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Useful Apps

Travelling to developing countries is tricky due to lack of common infrastructures compared to developed countries. Technology has made it slightly easier by putting information and tools available to people through mobile apps. The following are some useful apps to be installed when visiting Indonesia.

Bepergian ke negara-negara berkembang lebih repot karena kurangnya infrastruktur secara umum dibandingkan negara-negara maju. Teknologi, melalui aplikasi-aplikasi ponsel, sudah sedikit membantu dengan menyediakan informasi dan alat yang berguna. Berikut ini beberapa aplikasi yang layak dipasang saat mengunjungi Indonesia.

A. APPS FOR NAVIGATION

A. Aplikasi untuk navigasi

1. Google Maps (Android / iOS)

Google Map

Google Maps is useful in a lot of locations around the world, including in Indonesia. It is useful to find directions when walking around, but it's even more useful to check routes when riding a taxi (as some taxi driver tend to give tricky question to prolong the ride).

Similar Apps: Waze

Google Maps berguna di berbagai tempat di dunia, termasuk di Indonesia. Berguna dalam menemukan rute saat berjalan kaki, terlebih lagi saat menentukan rute ketika naik taksi, karena beberapa supir cenderung menanyakan pertanyaan yang mengecoh untuk memperlama perjalanan.

Aplikasi serupa: Waze

2. Grab (Android / iOS)

Grab

When Uber stopped its operation in Indonesia, it was taken over by Grab. Aside of Grab, there is another local ride-hauling app - which is Gojek. Both Grab and Gojek has considerably similar pricing and quality of service for car rides, motorcycle rides or food delivery.

Grab is slightly better for foreigner as the app offer direct translation to english in its chat function. This often comes in handy as Indonesian commonly doesn't speak English. The other useful feature is to make payment using Credit Cards.

Similar Apps: GoJek

Ketika Uber tidak lagi beroperasi di Indonesia, Uber diambil alih Grab. Selain Grab, ada lagi aplikasi numpang lokal - Gojek. Keduanya berbiaya dan berkualitas mirip untuk numpang mobil, motor, atau pengiriman makanan.

Grab sedikit lebih baik untuk orang asing karena ada penerjemahan dalam fungsi chatnya. Lumayan berguna karena orang Indonesia biasanya tidak berbahasa Inggris. Selain itu Anda juga bisa membayar dengan kartu kredit.

Aplikasi serupa: Gojek

3. Tiket.com (Android / iOS)

tiket.com

Tiket is local word for "Ticket". As the name implies, tiket.com provides booking services. It started with flight aggregator and train ticketing channel (train is managed by government owned company - PT. KAI). Now it also offered:

  • Car Rental aggregator - which is a more convenient option compared to rely on public transportation.
  • Event Ticketing counters - so you may discover what is happening and purchase the ticket.

Similar Apps: Traveloka

Tiket.com membantu Anda dalam buking pesawat maupun kereta (yang dioperasikan PT. KAI milik pemerintah). Selain itu, tersedia juga pusat penyewaan mobil (yang lebih nyaman dibandingkan mengandalkan transportasi umum) dan penjualan tiket event.

Aplikasi serupa: Traveloka

4. Trafi (Android / iOS)

Trafi

This is mainly usable in Jakarta. Public transportation is not recommended due to confusing lines and crimes (especially pickpocketing) - if you must, it is suggested to limit yourself to TransJakarta Bus. This app helps you to navigate from one place to another through a series of transportation options (bus, train, ride hauling service). This is useful as it also gives estimates on when the ride is expected to arrive.

Similar Apps: GoJek

Aplikasi ini terutama berguna di Jakarta. Transportasi umum tidak disarankan karena jalurnya membingungkan dan kriminalitas (terutama copet) - kalau harus pakai, disarankan pakai Bus TransJakarta saja. Aplikasi ini membantu Anda menjelajahi berbagai tempat dengan beragam pilihan transportasi (bis, kereta, dan layanan numpang mobil). Disebutkan juga kapan kira-kira kendaraannya akan tiba.

Aplikasi serupa: Gojek

5. My BlueBird (Android / iOS)

My Blue Bird

BlueBird is a taxi chain that is often found in major cities. This is one of the reliable taxi company. There are four ways to book the taxi:

  • Queueing on the taxi stand
  • Call the Hotline
  • Order through My Blue Bird App
  • Order through GoJek App

Similar Apps: GoJek, Grab

BlueBird adalah salah satu taksi yang terpercaya yang ada di kota-kota besar. Ada empat cara memesan taksi:

  • Mengantri di halte taksi
  • Menghubungi Hotline
  • Memesan lewat aplikasi My Blue Bird
  • Memesan lewat aplikasi GoJek

Aplikasi serupa: Gojek, Grab

B. APPS FOR SHOPPING

B. Aplikasi untuk Belanja

1. Zomato (Android / iOS)

Zomato

This app is useful to discover nearby restaurant and view their menu (need to login).

Note:

  • For online food delivery, both Grab and Gojek (GoFood) have this feature within their app.
  • For online restaurant reservation, currently there is no reliable apps to do that.

Aplikasi ini untuk menemukan restoran terdekat dan melihat menunya (perlu login).

Catatan:

  • Untuk pengantaran, bisa memakai aplikasi Grab dan Gojek (GoFood)
  • Untuk pemesanan restoran, tidak ada aplikasi yang terpercaya saat ini.

2. Blibli (Android / iOS)

Blibli

There is a lot of marketplace apps, but this one is recommended. It has free delivery service and more reliable return policy. Furthermore, it also sells digital products like:

  • Phone Credit
  • Internet Package

The difficult part is that it comes in lndonesia (local language), but so does other marketplace apps.

Similar Apps: Lazada.co.id, Tokopedia, Shopee, JD.ID, Lotte.co.id, Dinomarket.com

Banyak aplikasi bursa jual-beli, tapi inilah yang kami sarankan. Pengirimannya gratis dan kebijakan pengembaliannya lebih terpercaya. Selain itu, tersedia produk digital seperti isi ulang pulsa dan paket internet.

3. Fave (Android / iOS)

Fave

This used to be Groupon, but as the business was sold, so the name changed. This works similar with Groupon.

Similar Apps: -

Tadinya ini Groupon, tapi karena Groupon terjual, namanya berubah.

4. Happy Fresh (Android / iOS)

Happy Fresh

This is like a shopping helper. So, when you order from a nearby supermarket, they will assign someone to go and purchase the items.

Similar Apps: KeSupermarket.com, GoJek (GoSend)

Ketika anda memesan barang dari supermarket terdekat, mereka akan menyuruh seseorang pergi ke sana dan membelikannya.

C. OTHER APPS

C. Aplikasi Lainnya

1. Google Translate (Android / iOS)

Google Translate

This is the regular Google Translate. It's capable to translate from Indonesia (both thru typing or taking picture). The translation is mostly quite usable.

Similar Apps: -

Aplikasi ini bisa menerjemahkan dari dan ke bahasa Indonesia dengan mengetik ataupun mengambil gambar. Hasilnya cukup bisa digunakan.

 

Written by: adhi