"Jakarta - Indonesia's Melting Pot" Top 5 Page for this destination Jakarta by latte18

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Introducing Jakarta

Even though I was born in Surabaya, shortly thereafter my family moved to Jakarta, so I consider myself a born and bred Jakartan :) Jakarta is a misunderstood city, thanks to the Asian financial crisis, terrorism, and the negative news reports. It's true that Jakarta may not be the perfect city (but is there one really?), it's hot and humid, the traffic jam takes the cake, and the mess. But despite that, Jakarta will be the city that is closest to my heart, and even more since I'd spent the better part of the last 8 years in the US.

I invite you all to visit Jakarta and explore this humungous city that is full of contradictions: old and new, poor and new, conservative and cosmopolitan. It boasts an intoxicating blend of cultures and traditions that enrich the city and making it Indonesia's veritable melting pot.

People of various backgrounds, various ethnic groups come to Jakarta to make a living. Gleaming high-rise office buildings compete with red-rooofed single-story houses and shanty towns. The streets of Jakarta throb with the dynamics of commerce and urban living. All these make for one alluring and intoxicating city, a simply irresistable Jakarta.

Jakarta boasts everything from historic and cultural sites, high-end shopping malls to flea markets for the shopaholic, an amazing choice of food ranging from local and international treats to satisfy even the most demanding palate, places where you can chill out in or dance till the wee hours, and amusement parks for the family and the young at heart.

Jakarta is indeed a highly captivating city to visit or live in, with numerous activities to engage in and pleasant surprises that are waiting at every turns.

a city for the food lovers

No need to worry about feeling hungry in Jakarta. Tons of eating spots ranging from upscale restaurants to street food stalls and hawker centers, from Arabic to Zimbabwean, it's all here in Jakarta!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:the food, the people, the living cost
  • Cons:the heat, the traffic jam, the mess!
  • In a nutshell:a city of contradictions
  • Intro Updated Jun 14, 2004
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  • kissman's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    thanks for your write up on Jakarta, can't wait to be there this May 07

  • Sep 25, 2006 at 11:52 PM

    Hey thanks alot for the info...Please do update me on the coolest night hangouts in Jakarta...Waiting for Jakarta's version of MOS to emerge...

  • ChrisThao's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 12:18 AM

    I must say of all the Jakarta pages, your's is the most informative as you cover a lot of the finer things that are often taken for granted. Good job and appreciate it very much!

  • hez28's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 8:52 AM

    very well-written tips cenna. I CAN'T WAIT!! haha

  • Tenzin's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2005 at 10:36 AM

    Truly a pleasure to read. Makes me look forward to going back Jakarta again although I've never missed it.

  • MeToTheWorld's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 2:43 AM

    Salam Kenal! boleh nih review kamu tentang restaurant,tapi satu terakhir ini kok ngak ada coba-coba restaurant. Tambahin lagi dong! so I just have to eat it without worry it is expensive :))))

  • jaka63's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2004 at 8:29 PM

    Hi there, good tip you got in Jakarta Shopping......Cheers...

  • akke's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2004 at 1:09 AM

    Certainly one of the most excellent pages on Jakarta, with well-written insider tips. I'm surprised it didn't make the top 5.

  • kerryFR's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 2:43 AM

    Nice page! Most tips are very well-written and really helpful Cheers!

  • mkurniawan's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2004 at 3:45 AM

    answer the VincentJJ comment, Political situation in jakarta, no problem, Jakarta safe to visit. Welcome to Jakarta

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