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10 Best Muay Thai Boxing Centers in Jakarta (2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Jakarta is not the best city to stay fit. The absence of sidewalks, the lack of parks, the pollution and the heat all conspire to make exercising difficult. It is even worse if you work in an office and spend most of your day sitting down.

If you care a minimum about your health, you are probably looking for a sport or an activity that you can easily do in the city center. Getting a gym membership is often the first thing that comes to mind, but there are a lot more options available: Yoga, Fitness, Crossfit, Boxing, Jujitsu, Salsa, etc...

Today, I will talk about Muay Thai, a martial art originally from Thailand. About 10 years ago, it was introduced to Indonesia and it has gain more and more popularity ever since.

There are several reasons explaining its appeal: It is a complete workout that will train each muscle of your body ; it improves both your strength and your cardio ; it is fun to do and not repetitive ; it helps you gain self-confidence ; and finally it does not require expensive equipment or gear.

Consequently, Muay Thai centers have been popping up in every neighborhood in Jakarta. Let’s have a look at the best ones in each area of the city:

Muay Thai In Central Jakarta

Bangkok Muay Thai Jakarta
One of the newest Muay Thai camp in town, it has a fantastic location near Menteng and Stasiun Sudirman. This is perfect if you work or live in central Jakarta. They have 550 m² of facilities and 3 experienced trainers. The good thing with this camp is that you don’t need to book in advance or to follow a schedule : you can come anytime and start the training ASAP. The trainers are good and they motivate you to reach your training objectives.

When I went there for the first time, I had a visit of the premises by the manager. It is clean, well-equipped and rather cheap compared with the competition. In particular, I liked the fact that there was no subscription fee.

Open from Monday to Saturday from 9AM to 9PM (until 7PM on Saturday)

Price : IDR90,000 per session

Address: Jalan Blora No.34, Menteng, Central Jakarta (5 minutes from Grand Indonesia)
Phone/WhatsApp: 08 11 81 18 441

Muay Thai In South Jakarta

Jakarta Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp
This Muay Thai camp is located in Kebayoran Baru, in South Jakarta (Senopati). It is in a traditional house in a posh residential area so you can expect more upper-class Jakartans. They have motivated trainers, some of whom are foreigners with experience abroad. I found the price rather expensive though compared to the other camps : IDR155,000 per session (or 8 sessions for IDR880,000). Women may train separately on specific days. Kids welcome.

Open from 9AM to 9PM during weekdays, from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Address: Jalan Daksa I No.1, RT.4/RW.2, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Phone: +62 (0) 21 725 0574
Instagram: @jakartamuaythaimma

Syena Martial Arts Center
Also in Senopati, Syena provides Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu, Krav Maga (Israeli army combat technique) and self-defense classes (for women). It is family friendly and they have a few expat students. It has long opening hours from 7AM to 10PM on weekdays (7AM to 4PM on Saturday).

Address: Jalan Daksa 4 no. 69, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62 (0) 8 11 999 979
Facebook: Syena Martial Arts Center
Instagram: @syena_mac

Ultima Muay Thai
This was the first camp I tried in Jakarta. They used to have only a tiny space but they've extended since. It is popular with office workers from Mega Kuningan, Sudirman and Rasuna Said (and with a few foreigners as well). A bit hot as it is in the semi-open air. Be careful as the street where it is located is often jammed after 5PM.

If you have a car, you can park right outside. IDR100,000 per session. Opening hours: From 9AM to 10PM on weekdays and from 9AM to 6PM on weekends

Address: Jalan Guru Mughni No.123, South Jakarta.
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5700 381
Facebook: Ultima Muay Thai
Instagram: @ultimamuaythai

Kemang Fight Gym
I used to go to there when i was living in Kemang. It is also located in a residential neighborhood, inside a house. It is spacious, clean and it has plenty of equipment (including free weights). You also have access to showers and bathroom. There are 6 friendly trainers, 2 of whom are Indonesian MMA competitors (Noldi Manakane, Rusmin Kie Raha). They can also teach you Kapap, the fighting technique of Israeli soldiers. Kids and families are welcome. IDR75,000 per session.

Open every day from 9AM to 9PM on weekdays, from 9AM to 3PM on Saturday, from 4PM to 6PM on Sunday.

Address: Jalan Emesde B No.11, Cilandak, RT.1/RW.6, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62 0) 853 1005 6789
Instagram: @kemangfightgym
Photo from @myartasya

Muay Thai In North Jakarta

Zealot Muay Thai Camp
Founded by professional fighter Jerry Luhukay, it is inside Mahaka Square in Kelapa Gading. While not conveniently located for most expats, it is popular among Indonesians and it claims at least 100 members and 6 coaches (including a Dutch and a South Korean). It is a serious club that train fighters taking part in local and international tournaments.

They have training sessions from 9AM to 9PM (Monday to Friday), from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and from 3AM to 5PM on Sunday. Price per session = IDR150,000 (Buy 8 = IDR600,000).

Address: Mahaka Square Sportsmall, 14240 Jakarta
Phone number: +62 (0) 896 0676 1670
Facebook: Zealot Muay Thai
Instagram: @zealotmuaythai

Elite MMA
One of the pioneer center in Jakarta for martial arts, Elite trains hundreds of members every year. They occupy a massive 650m2 space, fully-equipped with a boxing ring and an MMA cage. They also have a small gym and a sauna (men and women separated) if you need to relax after your session.

