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I might be travelling to Jakarta in December and over New Years. Do you think this is a good idea as there have been natural disasters and terrorist attacks in Jakarta?

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    I'm not sure of your home country Fiona, but the Australian Foreign Affairs advice to its citizens is "reconsider your need to travel" because of a very high threat of terrorist attack. By the way, that includes Bali, but 70,000 people a month go there anyway. The advice also says security analysts consider Christmas and New Year a high risk time because large numbers of westerners are present in Jakarta. The likely targets are hotels, airports, nightclubs, bars, restaurants.... all the places where westerners go. The JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton were bombed in 2009.
    If you decide to go, follow the DFAT advice and "use extreme caution" - stay away from places westerners frequent, avoid the western-style hotels, don't go to tourist spots, or restaurants or nightclubs, avoid large crowds - which if you're going to Jakarta for a western-style holiday defeats the purpose of going there. On the other hand if you're going there to immerse yourself in the culture, live like an Indonesian and shun the usual tourist destinations, you're more likely to be okay.
    A personal opinion, made from all the information I've gathered and based on good old gut-feeling: I'd call Jakarta RISKY rather than SAFE.
    As for the natural disasters: the earthquake and tsunami was 1000km to the west, off another island. The volcano in central Java (400 km away) has caused an ash cloud which blew to the south-west, so it missed Jakarta, but it did cause disruption to flights for a few days, and likely will again if there's another eruption. about 8 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Well, you never know what may happen. I was just in Jakarta last week.

    There are policemen everywhere there. Before entering a mall, you have to let them scan your bag. When driving into a building, they make you open your car trunk and check the inside of your car. Some also have cameras on the ground to check for bombs hidden underneath of the car. Jakarta has implemented such measures to decrease the possibility of more terrorist attacks.

    Hope this helps. about 8 years ago

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    Its safe enough right now to visit Jakarta. Just make sure you notice and avoid the "red zone" places in Jakarta. Dont forget to bring your rain coat too. Related to natural disaster, volcano activities at Mount Merapi, the location are far away from Jakarta. Its in Yogyakarta province or 1 hour by flight from Jakarta or 8 hours by train. The latest volcano activities is at Mount Bromo, situated at east java province or 1 hour 15 minutes by flight from Jakarta or 14 hours by train. Its located near to Malang city. So those are the latest condition related to natural disaster in Indonesia. Have a nice trip. almost 8 years ago

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    Hi Fiona,

    I have been travelling in Indonesia since 1997 and my trip next year will be my 10th.
    As far as I am concerned it is safe, but I would exercise caution as Phil above has suggested.
    And the natural disasters have NOT been in Jakarta itself but elsewhere in other parts of Indonesia.
    Stay in back packer places rather than large westernised hotels.
    How long will you be in Jakarta?
    A stop over or extended stay.
    Lots of things to see and do in Jakarta if you like big cities, but if you wish to get out may I suggest Bogor and the Kebun Raya Botanical Gardens - maybe Cianjur 3 hrs away where I used to have a free English school for 5 yrs with a local teacher I paid to run it for me.
    My friend Yudi has a homestay programme there for travellers.
    Check out his website an english traveller made for him.
    http://www.cianjuradventure.com/
    Pamela. almost 8 years ago

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    Hello,

    I have been living in Jakarta for many years, as my parents live and work there. It is a dangerous place to go, if you go to the wrong areas. Obviously stay away from rural areas. Jakarta as it self though has many police however alot of them are corrupt and with stop you put thier hand out and ask you for money. You should try and get a car or a bemo with a local driver as traffic is physco. I wouldnt recomomend using public transport as westerners are a target for getting jumped etc. Also public transport doesnt follow a specific route you just go where the driver wants to go. The Shangrilah hotel in Jakarta is known as the safest hotel in Indonesia and has an overwhelming amount of security. Thats where our family goes on Christmas day for buffet. I was on my balcony watching the 2009 bomb attacks. They were in the city but there was also alot of car suicide bombing, just keep your wits about you. If you have an Indonesian driver he will not take you to the dodgy parts :) goood luck over 7 years ago

    Answered by liz via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Hello,

    I have been living in Jakarta for many years, as my parents live and work there. It is a dangerous place to go, if you go to the wrong areas. Obviously stay away from rural areas. Jakarta as it self though has many police however alot of them are corrupt and with stop you put thier hand out and ask you for money. You should try and get a car or a bemo with a local driver as traffic is physco. I wouldnt recomomend using public transport as westerners are a target for getting jumped etc. Also public transport doesnt follow a specific route you just go where the driver wants to go. The Shangrilah hotel in Jakarta is known as the safest hotel in Indonesia and has an overwhelming amount of security. Thats where our family goes on Christmas day for buffet. I was on my balcony watching the 2009 bomb attacks. They were in the city but there was also alot of car suicide bombing, just keep your wits about you. If you have an Indonesian driver he will not take you to the dodgy parts :) goood luck over 7 years ago

    Answered by liz via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Jakarta is one of the best cities I have ever visited. Just came back last week and planning another trip next month. Stay around Kemang area for great restaurants. over 7 years ago

