Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is located in the north west on the Indonesian island of Java.
It has almost 9 million residents and has its own airport.
Many locals will make a face when you mention Jakarta and will tell you it is a noisy, polluted overbusy city. And it is true. Jakarta is very dirty from all the rubbish that are thrown into the streets, the inner centre might be cleaned from trash once in a while but the smog from the heavy traffic makes it hard to really enjoy the city. We stayed in Jakarta for two nights and we never felt the urge to stay. There are no real city centre. The city is divided in different areas that makes up their own small centres, making it easier to get around the city.
If you like big cities and like to stroll around or sit at a cafe looking at people it is a perfect place. But bare in mind that Jakarta also has huge caps between the classes here which makes the poor community very big and it is easy to see. Driving from the airport you will see a lot of devastation, people making a “home” under a bridge or walking the streets to make a living. Everyone crowds in this ig city trying to make a better life for themselves.
If you plan to stay long in Java it might be a good idea to plan ahead. The island of Java has many airports. Jakarta is the biggest one and the airport many tourists arrives in. It is often the cheapest one to fly to. But there are also airports in Yogyakarta and Surabaya in the east of Java. Depending on where you plan to go you might want to consider to arrive in one of the other airports.
Getting around in Jakarta is easy. Since it is a huge city there are taxis and trains that can take you to any destination on the island.
From Gambir train station you can easily take a train to other cities or villages.
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