Its main focus is on Muay Thai but they also teach English boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, Krav Maga and Wing Chun.

Prices: IDR799,000 per 10 sessions. Open from 9AM to 9PM on weekdays, from 9AM to 6PM on Saturday and from 9AM to 4PM on Sunday.

Address: Ruko Centro Metro Broadway, Blok A45-46, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), North Jakarta (Near Happy Puppy)
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 300 10 262
Website: Elite MMA Jakarta
Facebook: Elite Jakarta PIK
Instagram: @elitetc_pik/

Elite also operates two shops with boxing and MMA items. One in PIK and one in Lotte Avenue. See more: Elite MMA Shop.

Zeus MMA
This is a small camp, friendly and cheaper than average. It does not have a lot of equipment but if you are on a tight budget, it will do the trick. A single session is IDR100,000 (IDR50,000 with a Student Card) and 10 sessions cost IDR680,000 (IDR480,000 for students). There is also a special promo for moms.

Address: Ruko Elang Laut Blok M3, No. 5-6, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta (Near Grand Family Hospital)
Facebook: Zeus MMA PIK
Instagram: @zeusmma

Phone number: +62 (0) 8 22 101 12 231

Muay Thai In West Jakarta

Real Muay Thai
Real Muay Thai has a good location if you live near from Central Park or Taman Anggrek. It is housed in a 3-floor modern and clean building, easy to access by car. The equipment is limited yet some of their students manage to take part (and win) local tournaments.

Member registration is IDR200,000 (including 1 free class, 1 free t-shirt and 1 body consultation). Then you'll just pay IDR80,000 per visits (non members pay IDR150,000). You can also buy 10 sessions for IDR600,000.

Open from Monday to Friday (9AM to 9PM) and Saturday (9AM to 6PM). Closed on Sunday.

Address: Komplek Sentra Bisnis Blok B-24, Tanjung Duren Raya, West Jakarta
Phone number: +62 811-1812-347
Facebook: Real Muay Thai
Instagram: @realmuaythai

Muay Thai In East Jakarta

Sabai Muay Thai Tebet
One of the cheapest Muay Thai center in Jakarta, it is unfortunately a bit far for most expats. 1 session costs IDR65,000, 8 sessions IDR400,000 (IDR350,000 for students). They also offer private classes for IDR800,000/10 and group cardio classes (fitness classes with Muay Thai movements). If you qualify as a "Fighter", you will need advanced training that costs a little bit more.

The center is open from 9AM to 10PM from Monday to Friday, and from 9AM to 6PM on weekends. The sessions from 4PM to 6PM are dedicated to cardio training.

The Sabai Group has a branch in Bandung as well.

Facebook: Sabai Tebet
Instagram: @sabaimuaythai

Note: This article about the 10 Best Muay Thai Centers in Jakarta was written by my friend Clément. I've never tried any of these personally. Thibaud.

Blocked Websites in Indonesia and How to Unblock Them

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I often receive emails from readers complaining about the internet in Indonesia. In particular, they hate the censorship that makes thousands of websites unavailable.

Websites are blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operating in Indonesia, following orders from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies (Kementrian Komunikasi dan Informatika). The ban is part of the "Safe Internet" initiative whose idea is to protect Indonesian users from visiting websites that do not follow the "moral, ethics and spirit" of the nation.

As of 2017, there are a total of 769 814 blocked websites in Indonesia. Naturally, I cannot list all of them here, but I will give you the most famous.

How to Unblock Any Website in Indonesia?

Using a VPN
If you want to be able to surf on any website in Indonesia, my recommendation is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). It is a small and discreet software that you install on your phone and your computer, and then you just turn it on any time you visit sensitive websites (or you always leave it on).

You can also read my article Best VPNs for Indonesia for more detailed information.

The main benefit of a VPN (compared with a Proxy, an alternative to unblocking sites) is that you are guaranteed total anonymity. Your internet provider, the government, your boss, your landlord, or anybody who can have access to your connection information will have no way of knowing which websites you've visited, if you've gambled, if you've watched porn, or if you've downloaded movies. That's nice isn't it?

Free VPNs exist (for instance Hola.org) but they always have a limited bandwidth. It means that if you want to watch a movie, it will load very slowly, even if you have a high-speed connection.

I've used 5 VPN brands in the past 2 years. Most offer a free trial for 1 month (or up to 3 months for Golden Frog) so I like to change once in a while.

The one I currently use is ExpressVPN (I'm still on free trial period but if you subscribe, I'll get an extra 30 days free). I use internet maybe 5-6 hours a day and I never turn it off. Since 2 weeks, there hasn't been any website I couldn't open. I can watch videos, sometimes while downloading torrents, and I don't notice any differences in speed. I can also use it to watch Netflix US (for that you just need to connect to their American servers).

Actually, since Netflix started blocking some VPNs, I only use the ones that are compatible (that's why I switched from Hide My Ass to NordVPN (and now ExpressVPN).

Pricing ExpressVPN:
1 Month = 12.95$
6-Month Plan = 9.99$ per month
12-Month Plan = 8.32 per month

Pricing for NordVPN:
1 Month Plan: 12$/month
1 Year Plan: 6.58$/month
2 Year Plan: 4$ per month

See more options: Best VPNs for Indonesia.

