Jakarta is a land of push and pull. It’s not always consistent, and you sometimes you have to really dig to find what you’re looking for. But that makes your travel to Jakarta all the more rewarding.
After navigating the streets, solving chaotic directions, and pulling together your daily agenda, you might realize that the way to get the most of your Jakarta travel is to simply happen upon it, rather than trying to make it happen on your own. The heat and smog add to the crowded confusion of some streets, but beyond the madness, you absorb the true essence of Jakarta, and immediately don a sense of ease around its hustle.
Nightlife springs up in unexpected places, and cheery locals will be the first to direct you to the most hopping places. Most of them have risen from poverty – as Jakarta is mainly known for being a constant rags-to-riches story land. Because most have ascended within the ranks here, they happily create the diverse cultural melting pot that makes Jakarta what it is.
Populated by the Bataks from Sumatra, the Ambonese from Maluku, the Balinese, the Madurese and the Timorese, Jakarta maintains its reputation as an amazing microcosm of Indonesia’s spirit.