Indonesia boasts what may well be the world's best taxi company. Actually, I think a National Geographic team awarded the Indonesian company this title.
Of course, I'm talking about Blue Bird Group taxis. When in Indonesia, take Blue Bird or Silver Bird.*
Blue bird taxis have the blue bird marking on the top of the windshield. They are blue, and in Jakarta they usually carry the Pusaka name. In Bali look for Bali Taxi.
With regular Blue Bird, you usually save money over other taxis because they take you where you are going without any hassles and the drivers are courteous.
As for other Indonesian taxis? Let's just say you have been warned.
* Silver Bird is a far smaller fleet consisting of 700 Mercedes and large Toyota taxis that do pick ups at the major hotels. Silver Bird only charges a 20% premium. Blue
- Blue Bird Group website.
- The company operates a holiday resort on the island of Lombok. I've been there -- it's pleasant.