When we arrived at Jakarta Airport (Soekarno-Hatta), we were searching for an ATM to get some Indonesian Rupiah for the taxi to our hotel. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any, so we had to go to a money exchanger at last.
Finding a taxi was some kind of challenge as well. It’s not that there was nobody offering this service. The point is that there were just way too many. So what the challenge was to find a taxi of the Blue Bird Company – as the hotel later told us, just those as no other taxi would be “safe” for tourists.
It took us half an hour to get to the “Grand Indonesia Shopping Town”.
You might wonder why this is anything special at all? Well, we found it great that there was a shuttle service complimentary from the hotel we stayed at to the mall! The thing is that we thought they must be kidding us when showing us where we would find the mall: Across from the hotel, just across the street. The street was very big though and at first glance, there was no way in traversing it. But seriously, half an hour with the shuttle just for getting on the other side?
Most of the time we spent was in walking speed or less. As we later found out, this was no exception at all – Jakarta is known as the city with the worst traffic situation all over the world.
One thing you have to know about the city is that you’ll be feeling like in an airport when getting into any public building. We first thought it was something like a joke when checking in at the hotel, but the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town turned out to be exactly the same. A security check, x-ray tester before being allowed to get in and stuff like that. Ok, well then, but don’t be that surprised as we were.