Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Monday, April 18, 2011

  7 TH April.


   We arrived into Jakarta just after midnight and made our way to an airport hotel just a couple of miles from the airport. We picked an airport hotel because we knew we were getting in late and the thought of tramping around Jakarta in the early hours did not appeal to us. We had picked a cheap and cheerful hotel online, what we actually got was a cheap and nasty hotel!! We both agreed it was the second worst hotel of our travels, second only to the Nippon hotel, Colombo. But I have to say we were not overly bothered as we were literally just sleeping there for six hours then going into town the next morning.

  Jakarta is the Capital city of Indonesia. It sits on the North West coast of the island of Java. Cathy and I had a week to spend on Java before we headed over to Khoa Lak in Thailand to meet up with Mark and Louise, our friends from home. We had no plan what so ever of how to spend our week, i guess we would just have to adlib. Before I continue I will first give you a few facts and statistics about Indonesia to give you an idea of the size and scale of this country.

  Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands that straddle the equator for over 3,000 Miles. Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world.. It is also the largest Islamic country in the world. There are over 300 different languages spoken by a multitude of different ethnic groups. Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes, more than any other country on Earth. The list goes on and on. Indonesia advertises itself as THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE ON EARTH and I don't think they are exaggerating!!

  The next morning we headed into Jakarta city. Our first impressions of Jakarta was, well it was like so many other South East Asian cities. It could have been Manila or Bangkok at a glance. We headed to a street called Jaksa. This is one of the tourist hangouts in the city where there is a good choice of accommodation. We quickly found a hotel, They said there was no standard rooms available so we agreed to a deluxe room. It was over budget and we kicked ourselves after for not walking away and finding another. The room was fine but by no means deluxe. We spent the rest of the day wandering the streets of Jakarta getting a feel for the country. That night we had a great meal washed down with a couple of beers. Indonesia might be an Islamic country but it is not a Conservative country going by what I have seen. On the way back to the hotel that night we found another hotel at a better price, so we booked it for the next day. In the morning we changed hotels then walked to the train station. We finally had a plan!! At the train station we booked two tickets 2nd class to Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta, take your pick both spellings are equally used. No one can ever say we did not travel as the locals travel!! On the way back from the train station we called into a travel agency and asked about flights back to Jakarta from Jogja. To our surprise we could fly back for 20 each. So we booked a flight back for the day we were leaving for Thailand. In doing this we saved ourselves a lot of time and energy getting back to the airport in Jakarta. After a fruitful mornings work organizing our tickets we jumped into a cab and headed to some shopping malls. That night we decided to go for a beer before we had our evening meal. Needless to say we soon forgot about our meal and stayed on drinking.  We grabbed a pot noodle each on the way home, it was well after midnight. We were up at 5:30 the next morning to catch our 8.5 hour train ride to Jogja. We enjoyed our short stay in Jakarta. But I have to be honest and say we did not really see much of it. Not that there is much to see anyway.  Alas the only pictures I took of Jakarta was a sunset from our hotel window.


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