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" Some journeys can only be travelled alone "
Having visited almost all the Asean capitals except Jakarta & Manila (visited in June 2017) in recent years, naturally Jakarta being the capital of Indonesia has been in my bucket list of visit for sometime ! Both Indonesia & Malaysia had a "hazy" relationship for the last two decades, so choosing the right timing to visit Jakarta is crucial especially in the 2nd half of the year. Surely nobody would like to visit Jakarta and be greeted by a thick haze which could land you in hospital as a result of lung infection or severe respiratory problems etc. The haze is an annual problem in Indonesia caused by opening burning of forests to clear lands for oil palm & pulpwood plantations. At the time of writing, a thick haze has started in Acheh province - so watch the weather closely if you are preparing to visit Indonesia in July & August !
Jakarta has a well connected & cheap public transport system eg Bajaj (tuktuk), Ojek (motorbike taxi), car taxi, Transjakarta busway, commuter city & inter-city trains, both air-conditioned to take you to various places. If you enjoy taking a motorbike taxi, you can easily flag one on the roads . The locals prefer to use the services of Grab bikers to move around the city areas or for short distance travel.
If you enjoy deep fried food, Indonesia is the right place for you to savior these food. Throughout the 7 days, I had taken mostly deep fried food for lunches & dinners which I normally avoid taking at home.
Both Jakarta & Bandung have good hostel accommodations which are conveniently located in downtown areas near to touristy places. Most hostels offer free breakfast & drinking water and the dorm beds are comfy & clean.
4) National Museum
2) Mandala Siliwangi Museum
3) Governor's Residence
4) Bogor Presidential Palace