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TRAVEL WATCH: AUGUST 23-30, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8

J A K A R T A   C I T Y   G U I D E
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Fine Food and Fun in Jakarta
Need to jumpstart your senses? Set aside a weekend for a whirl through Jakarta

Hot Tip
Jakarta is a city of cultural contrasts, especially in its treasure trove of museums

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Hilton International has withdrawn from its namesake properties in Indonesia

Beat the heat in Jakarta by heading south

JAKARTBEAT: This cyber city guide to Jakarta is an ease to peruse, with simply designed sections full of useful information. The "personal brochure" section is a handy feature, allowing online visitors to customize their own travel guide, or simply search the online database of hotels and restaurants to find what they're looking for. The website may be most valuable to first-time visitors, offering tips on local customs to observe--or behavior to avoid, like speaking with hands on hips.

SCOUT LAND: Indonesia's official national tourism site is a worthwhile pit stop on the information superhighway before visiting Jakarta. The listings of tour operators and hotels will be particularly useful if you're planning to venture beyond the nation's capital during your stay. There's plenty of advice to help you design an own eco-tour of lodges and orangutan conservation sites, for instance. The events section hasn't been updated since 1998, a surprising oversight from the country's chief shindig organizers.

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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