List of Blocked Websites in Indonesia

Websites with Pornography:
766,633 "porn" sites are blocked by the Indonesian government as of February 2017. That's a huge number and it also includes sites with only mild nudity, erotic literature and sex-ed.

Generalist porn sites:
- XVideos
- YouPorn
- Porn Hub
- XHamster
- XNXX
- RedTube
- YouJizz
- Tube8
- Video-One
- TXXX
- VirginPornTube
- SpankBang
- XXXMomTube
- Watch8X
- AlohaTube
- Gandalfporn
- FUQ
- Xonline.tv
- Top1Porn

Hentai and Manga Websites (probably to protect younger people and teenagers):
- Mangafox (Actually not a porn site but some albums might be considered erotic)
- KissManga (Most mangas are normal but it has an adult section)
- DMM
- MyReadingManga
- E-Hentai
- Nhentai
- Fakku
- Pururin
- Donmai.us
- Hitomi.la
- HentaiHaven
- HentaiBox
- Hentai2read
- Javhihi
- Javcl

JAV (Japanese Adult Videos)
- Javfor.me
- Jav68.me
- JavGo.me
- JapanesePornTube
- Javlibrary.com
- Javhub.net
- JavPlay

Torrent, Sharing, P2P,  Download Sites
- KAT.cr, Kat.how and all Kickass Torrents mirror sites
- KumpulBagi
- thepiratebay.org
- Extratorrent
- Openload.co
- RarBG.to
- YTS.ag (YiFy Torrent movies)
- Isohunt

Video Streaming Site:
- Vimeo (Not a porn site but some videos have erotic content)
- Viki
- Dramafever
- Ganool
- Kshowonline (Korean streaming site - sometimes restricted)
- Netflix (blocked by Telkom only, probably because it competes with their own service, Iflix)
- 123movies
- CinemaIndo
- Bigo Live

Erotic Cams
- Chaturbate
- Bongacams
- SexCamly
- Camfor
- LiveJasmin

Sex Forums
- Internationalsexguide.com
- Semprot and Semprotku
- BintangMawar.net

Adult Content
- Uzone (Magazine that talks about sexuality in Indonesian)

Controversial social media sites
- Omegle (chat room to meet random foreigners)
- AdultFriendFinder

Gay Porn, Gay Dating, Gay Apps
- Grindr
- GROWLr
- JAck'd
- BoyAhoy
- Blued
- Hornet
- Adam4Adam
- Romeo
- GayPark
- VGL
- Scruff
- Guyz
- Gay Dating
- Surge
- Krave
- Gaydar
- Gay Times
- Maleforce
- Gay Cities

Drug-related and "Digital drugs" Websites
Many of the websites forbidden for drug-related content promote or offer i-doser applications. If you are not familiar with them, they are used to play sounds/music that are rumored to make their listeners high (you need a dedicated binaural headset for that).

Some of the blocked websites are:
- i-doser.com
- idosersoftware.com
- idoseraudio.com
- istoner.com

Radicalism, Hate Speech and Fake News Websites (Hoax)
There are almost 300 websites blocked in this category. Many are websites promoting Wahhabism, the Islamic state or conspiracy theories. There was a controversy as many of those sites were censored a few months before the 2017 Gubernatorial election. Some suspected that anti-Ahok sites were the main target.

Some of the most famous blocked sites in this category are:
- arrahmah.com
- eramuslim.com
- kiblat.net
- voa-islam.com
- islampos.com 
- suaranews.com 
- izzamedia.com 
- suara-islam.com
- smstauhiid.com (website of AA Gym)
- pos-metro.com
- nusanews (reformed as IDnusa to avoid censorship)

Fraudulent Investment and E-Commerce Websites
576 websites were blocked for fraud in 2017. Mostly, they feature fake products, investment scams, pyramid schemes, Ponzi schemes, etc.

The closure is sometimes followed by a police investigation and arrests. This was the case with the Dream for Freedom website (D4F, taken down since) and the fake Djakarta Warehouse Project website that I mentioned on my DWP guide (also shut down since).

Gambling, Lottery and Betting Sites
After porn, these represent the largest number of banned sites (2,120). Casinos are strictly illegal in Indonesia, yet many of its citizens love gambling. It isn't surprising that to avoid being fined, they've quickly switched to the online world.

Generalist sites:
- IBCBet.com
- Asia77.com
- SBC168.com
- MaxBet.com
- Comeon.com

Poker Sites:
- IonCasino Poker
- PartyPoker
- PokerStars

Casinos:
- Ion777.com

Lottery:
- Kungfu4d
- Istana Impian 1 and 2

Sport Bets:
- Sbobet.com

3 Best Ways to Send Money to Indonesia

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There are many reasons people send money to Indonesia, but only a few ways that are cheap, easy and safe.

This article will be very useful to you if you are:
- A foreigner living abroad who supports his Indonesian girlfriend financially
- An Indonesian working abroad who needs to remit his salary in his Indonesian bank account
- An expat who wants to transfer funds to Indonesia to make a purchase (car, home) or an investment
- A traveler who lost his wallet and urgently needs money

I've written it based on my experience living in Indonesia for the past 12 years (first in Jakarta, then in Bali). I'm sure you have your own stories as well so please do not hesitate to leave a comment with your own tips.

