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 flavour and colour. 

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-metre) 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 travelling 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

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, 15126
The price is S$104 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tangerang. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (802 reviews)
"Great!"

Reviewed on 13 Jul,2022

Jakarta Airport Hotel Managed by Topotels
Anara Airport Hotel
Anara Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl.Terminal 3 International Mezzanine Fl, Tangerang, Banten, 15126
The price is S$111 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tangerang. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Pantai Pasir Putih ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (94 reviews)
"The location is nice."

Reviewed on 7 Aug,2022

Anara Airport Hotel
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. MH Thamrin 1, Jakarta, Jakarta, 10310
The price is S$234 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (316 reviews)
"Very friendly the manager. We got problem with the key room that made us back and forth from the room to the lobby. But eventually they upgrade fhe room and get complimentary of free extra bed and breakfast. Thanks for the nice service. Very satisfied and happy."

Reviewed on 5 Jul,2022

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski 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.
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
3 out of 5
The H Tower, Jalan HR Rasuna Said Kav. 20, Jakarta, Jakarta, 12940
The price is S$95 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (171 reviews)
"I love this hotel. Staff are friendly. Good location, close to the mall. Good facility, Gym and pool, washer and dryer. But I have big family, I stay in 2 rooms, but utilities only 2 people, coffee mugs only 2, plates only 2, everything for 2 people.They don't set up at least 4 people."

Reviewed on 31 May,2022

Citadines Rasuna Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta, 10230
The price is S$158 per night from 24 Aug to 25 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (372 reviews)
"We stayed in the two-bedroom, two-bath suite, with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and living/dining area. It was beautiful and gave us plenty of room. Bedrooms are on opposite sides of the suite, providing privacy. Built-in (and lighted) closets with hangers, shelves, and drawers were an added bonus. ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul,2022

Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta, 12940
The price is S$210 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Jakarta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (197 reviews)
"Overall the condition is quite good. Though the small insects were founded in bathroom and room air conditioner remote controller. Hm for breakfast it is required definitely to improve compare to the price."

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2022

Ascott Kuningan 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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