Readers of the highly regarded luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler included Jakarta for the first time on its “10 unfriendliest cities in the world” list this year.
Also included on the list were Moscow, Russia; Cairo, Egypt; New Delhi, India and, surprisingly, Cannes, France, which is at the bottom of the list.
In the survey, one of the readers said Jakarta was “the scariest place I have ever been to” with its congestion and aggressive locals.
The survey also highlighted the city’s bad pollution as well as excessive and uncontrolled flooding during the rainy season.
On hindsight, the traumatic tourists state in the survey that they find solace in the local food, especially nasi Padang.
Released in August, the survey is based on Conde Nast Traveler’s annual choice awards, which collects over a million votes from nearly 77,000 readers.
The magazine also issues a list of the 10 friendliest cities in the world with Sydney stealing the number one spot, followed by Dublin, Ireland; Queenstown, New Zealand; Kraków, Poland and Bruges, Belgium.
The complete lists are as follows:
Friendliest cities in the world
1. Sydney, Australia
2. Dublin, Ireland
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
4. Kraków, Poland
5. Bruges, Belgium
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
7. Kyoto, Japan
8. Budapest, Hungary
9. Auckland, New Zealand
10. Reykjavik, Iceland