01 August 2008

Experience Shopping Extravaganza In Jakarta

Whether you're a serious spender or half-hearted shopper, there's sure to be something for everybody in Jakarta, the countrys shopping capital. The wide variety of things that you can buy in Jakarta is mind boggling from the best of local handicrafts to haute couture labels.
If you are looking for something unique, go and check out the antique, carvings and handicrafts at Ciputat raya where rows of stores are packed to overflowing with everything from antique furniture, brassware, ornate lamps, old Chinas, and faux antiques.

If you prefer air conditioners comfort and designer labels, head for the modern shopping malls such as Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall, Pasar Raya, and Taman Anggrek said to be the largest mall in South East Asia. Find the best shopping for electronics in Mangga Dua Electronics Center I West Jakarta or Ratu Plaza in South

Jakarta. Another interesting place is the Jatinegara gemstone market, where you can find a huge variety of precious and semiprecious stones. Stroll through the Pasar Baru pedestrian area and browse through the traditional textile shops. At the Barito area even lead you to an impromptu pet market while at the Pramuka bird market visitors are greeted with lots of pretty decorative birds.

Getting There

Jakarta is an international gateway for Indonesia. Practically all international airlines stop in Jakarta. It's serves a growing number of international airlines and provides an abundance of domestic flights within Indonesia. From some cities in Java, you can travel to Jakarta by train while other transport within the city is plentiful.
Where to Stay

No need to worry where you'll stay in Jakarta. There are many hotels range provided here, from the luxurious, middle range and budget.

Dining Guide

From street vendors to chic and elegant restaurants, Jakarta has everything. If seafood is your choice, then Muara Karang is your ideal place. Want to combine shopping and dining experience. Try the malls and all shopping centers in Jakarta. They have their own food courts and restaurants. Food courts tend to be noisy and crowded, so if you prefer privacy, choose restaurants/cafes, instead. One of the origin Jakartas dishes that worth to try is Kerak Telor, its made of rice mixed with eggs and other ingredients.

Moving Around

The availability of various transport modes in Jakarta is a convenience of you to move around the captivating city. You can use busway, buses, city train, and taxi or rent a car.
Other Things to See or Do

If you're looking something else in Jakarta besides shopping, you can take a city tour around Jakarta. This city tour will take you one day long. Ask your hotel about this.
Souvenir Tips Some shopping malls are provided with one or two floors that filled with lots of Indonesia's handicrafts. You can take them home with you as a souvenir. But, the price itself a little bit higher and fixed price.

Travel Tips

-Most shops in the major shopping centres are open from 10 am until 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Keep a tight grip on your purse or camera, never leave any bags (whether valuable or not) to avoid crimes.

-Taxis are plentiful in Jakarta, but it is important
you take the right ones to avoid any problems. We're recommended to take Blue Bird or Silver Bird Taxi.

-Try to always take a taxi from a hotel entrance as they will keep a record of the taxi should you have any problems.

-Tipping is quite standard in Jakarta. Most large hotels and restaurants in Jakarta will automatically add a service charge of 10 percent to your bill, but some smaller restaurants may not add anything extra. But, you may give a tip of 10 percent if the waiters served you well.

-Keep a little extra money handy for in case

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