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24 Jul, 2014

Southeast Asia’s biggest exodus peaks – The Jakarta Post

The largest exodus in Southeast Asia began this week with millions of Indonesians traveling home, packing the roads, railroads, sea-lanes and the sky on various modes of transportation.

In Cirebon, West Java, thousands of people on motorcycles began swarming the Java north coast highway (Pantura) at high speed on Wednesday, still several days before Idul Fitri, which is expected to fall early next week.

They formed convoys consisting of hundreds of motorcycles. The travelers had been arriving in Cirebon from Wednesday morning. Most of them claimed traveling by motorcycle was cheap and fast.

“Traveling by motorcycle is very economical. With just Rp 150,000 [US$13], we can return to our home villages. Besides, it is relatively quick,” Suryono said, adding that he and his wife were on their way to Purwokerto in Central Java.

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