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Jakarta, Indonesia “The Big Durian” (Sudirman)

(Mid-2020, 2 WEEKS)

Favorite Restaurant: Gyu-Kaku

Overall: Not a tourism city. I didn't see many non-Indonesian's during my stay. Indoor living at it's peak. There are no parks and the city is not walkable. Nor would you want to walk with AQI 150+. Choose to live in or near one of the larger malls, that way everything you need is there (gym, pool, shopping, grocery, nightlife).

  • Car Free Day on Sunday on the Thamrin/Sudirman Streets until 12pm
  • Starbuck's is cashless and strawless
  • Hard as hell to break a 100K bill, not even larger stores want to do it. Try to find an ATM which dispenses 50K bills
  • No talking on the metro (maybe a covid rule?)
  • Very low English level
  • Capitol city with the most active population on Twitter
  • Barely saw a person taller than me (5'11)
  • Women have their own carts on the metro during rush hours
  • Returns are not accepted at grocery stores, not even if it's an unopened packaged item (is this normal? I was so confused I couldn't return salt.)
  • No one walks. You spend time in your apartment, malls, bars/clubs, and the gym, always indoors

map of jakarta travel notes
Map of Jakarta from jakarta100bars.com

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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
ITEM
  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Americano (small)
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Tenderloin
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado (not Haas)
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Red Wine
INDONESIAN RUPIAH (IDR)
  • 484,391
  • 70,000
  • 2,500
  • 15,000/KG
  • 20,000 – 41,000
  • 19,000 – 34,000
  • 239,000 – 390,000/KG
  • -/KG
  • 58,000/KG
  • -/KG
  • -/KG
  • 54,800/KG
  • 22,000 – 24,800/KG
  • 45,800 – 60,000/KG
  • 23,000/KG
  • 35,800 – 60,000/KG
  • 98,500/KG
  • 12,000ea
  • 10,500 – 12,800/KG
US DOLLARS ($)
  • 33
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 4.77
  • 0.17
  • 0.46/LB
  • 1.36 – 2.79
  • 1.29 – 2.32
  • 7.40 – 12/LB
  • 0/LB
  • 1.79/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 0.00/LB
  • 1.70/LB
  • 0.68 – 0.77/LB
  • 1.42 – 1.86/LB
  • 0.71/LB
  • 1.11 – 1.86/LB
  • 3.05/LB
  • 0.82ea
  • 0.33 – 0.40/LB
  • 0
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