Jakarta

Travel Guide

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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Zuri Express Lippo Cikarang
Zuri Express Lippo Cikarang
3.5 out of 5
Jalan Kemang Raya Kav 06, Komersial Park Lippo Cikarang, Bekasi, Jakarta
The price is S$30 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Bekasi, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lubang Buaya Memorial Park and Museum, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and Revo Town. Royal ...
3.9/5 Good! (59 reviews)
"So-so. The electric kettle is not working but good point is after calling Housekeeping one time, immediately replaced. During morning time, calling Housekeeping 3 times to get an iron, no answer. But good point is after calling operator, she supports to trigger Housekeeping. Breakfast not many variety. ..."

Reviewed on 19 Apr,2018

Zuri Express Lippo Cikarang
Anara Airport Hotel
Anara Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl.Terminal 3 International Mezzanine Fl, Tangerang, Banten
The price is S$83 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Tangerang, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Soewarna Business Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Mangrove Ecotourism Centre PIK and Pantai Pasir ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"Clean and convenient location"

Reviewed on 28 Sep,2021

Anara Airport Hotel
The Langham, Jakarta
The Langham, Jakarta
District 8 SCBD Lot 28, Jakarta
The price is S$400 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
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 S$21 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Jababeka Living Plaza and within 3 miles (5 km) of President University and Permata ...
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Ascott Jakarta
Ascott Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Kebon Kacang Raya No 2, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is S$89 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
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. Welcome Statue ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (356 reviews)
Good value with excellent Location
"Hotel Location is excellent just behind Grand Indonesia mall. The service is also very good and the staff are really attentive to guests. The breakfast Will Need improvement as quality of food is average and the Coffee is among the worst Coffee i ever tasted. I Will definetely stay again for my future ..."

Reviewed on 6 May,2021

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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 S$121 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Golden Triangle and Lotte Shopping Avenue. Ambassador Mall and Kuningan City Mall ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (181 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on 29 Feb,2020

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
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