It's a good time to visit Indonesia. You get extra millions of rupiahs for the Malaysian Ringgit these days! However hitting the shops in Jakarta is by no means a straight forward task. One has to come up with a game plan to beat the odds.
The Shopping Experience
Alternatively one can visit the local markets or pasar like Tanah Abang or Mangga Dua where your rupiah will stretch like elastic. It is not advised for the faint-hearted who only shop at air-conditioned upmarket malls as the crowds and humidity can hit you like a tsunami. . . and the floor is a tad dusty to faint on.
Pasar Ikan in Kota Tua (Fish Market in the Old City of Batavia) reeks of outer city lifestyle where makeshift stalls line the narrow serpentine street, made for single vehicle passage but allowing a two-way flow with nerve-racking results.
Transportation and security
Once you've mapped out the days' activities, the first taxi you jump into is crucial. It helps if the driver is polite, clean cut and smiles. You can then make the decision to stick with him for the days' activities.
The Jakarta Traffic
Bus touts angling for passengers in the middle of the road.