5 Things You Need to Remember Before Traveling to Jakarta

5 Key Things You Need to Remember Before Traveling to the Jakarta


I have told you that I am heading back to Jakarta, Indonesia, for good, this summer, right?    Yes, I am going home. Pretty soon. Super excited! 

And it's about time to share more info about traveling to Jakarta. 


There are so many beautiful places to see and enjoy in Jakarta for sure, like its colorful cultures, delicious culinary, historical places, friendly people, and crazy traffic due to its 10 million population, if you can enjoy that :). Not to mention big sales, vibrant night scenes and so much more. No wonder Jakarta is still one of the top 5 among most popular cities for holidaymakers in Indonesia, besides Bali, Jogjakarta, Bandung, and Batam.


Jakarta is the capital as well as the largest city in Indonesia and it can be found on the northwest coast of the world’s most populous island of Java.  With almost ten million people living there, it is definitely more populated than Halong Bay, Paris, or almost any other city in the world.  It also means that you are going to need to remember certain things as you get ready to travel to this beautiful city.


I therefore notice that there are important things that everybody needs to know, especially foreigners and those who have not been traveling to Jakarta before. Well, it is only natural that we always try to find more information before heading to any places, especially something to do with our wellbeing and security.


Here are 5 key things you need to remember before traveling to the Jakarta:

Flood Season

Jakarta has been struggling with flood for quite some times. There happens to be a flood season in Jakarta every year that goes from December through April. Well, it's not always happening but it's good to check the updated information on weather before yo to Jakarta. When flood hits the city, unfortunately that means that the areas in the lower parts of the city and anywhere close to the rivers will flood much easier when it rains.  The average annual precipitation for Jakarta is forty inches, but the majority of that will fall between November and April.  On average, the months of January and February will see twelve inches of rain each month.  

But don't get me wrong... You can still enjoy yourself in Jakarta during the rainy season, but you will want to be prepared to keep your belongings up high and evacuate to another area if necessary. If you are not accustomed to flood or simply don't want to have any complication during your holiday, it might be more comfortable to travel here during the dry season. 

Public Transportation 

In many areas of the world, you would be able to rely on public transportation to get you to where you want to go, but in Jakarta it's different. 

The buses and trains are available, but they do not stick to regular schedules.  There are taxis available, but they can be difficult for you to hail during rush hour as everyone else needs one at the same time.  Also, when it comes to taxis, be careful about some possible taxi scams, as I have found in several other countries as well, including in NYC (mind you!).  

It is recommended that you choose some higher end taxi lines, like Silverbird, for example, so you do not end up being taken on the scenic route to where you want to go.  There are a few online taxi services that you try, like Uber and Grab, for examples. That includes Go Jek, the online motorcycle taxis.  If you are comfortable to have your adventures with public transportation, these will be a choice. Otherwise, it will always be safe to travel around with your guide or friend in rented cars and remain vigilant wherever you go. 

Traffic

Traffic in Jakarta can be depressing!
The traffic in Jakarta is insane, so much so that New York City traffic doesn’t even come close in comparison.  Well, It seems in New York City, you have a chance at crossing a street safely, but in Jakarta you have to be extremely careful.   Even for us, Indonesians :).

Always keep your head up and pay attention when attempting to cross a street or walk anywhere in Jakarta, because the result could be an accident or worse.  This isn’t meant to scare you, just to make you aware that there are a lot of people in this city and they are all going somewhere at the same time that you are. 

Don’t Drink the Tap Water

There is always a steadfast rule when traveling overseas and that is to never drink the water.  Well, that applies to the city of Jakarta, even if there is a filter involved.  It just isn’t worth the risk of spending days being ill from drinking tap water.  Instead, you should only drink water from an unopened bottle.  

Again, just like when we're traveling elsewhere, we have to be careful with the food and drink you consume. If you request bottled water and someone brings you one that has already been opened, please do not accept it.   Be nice about it but ask for one that you can open yourself.  Use your wise judgement when you buy some from the street or un-established vendors.

It will be very handy as well to grab some bottles of water to keep next to your bathroom sink so that you can use it when you are brushing your teeth. It's one of my habits as well :).

5.     The City is Fairly Safe






For being such a large and populous city, Jakarta is fairly safe for locals and visitors.  That should make you feel safe as you embark on your travels to this wonderful city for your vacation.  Don't forget to ask around if you get lost or if you need help. Indonesian people are famous for being friendly and helpful, 

Of course, this isn’t to say that you should flaunt your money, designer bags, and diamond jewelry, but you should be able to walk around without feeling threatened if you have your money in a small bag under your clothes while wearing a small chain necklace. Again, be wise! As long as we are careful, we will be safe wherever we are.

So these are five things that you must remember before traveling to Jakarta and if you do, you will find that you will have a much more pleasant time in the city.  You will be able to relax more and enjoy more. Don't forget to get all the updated info before you travel!

