Jakarta

Travel Guide
Jakarta

The capital city of Indonesia is a bustling metropolis, famous for its colonial-era relics, beautiful mosques, plentiful shopping and family entertainment.

Jakarta is a destination of contrasts and that’s why it’s often referred to as the “Big Durian.” Like the local durian fruit, this city, located on the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a layer of ruggedness yet is also bursting with rewarding flavor and color.

Start your exploration in the picturesque central district of Kota, formerly Batavia, where the cobblestoned square Taman Fatahillah still shows some Dutch influences. Trace the city’s history since the Stone Age at the Jakarta History Museum. Spot work by Indonesian artists at the Balai Seni Rupa gallery and Ceramics Museum.

Head to Jakarta’s historic port, Sunda Kelapa, and watch brightly painted fishing boats arrive from the outer islands. Learn about Indonesia’s naval history at the Maritime Museum, housed in a 17th-century spice warehouse.

Gaze up at the 450-feet (137-meter) tall National Monument (Monas Tower), in the heart of Medan Merdeka public square. Ride the elevator to the tower’s summit for impressive city views. Check out the ethnographic artifacts at the National Museum. Take a tour of the Presidential Palace or visit the sparkling white Istiqlal Mosque, which can host 120,000 devotees. Admire over 2,000 fabrics and materials at the Textile Museum.

Browse the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya for traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs. Sample the local street food, which mixes Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Shop for high-end brands at Grand Indonesia or go to the out-of-town Living World, a huge retail and entertainment complex.

Ride the waterslides at Ocean Park or the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). See replicas of traditional Indonesian houses at the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

Jakarta is hot and smoggy and monsoon showers are frequent from November to March. Avoid the heat and rain by traveling between sights via low-cost taxis or the large bus network.

This fascinating city is the gateway to many of Indonesia’s natural treasures, including pristine coral reefs, volcanoes, surfing beaches and wildlife, such as orangutans and Komodo dragons.

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Where to stay in Jakarta

Anara Airport Hotel
Anara Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl.Terminal 3 International Mezzanine Fl, Tangerang, Banten
The price is $50 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Situated in Tangerang, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Soewarna Business Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Balekota Mall and Mangrove Ecotourism Centre PIK. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"Clean and convenient location"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Anara Airport Hotel
Shangri-La Jakarta
Shangri-La Jakarta
5 out of 5
Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $117 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
This family-friendly Jakarta hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golden Triangle and Bundaran Hi. Grand Indonesia and Taman Suropati ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (489 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Shangri-La Jakarta
The Langham, Jakarta
The Langham, Jakarta
District 8 SCBD Lot 28, Jakarta
The price is $197 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Situated in the entertainment district, this spa hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Blok M Square and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Bundaran Hi. Taman Suropati and Central ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Very beautifull decoration
"Overall good... but the facilities didn't complete yet. So we have no option to enjoy the facilities."

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2021

The Langham, Jakarta
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Mavi Hotel & Apartment
Mavi Hotel & Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Jababeka Raya, Cikarang, Jawa Barat
The price is $15 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Jababeka Living Plaza and within 3 mi (5 km) of President University and Permata Keluarga ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"staff ramah, kamar bagus dan bersih, parkir gratis untuk tamu menginap"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Mavi Hotel & Apartment
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is $76 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Taman Suropati and Bundaran Hi. Grand ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (184 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Karet Pasar Baru Barat V No.92, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
The price is $39 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Indonesia and Bundaran Hi. Taman Suropati ...
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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