Jakarta The Essential
In Jakarta, 21C Asia coexists with extreme poverty and shopping centres selling luxury brands rub shoulders with the kampung, labyrinthine working-class districts. Indonesia's capital has become a noisy, polluted metropolis and is growing relentlessly, highlighting as often happens, the most violent contrasts, which is perhaps also why it is so fascinating. From the fish market to the Chinese district or the Hard Rock Café to the futuristic skyscrapers, allow the city to overwhelm you... without missing out on the wild nightlife.
Fans of shadow theatre, the national art
A line of pinisi is moored along the