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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

Top hotels in Jakarta

FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta
FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jl. Raya Perancis 67, Tangerang, Banten
The price is SG$67 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Soewarna Business Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Waterbom Jakarta and Emporium Pluit Mall. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Really clean and nice hotel to stay which is only 10 minutes from airport. Breakfast menu is complete from continental breakfast until Chinese porridge. Highly reccomend for the tourists who need to stay near the airport for transit."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2020

FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta
The Westin Jakarta
The Westin Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.C-22 A, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$147 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Kota ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (171 reviews)
Satisfy

"we are very happy to stay at The Westin Jakarta.. although on that day the hotel quiet crowd so make me feel a little bit worried. The room is big, clean, complete amenities, big bed & comfy, modern."…"

Reviewed on 28 Aug,2020

The Westin Jakarta
Swiss-Belhotel Airport Jakarta
Swiss-Belhotel Airport Jakarta
3.5 out of 5
Airport Hub, Jalan Husein Sastranegara, Kavling 1, Benda, Bandara Soekarno Hatta, Tangerang, Banten
The price is SG$46 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Soewarna Business Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Puri Indah Mall and Waterbom Jakarta. Lippo ...

3.9/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"good facility, very friendly and helpful staffs, the shuttle to airport is very convenient."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan,2020

Swiss-Belhotel Airport 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.

Holiday Rentals in Jakarta

Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Ciputra World 2, Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 11, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
The price is SG$94 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Golden Triangle and Kuningan City Mall. Kidzania and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (55 reviews)

"Loved the room. Clean and tidy. Bed is comfy."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jun,2020

Ascott Sudirman Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$88 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall, Plaza Indonesia and Bundaran Hi. Thamrin City Shopping ...

4.3/5Excellent! (347 reviews)

"the location is very central, easy to walk around. room is very spacious, my kids enjoy it very much"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan,2020

Ascott Jakarta
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Menteng Raya No. 60, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$127 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Farmer Statue and National Monument. Plaza Indonesia and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)

"Perfect location. Quiet place. Very well furnished. Comfy bed. Absolutely nothing to say negative. Will come back for sure."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug,2020

Fraser Residence Menteng 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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Reviews of Jakarta

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

Typical metropolis with a surprising number of Western shops and brands available nearby. Friendly people often with good levels of English language. Some terrible pedestrian pavements and few road crossing points. Polluted rivers and traffic fumes.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

MRT

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Jan 2020

Traffic is bad. But if you like to shopping or eat, Jakarta will surprise you and it has plenty to offer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Nothing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

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