Jakarta, which locals and long-timers allude to variously as the “big kampong” or “big durian” is a cultural hodge-podge of peoples from across the Indonesian archipelago and around the world.
The Indonesian government advocates” unity in diversity” and the Pancasila (Five Points) ideology that recognises religious freedom as “faith in one God”; however, tradition, custom, ethnic backgrounds and religion are sensitive issues.
Indonesia’s currency is the Rupiah, which is abbreviated as Rp. or IDR. Coins start at IDR100 up to IDR1,000. Banknotes range in value from IDR1,000 up to IDR100,000.
Just one glance at the crowded streets of Jakarta will show visitors how problematic getting around in Indonesia’s capital can be in the best of conditions.
n Jakarta, it is most advisable to contact or even go directly to your embassy when things go badly wrong, before filing a report with the police.
Like most South East Asian urban centres, Jakarta is host to a vast array of tasty offerings.
When shopping at traditional venues, patience is key. Chances are, vendors up the price significantly for a foreign customer.
These must-know tips for women travelling to Jakarta will help you navigate the crowded, tricky and patriarchal city better.