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January 10th, 2007 – by: rideouts
The Muslim presence in Jakarta is visible, but not dominating. There are head covers to be seen, and plenty of Mosques, but they are not in the majority. The most commonly seen impact of the muslim faith is the scarcity of Pork on the menu at any restaurant. Jakarta reminds me of what Bangkok must have been ten years ago, cheap, chaotic, and authentic.
I think that Jakarta is very safe for the intelligent traveller. Read the warnings about where to go and not go, and keep them in mind as you travel around. That said, Jakarta and Indonesia can be very enjoyable. The prices can't be beat, and the people are friendly and accomodating. There is plenty of nightlife, and the beaches are absolutely drop dead gorgeous.
For travelers who are looking for a slightly rougher, more off beat version of S.E. Asia, think about a trip to Indonesia. Just traveling around the many islands can provide months of exploration. The ferries are cheap and taxis are readily available in Jakarta at least. Just remember two things - if the ferry looks crowded, wait for the next one, and if you feel uncomfortable in the situation, get out of it. All in all, I think it is safer than Phnom Penh in terms of street crime, cheaper than Bangkok, and more accessible than Laos.
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