Guide: How To Fly Across the Archipelago Without Pair of Wings?

For those who are currently residing or frequently commuting to or from capital Jakarta, recent days might be not as pleasant as usual. After a couple days ago city of more than 10 million was awarded the worst traffic jam on this planet (read), now the Indonesia's biggest city is facing another classical issue, flood. There is no much to do but enjoying the dramatically make-over change of the city fa├žade, setting louder music on earphone amidst honking cab, and of course, submerging into fiesta of auto cabaret. If you are brave enough, take a deep dive and voila, swimming into the inundated surface.

Jaw-dropping or frowning? Forget about fiesta in the city as the sparkling roadway and high-rise buildings are just too illuminating and tricky that may beguile you. It may lead you to jeopardizing hypocrisy toward formidably believing that perfect metropolis does really exist meanwhile conspicuously you are driving at less than 10 km/hour. But, too early to give a mark until you take on an airplane and escaping far away through the nearest runway.

There is no sin to say "so long" to this beloved capital city for a short while, until you know where to land safely and sound and head to. For some inquiries I have been accustomed being asked, "How far from Jakarta to X city/town? How long does it take?". In fact X city/town does not exist on this vast archipelago, or perhaps it does, somewhere over there I have never traced through with scrutiny.

Intentionally I was googling on Google Image in order to find some assorted maps that represent the near alike figure of Indonesia landscape all well-overlaid with flight map and legend. Non sequitur. Rather than displaying what I requested in search bar, it came out with a suggestion "Did you mean: Indonesia flood?". No thanks. I'm done. One taken from Wiki archive and another one of ASEAN map from a blog, I think two are enough. The rest I have had Photoshopped and little touch of Ms.Excel to work out and done. The result as follows. Voila!

In order to make a perfect escape, there should be planned in advance with very detailed preparation, so that everything would incur as expected. Nonetheless, it would be more perfect - as if perfect is not superlative but exponentially unlimited - to randomly hop an airplane as on 2012 movie before the last runway damaged. Either escape away to sunny beach or serene mountain, it all is up to you and your available budget as long as you don't mind not pirating and taking control over cockpit. 

The photoshopped figure above were purposedly made to allude to designated final destinations available to be visited before doomsday in the archipelago, either from the currently 12th busiest airport in the world, Soekarno-Hatta international Airport or the classical least popular Halim Perdana Kusuma airport at heart of lately inundated city.

And here we go!

First, define the category of place or natural landscape you would like to leave for.

  • "Let's go the beach, beach, beach!" Well. If you have come up with this option, then all colors deserve every point of your interest and ready to kneel you down for very confusing choice. Every destination from A to AD offers formidable sand (pink, white, black, pepper-like), sunbeam, or stuffs acquainted to sea. Most of Indonesia's capital provinces are just nowhere but next door to blue or turquoise sea. You name it.
  • "We are the champions, my friend" If you think yourself is being possessed by Queens' spirit and animating yourself stranded doing yoga at peak of mountain. Then let the captain knows. He/She will navigate you off to now fortunately relieving options. Let me give you a clue. Pick city D, N, O, P, G, and AD in your bucket list, they are easily to be discovered and just no far from nearest formidable mountains namely Merapi, Semeru, Bromo, Gunung Agung, Rinjani, Bukit Barisan, and last but not least the awesome snow-covered Jayawijaya in the easternmost province.
  • Why only staring at the sea? As long as wave is still wavy, don't take chance for granted. Do surfing instead!. Pointing out the alphabet could be as darn-easy as tracing down the southernmost spot. City such as Q, G, F, O, P, and AB has it all for wave bender. Thanks to Poseidon deep down in Hindia Ocean for rippling sea to travel off shoreline that remains friendly yet challenging wave. South wins!
  • Put your own category or drop me a message.

Secondly, if you unfortunately happen to have or potentially to have air-sickness talent within an half hour. Hold on! Put your bag on overhead storage and grab airsickness bag right in front of you then puke elegantly as (pretendedly) nobody  knows, even person next to your seat. Take the shorter trip as possible, my suggestion goes to black zone, still worthwhile though.

Thirdly, flying within archipelago could be so expensive? Taking much time particularly escaping to red and purple region? Or you might wonder how to escape away through passing by yellow line legally at the expense of costly smile of immigration officer? Take a look on below map. Then let yourself stranded in neighboring countries. Be cool and swag as they might not know your city is being inundated.

Fourth, bear in mind that blue icon means you may take on an airplane without making transit, just go straight instead.

  • Looking for the nearest one? Go straight to Singapore then. Slurp Merlion's fountain water as much as you could but don't die there.
  • Want to hone your Malay language skill instead of your proficient Bahasa Indonesia? Call Mr.Tony Fernandez to help you booking his plane, then fly to KL. Another one? Fly to northern tip of Borneo island where yellow is a sacred color. Brunei will definitely welcome you with relentlessly abundant appetizer.
  • Sunbeam is just too intense, how about shiny in the night? Ask captain to navigate you away to Bangkok and landing right in Patpong without being injured. Don't forget to ask stewardess to prepare parachute in advance.
  • Having undoubtedly proficient skill in accountancy? Why not counting islands in the Philippines if you are too tired of counting your dollars Rupiah. If only it still causes you weary, take a peaceful rest (not rest in peace) under coconut trees. Take an airplane to Manila now!
  • Saigon or Ho Chi Minh city? "What's in a name?" asked Shakespeare. It's Vietnam and say Xin Chao. What are you waiting for? Pack your bag, sit down relax and fasten your seatbelt, say "Xin Chao". Vietnam is waiting.
  • "Black, black, black and blue". And don't ever you dare to throw your grenade! Yangon, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Hanoi are the furthest by far. Not because they are literally far but it forces you to make a stopover before your escape mission is successfully accomplished. Unfortunately Mr.Pilot can't help you much to drop you by at each of these cities directly as Jakarta is not directly connected to. Unless you rent a super expensive private jet like a boss.

Lastly, not only "but not least", it is urgently important instead to be addressed. If you are still unable to secure a booking one of opportunities offered in order to escape away from this semi-exceptionally ordinary metropolis, due to budget constraint, busy being labor force, etc. Rather than complaining much, close the door and engross beneath blanket. Sleep and keep dreaming until water will have receded. Honking cab and its siren will be an alarm when you wake up some times later. Let the airplanes do their business as usual.

2 Response to Guide: How To Fly Across the Archipelago Without Pair of Wings?

February 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Apparently you've entered some marketing department of Indonesia's tourist industry ;-) . You provide a real wealth of systematic information on travelling by air.

February 10, 2015 at 5:47 PM

I'm nowhere Colson but lingered to my independent life as no one's employer.
I wrote this article last night in the mid of nothing-to-do rather than "do-and-get-paid".
If only it helps reader to get more insight from the graph or output, I ain't no wrong and more than thrilled to share this altruistic work ;-)
Nevertheless, seems no kind-hearted person/comp has come to hire me, nor has govt sector (particularly tourism and marketing industry)
Life is just getting tougher these days....

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