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Visit Indonesia’s capital city, with colonial-era relics, gorgeous mosques, abundant shopping and family entertainment, to find out why it's known as the Big Durian. 

Like the durian fruit, Jakarta, in the northwestern corner of the island of Java, has a somewhat rugged exterior but beneath this there is plenty of flavour and colour.

Begin your exploration of Jakarta in centrally located Kota district, formerly known as Batvia. Don’t miss the cobblestoned Taman Fatahillah Square, which still shows Dutch influences. Follow the city’s history from the Stone Age to the present at the Jakarta History Museum. See local artwork at the Ceramics Museum and at the Seni Rupa gallery.

Watch painted fishing vessels come in from the outer islands at Jakarta’s historic Sunda Kelapa port. Browse the Maritime Museum, located in a 17th-century spice warehouse, to learn about Indonesia’s extensive naval history.

In the heart of Medan Merdeka Public Square is the National Monument (Monas Tower), which rises to 137 metres (450 feet). Take an elevator to the top of the tower to get superb views of Jakarta. Visit the National Museum to see some of the best ethnographic artefacts Indonesia has to offer. Admire the architecture of the Presidential Palace and the iridescent Istiqlal Mosque, which has a capacity of up to 120,000. At the Textile Museum see over 2,000 beautiful fabrics and materials.

Buy traditional Indonesian wayang puppets and sarongs in the market stalls of Jalan Surabaya. Be sure to try to local street food. You’ll taste culinary influences from Arab, Chinese, European and Indian foods. For high-end brands, shop at Grand Indonesia or at the Living World, the retail and entertainment complex located just out of town.

Beat the heat by plunging down the waterslides at Ocean Park. For a thrill, ride the roller coasters at Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). To see replicas of traditional Indonesian dwellings, visit the Taman Mini Indonesia cultural park.

During the monsoon season, from November to March, Jakarta is muggy and smoggy. Take taxis or buses from destination to destination to avoid the heat and rain.

Use Jakarta as a base from which to take trips to see volcanoes, reefs, surfing beaches and exotic wildlife, including Komodo dragons and orangutans.

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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 NZ$71 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

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 NZ$155 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.

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 NZ$50 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.

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 NZ$93 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

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 NZ$93 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

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 NZ$133 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.

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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