You want to master transportation in Southeast Asia? Do you know Uber, Grab and GO-JEK?
Once you get used to the different transportation systems which are established in Southeast Asia, you will be more independent and feel more comfortable. If you want to move, just have to pick your phone and click in an app, whenever, wherever. Therefore, download the apps on your smartphone when you want to travel South East Asia: GRAB, GO-JEK. (look at the summary at the end of this post.)
In this post, I want to explain a little about the transportation services which dominate in Southeast Asia beside the local Taxis, busses and trains. I want to give insight to those friends out there who haven’t been to Southeast Asia yet, but want to know more about the way of traveling here around.
Dense traffic in the cities
I have been from Thailand through Cambadia to Vietnam and heading south to Malaysia and Indonesia. One thing I can tell about is the traffic system here. Believe me, it is different and “a little bit” denser than in Europe. (*Yes, I am smiling while writing this.)“Coming from Europe and diving right into the traffic jungle of a southeastern country can be a very harsh experience.”
Especially in the bigger cities and in the capitals. Jakarta as the Capital of Indonesia is a perfect exmple. Insanely dense traffic. Almost always and as usual there will be a “macet banget”, a huge traffic jam. Not the kind of hilariously small ones like we are used to have in Europe. No. The good side of this event for westerners: once you get used to it you will be very relaxed when returning to your country 🙂
So how to get from A to B?
It’s a matter of comfort and money. If you have the possibility you can surely rent your own car or bike. I rent a bike whenever I want to explore a shoreline with its numerous beaches or many places around me. Having an own vehicle will give us for sure the most freedom.
You can take a Taxi of course, comfortable and if the taxi meter is on all is supposed to be fine since no scam and bargaining, at least we hope so.
But if you travel like me you’ll probably want to use a bike as your choice of transportation.
You get much easier through the traffic, at least I feel like, and will reach your target faster than a car would, particularly in the city center. And sometimes I don’t even need to have a bike all day long. Then I don’t rent one and instead am using transport services.
Here I show you a screenshot off my phone which shows the apps I am using:
We have Uber, Grab and GO-JEK. All three offer transportation by car and motorbike. The latter two have additional services. Below you see a short summary for each one of the three. I won’t go much into details in here but if you would like to know more about the apps and their content, please send me a message so I can extend and update this little review.
This was the cheapest service, accordingly, the drivers weren’t well trained. I used the app for two years until it merged with the delivery services of Grab.
Cheapest and most available service. Grab started with Car and Bike Taxi, later the service updated with Food Delivery, some time after GO-JEK.
Indonesia’s Nr.1 Service, the proud of the country and the most preferred way to get any delivery you want! The Jakartans order litterally anything via this taxi service; food, shoes, groceries and anything you can imagine and not imagine. The Car and Bike Taxis are a bit more expensive compared to Grab, but likely to have a bit better trained drivers.
Master grab and GO-JEK and your traveling days will be more flexible.
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EFETACK is a dreamer, an ambassador of good feelings, a freedom fighter. Following the voice of my heart I am traveling Southeast Asia at the moment. I am always ready to explore new places and connect to people around the globe. Earth is a playground, let’s LIVE, SHARE and ENJOY it.