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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

RedDoorz Syariah Plus Near Pondok Indah Mall 2
RedDoorz Syariah Plus Near Pondok Indah Mall 2
3 out of 5
Jl. Pinang Emas I Blok UT 34, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
The price is SG$15 per night from 6 May to 6 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Pondok Indah Mall, Blok M Square and Gandaria City Mall. Plaza Senayan and fX Sudirman ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"The location is good. Neighborhood is safe enough to walk around at night. Property has unique concept and design. The staff is friendly and helpful as well. Overall its a great experience. Thankyou!"

Reviewed on 15 Nov,2019

RedDoorz Syariah Plus Near Pondok Indah Mall 2
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
5 out of 5
Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$139 per night from 5 May to 5 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (469 reviews)
"Top quality stay as usual. Always maintains its brand of good value"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2021

Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Kav. 28-30, Jakarta, Jakarta
Free cancellation
The price is SG$161 per night from 27 Apr to 27 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury hotel is steps from Bundaran Hi and Plaza Indonesia. Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and Sarinah Mall are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (282 reviews)
8 of 10
"great hotel...location was perfect..need some renovation on carpet and the wall before you go to your room.....service quite pleasing and look forward to stay with you again"

Reviewed on 25 Feb,2020

Grand Hyatt 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.
Morrissey Hotel Residences
Morrissey Hotel Residences
4 out of 5
Jalan K.H. Wahid Hasyim No. 70, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$50 per night from 25 Apr to 25 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sarinah Mall, Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall and National Monument. Thamrin City Shopping ...
4.2/5Very Good! (332 reviews)
Will return
"Great hotel in a central location. Nice food and a great pool !"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2021

Morrissey Hotel Residences
The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 76-78, Sudirman Plaza, Indofood Tower, Jakarta
The price is SG$110 per night from 24 Apr to 24 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jakarta World Trade Center, Setiabudi One and Plaza Indonesia. Bundaran Hi and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (188 reviews)
"All of the staffs deserve award ! From security, reception, waiters to housekeeping. Location is also perfect as its in front of the MRT."

Reviewed on 15 Mar,2020

The Mayflower, Jakarta - Marriott Executive Apartments
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Menteng Raya No. 60, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is SG$98 per night from 4 May to 4 May
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! (145 reviews)
"The hotel its really nice, clean and the staff are humble, I was styes 2 nights."

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2021

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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