Jakarta streets

Blurred Jakarta (Indonesia)

Today the photo is a part of the Weekly Photo Challenge by The Daily Post. The theme this week is “Blur“.

I decided to use a photo which will help me to tell you about Jakarta (and other cities). It’s not the best, but I was in the rush trying to catch the scene.

Jakarta traffic

Jakarta streets
Man waiting for a chance to cross the street near The Old Town in Jakarta.

A guide to walking in Javanese cities

based on my experience from my stay.

  • Pavements (like the one in the photo) are not given. Pavements might be used as a place for eating (on the carpet) in front of the bar. Do not walk over the carpets.
  • Zebras on the streets are rare, even in Jakarta. Cross anywhere you want, when there are no cars.
  • Walking on the side of the street is acceptable. There might not be any other choice, anyway.
  • If you want to cross the street and see policemen, use it. If they will see you want to go to the other side, they will walk onto the street and stop the cars for you.
  • Most of the time honking doesn’t mean there is any danger to you. If you’re a tourist (most often “white”) then some people may great you by honking.

Any other tips?


  1. I’ve definitely encountered the honking: saying hello thing before, in Honduras! My friend and I couldn’t believe how many friendly and curious carfuls of people honked and waved at us 😀

    1. I quickly got tired of this. I was living there and quickly I started not noticing the honking. Which, if actually the honking would be signalling danger, I would ignore it. Kinda dangerous… Nothing happened, luckily.

  2. Perfect shot for this week’s challenge. I remember visiting Jakarta some years ago, and there were cars and motorbikes everywhere! And people on the side of the streets coming up to your car trying to sell you things too. But I had a great time there 🙂

    1. Thank you. Yup, people selling things on the streets, self-proclaimed policemen regulating the traffic (and getting money from the drivers). Good to know you had a great time there, I have some good memories from there, but overall I’m happy to spend under 2 weeks total time in this dirty, smelly and hugely trafficked city.

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