Jakarta, Indonesia

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The Indonesian capital is known across the world for its intensity and compactness, with this noisy yet charismatic city providing a glimpse of the real Asia.

Upon arrival, visitors will instantly be struck by the density of the traffic, as a bombardment of noise, colours and smells attacks their senses. However, while this can be initially overwhelming, once you get your bearing you'll be more than glad that to have taken a break from Indonesia's beaches to explore a very different side of life in this intriguing country.

Among the main sites to see is the National Monument, knows as Monas, which stands at 137 m high and contains a viewing platform from where the best views across the cityscape can be enjoyed. To delve a little deeper into the local culture and history, be sure to head to both the National Museum and the National Gallery of Indonesia, where you'll be able to learn all about how life has evolved in the county since prehistoric times.

Dining in Jakarta is also a terrific experience, with the city being known for its wonderful street food sellers.

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