TransferWiseCheapest and Easiest Way to Send Money to Indonesia
You can make your own transfer simulation in just one click here
Created in 2011 by one of Skype's founders, TransferWise is a fin-tech startup that was recently declared a unicorn (more than $1 billion valuation). It is a game changer when it comes to international money transfers.

Compared with traditional banks, TransferWise does not actually transfers any money. It maintains banks accounts in key currencies in various countries. When you make a transfer request, for instance from USD to IDR, they will debit your US bank account from their US bank account and credit your Indonesian bank account from their Indonesian bank account.

Using TransferWise, the cost of sending money from abroad to Indonesia is only 1,5% of the transferred amount (minimum charge IDR14,500).

If you transfer USD1,000, it means you will only pay USD15 (+ a credit card charge depending on your bank). There are no hidden fees and they use the official exchange rate. That's at least 8 times less than what you would pay with traditional banks.

Pros:
➝ Cheapest way to send money from abroad to Indonesia
➝ As simple as it can be, just like booking a hotel room or buying stuff from any e-commerce site
➝ Less than 10 minutes needed to make the request
➝ They do not take commission on currency exchange rate (they use the official rate)
➝ You can make an accurate simulation of the cost of the transfer in a few seconds on their website
➝ They will tell you in advance when the money will be transferred and you can follow your money in real time through their app
➝ 100% transparent: They let you know how much commission they took and the exchange rate they used

Cons:
➝ Available for transfer from USD to IDR but not yet from IDR to USD
➝ Limited number of currencies you can transfer from: EUR, USD, Pound, AUD, JPY, SGD. You can check here if your home currency is accepted.
➝ You need an Indonesian bank account to transfer the money (You must know your IBAN and your SWIFT/BIC number)
➝ The transfer is not automatic and it may take from 1 to 2 days to be completed (for an Indonesian transfer)

Western Union: Only for Urgent Money Transfer to Indonesia
Unlike TransferWise, Western Union charges a fee but also takes a commission on the exchange rate
Western Union is facing tough competition but it can still be a useful way to send money to Indonesia. In particular, if you are a traveler who lost his personal belongings and need fast money, there are no better alternatives (actually, there is also MoneyGram which is similar).

I was using Western Union a lot when I didn't have an Indonesian bank account. You can pick up the money sent in cash in any of their agents locations (for instance in post offices - there are thousands in Indonesia).

The problem with Western Union is that it is expensive. If you want to transfer 1,000USD to IDR (instant transfer from an agent to an agent), it will cost you over USD80 + an hidden exchange rate fee of around IDR500,000 (as a reminder, it costs only USD15 with TransferWise).

If you transfer the money to an Indonesian bank account, it is cheaper yet still over 40$ and it takes a few days.

Pros:
➝ You can send money to Indonesia within minutes
➝ Money can be sent even if both the sender and the receiver do not have a bank account
➝ Works for virtually every country
➝ You can pay directly on Western Union's website using your credit/debit card

Cons:
➝ Very pricey if you choose fast service and to send/receive money in agent's location
➝ Hidden commission on the currency exchange rate
➝ If you send money to an agent location, you can only use the service during operation hours (close on weekends)

Skrill iT: An Alternative to Western Union For Small Amounts
Skrill iT is a mix between Western Union and TransferWise
Skrill is a great way to make international money transfers. It is fast, yet much cheaper than Western Union (about 3% from total amount while Western Union takes up to 15%). The other advantage is that the person who receives the money does not need to have an Indonesian bank account. He can just take the money in any Alfamart in Indonesia. All he needs is an Indonesian phone number and a valid ID.

For a normal transfer of money, I don't recommend it over TransferWise as it is still more expensive and you can't send more than the equivalent of Rp5,000,000 at once.

As an alternative to Western Union (meaning for an urgent transfer or to send to someone who does not have a local bank account), it is perfect as long as you don't need to send too much money.

Pros:
➝ Instant money transfer, just like Western Union
➝ Fees and commission on exchange rate relatively low (around 3% of total amount)
➝ You can pay online on their website: https://www.skrill.com/skrillit/
➝ You only need an Indonesian phone number to receive the money
➝ It's very easy to find an Alfamart in Indonesia and they have long opening hours

Cons:
➝ Only works for small amounts under Rp5,000,000 (though you can make multiple transfers)
➝ Still more expensive than TransferWise
➝ The staff in some Alfamart may be confused as they are not trained properly to handle the cash disbursement (just be patient!)

Other Ways to Send Money To Indonesia
Some online currency exchange companies are starting to offer international money transfer now with competitive rates. They will always be more expensive than TransferWise though. They can be useful only if you intend to send a lot of money to Indonesia (over 10,000$). The most famous companies are TorFXHiFX or OFX. I would advise you to try the latter as it has an online simulation tool.

PayPal is cheap when you send money in the same currency to another PayPal accounts holder but for international transfer it is not worth it (when you add up the fee and the commission on exchange rate, it costs about 80$ for 1,000$ sent).

A transfer from a foreign bank to an Indonesian bank with SWIFT is out of the question. You shouldn't even consider it. I did it once to send 200$ and I paid 40$ in fees (that's a 20% commission!).

If you know a cheaper and more convenient way than TransferWise to send money to Indonesia, please leave me a comment below. I wouldn't mind saving even more on my transfers. I'm also interested if you have tips about how to send money from Indonesia to another country.

