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Jakarta
Travel Guide

Jakarta

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

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Kav. 28-30, Jakarta, Jakarta
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$200 per night from 24 May to 24 May
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! (284 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
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan
5 out of 5
Jl. DR. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Kav.E.1.1 no.1, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is NZ$132 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ambassador Mall and Kuningan City Mall. ITC Kuningan and Pasar Festival are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (437 reviews)
"It was amazing stay. The staff was so nice and the food was excellent"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
Shangri-La Hotel - Jakarta
5 out of 5
Kota BNI, JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is NZ$173 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
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! (470 reviews)
"Top quality stay as usual. Always maintains its brand of good value"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2021

Shangri-La Hotel - 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.
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
Fraser Residence Menteng Jakarta
5 out of 5
Jl. Menteng Raya No. 60, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is NZ$105 per night from 31 May to 31 May
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
Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Indah Barat, Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta
The price is NZ$48 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated on the Strip, this apartment building is 11 mi (17.7 km) from Pasar Baru.
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"It was very comfortable, clean, and friendly services. Good location. Very recommended. Thumbs up"

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2020

Gold Coast PIK Sea View Apartments by LongeStay
Gandaria Heights Apartment with Mall Access
Gandaria Heights Apartment with Mall Access
3.5 out of 5
Jl. KH. Moh Syafi'i Hadzami. No.8, RT.10/RW.6, Kebayoran Lama Utara, Jakarta
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gandaria City Mall, Blok M Square and Plaza Senayan. Pondok Indah Mall and ...
1/5 (1 review)
Extremely Dissapointed to the MAX
"This room is managed by Travelio. 1. Terrible check in. Have to wait 2 hours because the key delivery guy will only come after we give them a phone call. This is not informed at all before and after I book the room. 2. Beware of your deposit. I haven't receive my deposit, although I had checked out ..."

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2018

Gandaria Heights Apartment with Mall Access
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 - Good 42.857142857142854%
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3 - Okay 27.272727272727273%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Traffics

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Busy, lots of traffic. But friendly people. Tip and youll be treated even better.

3/5 - Okay

Richie88888

7 Jan. 2020

The best way to handle Jakarta is to stay in your comfortable air-conditioned bubble........your hotel is a bubble, the shopping malls are a bubble, your car is a bubble. Outside the bubble, Jakarta can be a bit harsh and hot, not very walkable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Dec. 2019

Didn't go as a tourist but Plaza Indonesia meets most of one's needs.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Dec. 2019

Jakarta is busy and the traffic can be terrible but it has a gritty, friendly vibe character that is unique - it really grows on you. Public transport is a good way to get round where available

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Nov. 2019

Good shopping area. Tanah Abang wholesale and Sarinah Department Store. Pasar baru

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