The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is huge and sprawling and home to over 10 million people. The world’s second largest metropolis, the population nearly doubles during the day as millions of people commute from surrounding areas into the city to work.

Jakarta – Indonesia

As a result, Jakarta is notorious for its heavy traffic, but don’t let that put you off. If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to live, Jakarta might be the spot for you, the city is listed  as the 13th cheapest city in Asia, it’s possible to enjoy a good standard of living at a very low cost. This makes it the perfect choice for the more adventurous person looking to experience maximum culture at minimum cost.

It’s all about shopping for the locals in Jakarta. Amongst the city’s towering skyscrapers sit over 130 mega-malls selling everything from local designer goods to imported foreign items. Shops tend to stay open very late, with many open 24​ hours per day, 7 days per week.

For culinary specialities head to Kelapa Gading and then check out Kemang, home to an array of bars, cafés and restaurants, many of which have live music or resident DJs.

Location Information

Known for shopping and traffic
Safe for solo travellers
Poor public transport
Cost of living per month inc. rent 3,800.000 – 5,500.00 Rp
Meal for two at mid-range restaurant 300,000.00 Rp
Lunch local restaurant 38,000.00 Rp
A beer for one 40,000.00 Rp
One-way Subway ticket 4,000.00 Rp
Cinema Ticket 50,000.00 Rp
Monthly gym membership 500,000,00 Rp