Most of the Jalan M.H Thamrin, Jalan Sudirman is designated as No Smoking Zone (DILARANG MERKOK or TIDAK MERKOK).
If you see the red color foot path/walk way as shown in the pic, avoid smoking there not because of the fear of getting caught and fined or stopped by the police but for the sake and respect of the law. Although you may find very few local peoples smoking under the bus shelter.
Keep IDR100,000 with you as you have to pay the Departure Tax at Jakarta Airport which can not be included in your Ticket by the airline, Payment is only acceptable in Indonesian Rupiyah and you will end up breaking your foreign currency at the lowest possible rates offered by the Money Changers at the airport.
The Airline will collect the payment at the time of boarding and the sticker will be pasted on your boarding card,
I have family in Jakarta and often go visit them, scince my last visit i have noticed that the crime rate has increased. My grandpa keeps a golf club near his car door because the carjacking rate has gone up. so if you are ever walking in the backstreets of jakarta avoid making any eye contact (they will find any excuse to rob you) and remember if you get into a argument with a local just bare in mind that people dont play by the rules It is a great place but crime is starting 2 consume that great city
"Money makes the world go 'round", sings Liza Minelli in Cabaret. At least I should nod money made Indonesia disturbed. Guaranteed to become millionair on holiday is called "Rupiah", the Indonesian currency. Denominated in the thousands of bills and coins while the exchange rate still is fluctuating regularly.
Pay attention to the balances that are reported in Indonesian Rupiah or in the currency of the country where the account resides. Having 4 obtions (cash, travellers checks, credit and debit cards) in Indonesia money speaks louder than words, so try to get the best info to become a millionaire ...
And at long last, the virtual rainbow of colors of the various Indonesian banknotes may come to you as a big surprise. Even though Miss Diana Ross sang "Even Money Is Green" ... (at the moment 1 Euro = 11,500 Indonesian Rp & 1 US Dollar = 9,072 Indonesian Rp)
Exchange Rates Rupiah
Exchange Rates Rupiah
Exchange Rates Rupiah
Exchange Rates Rupiah
If you need to travel by taxies, you should only ride certain taxies with good reputation. Try to identify them by the color and names in the body of the car. They include:
-Any taxies in blue bird groups. Blue bird cars are light blue including Blue Bird, Morante, Cendrawasih, Pusaka Nuri, Pusaka Satria, Pusaka Lintas, Pusaka Prima, Pusaka Biru, Pusaka Sentra. Executive black taxies named Silver bird and limousine black named Goldern Bird
-Gamya taxies are dark green
-Putera taxies are dark blue
-Express taxies are white
Pictures will be provided later.
Other than these above lists, you should not take it unless you have locals with you and preferably during daytime only. There are longlists of taxies that either not charge by argometer or rob their passengers. Yep that has prevented even local like me to ride one of those.
Be ware, all the currency exchange outlet in Jalan Wahid hasim Area and Jalan Agus Salim now own by single company and they are taking advantage of that by offering low rates. Better not deal with them the sign board says TAKY Money Changer 24 Hour Open (Its a rip off after 5 PM, late night speacially or on weekends)
Solution, Go to Blok M (Jalan Melawai, there are many currency exchange there) or Plaza Atrium, Senen (4th Floor) to get the better exchange rate
beware of hundreds if not thousands of motorcycles in jakarta from major thoroughfares to narrow alleys. they are everywhere they even take the pedestrian lanes when roads choke just to get ahead of the race. i bet the city records at least 10 road accidents daily. looking at them race against each other in full-speed makes my heart pound in fear for them. keep an eye to your right to your left to your back because they just pop up from any point. they don't even honk their horn to warn you they are coming and is about to run over you. scary!
A warning with regrd to ATM use in Indonesia.
In Europe, the USA and elsewhere in the world when you use the ATM you first receive your ATMcard back and then the machine dispenses the money to you.
But in Indonesia it's just the other way around. First it dispenses the money and after awhile you get the ATMcard back.
The danger here is that you are so used to following the other procedure that if you are a little jetlagged or simply in a bit of a hurry...you could take the cash from themachine and leave. Forgetting your ATMcard or even worse your creditcard in the machine.
So this is a warning when you use the ATMmachines in Indonesia. Make sure you get both teh cash and your atmcard back.
If your stomoach is not used to the food from the street vendors (or even restaurants), avoid ice in your drinks. This goes for every cities in Indonesia (or maybe even for any third world countries in the world). Better yet, to be on the safe side, just order bottled drinks. Speaking from my experience, it's a terrible thing to get a diarrhea in the middle of a vacation. You wouldn't be able to enjoy your trip for at least a couple of days.
almost no place! we wasted several hours to find any bank/money changer where we could change euro traverel cheque. finally we got it at bca (bank central asia) in wisma nusantara building, in jl thamrin/jl. sudirman. it's more convinient to have us$ tc or banknote/cash with you.
Before i go to this place called Kota, i have been warned by my friend that to be careful here.
I have this one experience recently. There is a festival near Museum Fatahillah showcase some Ondel-ondel show. As it is such a new for me, i feel excited to take some great photos there.
In the process of taking the photo, there is an incident among the crowd and i am fool enough to interfere and advise this guy not to get angry so fast.
In the end, he come over me and ask me for a fight. He knew that i'm not a local and boldly he want to get me...luckily there is some people that advise me to entertain him and just go away from that man.
Hmmmmmm.... well, some people may easily get angry over a small matter.
PLease have exact change or be prepared to sacrifice the whole sum. My friends and I had tried a few cabs and it always ended up the same. The safer cabs are the "Blue" ones. You must take note of the licence plate and make sure a friend or your hotel staff knows the number(if you can).
I still have mixed feelings when it comes to drinking water in Jakarta. Up to now, I've always veered towards the safe side and drink only from sealed bottles and no ice at all. So far, thank God, stomach is still safe and sound :-)
If you're taking an evening flight that leaves at 6pm, be sure to leave the city center at 2.30pm especially on Fridays as traffic is really, really bad. If it rains, leave even earlier! Trust me, I've had my fair share of heart thumping, adrenalin pumping cab rides to the airport where the driver had to pull some nerve wrecking stunts to get me there in time for my plane !!!
Once you reach the airport, take out your ticket and passport and show to the guy at the first entrance. This is even before you get to the ticket counter. Be sure to keep some cash for airport tax.
Always be aware and watch your belongings closely especially in public areas. Keep your bag in front of you in the bus or train. If you're going to be outside--walking on the streets, going to a traditional market, and so on--don't wear skimpy clothes or anything that invites special attentions.
Don't walk alone at night on quiet streets. Always be aware of your surroundings. On the bus, usually passengers can feel when a few men who just got on the bus are pickpocket team; follow your intuition. Be careful when the bus is or becomes empty especially in the evening.
On using taxis
Choose taxis smart. In this case, it's better to "judge the book by its cover". Make sure you see the drivers ID Card present and visible from your seat. Check if the picture on the driver's ID card matches the driver's face. It's better if you call or send a message to someone you know about what taxi you're on, the taxi number, the driver's ID and employee number written on the ID Card.
And, use common sense and you'll be fine =)