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Jakarta Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Jakarta vacation


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neilray
Getting around Jakarta 3 stars
I have already mentioned the fact that Jakarta is not that easy a place to get around and would recommend Bluebird taxis from the airport. But the good news is that there is an alternative when travelling around the city or want to go to the port areas. The latter is well worth the trip. The bus servcie is called TransJak and the buses run in dedicated lanes. The system has been a fantastic success, but of course that means the peak hours are worth avoiding - it gets very crowded. Any improvement was welcome in the city, and there are plans to feature more routes. The buses are colour coded and most go throught he centre although alll the lines do not cross over. There is a good system map showing the routes. A new initiative this year is to begin the procedures for a new MRT system, but don't hold your breath on that one!!

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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Spend freetime with animals at Ragunan Zoo 5 stars
For you, the animal lovers, another fun in Jakarta. The unique thing from Ragunan is Binturong (bearcat). It is neither bear nor cat and only from south-east Asia like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. When I was at Ragunan last year, there were only 2 bearcats. Ragunan has most of the animals from Indonesia specifically like dragon commodores, monkeys, bearcats and etc.
If you are reptile lovers, you can be happy cos there is a reptile section with many kinds of snakes, and crocodiles. There is even a part only for snakes (poisonous ones). I am a fish lover, and there are some that I’d never seen before such as Mississippi Alligator Gar, Malayan-Bonytounge Fish, Feather Back, Tiger Cat Fish and Piranha.
And I am also a monkey lover! There are many cute monkeys, and I felt like to adopt them.


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Marc888
Amigo’s, Jakarta 4 stars
Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant in Jakarta was a place that I had been looking forward to dining at, as I was definitely in the mood for some quality Mexican food during my stay in the city. It was recommended by a friend and the recommendation was certainly warranted. I was able to enjoy an absolute feast comprising Fajitas, Ribs, Nachos and some of the best Margaritas that I have had in the city. The food was very fresh and the flavours were definitely truly Mexican, the combination of which assured me of a memorable meal. During the later part of the evening live music gave the place a traditional Mexican atmosphere which served to ensure that I ordered a few more of their Margaritas!

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Christina Hann-Trefzger
Ice skate at Taman Anggrek 4 stars
When I tell my friends that I used to ice skate in Indonesia, they all raise their eyebrows. How can you ice skate in a country with the temperature of 30 Celsius degree? Not outdoor of course! My fave one is the ice-skating rink in Mall Taman Anggrek, Jakarta. They also offer hockey teams to play hockey there. I like to go there on the weekends, cos they play great music. If you don’t have the skate-shoes, don’t worry! You can just rent them, and they are very cheap. The entry fee is also not expensive, about 3 USD per hour and if you want to skate longer, you have to pay for the next hours and it is getting cheaper. If you don’t want to skate, you can just sit on the above floor and watch the hockey show!


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JennyPenny
Aphrodite Bar & Restaurant in Jakarta 3 stars
The Aphrodite Bar & Restaurant was awarded the “Best Bar” in 2004, 2005, and 2007. It also received a “Best International Restaurant” award for 2007. Aphrodite is attached to the Klub Rasuna Sports Club and is located at Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. C22, which is near the large Taman Rasuna Apartment complex. Their telephone number is (62) 21-527-3307. Aphrodite has plenty of different drinks and food to choose from, television screens to watch sports, and two pool tables. I found the atmosphere of the bar to be pretty nice and relaxed, though the seating could be more comfortable and it is more expensive than other places. I also could have done without the cigarette smoke, but alas that’s a rarity in Indonesia anyway. When I last visited, Aphrodite seemed to be full of foreigners, mainly expats who live and work in Jakarta. There were the stereotypical couples of older Caucasian men and younger Indonesian women, too. I haven’t had the chance to try much of the food, but their ice cream desserts are good. I recommend Aphrodite if you are looking for a nice bar to visit and want to mix with foreigners and Indonesians alike. Just remember to dress nicer than usual and try to use cash, not credit cards, for your food and drinks.


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JennyPenny
Chinese New Year in Indonesia 3 stars
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Chinese New Year (a.k.a. “Imlek”) is a national holiday in Indonesia, but it was once banned by the government. With a history of repression and the Chinese being a minority the country, New Year celebrations tend to be quiet private family affairs. That being said, there is a growing interest in public celebrations, at least in the big cities like Jakarta. This past year for example I noticed more Jakarta shops had New Year sales and one could see red and gold decorations around the city. I found that the small Chinatown conducted brisk business and there were traditional dragon dances in select parts of town. Ask locals for event schedules, but note that things can change at the last minute. Chinese New Year is usually held in January or February.


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Marc888
JJ's Jakarta. 4 stars
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After a good few hours partying at Jakarta’s famous Tanumra Nightclub I decided to take a breather and check out the adjoining venue, simply called JJ’s. Although it is under the same ownership, it is anything but the same. JJs had a much more lad back feel to it, and whilst it was open until late just as its sister venue was, it seemed to maintain that early evening feel to it. Although JJ’s is a bit smaller it was still busy, and I had an enjoyable few drinks in this place before going back to the madness of Tanumra!

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Marc888
Hotel Arcadia, Jakarta, Indonesia 4 stars
I had made it to the central area of Jakarta and after letting my taxi driver go, I decided to walk down the famous Jalan Wahid Hasyim road in search of a good place to stay. There are numerous hotels in this long road, however I had something specific in mind, namely I wanted to secure a clean room in a modern hotel but still within a decent budget. Jakarta has a lot on offer but mid range hotels are more hard to find than in other cities. After about 15 minutes walk I stumbled across the Hotel Arcadia which, at first glance, looked like it might be just the ticket. The rooms were indeed very modern and the hotel looked to be quite newly renovated. The room rate was kind to my budget and so I decided to base myself here. In actual fact the hotel is connected to the Ibis group, but it looked better than the Ibis hotels I had stayed in previously.

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JennyPenny
Foreign Embassies in Jakarta 3 stars
Many foreign embassies are located in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. Addresses and telephone numbers are available at the following website: http://www.thejakartapost.com/resources/address_embassies.asp . Another list is located at http://www.moveandstay.com/jakarta/guide_embassies_and_consulates.asp . The latter includes some websites. There are a few foreign consulates in other cities such as Denpasar, Medan, and Surabaya. If you can’t find your home country’s embassy in Indonesia, there may be one in nearby Singapore or Malaysia. It is a good idea to contact the embassies in advance regarding their hours and what documentation you may need when you visit. Embassies can help you with your passport (not visas for Indonesia, however), taxes, emergencies, businesses, elections, and special holidays or events relevant to your home country and cultures. Note that some embassies (e.g., United States) have strict security procedures during visits to their offices. In addition, travelers can register their trip with their embassies. Some embassies (e.g., United States) have online systems, which makes registration very easy. You can choose to receive security update emails from certain embassies as well.

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Marc888
Nightlife in Jakarta! 4 stars
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If you are in Jakarta then the nightlife cannot be missed. The Hard Rock café provides a nice start to the night but the best place must still be the world famous Tanamur disco which has been open for over 30 years and hasn’t changed much in that time. It hasn’t needed to either. Although its reputation as a pick up joint will never die, it is also quite a good place to do some people-watching and just enjoy an awesome atmosphere and great sound system. 11pm is considered the earliest time to go there but you can hang out a bit earlier in JJ’s which is large disco-bar right next door and is operated by the same owners. A night in Jakarta wouldn’t be complete without a visit to both!

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