How to plan a trip to Jakarta/Planifier son séjour à Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta or formerly known as Batavia, is the main capital city of Indonesia. With a population of 9.6 million residents, it is one of the biggest diverse cities in South East Asia. If you like urban lifestyle, street food, shopping mayhem and crazy nightlife then Jakarta is your place to be. The city is modern and diverse. It has kept its traditional and colonial influences. 
However, to enjoy the beauty of Jakarta you need to get the right tips and tricks. As being from Jakarta, I'll share with you all the tips and tricks you need to know.

Jakarta est la capitale de l'Indonésie. La ville compte plus de 9 millions d'habitants ce qui fait qu'elle est l'une des villes les plus peuplées d'Asie. Si vous aimez la vie citadine, la street food, le shopping et la vie nocturne, vous allez adorer Jakarta. La ville est moderne et très diverse; elle a conservé ses traditions ainsi que ses influences coloniales. Etant moi-même originaire de Jakarta, je partage avec vous tout ce que vous devez savoir sur cette ville.
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1) Health/Santé:
If you have never traveled to tropical countries, you might need to visit their doctor to do a vaccination checklist. There are several tropical disease risks such as dengue fever, malaria, sun or heat wave sensitivity etc. 

En ce qui concerne la santé, vous aurez quelques vaccins puisque vous pouvez attraper quelques maladies tropicales.

2) How to reach Jakarta/Comment se rendre à Jakarta
Jakarta is one of the main gates to enter Indonesia and you just need to take an airplane that lands at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The airport is located in Tangerang precisely near the border of West Jakarta. 
Keep in mind that the only way to access the city is by taxi, bus or rental car (there is not have direct trains to the airport). That said, the inhabitants of Jakarta use the mobile app Go-jek to rent a motorcycle and have a driver.  Motorcycles cannot use the highway, therefore you will have to use crowded suburban roads (not the best scene you would like to see as a tourist but yeah live the adventure!)
Also if you are already in Indonesia especially in Java, you can take the train as well to reach the city check it here.
Below are the list of the websites for trustworthy taxis. 

Taxis: 
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Beware of the pick pockets and crazy taxi drivers (they will ask high amount of price for foreigners). I personnaly choose Blue bird, Express, Gamya or Silver Bird. 

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Jakarta est un portail vers l'Indonésie. Vous avez juste à atterrir à Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
vous pouvez accéder à la ville en taxi, bus ou en louant une voiture. Les habitants de Jakarta utilisent l'appli Go-jek pour louer une mobylette avec chauffeur. Vous ne pouvez pas aller sur l'autoroute avec votre mobylette donc faudra emprunter les routes de campagne (vive l'aventure!)
Si vous êtes déjà en Indonésie, vous pouvez prendre le train pour arriver à Jakarta  voir iciSi vous cherchez des taxis, je vous conseille les sites mentionnés plus haut.
/!\ Attention aux pick pockets et à certains chauffeurs de taxi. Certains vous demandent des sommes assez folles. Personnellement, j'utilise Blue bird, Express et Gamya.

3) Where to stay in Jakarta/Où séjourner ? 
The real question starts from the inside of your wallet actually. Jakarta has everything you need, from 5 star hotels to the cheapest place to sleep ever. When I said cheapest I really mean it. You can actually spend 0 euro (which is obvious by couch-surfing) or by using AirBnB or Motels (The starting price is +/- 8 euros).
Avoid places that are far away from the city center if you don't want to be stuck in massive traffic jams. As being an insider, I would recommend travelers to stay near the city center in areas such as Sudirman, Senopati, Menteng, Senayan  Kemang and Kuningan. These areas are near  shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, museums, clubs, bars and landmarks. 
But if you want to explore more of the other part of the city you can stay in The Thousands Islands, Ancol or Bogor.


  (Instagram @rezandriyanto)  the Tiger Island (Pulau Macan)
Tout dépend de votre portefeuille. Jarkata a des hôtels 5 étoiles et des endroits très bons marchés où séjourner.  Vous pouvez aussi faire du couch surfing ou louer sur airbnb.
Evitez les endroits trop excentrés si vous ne voulez pas vous retrouver coincés dans les bouchons. D'après moi, les meilleurs coins pour habiter sont Sudirman, Senopati, Menteng, Senayan  Kemang et Kuningan. Vous y trouverez des centres commerciaux, des cafés, restaurants, des musées et des monuments.
Si vous voulez explorer l'autre côté de la ville, vous pouvez habiter à The Thousands Islands, Ancol ou encore Bogor.

A lire/related: How to couch surf with the opposite sex/ comment faire du couch surfing avec le sexe opposé
 Mount Salak, The Valley of Skeleton (Instagram @tentinurasiyah )

Over to you! Have you ever been to Jakarta? Would you like to go there?
A vous les amis, avez-vous déjà visité Jakarta?


About the Author

Branta is our weekly contributor. He loves to travel the world and the seven seas. He is the Asian version of the Flying Dutchman and was cursed to travel the world. You can talk about travels all day long with him on Instagram, Facebook or Google+

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