Capital of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as kampung, now crossed by main roads and super highways. It is small wonder therefore, that you may drive down one wide avenue one minute then suddenly find yourself squeezed into a small street together with scores of cars and motorbikes. The best way to travel around Jakarta is by hired car, taxi or by package tour. Be prepared, though, to meet traffic jams, especially when travelling during peak hours and into business districts, including the area to the Old Batavia.