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World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Ever since the becaks, or bicycle rickshaws, were banned from the Indonesian city streets in the 1990s, ojeks, or motorcycle taxis, have proliferated. Not only is this mini-industry completely unregulated by the government, but many assume that the motorcycles themselves are often stolen. While the driver is supposed to wear a helmet—and offer one for the passenger—don’t expect it. Assuming you survive the trip without an accident or a panic attack, you’ll likely find the pricing wildly improvisational too.

A Better Ride: For starters, get a ride with four wheels. At the Grand Hyatt Jakarta, the concierge recommends two regional cab companies: the Blue Bird Taxi and its subsidiary, Silver Bird taxis.


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