Jakarta hidden area tour!


Hidden Area


65% of the inhabitants of Jakarta live in slum areas.
They are poor but they are strong in surviving.


Many people make a living in the home industry like sowing or tofu factory’s….


……or even transportation like motorbike taxi’s and the 3 wheel bajaj’s.


This is called the “informal sector” and

it’s the main way of making a living

in Galur, the area where the tour is planned.


We will see and feel neighbors work and live together…




other in

growing up



From the outside it looks like a jungle, but from the inside we see the unique infrastructure.

This will be your experience of a lifetime !


Your pleasure and your safety is our duty.

Galur is the same area where two World Cinema documentaries have been shot “the Eye of the Day” and “Shape of the Moon” which won the World Cinema award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S.A
The leading character of those two films is Bakti. He will be your tour guide
The tour takes 3 to 4 hours and start at 3 pm.

Maximum 4 people


For reservation : (+62) 0812 8035 297 – Ronny

or email : jaktour@gmail.com

Real Jakarta Tours

E x p e r i e n c e t h e c i t y ’ s s o c i oc u l t u r a l p a s t & p r e s e n t

JAKARTA, the mother city of Indonesia, is teeming with life, but it’s difficult for foreigners to get close to most of it from a taxi on the way from your hotel to the shopping mall or office. Now there are tours that allow you to explore Jakarta with a local and see how the majority of people live, work and raise their kids. You can learn about the city’s present and its past and glimpse its future. This is your best chance to see the real Jakarta.

TOUR 1: Ciliwung


CILIWUNG is the name of the main river that flows through Jakarta and the name of the area you will visit. Soon after the Dutch arrived they built a fort and adminisrative centre in Ciliwung. Only the location remains; all else has been ruined. Your guide will explain the past that has lead to the present and take you into the heart of Ciliwung to Kampung Pulo, which is one of the poorest areas of Jakarta. The area is subject to frequent flooding and the housing is makeshift but the inhabitants are resourceful and enterprising. There is no security for the residents from the floods and from the government, which plans to raze the area. You will visit the home of Ibu Emak and she will talk to you about her life and those of her neighbours. She will explain how the river that was once the main route between Kota and Ciliwung is still the focus of their lives: the bathroom, washing machine and toilet. Your guide will help you understand the historic connections between the past and present of Ciliwung; how it came to be like it is and what its future may be. If the area is razed, what happens to the residents?

TOUR 2: Galur

GALUR’s narrow lanes and houses are home to thousands of people operating tofu and tempe factories in small rooms, operating metal workshops, selling food and entertaining their kids with bicyclepowered Ferris wheels. The residents of Galur are slightly more secure than those of Ciliwung: they have titles to their homes. Yet they are still among the poorest in Jakarta. Your host on this tour is Bakti, neighbourhood head, who was the lead character in two documentary films about Galur: Eye of the Day and Shape of the Moon, which won the World Cinema Award at the Sundance Film Festival, USA, in 2005. Bakti will introduce you to the tiny factories and their hard-working staff, show you around his house and introduce you to his mother. You will visit a crowded apartment block, experience a ride in one of the few remaining becaks (bicylce rickshaws), see how kids amuse themselves and be able to chat with Bakti about his life as an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver.

TOUR 3: Kota & Pasar Ikan, Luar Batang

KOTA is the old city of Jakarta, where the Dutch first settled. Many old buildings still remain, including Old Batavia Tower, from which the Dutch could keep an eye on things. Kota is also home to many of the poor of Jakarta and you will visit the home of Pak Maskun, who is the guardian of the Tower and lives nearby. He will talk to you about his life and those of his neighbours. Next to the Tower is Pasar Ikan, the fish market, which offers you a fascinating array of sights and smells, characters and stories. You will also visit Fatah Hillah Square, which is home to three museums: Old Jakarta, Wayang and Fine Art. Finally, you will have the chance to listen to and even play in a gamelan orchestra, many of which are still active in Kota.

TOUR 4: Full day

tour of Kota & Pasar Ikan, Luar Batang, Galur-Senen and


Starting with a tour of the poorest area of Jakarta, Ciliwung, where you will meet Ibu/Emak, you then grab an angkot (small bus) to Galur and meet with Bakti who will show through its narrow lanes. From there you catch a train to Kota and visit its historic sites and meet with Pak Maskun. You will feel what it’s like to be a one of the 65% of Jakartans who live this way, walking along narrow lanes while chatting with the neighbours, past jammed motorways, crossing railway tracks, travelling across town with the crowds going about their daily business. A trip on an angkot/bajaj, wondering at the vagaries of its path through the traffic, is a must. And travelling on a Jakartan train is a story in itself. Lunch will be at a clean local restaurant along the way and you will have a good supply of water and snacks to keep up your energy. This tour is not for the fainthearted but you will never forget it and you will learn more about Jakarta and its people than is ever likely for the average visitor.

Prices include snacks, mineral water, transport costs, donations and guide fee. Tour 4 price also includes lunch. You will travel by local public transport. Any taxi travel you require will be at your expense. Tour start time and place are negotiable to suit you. Tours 1-3 take approximately 3 hours each, depending on traffic conditions.

