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The shortest bus journey of the trip turns out to be one of the worst. We are leaving Bukittinggi, bound for Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia. We have to make a serious decision here - travel to Jakarta by bus or fly? The bus journey is, by all accounts, one of the worst. Not only is it a continuation of the rough highway we travelled on to …
Well, we made it to Indonesia! Only took us 17 hours in the air, 3 in the dismal Taipei airport, 1 excruciating long hour in the immigration line and to top it off, another hour spent in a "taxi" with a lying, cheating and sneaky driver, who decided three quarters into our drive to pull over at a Shell station and demand more money form us to pay …
Before I begin, I have not taken any photo's in Jakarta except for one outside the airport departures lounge as we were warned to be careful in the city so didn't bring the camera, so I will make this entry short(ish).
We arrived in Jakarta late on the 28th, so stayed in the plush airport hotel (£35 a night) way above budget, but it was …
... opened in 1978 as the national mosque of Indonesia, a country that is home to the world's largest population of Muslims. Today it remains the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, holding some 120,000, though certainly not the most beautiful. We also visited an ethnic museum.
In reality we thought Jakarta to be a huge, unattractive city that we would have happily skipped but it did give us an opportunity to rest up from our ...
... just to get away Wander onto the peer avoiding some very persistent nobheads trying to sell us pictures of ourselves, while they take the **** out of Leah saying "whaaaaat...???" incredilously. Your sales techniques are off, my friend, and your product is 40 years out of date Wander back off peer, still ignoring nobhead hawkers and buy a blue slush puppy. Mmmmmmmmm Indonesian non sugar regulated slushsexygoodness. We buy 2 pairs of shorts for me and 1 for leah. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBangka Bed And Breakfast Jakarta
OK, Jakarta is a huge, unfathomable city, difficult to negotiate with no real central focus and nightmarish traffic. We randomly picked the Bangka via Hostelbookers and turned up late in the evening after a negotiating a dystopian traffic jam from the airport. What a relief to find the B&B was more than we could have hoped for. A beautiful house in a quiet leafy suburb, close to the expat zone but a million miles from the chaos. The staff, Rico and Rini, are incredibly friendly and helpful and the owner, Mr Rama is The Man. Rooms are quiet, cool and comfortable, the place has good wifi and places to relax and the complimentary breakfast is well laid out every morning. Highlight of our four day stay was the personal guided tour by Rama. He knows and loves his city, speaks perfect English and took us around the place in an air-coned car with a good driver. We went everywhere, the best bit being the old docks where we went on board a big wooden trading schooner that was loading stuff for Sulwesi, quite the experience. We left Jakarta with a new. improved opinion of the place and at least three new friends. Hope to return one day. Top place.
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