Jakarta is Indonesia’s sprawling capital city, located in Java island. It is a city of colourful chaos, with something new and surprising on every corner. Life is truly lived in the fast lane in this giant of a city. Don’t be put off by the concrete and smog, because Jakarta is also jam packed with the finer things. For starters, it’s home to a word class street food scene, where you can try pisang goring sambal roa (fried banana and chilli) to ketoprak (meat or tofu, rice cakes and egg in peanut sauce).
Much like in Bali, religion is a major part of daily life in Jakarta. Indonesia has a larger population of Muslims than any other country in the world, and the Isitqlal Mosque is a sight not to be missed. It is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, holding 120,000 worshippers at any one time. On a stark contrast, shopping is another of Jakarta’s major activities! Whether it’s big name brands or unique antiques that you’re after, there are plenty of malls, bazaars and markets to rummage around in.