Best VPNs in Indonesia- How to Access Blocked Websites

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In this review I will explain you how to bypass Internet censorship (mostly porn) in Indonesia by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. I will also give you tips on how to watch Hulu and Netflix in Indonesia.

Most porn and torrent websites are blocked in Indonesia. This includes all the most famous ones like XVideos, YouPorn, PornHub, XHamster, KickAss Torrents and The Pirate Bay. It is also not possible to visit some forums like Reddit or InternationalSexGuide. Same thing with the dating website Adult Friend Finder.

Some regular websites have also been banned like Vimeo. Tumblr was shut down during 24 hours earlier this year as well.

Another problem internet users are facing in Indonesia is the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions Act. This vague set of laws can make you the target of a defamation suit for exposing your views online. You are not allowed, for instance, of suggesting that someone might be corrupt.

Because of this law, posting a comment on Facebook, Twitter or Path in Indonesia can land you in jail. This is what happened to Alexander Aan or Florence Sihombing.

Since about a year ago, I decided to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in Indonesia. This allows me to visit any websites I want on the internet without anyone knowing about it. It is 100% legal, secure and safe. Actually, according to this 2015 study, Indonesia is the country with the most VPN users in the world: 23% of its Internet users are bypassing censorship by using a VPN.

The cost is cheap (less than 10$ per month) and it works great. If you travel a lot in Asia, it is also very useful in heavily-censored countries like Vietnam or China.

Since VPN companies usually give you a free trial for a few days up to 1 month, I tested several of them to make sure I was choosing the best. There are so many different companies that you could probably get a free VPN for at least a year just by changing provider once in a while. The prices are really reasonable though so once you've found one that works well, it's really more simple to just pay.

Here are my top 3 recommendations for best VPNs in Indonesia (I used the 3 of them and they worked great):

Hide My Ass (HMA) - Best VPN in Indonesia
HideMyAss.com
Hide My Ass is often considered the best VPNs in the world here because they have a massive 700 servers in almost every countries on earth, including in Indonesia. This means your connection is fast and smooth anywhere you go. If you can afford the extra dollars to get full speed (compared to free VPNs), HMA is an excellent choice. Remember that in the end, it is still only 60$ per year.

Hide My Ass is the VPN recommended by the Wall Street Journal to access blocked websites in China and it was also selected as the best VPN by the Guardian, Bloomberg and Forbes.

You can now try Hide My Ass for FREE! Just open the following link Hide My Ass Free and click on "Free Trial". You need to give your credit card details so don't forget to cancel after one month to avoid being charged.

If you decide to keep the paid version, it is much more interesting to choose a full year:

Pricing:
4,99$ per month with 1 year plan
7,49$ per month with 6-month plan
9,99$ per month without plan

The set up is super easy even if you are not good on computers and they are really fast to answer your questions of you have any.

Golden Frog - Vypr VPN - Fastest VPN Indonesia

I found that Golden Frog's Vypr VPN was even faster compared to Hide My Ass. They also have a server in Jakarta and a strong presence in Asia. The support is excellent (ask any question and they will answer you within a few minutes). You can pay with Alipay or PayPal and you can use up to 5 devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop, TV, etc).

NEW! You can do a free trial for 3 months by opening this link: Promo Deal for Ivacy VPN - Indonesia!!!

If you choose to keep it after the free trial period, you will pay the following:

Pricing of Basic Plan:
3.75$ per month (billed annually)
9.75$ per month (billed monthly)

Pricing of Premium Plan:
5$ per month (billed annually)
12.95$ per month (billed monthly)

Update 2017: Vypr has been unblocked by Netflix.

NordVPN - VPN for Watching Netflix
This is often considered the best VPN on the market as they have a great support team that will help you with any of your requests. If you are planning on using US Netflix, this is your an excellent choice too as they have not been banned yet. This means you can use NordVPN to watch Netflix if you position your IP in the US. Only problem for Indonesian web users, they don't have a server in Indonesia at the moment so the speed is slower than the VPNs listed above. It is still good enough for most people (you can still download from torrents, watch movies, etc).

To try their services for free, you can just visit the following link: Nord VPN - 30-Day Money Back Guaranteed.

Since you can cancel and get your money back any time within the first month, I advise you to choose the 1 year plan directly to save on the long term.

Pricing:
NEW: 2 Years Deal for 3.29$ per month - Click here to get the offer: 72% Off Nord VPN
4$ per month with 1 year plan
5$ per month with 6-month plan
8$ per month without plan

Express VPN: The VPN I'm Currently Using
Update February 2017: I saw a 1-month free trial by Express VPN and I decided to try it. One of the reasons I changed was that they had servers in Myanmar and Laos where I was traveling. Both countries censor internet heavily, particularly porn websites.

Express VPN advertise itself as the fastest VPN in the world, but since the speed of internet is very slow in Laos and Myanmar, I cannot really confirm.

That said, it worked great and I managed to open any websites I wanted in those two countries (using a server location in Singapore). They are also compatible with Netflix and you can use it to download torrents.

If you want to check their claim that they are the fastest, you can make a free trial by clicking on this link: 1-Month Free Express VPN.

Pricing:
1 Month = 12.95$
6-Month Plan = 9.99$ per month
12-Month Plan = 8.32 per month

How Do You Access Porn/Blocked Websites in Indonesia? Do You Use A VPN As Well?
There are a lot of new VPN providers entering the market every month. If you are using a different VPN in Indonesia or if you have another way to visit porn/blocked websites in Indonesia, please leave a comment below to share your experience!

