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Indonesia Local Customs and Practices

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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Direct contact between individuals of the opposite sex is inappropriate in public. You are advised to avoid displays of affection. Same sex physical contact is perfectly normal. Handshakes are acceptable for women and men. However, you should wait for a woman to initiate the handshake. It is polite to call prior to visiting a local [...]


Indonesia Language

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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In general, avoid behaving in manners that contradict the local culture and values. It is best to have an overall idea of what constitutes poor conduct. Here are some suggestions to follow: It is always polite to speak a couple of words in the local language. The Indonesians will be particularly delighted if you try [...]


Advices for your Personal Safety and Belongings

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
File Under: General

• Beware of con artists who offer services for excessive commissions. Stay alert when using public transportation. Organized gangs may occupy the seats behind you and relieve you of your belongings. • Keep in mind that there are gangs of small children notorious for pick pocketing. • Thieves frequent the crowded buses and stations. The [...]


How to get to Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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The main airport of the greater Jakarta area, Soekarno-Hatta international is located 35 km west of the city centre. The modern, efficient, and busy gateway handles international and domestic air traffic. The airport has two terminals, six concourses, and forty two gates. Terminal 1 serves domestic airlines with the exception of flights operated by the [...]


Shopping in Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
File Under: Jakarta

Pondok Indah Mall is a major shopping centre in Block M, South Jakarta. You will find excellent wood carvings, batiks, wayang puppets, and other tourist items. The Sarinah department store at Jalan Thamrin is probably the most comprehensive shopping complex. The store offers designer and sports clothes, electric appliances, textiles, furniture, paintings, handcrafts, needlework, wayang [...]


What to see in Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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You can choose among places of worship, museums, historic ports, botanic gardens, arts centres or amusement parks, to name a few. Some prominent tourist destinations are the Portuguese Church, the Mesjid Istiqlal Mosque, Monas (National Monument), Gedung Gajah (National Museum), Museum Sejarah Jakarta (Jakarta History Museum), Balai Seni Rupa ( Fine Arts Museum), Taman Ismail [...]


Jakarta What To Do List

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
File Under: Jakarta

• Tasting the local cuisine should definitely stay high on your list. Try nasi gudeg (dish made of jackfruit, rice, chicken, and spices), srabi (rice puddings topped on pancakes), or nasi ulam (grilled seafood served with rice). • You have plenty of cash? Try the $ 110 hamburgers offered by the Four Seasons hotel. They [...]


Jakarta Nightlife

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
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Jakarta has plenty of drinking spots. You can join some of the clubs for karaoke. Note that pubs close at 1 am or 2 am and extend their working hours on weekends. Bands perform between 10 pm and 2 am. If you dine at Lan Na Thai/ Hazara, have a drink at Face Bar. Situated [...]


Where to Eat and Dine in Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
File Under: Jakarta

Jakarta has a remarkable selection of dining places, from top-end restaurants to street cards. Bear in mind that restaurants are scattered around the capital city. You may need to travel to your place of choice. If you look for a top notch restaurant, Lan Na Thai/ Hazara is a definite pick. Situated on the upper [...]


Where to stay in Jakarta

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2009
File Under: Jakarta

Keep in mind that Jakarta is the most expensive Indonesian city. Top-end hotels advertise at around $100, but there may be special packages and discounts. Even if prices are fixed, top- end and mid range hotels may offer 10% to 50% discounts in quiet periods. In terms of quality service, top-end hotels usually offer refurbished [...]