Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
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... their English and take some photos - as every young person in Indonesia seemingly wants to do when they see Westerners. We also found a good place to eat opposite our hostel, and where we stayed was pleasant and reasonably priced, as well as having loads of people staying there that we made friends with and saw later on our travels around the archipelago. Don't go, unless you have ...
... the station at 1400 for our bus at 1430, but in typical Indo style the bus didn't arrive until 1530. We crammed our bags at our feet and there was no room for us to put our feet down or stretch them out. We decided it was better to be uncomfortable for a few hours than have our bags stolen at the many stops they made and opened the baggage doors every time. What we thought was going to be a 9-10 hour bus ride, getting us into Jakarta at 11 or 12 ended up being a 15 hour bus ride! ...
... for my backpack to come off the luggage carousel. Thus by the time i got to where i had to catch the Damri airport bus to Gambir station in central Jakarta it was 5pm. It then didn’t leave til 5:23pm and the journey took 1hr 10mins which meant i arrived in the dark. I really dislike arriving places at night/in the dark as you get a distorted and ‘false’ impression of the area. Places always seem/feel more ominous ...
... to Jakarta.
The first Indonesians I met were two border guards, each of whom was
playing a game on his phone when I walked up to present my passport.
They looked up at me as if the last thing they expected to see today
was a tourist. In Malaysia I had been fingerprinted and asked solemnly
about my movements in the country - pretty standard. Before my
Indonesian visa was granted and my passport stamped, one of the guards demanded that I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMandarin Oriental, Jakarta
I'd recommend this place to others for sure. The free breakfast was fantastic, as was the cocktail hour the afternoon I was there. All complimentary. Outstanding
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