Jakarta

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Visit 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.

Jakarta Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Jakarta

Old Jakarta

Old Jakarta

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

While wandering the atmospheric streets of the city’s historic center visit eclectic museums and uncover the colonial origins of Jakarta.

Old Jakarta

Top hotels in Jakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
3 out of 5
Terminal 2E International Departure, Soekarno-Hatta Intl. Airport, Tangerang
SG$69
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Soewarna Business Park and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Cengkareng Golf Club. Waterbom Jakarta and Damai ...

3.8/5Good! (714 reviews)

"Good - Property close to international terminal, free public transportation available to hotel, very clean, staff was wonderful. Not so good - Not well marked in terminal."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2020

Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
5 out of 5
Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta
SG$129
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

This family-friendly Jakarta hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golden Triangle, Thamrin City Shopping Mall and Grand Indonesia ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (425 reviews)

"We had a great time.... food prices higher than I expected. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan,2020

Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
Pullman Jakarta Indonesia
Pullman Jakarta Indonesia
5 out of 5
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 59, Jakarta, Jakarta
SG$112
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Indonesia and Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall. Istiqlal Mosque is 2.3 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,005 reviews)

"Great breakfast buffet and convenient location downtown."…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec,2019

Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

Popular things to do in Jakarta

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

3.5/5(7 reviews)

Discover the captivating diversity of the Indonesian archipelago at the typical houses, museums and gardens of this all-encompassing theme park.

National Monument
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National Monument

4/5(21 reviews)

Standing high above the city skyline, this giant sculpture boasts superb views and some of the most important documents in Indonesia’s history. 

Grand Indonesia
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Grand Indonesia

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Shop at wide-ranging retail outlets, dine on local delicacies and enjoy family-friendly entertainment at this huge mall in downtown Jakarta.

Top activities in Jakarta

Fullday Jakarta Wonderful Tour with Lunch,Insurance & Free S
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Fullday Jakarta Wonderful Tour with Lunch,Insurance & Free S

SG$84

You will pass through toIndonesia Miniature Park (TMII)is Indonesia's answer to every visitor's prayer to see the magnificent archipelago in just one day.

Plaza Premium Lounge at Soekarno–Hatta Int Airport (CGK)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Soekarno–Hatta Int Airport (CGK)

SG$44

Located at the International Departure in Terminal 3, this spacious lounge offers our signature facilities and services such as comfortable sofa seating, recharging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi, freshly prepared hot meals and a wide selection of beverage options and shower facilities with amenities, amongst others.

Private FullDay Jakarta Shopping Tour with Travel Insurance
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Private FullDay Jakarta Shopping Tour with Travel Insurance

SG$74

Shop your heart out in the center of Indonesia's largest city as a personal guide shows you some of the best wares on offer. This tour gives you the chance to grab some branded clothing, jewelry, and designer textiles, all for incredible prices.

Full Day Tour Jakarta Round and About
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Full Day Tour Jakarta Round and About

SG$55

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00am and es-cort you to the old harbor Sunda Kelapa. This 500-year-old har-bor area was a vital link to markets of the outside world for the 15th century kingdom of Pajajaran.

Jakarta amazing tour
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Jakarta amazing tour

SG$196

Jakarta Amazing Tour / Jakarta City Tour Sunda Kelapa Harbour old town Museum national Monument National Lunch local Food Cathedral Church & Istiqlal Mosque Shoping finish and return to your Hotel

Jakarta City Tour
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Jakarta City Tour

SG$70

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: National Monument (MONAS), Jl. Silang Monas, Jakarta 10110 Indonesia The National Museum established in 1778 by Dutch, it was the first and the biggest museum in Southeast Asia in its time, was the reference of all museum lovers.

Reviews of Jakarta

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 32.18390804597701%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.42528735632184%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.942528735632184%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.4482758620689653%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

Almost perfect! Just the traffic that's quite tiring...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Nothing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Jakarta has bunch of surprises to reveal along the way. Just brace yourself for some fun here, including the crowded traffic :)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Air pollution is higher and not safe to walk in street Because of pollution

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Great waterpark & beech

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 4, 2019

I was really amazed about how welcoming the people are. Like every single person that I came across was really helpful. Definitely will come back again soon.

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