Indonesia's huge industrious capital is bursting with history and modern life, known for its unforgiving traffic and smog, it offers all that is expected from a big city.
Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre.
Its unofficial built-up (metropolitan) area covers Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi, Karawang, Serang, Purwakarta, Sukabumi and Subang regencies (123 districts) including also Tangerang, Bekasi, Tangerang Selatan, Depok, Serang and Cilegon Municipalities
- Make a day trip to Taman Safari Bogor to visit their collection of Indonesian and other exotic animals
- The Jakarta History museumOpens external site in a new window has 37 ornate rooms displaying objects from the founding of the city in 1527, the Dutch colonization period from the 16th century, up until Indonesia’s Independence in 1948. The building dates back to 1710
- Visit Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, which represents daily life in Indonesia's many provinces in separate pavilions filled with examples of Indonesian architecture, clothing, dances and traditions
- Have some fun at Taman Impian Jaya AncolOpens external site in a new window (Ancol Dreamland) theme park on the Jakarta waterfront. Play some golf and enjoy the rides, shows and swimming pools.
Visiting for a day or week? Jakarta has a lot to offer: tourist attractions, shopping and beaches, not to mention nightlife and food.
MentangOpens external site in a new window is a sub district within central Jakarta. It is one of the most popular areas for tourist as most major attractions are located here such as The National MuseumOpens external site in a new window, Kunstrung Art Gallery and National MonumentOpens external site in a new window. Not to mention the the choice of modern bars, restuarants and hotels which you would expect from any major city.
To see the ‘real’ Menteng, stroll down the pedestrian road Pasar BaruOpens external site in a new window home to Jakarta’s biggest market with stalls giving a true insight to Indonesian life. The highlight of the Menteng area is Merdeka Square the hub of central Jakarta and is crossed by four diagonal streets which form an "X" (The Monument is in the centre of the ‘x’).
Shopping in Jakarta
From Malls to Markets
You cannot visit Jakarta without experiencing one of the many malls and markets the mega city has to offer. Here are just a few of the popular ones:
For those looking for Indonesia designer goods FX SudirmanOpens external site in a new window is the mall to visit. Located in Sudirman, South Jakarta the mall is spread across eight floors and not only offers fashion but places to eat, beauty, entertainment and kids playground.
The name says it all, the Grand IndonesiaOpens external site in a new window is so big that it has two wings connected by several bridges. On one of the wings you will encounter New York-inspired decoration and architecture on one floor and Japanese Zen gardens on others. From a hardware store to a supermarket this mall has hundreds of stores. A must see in Grand Indonesia is the Indonesian art section and the small Indonesian designer boutiques.
This is a great place to find batik products and gadgets. It offers factory seconds at very competitive prices and imported goods are much cheaper than at the upscale malls. The Ambassador Mall is located in the Kuningan area of Jakarta.
Mangga DuaOpens external site in a new window translated means Two Mangoes and is Jakarta's hotspot for bargain shopping. Located between the Old and Modern Jakarta, it has been considered the largest Shopping Area in Asia. This is indeed a shopping paradise not only for tourists but those from neigbouring Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. You are bound to find cheap quality imitation goods here.
If you want to get away from the busy Jakarta life and want a bit of beach, one of the best kept secrets is the Thousand IslandsOpens external site in a new window. Consisting of 128 small islands and located off the coast of the city in the Java Sea. The islands are still considered a part of the Jakarta municipality and are a popular weekend break for people tired of the hustle and bustle the city can bring.
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Jakarta is in close proximity to the equator, giving it warm temperatures year round. With a tropical monsoon climate, it has distinct wet and dry seasons. The four month dry season runs from June to September. The wet season covers the period from October - May. Temperatures remain quite constant throughout the year, with lows of 25°C and highs of roughly 30-32°C.
From the airport
Jakarta has two international airports, one is the larger Soekarno-Hatta international airport, located in Tangerang and home to most of Indonesia’s regular domestic airlines and low-cost carriers. The other is the smaller Halim Perdanakusumah airport, which is reserved to receive visiting Heads of State.
Taxis can be hired at the airport to get into the city. There are buses going into town, but these are infrequent.
In and around the city
The best way to travel around Jakarta is by hired car, taxi or by package tour. However be prepared to meet traffic jams, especially when travelling during peak hours and into business districts. It is advisable to choose a hotel in the areas your interested in. Distances in Jakarta are far and there are frequent traffic snarls.
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