talk about the old days. In the end they always invited me to spend the night. Although thinking of myself as a real tough cowgirl, who grew up amidst farmers, thought it a bit too basic to accept their invitation but only once when I was about to go home. That was one of the best choices I ever made. They really told me everything about themselves, their lives, and they offered whatever they owned. They showed me Indonesia's hearth.

To be able to communicate with those I left behind, I went back to Malang city every 2 to 3 weeks. There I met Agus. He was working in Hotel Helios, which by then was a real sweet small and clean backpackers hotel. Agus was starting up his travel agency. Selling tours in East Java in a tiny office just behind the reception. Then Agus made me fall in love with him as well. His service minded approach to each and everybody, makes the traveler experience something extra while going to the tourist destinations and of course the traveler has a fabulous holiday when he travels less traveled roads.

When we finally hooked up for life, we decided to take a different direction and to combine both our experiences. We would love you to meet the authentic Indonesian cultures. We are your travel agency on the spot, that knows how to connect with locals, to make your travels through Java and Bali something to remember, both in your hearth and in your mind.

 

Agus Supriyanto - the mind behind Smartine Indonesia TravelAgus Supriyanto

The Master Mind

A great talent who started working as a roomboy in Hotel Helios back in 1993, while also taking a bachelor of Business Administration at the School of Business Application in Malang. But one cannot resist true love when he meets it and for Agus this was definitely the world of tourism. Today, Agus is the main driving force and one of the masterminds behind the success of Smartine.

 

 

Martine Barwegen - Smartine Indonesia TravelMartine Barwegen

The wanderer

From researcher and journalist in the agricultural sector to the field of tourism, as love brings you all around the world. Loves to work behind the screen and find new things all through the day which eventually are put down in words to create something new. This can be a webpage for one of Smartine's websites or a brand new tour for you.

 



Team Players

The people who make your tour a success.

 

Smartine team - team players

Driver Mul with his guest at the black Sea of Sand - Mt. Bromo, East Java
Driver Yuli with a French group of friends at Mt. Bromo
Guide Bayu is talking to his guests


About the Company

Founded in 2016 by Agus and Martine, Smartine Indonesia Travel gradually but steadily is turning into an appreciated travel agency. With only two initiaters working in their spare time whenever they can, today the company has 8 employees and is growing. We process about 80 emails per month, 200 phone calls and 20+ WhatsApp requests per month. We proudly host between 20 to 125 mainly private tours a month.

Training or practical period at Smartine Indonesia Travel

Training at Smartine

Interested in working with us? Or searching for an enthousiastic team for your practical period? Read what it takes to become part of our team.

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The perks

We believe that happy employees lead to happy customers, that's why we offer all kinds of perks to motivate and inspire our staff.

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What we have been up to

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