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    Hello! I live here in jakarta! It depends on where you stay and where is your destination. Definitely need someone (indonesian) who could travel along with you. People here doesn't speak english fluently. If you're planning to visit here, make sure you have someone here who could accompany you. over 7 years ago

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    Hi Fiona. As an expat living and working here, my short answer is, yes it is safe. Except for the occasional heavy rains causing flooding in some areas and the constant jams, there are no natural calamities. Other forms of attacks can happen anywhere, anytime. Perhaps the only attack you might get after your visit here is perhaps traveller's diarrhea. Do not get paralyzed into not going anyplace just because someone said so. Jakarta, as with many major cities, is a huge place. over 7 years ago

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    Very safe over 7 years ago

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    Yes over 7 years ago

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    100% safe over 7 years ago

    • would've said that about Oslo until 48 hours ago. Nowhere is 100% safe 100% of the time, but don't let that stop you. Ask Phil over 7 years ago
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    It safe to travel to jakarta over 7 years ago

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    Generally safe but a sense of awareness will still be needed. over 7 years ago

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    im off 2 work there on thursday just wondering is there any threat of tsunami's or earthquakes in jukarta? And what is the life style like out there? Just seen something on tv that just makes u think again. Is it safe? over 7 years ago

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    it's safe, most of the time the EQ & tsunami happened in other areas outside of jakarta. as for the life here in jakarta, it's pretty much lively if you are into the nightlife. but should be more aware & careful with the people. if they're being nice, it's either they are sincere or they have other intentions. hope this helps & enjoy your stay! :) over 7 years ago

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    I live here and I have many expat friends and I am sure hey can all say that yes it is safe to cone to. No worries and i'm not jst saying tht because I'm Indonesian. over 7 years ago

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    very safe dont worry mam! over 7 years ago

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    Whether its a good idea to spend ur december in JKT Depends on what u expect to see and experience. If ure looking for tranquility, natural sceneries, romantic honeymoon, dont. This city is more for shopping and eating. Its just like the dusty version of singapore, with cheaper living cost and way better food.

    Is it safe? Yes. about 7 years ago

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    Perfectly safe. The only disturbing thing for foreigners is the air quality. Apart from that, Jakarta is a nice city. Of course in some areas are considered bronx, but Jakarta is huge and mostly they are located at the outskirts of the city. If you're staying downtown, security is guaranteed in all public places.

    Never in Jakarta history occurred natural disasters like tsunami. We seldom experience mild earthquakes due to quakes happening in other distant areas (hundreds of kilometers from Jakarta). about 7 years ago

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    absolutely safe ... very kind person ... just go there for having so many different taste in culture .. about 7 years ago

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    It's a risk but a very small one.

    A Bigger question you need to ask yourself is: Why am I going to Jakarta?

    Simply put: the place is a shit hole:

    Traffic is terrible, I've been to LA, London, NY. NOTHING is worse than Jakarta traffic. It will take hours to go a couple of miles.

    You can't walk there are no footpaths most places, and riding a bike is suicide.

    It's hot & humid all year round.

    It STINKS, again, parts of NYC stink, but Jakarta some of the most filthy disgusting 'rivers' I've ever seen.

    The only redeeming qualitys here are the people who for the most part are very hospitable and friendly/laid back and the food which is diverse, cheap, and delicious.

    Good luck and think twice before visiting this steaming shit pot. almost 7 years ago

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    Of course! almost 7 years ago

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    Guys, all your conversation making me tense last month i was in jakarta for two days. seems good. but now i am going back to jakarta in January 2012 for A Project.
    you guys really make me scare about this place.

    jatin..
    jatinsober@gmail.com almost 7 years ago

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    I would like to say that it is safer than ANY city in the US so go and enjoy the people they don't care who you are or what you believe they are happy to meet you and help you! Enjoy! almost 7 years ago

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    I'd like to say its safe... Indonesia and jakarta especially has improved by tim to time.. Of course chance of terrorism and natural disaster still there, just like other cities in the world...terrorism is still be an issue for foreigner to visit indonesia,but it's been decreasing since indonesian police killed and captured big bosses behind that attack.. So..dont worry too much.. almost 7 years ago

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    Jakarta is the capital city in Indonesia, so expect nothing but the same like any other big city in the world. It has many safe and not safe areas. This is one of the most important thing, have a smile to everybody or be friendly. I am sure you will get great responds. so SMILE , SMILE and SMILE :D We love to smile also.

    About what Mowoo said about the traffic. There is an airport transfer service that you pay fixed price (doesnt matter whether it is traffic or not, same price) and friendly drivers. It is an international company. http://www.taxi2airport.com/transfer/indonesia/jakarta---soekarno-hatta-international-airport/to

    I mean Jakarta is home of 12 million people and in a developing country. Some of you may say some bad things but it doesnt mean there is no good thing. Food and culture for example. and the people can enjoy anything from the simplest thing. about 6 years ago

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    my cousin was going to jakarta for job is that good idea? about 4 years ago

    Answered by deepi via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    i want to go to jakata then to pontianak is it easy and safe to get to other airport over 3 years ago

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    Why bother going there? sure its safe but the disgusting toxic air pollution, maniac traffic humidity dengue outbreaks corruption and filthy rivers make it almost uninhabitable -shithole over 2 years ago

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