Guide to Choosing the Best Travel Insurance for Indonesia

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
When I speak with short-time travelers in Indonesia, I am baffled to realize only a few have a proper travel insurance or a medical evacuation insurance. Among long-term residents and expats, there are also many who do not have health insurance, particularly among those without a working permit.

The objective of this article is to convince you that spending a few dollars per day on an insurance is not a waste of money. Even if you are on a tight budget, you can get a cheap one (as low as 3$ per day if you take a yearly subscription - check here) that will at least save your ass in case of a serious illness or accident. If you cannot afford it, then you probably should not travel to Indonesia.

Why you need a travel insurance in Indonesia
While you certainly need insurance everywhere, there are even more reasons to get it when you travel in Bali, Jakarta or the rest of Indonesia:

You are exposed to more risks
There are several risks specifically related to being in Indonesia. Some are unfortunately too common: Dengue fever, malaria, dog bites, food poisoning or motorbike accidents are really not that rare. If you've lived in the country long enough, you probably know a few people who had these problems.

There are generally lower safety standards in everything in Indonesia: Construction, food, transportation, roads, activities, etc. This increases the likelihood of an unfortunate event as well. You can read more tips about this topic here: WorldNomads Travel Safety Tips.

Medical care in Indonesia is very expensive
According to the AAMI, a day in an intensive care unit in Indonesia can cost up to 3,000$. Even in the cheapest hospitals you can expect to pay 800$/day.

Facebook groups like Bali Expats or Jakarta Expats are full of horrible stories of people who had their lives ruined in a few minutes because they did not plan their trips properly. Here are just a few examples (click on the photos for the whole story):
Some of them actually had an insurance, but they didn't read the fine prints. Not having a a motorbike license is often a reason for not being reimbursed for instance. I will give you tips later in this review on what you should be looking for to make sure your risky activities are covered.

More banal problems can be quite costly as well. Among my friends, several ended up in shitty situation for common accidents or diseases:

First one hit his head by diving into a pool: 1000$ in Sanglah Hospital (local one) for a few stitches and X-rays.

Second one got bit by a street dog in Legian: 3,000$ including anti-rabies medication.

Third one got a very bad case of dengue fever combined with malaria. He went into a coma and he had to stay 4 weeks in hospital. Total bill: 25,000 dollars. Luckily, he was covered and everything was paid for. It was after this unfortunate event that I rushed to get an insurance actually.

Private hospitals will never accept you if you cannot pay
In Indonesia, the decent hospitals are run as a strict business and not a charity. If you arrive bleeding to death after an accident, the doctors will not treat you until they make sure you can pay. If you can't, you'll be left outside. It's as simple as that.

An American will probably understand that. For a French, this concept is a bit hard to grasp as we are used to get healthcare for free.

Hospitals will overcharge you
You should know that as a foreigner with or without a working permit, you will be charged more for medical treatment in Indonesia. Expect to pay at least 2 times more than locals, more if you don't have a resident visa.

Many doctors have a poor ethic. If they can find a way to inflate your final bill, they will probably do it. It is a bit like going to a random auto repair shop in Europe: Most likely you will be charged for stuff you don't need.

Serious accidents will need a medical evacuation
Since many hospitals cannot treat the most serious patients, medical evacuation is often needed. To give you an idea of current prices:

Evacuation from Indonesia to Singapore: From 25,000$ to 50,000$
Evacuation from Indonesia to Australia: From 40,000$ to 70,000$
Evacuation to Europe: Up to 100,000$

Don't expect compensatory damages
The concept of third party responsibility is foreign to most Indonesians. If you are hit by an Indonesian drunk driver, don't expect you'll get any money from the person who was responsible. Actually, even if he is at fault, he could possibly still manage to get money out from you if he is a well-connected assh*le. The same thing apply if you have an accident within your hotel or while doing an activity with a company. If you are dealing with a local company, don't even think about getting compensatory damages.

What types of insurance do you need in Indonesia?
The type of insurance you need in Indonesia depends on your activity (working, retired, tourist, etc), your length of stay, your activities and your area of travel.

Travel Medical Insurance:
An insurance that will cover your medical bills for a limited duration (usually less than 90 days) when you are traveling outside of your home country. If you are traveling to Indonesia, it is the minimum you should get. For expats it is not necessary as long as they have an expat insurance.

Travel Insurance:
A generic term for an insurance that will cover several aspects of a trip: Medical problems, but also flight cancellation, theft, lost luggage, etc.

There are several websites where you can get a price estimate for your travel insurance in Indonesia. You can check WorldNomads which is a partner of Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. Among the famous ones you also have SmartTravel from AXA and Travel Guard from AIG.

You can find more options in your home country. The advantage of WorldNomads is that it is very easy to apply online and you do it even if you've already left home.

You can also search through the comparator Insure My Trip.

International Health Insurance or Expat Medical Insurance:
Travel insurance is for travelers and covers emergency situations. If you live permanently in Indonesia, you need coverage for regular health expenses such as dental care, optics, medical check ups, pregnancies, cancer treatment, etc. Those are typically not included in Travel Insurance policies.

Expats working in Indonesia should subscribe to the mandatory BPJS health insurance scheme. It is cheap, but don't expect to much from it. Many will also have their employer's insurance.

