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Jakarta Stopover - Central Java & Karimunjawa

🛫 Jakarta Stopover 🛬

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Most traveler’s introductions to their journey through Indonesia begins with a flight to Jakarta. If, like us, you’re planning to transit through Jakarta on your way to your primary destination, you may find it more convenient and comfortable to book a Jakarta airport hotel.

This also applies if you’re a weary traveler in need of a restful stopover or seeking a convenient base for exploring the bustling city.

There are plenty of budget-friendly choices offering proximity and convenience, so say goodbye to airport stress and hello to a seamless stay in Jakarta with an overnight stay at the Ibis Budget Hotel.



Getting to Jakarta

On our journey to Indonesia from Rome, we had just spent a lengthy 10-hour layover at Doha airport. Getting to our hotel as quickly as possible when we got to Indonesia was therefore a top priority.

On arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, we’d decided to take a short layover in a nearby hotel. We would then then take a domestic flight onward to Semarang. We would have time enough to visit Jakarta city on our way back at the end of the trip.

To ensure our schedule wasn’t compromised by any flight delays, we booked a single night at the Ibis Budget Hotel. The Ibis was close to the airport, and offered a free shuttle bus service to and from the hotel.

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Jakarta Stopover

The Ibis Budget Hotel – Ideal for a Jakarta stopover

After booking the hotel online (€25 for a double room including breakfast), we had emailed them requesting directions. They replied with detailed instructions about their shuttle service (where to meet and at which times).

When we arrived at Jakarta and cleared customs, we were just in time to meet their shuttle. It arrived exactly on time in front of the Hoka-hoka Bento Restaurant upstairs on the 2nd floor (Departure level), just outside Terminal 2D.

To the Airport *from* Jakarta by Minivan

Jakarta Stopover

The Ibis Budget Hotel Shuttlebus Service

The Ibis Budget Hotel

The hotel was a short 20-minute ride from the airport.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were given a clean and compact room on the 7th floor. Our room had all the standard features of an Ibis Budget hotel you would find anywhere in the world.

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The staff were friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast was good. On the ground floor there is a mini-market that is open 24/7.
Try also the Takes Mansion Hotel

Jakarta Stopover

Checking out of the Ibis Budget Hotel

An ATM machine was available in the Ibis Styles Hotel just next door, but the machine wouldn’t accept either of my credit cards. Luckily, we didn’t need cash immediately since the Ibis accepted our card payment for the hotel bill.

As we were to discover in the coming days (see ‘Honey, the ATM ate my card’, the cash machines in Indonesia have a character all of their own…

The following morning we took their complimentary shuttle-bus back to the airport in time for our onward flight with Lion Air to Semarang.

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Booze in Bohol

Booze in Bohol 🍺 Philippines

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Travelling through the Philippines offers a myriad of opportunities to indulge in local libations and international favorites alike. From bustling cities to serene beachside locales, the Philippines boasts a variety of options for buying booze.

Whether seeking out trendy rooftop bars in Manila, vibrant beachfront clubs in Panglao, or supermarkets in Cebu, discovering where to purchase drinks at a decent price is an integral part of *our* travel experiences. Understanding cost variations also ensures we get to enjoy our favorite beverages without breaking the bank.

So join us as we uncover the best places to buy your booze in the Philippines – and at the best prices.



Budgeting for Booze

After spending 3 days in Pangangan just off the west coast of Bohol, we headed down south by bus to Panglao, and the celebrated Alona Beach.

Along the way, we stopped off at a hypermarket in Tagbilaran to stock up on goods.

This was our first experience of a Philippines supermarket. Among other items, we were curious to discover the options and prices for the local booze.

… because if you’re not careful, drinking in the Philippines (booze, not water 🙄 ) can account for a large share of your holiday budget.

This is especially so if you happen to be a wine drinker. A bottle of red or white wine purchased at a bar or resort will cost 500 to 600 pesos (€10-12).

On the other hand, a stonking great 1-liter bottle of San Miguel beer will cost around 80-100 pesos (€1.60 to €2).

For some reason, in bars its difficult to get a really cold beer. You’ll usually end up with something just slightly chilled that quickly becomes lukewarm.

Ever tried Habal-Habal? 😲

Shopping for Booze

In a large supermarket, you can get a decent bottle of red or white – usually Australian or Chilean – for 200 pesos (€4), or a 3 liter box for 650 pesos (€13).

We found the 3-liter box to be the best solution. It fits in your rucksack, keeps good for several days in its airtight bag, and you don’t feel obliged to “finish the bottle” each time you want a drink.

Unlike other places we’ve visited in S. E. Asia, we were able to purchase alcoholic drinks almost everywhere in the Philippines . However, if you just want a decent glass of wine at a reasonable price, we found it better to purchase one of these boxes from their super (and huge) shopping malls, and carry it with you.

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Booze in Bohol - Tagbilaran Mall

Tagbilaran Mall – I could just live there

Shopping Malls & Supermarkets

Regarding the shopping malls and mega-supermarkets in the Philippines, we can’t praise them highly enough.

All entrances and exits are manned by immaculately-uniformed armed security guards, both male and female. They check all bags on entrance, but do so in a very professional and courteous manner.

The malls themselves are impeccably clean, and are open usually from 8 am until around 10 pm or later.

If you are carrying something bulky when you enter (like a rucksack) don’t worry. There is usually a free luggage-check service close to the main door, leaving you free to shop unimpeded to your heart’s content.

The staff in the plethora of shops and eateries are equally attentive, helpful, friendly and polite. A far cry from our experiences back home in Europe.

The highlights of the shopping malls for us were the supermarkets. If I lived in the Philippines, I would be spending a lot of time in these places. There are fabulous selections of fresh tropical fruit, and we bought as much as we were able to carry.

Try Karaoke in the Philippines!

But to return to the main subject of this article – booze!

Spirits are really inexpensive in the supermarkets, and home-brewed spirits even cheaper. We decided to avoid the spirits, however, and not just because of the extra weight: Our schedule didn’t allow us the time to waste nursing a hangover!

Cocktails on Alona Beach

Booze in Bohol – Shaken… but not stirred

Don’t Forget the Cocktails!

This doesn’t mean we avoided spirits altogether, mind. You can’t go to Alona Beach and not enjoy a cocktail while feeling the sand between your toes. Cocktails on Alona beach cost around 260 pesos for two, with generous measures of alcohol.

That’s around (€2.50) per cocktail.

Back to the Wilderness

Our next destination after Alona would be 3 days in and around Loboc, where large supermarkets are a rarity.

We therefore planned another visit to Tagbilaran mall on the way up on supplies – specifically more booze.

At the time, we had no idea that we were really going to need it… 🥺

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