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This month, I want to share transportation in, more specifically in Jakarta. I am not going to share the common ones you can find easily in your country, like train, taxi and bus (although our bus is very different to developed countries)…I will only share the ones you can find only in Indonesia (or maybe in other developing countries).
I will share five kinds of transportation this time and maybe one day I can share more transportation.
I think rickshaw is the right translation for Becak. It’s a tree wheeled vehicle where the driver sit on the back and the passengers on the front. Becak is a short distance taxi with human energy as its fuel 😉 Becak’s driver has to be strong because he has to paddle the becak. If the becak’s driver is already our regular, we don’t need to discuss about the fee…but if we come to a new place or to a farther distance, we have to discuss the fee first.
Becak no longer exist in Jakarta because they caused traffic jam, but we can still see becak outside Jakarta.
Ojek is a motorcycle acted like a taxi. Basically, it’s riding on the back of an unknown man’s motorcycle 😉 Ojek might sound like a dangerous transportation for woman because we are alone with the Ojek’s rider, but don’t worry most Ojek’s riders are honest men because they are feeding their family with their job (but there were few cases where ojek’s rider gone wrong). Just like Becak, we have to negotiate the fee before using his service. Unlike becak, we can travel farther distance with ojek.
Delman is Indonesian version of horse carriage. Based on this site, Delman is named after the name of its discoverer, Charles Theodore Deeleman, a litografer and engineers in the Dutch East Indies. Dutchman himself calls this vehicle with a dos-à-dos (back to back, the literal meaning of the French language), which is a kind of train passengers sitting back to back.
Delman used to be like Becak, we could hire it to go to a certain place…nowadays, Delman is more like tourist attraction. We can still find Delman in Jakarta but it’s used as a fun transportation for kids. The Delman will carry kids around the area near their home. Kids love riding on Delman, mostly because of the horse. We can also find Delman in the zoo and other Jakarta recreation parks.
Becak and Ojek are transportation for individual needs that will take you anywhere you please (like I said before, kinda like Taxi). Delman is more for attraction. Now, I will share two public transportation I use everyday.
Angkot is a minibus turned into public transportation. There are two long seats facing each other. One seat can take 6 people while the other for 4 people. There is another seat for two near the door. Two more passengers can seat next to the driver. A full angkot can carry a total of 14 passengers. Angkot has specific route with different fee, the longer you the distance the more you have to pay. The fee range from Rp.2.000 to Rp.5.000 ($0,2 to half a dollar). From the photo, I took the read one almost everyday.
It’s basically the same with all buses around the world, the difference is only on its size. I call it small bus because there are other bigger ones.
One thing you need to know about Indonesian bus (both small and big) is the existence of Kenek. Kenek is a person who collects transportation fee from the passengers. You can see the kenek of the bus in the photo hanging on the door.
Those are public transportation used by common people in Indonesia…rich people choose Taxi or ride their own cars. Sometimes, I see foreigners on one of these transportation, a sight I always enjoy because it shows that they aren’t too snob to ride on such poor looking transportation. Most foreigners take taxi. I am talking about foreigners who have lived long in Indonesia not tourist 😉
See you again next month 🙂