All in all, Jakarta is indeed worth a visit! And I'm happy to welcome you all in our Capital City once I'm back here in July 2018.

So, are you ready to enjoy Jakarta?






38 comments:

  1. important things to remember. Yet Jakarta is a great city to visit.

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  2. I doubt I will ever have the opportunity to travel there, but I would love to if I could. Great tips.

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  3. Aku belum pernah sekalipun ke Jakarta Mama Bo. Senoga tahun ini bisa ke Jakarta untuk pertama kali :)

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  4. Kalau lihat lalu lintas di Jakarta, aku sering bersyukur hidup di kota kecil sini. Soalnya sering dengar cerita dr teman2 kalau pulang kerja sampai rumah selalu malam karena lalu lintas yg padat. Uwwh

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  5. Tips buat aku yang pingin banget ke Jakarta buat lihat Monas, kekeke.

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  6. Oh I'm enjoying Jakarta right now, with the crazy hectic in every morning, and the super duper traffic in the road where there is road building (what is pembangunan jalan layang in english?). Huff.. Well, Jakarta is still my heart beat. At least by now. 😅

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    1. the highway :)...Yuuup, Jakarta is still in our heart!

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  7. Don’t Drink the Tap Water penting banget nih buat turis dari mananegara ya mbak

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    1. iya bener mba..soalnya banyak yang udah terbiasa dengan tap water

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  8. Public transportation di Jakarta semakin maju, kalau enggak mau macet, sudah ada beberapa pilihan saat ini

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    1. betul astin...semoga makin baik ya transportasi publiknya

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  9. Iya bener... dan februari adalah musim banjir.

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    1. Nah itu mba...aku selalu mencoba ingat. Nobody wants to be trapped in the flood

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  10. Well Jakarta has full of surprises..and it will be challenging for having a trip Jakarta..lets have one :)

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  11. Jakarta has a lot to offer..but we need to be careful as well

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  12. Jakarta meskipun trafficnya menggila tapi aku tetap suka. Hehe. Semoga Jakarta jadi tempat kita berjumpa lagi ya mam

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  13. Jakarta... Is big city.. Many problen but still have a magnet to make people come.. Jakarta oh jakarta...

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  14. Pas mau pindah dr Riau ke Subang,sempet lewat Jakarta. Pas magrib, beuh....padat merayap bangettt. Nggak menayang kl tinggal di Jakarta.

    Kebayang bahagia rasanya mau pulang kampung^^

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  15. LOL traffic Jakarta is insane and don't forget flood season yes mba, sudah lama aku pun tak kunjungi Jakarta sejak pembangunan MRT ditengah2 jalanan ini bikin tambah gilak mba kalau ga sabar terakhir karena teman nikah keJakarta bulan september sampe rumah tengah malam seperti mudik :D

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  16. welcome baaack ya ^_^ Sekarang lagi musim hujan jadi udaranya lembab dan pastinya becek di mana2

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  17. Jakarta itu macet pastinya. Tapi semuanya ada di Jakarta, makanya seneng2 aja

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  18. and now some locations in jakarta are flooding hehe..

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  19. Berhubung tinggal di area sekitar jakarta, dinikmati dengan segala suka dukanya. Just enjoy jakarta ��

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  20. selamat datang nanti ke Jakarta mba Indah.... siap2 menghadapi macet, tapi nikmatin aja hehe

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  21. It looks like a great place to visit. I don't have the funds to travel a whole lot. I love the photo with all the cars. They are radiating in color.

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  22. love-hate with Jakarta but hell yeah, this city is where my money came from :'

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  23. meski jakarta itu sering macat ..tp tetap rindu untuk berkunjung ke ibukota indonesia tercinta.
    mungkin krn kota metropolis..jd orang pulau spt sy klu ke jakarta senang banget hahaha

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  24. I do hope to go some day. Indonesia is definitely on my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing your safety tips!

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  25. I just visit Jakarta twice.
    I want more but I really do not know how come to make it happen

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  26. Waaahhhh mbaaa, kamu bakal balik for good yaaa..

    Yg ditulis bener semua :p. 11 thn di jkt, aku sampe skr itu msh takuuut banget nyebrang jalan :D. Pernah yaaa, saking takutnya, aku sampe nyetop taxi, cuma utk bawa aku ke sebrang :D. Wkt itu blm ada ojek online, dan jembatan penyebrangan juga g ada. . Tapi biar gimana, jakarta ini memang ngangenin kok :D

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  27. Sounds good untuk rencana kepulangan mama boo sekeluarga di Indonesia...

    Aku ke jakarta pas piknik aja dan merasakan macetny tuh haduh...meskipun nggaknsepadat yang ada di berita2 gt tp bikin kzl juga ya..

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