For the other expats without a company plan, you can either purchase a normal travel insurance for long term travel (but then you won't be covered for non-emergency situations) or purchase a dedicated Expat Health Insurance from a private company.

The latter is usually more expensive, but you should consider that you'll get more reimbursements as well. Reputed companies include Allianz, April-International, AXA, GMS, etc.

Repatriation/Medical Evacuation Insurance: An insurance that guarantees your medical evacuation will be paid for if needed.  The cost is usually reasonable, as little as 150$ per year, and it can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Remember that for serious injuries, you will not be able to be treated properly in Indonesia. This insurance is particularly needed if you plan on visiting remote areas.

If you purchase an insurance from WorldNomads, it is already included.

Things to check before purchasing a travel insurance

The obvious first step before purchasing a travel insurance is to make sure you don't already have one. You are probably aware that when you buy your plane tickets with a Visa or Mastercard, you are entitled to some kind of (limited) insurance. If you are traveling on a tour group, you may also already have one automatically added (though you can refuse it and buy your own instead).

Once you know for sure that you will need a travel insurance in Indonesia, you should be careful to check the following:

What is the maximum payable amount that I can get?
I think 200,000$ is the minimum amount to get considering how high some hospitals bills can be in Indonesia.

Is the medical evacuation included or not?
If not you will have to pay extra with another company. This is an essential part of your insurance and you need a high ceiling as well (minimum 150,000$).

Can you contact your insurance company 24/7? Can they approve a quotation 24/7?
This is a must in case of a major emergency. If you cannot prove quickly that you can pay for your treatment, the best hospitals may refuse you.

Do you have to advance the money?
Some insurance can give a guarantee to the hospital that your bill will be covered so you don't need to pay upfront.

Are there any exclusions?
There are always a lot of exclusions (things that the insurance does not cover). Read carefully to avoid any surprises. If you are planning to do dangerous sports and outdoor activities in Indonesia, ask for instance if surfing, scuba diving, diving, rafting, hiking, jet-skiing or paragliding are included.

What is the motorbike situation?
Motorbikes are a major cause of accidents for foreigners in Indonesia. Be careful as almost all insurers require a valid international license for the driver (even if you are a passenger). A specific motorbike license is also required for vehicle with more than 150cc. If you were drunk, high or not wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, you can also say good-bye to any potential claims.

What if you hurt someone?
Check if you can get reimbursement for third party damages.

The website of WorldNomads provides a lot of great tips to help you choose the right insurance. You can also make a simulation for your trip so you'll know exactly how much it will cost you and how long you will be protected. Don't forget to read the fine print very carefully to make sure you won't have any unexpected surprise.

How to save money on travel insurance?
The companies I've mentioned before are quite affordable. You'll only pay a few dollars per day for coverage. You can try to make a test on WorldNomads to see how much you will pay depending on your age, your country of origin, and the number of people you want to protect.
Click to get a a travel insurance quote from WorldNomads
If the amount is really to big for you, there are a few ways to lower the price even more:

Buy longer
This need some commitment, but naturally the longer you purchase, the cheaper it get. I made a test on WorldNomads for myself and got the following:

  • 7 days travel insurance to Indonesia (for a French): 26.70 euros (3.8 euros per day)
  • 4 weeks travel insurance to Indonesia (for a French): 93 euros (3.3 euros per day)
  • 365 days travel insurance to Indonesia (for a French): 804.30 euros (2.2 euros per day)
Make your own simulation here: Quote from WorldNomads.

Buy for several people at once
If you travel with your girlfriend or your family, you should choose the same reputed company for everybody.

Don't insure flights and valuables
This is what I do. Considering I travel alone with cheap flight tickets, last minute hotels bookings and few valuables, I don't really care about getting reimbursements on those things. The only thing I care about is not jeopardizing my whole life with an accident I can't afford to have.

Choose high deductibles and excess
Your insurance deductible and your excess are minimum amounts your insurance will charge you on any claims, not matter what. If your deductible for an accident is 1,000$, the insurance will reimburse you any medical expenses above 1,000$.

The philosophy of choosing a high deductible is the same as the previous point: It is for people who only want help if they are in big trouble. Having to pay 1,000$ from your own pocket sucks, but you can always find the money.

Don't buy it from your airline
When you book a flight, your airline or your tour operator will offer you to buy an insurance. Those are usually pretty bad deals and the prices are not interesting.

Compare
You can use Insure My Trip to search for the best deals. Be careful with cheap insurance companies though. If they can give a very cheap price, it probably means they don't reimburse much. You cannot have it all.

Rely on your credit card insurance only
This is possible but you must know the limitations of this strategy. In general, when you pay your trip with a classic Visa or Mastercard, you get 3 months of insurance with maximum reimbursement of less than 15,000$ (please check again with your banker to be sure). This ceiling is really too low in my opinion. You also have a lot of restrictions on what you can claim as well as high deductibles.

What insurance do you use?
This article would be greatly improved with your input. Which insurance did you choose for traveling to Indonesia? Did you succeed in making claims? If you are an expat, do you have a health insurance? Do you recommend it?

Personally, I have an expat insurance company that only insure French nationals. The name is CFE, if you are French and need more information about it you can email me thibaud@jakarta100bars.com. I pay 100 euros per month and I've made 2 claims that went well. The main one was for a gallbladder infection that kept me a week in Kasih Ibu hospital in Denpasar. The total bill was 7,000$ for 8 days and I had 5,000$ reimbursed.

