The big mango
Jakarta Travel Blog› entry 9 of 56 › view all entries
Jakarta is a city like no other. In fact, it's not really even a city anymore, but more of a monster. Indonesia's capital city, the largest in Southeast Asia, has grown so big that it extends outside of the Capital Territory and into two surrounding provinces. Its cultural sprawl, however, extends from one corner to the other of the country. When you leave the airport, you instantly know you are in Jakarta as the mixed scents of clove cigarettes and gasoline assault your senses. The city has so many different sections to it that it is hard to classify a single area as the center, and getting around can be a time-consuming ordeal with all the traffic on the road. The bus lanes help mass transit move a bit faster, but it comes at the expense of an extra lane for car traffic.