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These Will Help You In Your First Visit to Jakarta -A Guide To The Capital City

Travelling to Jakarta for the first time? At first glance, it might get a bit overwhelming so here are some useful tips and information to help you get used to the bustling capital city of Indonesia.


Customs and etiquette

In general, Indonesians are very laidback however, there are some do's and don'ts you should be aware of when in Jakarta. Whenever you're visiting a mosque, temple, and even some shops, make sure to remove your shoes before entrance. When you're in town, dress conservatively in clothes shorts and skirts that cover your knees.
If you're travelling in Jakarta with your partner or any local, be sure to refrain from showing any act of affection such as hugging and kissing as its considered somewhat disrespectful. Keep your temper in check, even in a difficult situation.



The Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) is the local currency and there are notes that range from Rp500 to Rp100,000. Rp 500 IDR equals $ 0.04 USD. Coins can go up till Rp1,000. You can change money at some hotels but it's always best to go to a bank. The city is fairly credit card-friendly and you can many shops, hotels and restaurants that are willing to accept MasterCard and Visa payments. But just remember to carry cash with you especially when visiting inexpensive markets.



With its close proximity to the equator, Jakarta tends to be hot the year throughout, so come prepared. Pack light clothing of cotton and a pair of slippers or sandals. There can be a little deviation in the weather. The monsoon strikes in October and goes till February and during this time it's particularly wet. June to September is the most difficult as it gets boiling hot. The best time to visit would be between March and June, when things are just right.



Jakarta is a big city so there is a high demand for public transport. A new monorail system came in to affect in the more touristy parts of the city to help tourists get about easily. There's also a decent bus network that you can use. For localized routes, there are minibuses available. Trains operate from Ancol to downtown Jakarta. Tuk tuks are the most popular of transport methods, but be sure to always go in a metered one.
Using the shuttle service offered by a hotel or apartment in Jakarta the likes of the Citadines Rasuna Jakarta, is always the best bet for transfers from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) as you can get yourself a good deal.


Useful Facts About Jakarta

• The population of Jakarta is 10 million (23 million counting greater Jakarta)
• The city has a curious nickname of 'Big Durian'
• The languages Bahasa Indonesian (official), English and Dutch are spoken throughout the city.
• Electrical: 240 Volts, 50 Hertz
• The phone code of Jakarta is +62 21.

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