9 Best Things to Do at Night in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I recently wrote about the best things to do in Jakarta. In the following review, I will be more specific and focus about night-time activities.

A cliché used to describe Jakarta is that of "a city that never sleeps". While this could apply to any major capitals in the world, I think it is particularly accurate here. There is always some kind of life in Jakarta, whatever the time and whatever the location.

It is quite logical considering the city has one of the highest population densities in the world. Another reason is that there are a lot of Indonesians working long shifts or night shifts, especially small business owners and independent workers. As long as money can be made, they won't close shop or go home. This is why you can always get food, cigarettes or a taxi rides at anytime of the night.

For the traveler, the advantage of this situation is that there are a lot of things to do at night. Even better, if you go out after 9pm, you'll also enjoy less traffic, cooler temperatures and less pollution. 

The following list will give you some ideas on how to spend time after sun sets in Jakarta. If you feel I forgot something, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below the article.

Street Food
Photo: Jonathan Perugia
Night-time is the best moment to go around and try some delicious Indonesian street food. Many of the small stalls on the sidewalk are actually only allowed to operate in the evening (to avoid disturbing pedestrians during the day).

My personal favorite location for street food in Jakarta is Jalan Mangga Besar, a red-light area busy with a eclectic mix of people. It's a great place to try some authentic Chinese food or some more unusual specialties like cobra and monkey.

If this is too far or too weird for you, Jalan Sabang and Jalan Wahid Hasyim in Central Jakarta are a good alternative. You'll also find many 24/7 restaurants in the area.

Rooftop Drinks
Photo: Sandrine VB
Jakarta is the 9th city with the most skyscrapers in the world and it is at night that the view is the most spectacular. The darkness hides all the city's flaws: The potholes, the dirt, the dust and the rust disappear, replaced by millions of colorful lights.

The best rooftops to enjoy the view of the skyline are Cloud or Skye. I give more recommendations in my review Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Jakarta as well. I also enjoy watching the city from the Burgundy Bar in Grand Hyatt even though it is not a rooftop.

Live Music, Theater and Concerts
Photo: Aura Kasih and Atika Dora
There are several great venues for listening to live music in Jakarta. Two of the most famous are B.A.T.S in Shangri-La and CJ's in Mulia. Both have a Western band playing Top 40 and pop/rock hits. They may not suit everyone's taste though as they attract a lot of working girls. Paulaner Brauhaus in Kempinski, Hard Rock Cafe in Pacific Place or Eastern Promise in Kemang are three more family-friendly options. I also like to visit the speakeasy Prohibition in Senayan Arcadia (make sure to check their secret live jazz room).

For cheaper drinks and a younger atmosphere, you can try any branches of Beer Garden.

In Menteng, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) is an art complex popular with Indonesians. There are daily cultural performances (concerts, theater, movies, etc).

Clubbing and Karaoke
Normal clubs (meaning those that don't have a majority of prostitutes) are normally busy on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. You can read about my favorites here: Best Nightclubs in Jakarta.

The other days of the week, only the more naughty places are crowded. Apart from BATS and CJs mentioned above, you can try the famous one-stop entertainment centers like Malioboro, Alexis, King Cross, Emporium or Golden Crown. The bar Club 36 is also always very lively. North Jakarta is also where several 24h karaokes can be found.

Cinemas
Jakarta has excellent and modern cinemas that cost about half what you would pay in Europe. The CGV-Blitz chain has movies until 10pm during the week and until midnight on weekends.


Massage and Spas
Some massage parlors and spas close rather late in Jakarta (and I'm not talking about the naughty ones), especially those located in 5-star hotels: Bimasena (Dharmawangsa Hotel) and Willow Stream (Fairmont) close at 11pm, the spa at the Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan is open until 12am.


Shopping
Photo: Pasar Bary by Art535
All the high-end shopping malls close at 10pm in Jakarta but there are some more traditional markets (pasar) that stay open 24 hours, for instance the fish market of Angke Muara and the flower markets of Cikini and Rawa Belong. Closer from the city center, you also have Pasar Senen and Pasar Mampang Prapatan.

Exercise
Photo: Jeremy Tobing
Running/cycling at night or very early in the morning is very common among fitness enthusiasts in Jakarta. It is a way to avoid the heat, the traffic and the pollution. Popular running spots include the Monas, the Senayan Stadium and Ragunan Zoo.

A good way to meet Indonesians is to join a running club. Indorunners run every Thursday starting 7.30pm from FX Mall in Senayan. On the same day, you can also join the Nike Run Club.

Amazingly, there are also some 24h gyms in Jakarta such as Rai Fitness in Senopati, Clark Hatch in Sari Pan Pacific Hotel (which I heard is a gay hangout) and Club Olympus in Grand Hyatt.

Night Tourism
Photo: Bunderan HI by Inguna
Many tourist sights in Jakarta can still be visited at night. Taman Fatahillah, the Monas, Ancol or the Kota Intan Bridge remain crowded until very late. They attract middle class Indonesians, especially tourists, and all kind of street vendors. During Ramadhan, you can also visit the Istiqlal mosque all-night long.

Young Indonesians also like to hangout in some public areas like the Taman Suropati and Taman Menteng parks or around the Bunderan HI fountain.