It is such a shame that I only got to visit Jakarta when I went to this beautiful country. The travel was for my brother’s tournament and I accompanied him throughout his game. I’ve never been a big fan of golf, but it was a great chance to meet golfers from all around the world. I would never have thought being part of the gallery for five days could actually be fun!
I will only give travel tips for Jakarta since I only got to visit this city. I hope to get the chance to update the list in time.
Some Tips on Visiting Indonesia (with a focus on Jakarta):
- Philippine tourists are allowed, visa-free, for up to 30 days in Indonesia. You are required to apply for a visa if you are visiting relatives and social organizations, doing exchange visits, and if you work as a seafarer transiting to another country.
- It is generally affordable to stay in Jakarta, with hostel and hotel rates almost comparable to Manila. My brother and I stayed at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club where the tournament was held. Lucky that my brother’s trip was sponsored, and I got to tag along to his free accommodation 😛
- I’ve always loved Indonesian food because it is much like Filipino food but a bit spicier, less oily, and more generous on vegetables. My favorites are lontong, gado-gado, soto, nasi campur, nasi goreng, pecel, pempek, soto ayam, bubur kacang hijau (the best dessert!)… Okay, I love Indonesian food! The best I’ve tried are those sold in local food joints. Probably I just didn’t fancy the fusion kind of stuff that they did in restaurants.
- I didn’t get to travel around much during my stay so I tried as many cafés and street foods while I was in Jakarta. And it was the best decision I made! I did not only get to sample local treats; I also had the chance to meet locals and to practice my (very!) basic Indonesian.
- Why I want to go back: five days for Jakarta– let alone Indonesia– is definitely not enough.
- As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂
P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