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On the surface, Jakarta may seem like an unappealing sprawl of high-rises, slums and gridlocked streets, but this is a city of many faces and endless surprises. From the steamy, richly scented streets of Chinatown to the city’s riotous, decadent nightlife, Jakarta is filled with unexpected corners. Here it’s possible to rub shoulders with Indonesia’s future leaders, artists, thinkers, movers and shakers in a bohemian cafe or a sleek lounge bar, and go clubbing till dawn (and beyond). So if you really want to get under the skin of Indonesia, a visit to this mammoth metropolis is essential.

Jakarta certainly isn’t a primary tourist destination, but parts of the atmospheric old city (Kota) offer an interesting insight into the capital’s long history. There's also a handful of good museums and dozens of swanky shopping malls.

Places to Visit

Hotels in Jakarta
Batavia Hotel