what to eat?there are a lot of foods in indonesia, esp jakarta you can basically get anything you want in here, if you wanna taste traditional food from west sumatra is very common in here, in jakarta there are maybe hundreds restaurants who sell these foods everywhere, and the food is wonderfull if you don't want kidney, brain, lungs etc which is very great i love lungs hahaha, you can ask the waiter just to bring you "normal" food such as fish chicken beef etc people love rending so maybe you could try, but you know its fun to try new things so :P your choice haha, and you should definitely try this "SOTO BETAWI" its wonderfull one of my fav food, its made by slices of beef and coconut milk, and some spices, bottom line it tastes good, my suggestion you should try it, there are many other food in here, if you don't wanna try local food then you can easly get other food here
about transportation, well its really your choice but maybe you should like observe the traffic first see if you fit in to the situation then why not?driving here is always "fun" but maybe dangerous for some people, and if you wanna be with local then i suggest you just get a public transportation altho its kind of bad but its fun somehow, or you could rent a car with a driver
hotel, depends on your budget, if you're in a strict budget, maybe somewhere in wahid hasyim street in central jakrta, like ibis is pretty cheap or the hotels in that area really they're not that expensive, sabang street, jaksa street, they're pretty much close to one and another, there are lot of foreigners there.
nightlife, kemang is great and safer than the nightlife in the border of central and west jakarta?i guess somewhere around that, is kind of dangerous but people go there too including foreigners so yeah, and beer you're right local beer is not good hahaha but you can get other brands of beers easly here no worries
security issues well it really depends on where will you go in what time, night time just have to be careful more than day time in some areas, its kind of hard to tell about security issues in a 3rd world country like indonesia, but so far my foreign friends are glad they came here, just stay in a "good" line i guess?i mean don't cause trouble or something i think you'll be just fine, no worries indonesians are kind people :)
places to visit, monument national, some museums, mostly historical places are here around jakarta, and also i think is one of the city who has a lot of malls so maybe it can be one of the good spots to hang around too, and kota tua aka old city is great!! :)
enjoy jakarta :)
There are lots of rivers and water catchment areas (e.g. ponds, swamps) at the north of Jakarta near to the airport (this area is near to the sea and coastline). In fact when you are travelling from the airport to Jakarta city, you will see a lot of water areas and some locals have in-fact use these water to keep fishes, farming etc.
These rivers and water catchment areas are useful to reduce floodings in the city, especially during the monsoon season at the end of the year where there is heavy rainfall.
JALAN JAKSA is a welknown tourist SPOT at Jakarta, one can get the place easyly from Jl.Thamrin-SARINAH DEPARTMENT STORE, or in day time one can go from Gambir Train station to Jl.Jaksa by walking which will take about 30 minutes, just see the map: JL. JAKSA and GAMBIR railway station is highlight by RED LETTERS.
Actually one can get TAXI from GAMBIR Railway station to Jl.JAKSA, for foreigner it was recommended to go walking to avoid naughty Taxi driver or take BLUE BIRD TAXI
Observe how the old blends in with the new.
Fondest memory: Jakarta is a city where the new, modern and rich lies side by side with the old, traditional and poor. There are still lots of poverty and overcrowding in the city, and many people are still living in very poor conditions (see picture).
Favorite thing: Experience the beautiful handicrafts and architecture of traditional buildings. The wooden handicrafts & architecture, paintings, stone statues, antiques and colourful batik cloth are all very beautiful.
Fondest memory: In this overcrowded city, you often see high-rise buildings & houses side by side, coexisting like many of the rich & the poor within the same area. However, the 1997 economic crisis has rendered this harmony a sham which in turn shattered the illusion that has served the country for decades.
Drive by the MONAS (NATIONAL MONUMENT) (pictured above): This 132 m high obelisk towering over the Merdeka Square is Jakarta's principal landmark. The monument is made from Italian marble, topped by a glittering flame (gilded with 35 kg of gold leaf) of the nation's independence & strength. It is also a symbol of Indonesia's freedom from colonial domination. The statue was built between 1961 & 1975. Atop is a viewing balcony which affords a delightful view of Jakarta & the surrounding countryside & suburbs. At the base is Museum of National History.
48 dioramas tell something of Indonesia's political history:
1st series show early human society in the archipelago, & the port of Sriwijaya (the port of the Sriwijaya Empire which, from its heartland in South Sumatra, dominated much of South East Asia in the 12th & 13th centuries).
Others show the construction of the Borobudur Temple in Central Java around the year 825; the Majapahit Empire which arose in East Java & replaced Sriwijaya as the dominant empire & of Majapahit's powerful navy; the arrival of Islam in the archipelago.
Here too is the Independence Hall which displays 4 treasures:
1) The Sang Saka Merah Putih Flag, the same one that was raised during the independence ceremony in 1945.
2) The original text of the declaration of independence.
3) The gilded map showing the territory of the Indonesian Republic.
4) The Indonesian coat of arms, 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika' which shows by symbols the 5 major principles of the Republic's political philosophy. It's called the Pancasila.
Favorite thing: The Monas is perhaps the most famous landmark in Jakarta located in the city centre along the busy Jalan Thamrin area. This place is a must see if you are in Jakarta.
Fondest memory: Watching the development of Jakarta from slum into a modern city with interesting skyscrapers... speechless!
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