“Big Durian” sums it all for the happening Jakarta – the quickening rhythms, the hustle and bustle, and the kaleidoscope of colours. The eclectic mix of the great metropolitan lifestyle blends seamlessly with the latest fashion trends and its churning economy, as the scent of excitement lingers in the warm tropical air.
Towards the calmer side of the city is the wonderfully preserved Betawi culture that perfectly infuses both heritage and modern footprints into Jakarta’s unique tapestry.
Top Must Do’s
Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands)
Located 45 km north of Jakarta’s bustling port is Kepulauan Seribu, a surprisingly beautiful chain of islands highly accessible from the city. Aside from a plethora of activities such as kayaking, sailing and swimming, the islands are also famous for stunning diving sites, especially the smaller islands where the gorgeous coral reefs are.
Kota Tua (Old Town)
Traipse around the Old Town area and meet lively buskers, savour delicious street food and be in awe of inspiring museums. Go back in time and witness the heart of Jakarta in colonial Dutch time, when the Kota Tua (Old Town) was called Batavia, a walled city with European-styled government buildings.
Ancol Dreamland is a massive area with a myriad of attractions including a theme park, marina, golf range, giant aquarium, swimming pool, animal shows and so much more. One day is simply not enough to get the full experience of this place that you might want to consider staying in one of its lovely lodgings. So go on and dream away at Ancol Dreamland!
Monas is located right in the middle of Medan Merdeka (The Freedom Square), Jakarta’s most iconic landmark was built to represent the national pride of Indonesians, complete with museums and dioramas depicting the nation? history and struggle for independence. Join the locals as they have their evening stroll and enjoy the musical fountain.
The glutinous rice used for this dish must be prepared hours in advance before the cook mixes it up with duck eggs to make a rich and fulfilling omelette. Sprinkled on top of the omelette are dried shrimp, grated coconut, fried shallots and a dab of chilli. Best served with a cup of java, a must try!
Quick facts about Jakarta
|To city center||Duration||Fare|
|Taxi||45 minutes or more||From Rp150,000|
|Bus||1 hour or more||From Rp20,000|
|Currency||Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)|
|Language||Bahasa Indonesia, English|
|Time zone||UTC +7|
|Telephone code||+62 21|
|Religion||Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism|
MAY – OCT
Dry season – Sunny and humid
25°C – 33°C, sunglasses and sunscreen is a must
NOV – APR
Rainy season – Lots of showers
24°C – 32°C, keep an umbrella handy
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