Note: Please wear sturdy shoes or sandals and not your best clothes. Gentlemen, please refrain from wearing shorts and singlets. Ladies, please dress modestly.

Cameras are welcome!

We take all care, but please ensure you are fully insured.


Call Robert (0852 8508 8981), Ronny (0812 8035 297), Anneke (021 30200868), and Parlin (021 922 46213)

or email jaktour@gmail.com


Originally from Manado, Ronny Poluan has lived in Jakarta for 40 years. He has worked as an actor, director, film liaison and freelance curator. He speaks English and Indonesian and will interpret and explain the modus operandi of one of the world’s great cities. He can also tailor tours to suit your interests


Any taxi travel you require will be at extra cost. Language spoken is English, an interpreter in your own language can be arranged. Tour start times are negotiable. Tours 1, 2, 3 + 5 take approximately 4 hours each. Usually, your guide will meet you at an easy-to-find landmark near the tour location, however, your guide can also pick you up and drop you off at your residence for an extra cost. You should allow time for delays getting to and from the landmark and the tour location, owing to Jakarta’s traffic. Itineraries may change without notice because of local conditions. Please wear sturdy shoes or sandals and not your best clothes. Gentlemen, please refrain from wearing shorts and singlets. Ladies, please dress modestly. Cameras are welcome but should be used sensitively. We take all care, but please ensure you are fully insured.

A project of Yayasan Interkultur Foundation


26 responses to “Jakarta hidden area tour!

  1. ok great

  2. Good day,

    Possible to give discount, since I’m travel alone, plus the tour rate is beyond my budget.


  3. realjakartatour

  4. meet
    telling stories with each other

    please see our site
    just google it Jakarta Hidden Tour

  5. ni mksdnya tur kya gni ap?

  6. hi yeo,
    please send email to
    thank you

  7. PATEN GILA nih Tour

    HEBAT Pak Ron, Rob dan kawan kawan
    semoga sukses

  8. I think this tour is a dangerous tous. How about with my safety? Usually in the slum area, is identic with the criminal area.

  9. This is the idea of tourism is a unique and extraordinary new
    for many historical records that great men and leaders of the world
    come and live at the start of miskin.hingga where they get a chance to speak, create, and contributed to the world.
    to a world leader once said “do not see who’s talking but notice what the talk”
    and many life lessons that can be taken from this tour.
    how they deal with the difficulties of life in a way unique and creative.
    to reach the dreams and their aspirations
    because they are also part of the world, we will find seeds that excel in berkaya not have a chance because of constrained materials.
    take the positive of the unique attractions, and this rarely

    by: a fan and supporter of tourism “Hiden tour the area”.
    simonfox34@yahoo.com ^. ^

  10. Esta es la idea de que el turismo es un nuevo y único y extraordinario
    para muchos registros históricos que los grandes hombres y los líderes del mundo
    venir y vivir en principio los pobres. hasta que la oportunidad de hablar, crear, y contribuir al mundo.
    los líderes del mundo han dicho “no ver quién está hablando, pero darse cuenta de lo que dicen”
    y muchas lecciones de vida que pueden extraerse de esta gira.
    de cómo se enfrentan a dificultades de la vida de una forma única y creativa.
    para alcanzar sus sueños y aspiraciones
    porque también son parte del mundo, vamos a encontrar las semillas que se destacan en berkaya no tienen una oportunidad porque de materiales limitados.
    adoptar medidas positivas atracciones únicas, y rara vez se

    por: un admirador y seguidor del turismo “Hiden el turismo local”.

  11. Ini adalah sisi lain dari keadaan masyarakat kita. Pasti ada baik dan buruknya. Satu hal yang bisa kita ambil hikmah, bagaimana kita semua bisa menjadi lebih baik. Sistem perpajakan diperbaiki, layanan publik diperbaiki.
    Jujur, saya ingin suatu saat join this tour!!!

  12. How much the ticket? Is the tour guide’s fee include the ticket’s price?
    Thanks.. ^_^’

  13. this is great idea to promote Jakarta as the tourism site of the world

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  15. tidakkah melanggar etika bisnis???

  16. I´m planning to go on thsi tour, but I would like to se the movies first ” the eye of the day” where can I buy it online?

  17. good

  18. great, this is good tour. success..

  19. Mantab mas..idenya luar biasa! Maju terus, jangan mau dihentikan departemen pariwisata. Kalo negara malu, seharusnya negara kasih pekerjaan buat mas Ronny dan sebagian besar rakyat Indonesia. Dan mestinya itu bukan karena unsur MALU, tapi KEWAJIBAN.
    Sukses dan salut buat mas Ronny….

  20. dgn tour ini orang dari luar negeri sgt mengagumi keramah tamahan orq indonesia

  21. Wow!! Very nice blog , very informative and knowledgeable.
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    Mountians home the family home stay based upon kathmandu, Nepal at Gongabu, from the city center it is just 5 km.

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  22. My son & I are interested in taking tour 4 on Tuesday 27 November. What time does it start & how much does it cost for 2 adults. Regards, Don

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