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Guide to Choosing Your Hotel in Jakarta [2024]

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In this guide, I will answer all the questions I received from readers regarding the best hotels to choose for a stay in Jakarta. What is the best area to stay in Jakarta? Pick any hotel located along or near Jalan Sudirman, between Plaza Senayan and Sarinah Mall. Read my full answer:  What is the best area to stay in Jakarta?

Cheap Bars in Jakarta for Backpackers / Students

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Clubbing in Jakarta is almost always expensive, especially if you drink alcohol (thanks to a 150% tax in imported liquor). If you are a backpacker, a visitor on a budget, or a student, you may be wondering how you can party in the city without emptying your bank account. In this article, I will give you tips to spend less when you go out, as well as a list of the cheapest bars/clubs in Jakarta (including those with free entrance).

What To Buy in Indonesia: Souvenirs, Gifts and Cheap Stuff

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If you are visiting Indonesia as a tourist, you are probably looking for gifts or souvenirs to bring back home. You may also be wondering if there are some cheap items that are worth buying here more than in your home country. In this article, I will give you tips on what to buy, what NOT to buy, where to shop, and how to avoid scams.

Best Bars to Meet Expats and Foreigners in Jakarta [2024]

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The expat/foreign population in Jakarta is smaller than that of other Asian capitals, both because of government regulations making it harder to hire low-skilled foreigners, and because of the lack of attractiveness of the city. Tourists rarely visit Jakarta, and if they do, they usually only spend a few days here. The upside of this situation is that the expat community is compact, rather homogeneous, and friendly. Most of the foreigners in Jakarta come from a few industries or jobs such as IT, oil & gas, banking, NGOs, multinational companies, teaching, etc. Newcomers are generally welcome and they can quickly integrate to expat circles. Note: If you are single, you can also read  Best dating sites in Indonesia . Best expat bars in Jakarta Below is a list of the best venues to socialize with expats or foreigners in Jakarta: Eastern Promise (Kemang) Also called EP, Eastern Promise is certainly the most famous expat bar in Jakarta. It has 4 distinct rooms: A small

What to do in Jakarta in 24 hours?

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Many tourists stay in Jakarta for only 1 night, usually before heading to Bali. If you are in the same situation, you might be wondering what are the best things to do in the city in 24 hours or less. To help you, I have written this one-day itinerary that covers the town's best attractions. It is a bit rushed but it is realistically doable in 24 hours. Of course, you can skip some of the steps to make your day more relaxed. Choosing the right hotel in Jakarta for a short trip A hotel near  Plaza Indonesia  would be perfect or, alternatively, near  Sarinah . To reach the airport faster, you could also stay near Semanggi, Taman Anggrek or Pluit, but then you would be further away from the attractions I will recommend below. You should be aware that every Sunday is car-free day in Jakarta. This means that Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin will be closed to cars from 6 AM to 11 AM. Recommend Hotel Near Sarinah/Plaza Indonesia for a 24-Hour Stopover in Jakarta → 5-stars (more than 150$/

Guide to Karaokes and KTV Bars in Jakarta [2024]

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Karaoke and KTV bars in Jakarta are used for a multitude of purposes. Singing is one of them, but it is definitely not the only reason. Commonly, they are used for prostitution, drugs, private parties, striptease and sometimes orgies. As a foreigner (especially a Westerner), it took me several years to understand what was truly going on behind those doors. It is only after discussing with girls, clients and club owners, that I finally realized what karaokes were for and why Indonesians are so crazy about them.