Unique, chaotic and fast paced, Jakarta is a must-see holiday and travellers destination. A blend of fascinating culture and cutting edge 21st century life, the capital of Indonesia has a wealth of attractions, history and experiences to offer the traveller. Here are just five of the reasons why Jakarta should be on your vacation bucket list.
The city of Jakarta and its surrounding area are packed with fabulous attractions with something for the whole family to enjoy. Those with a passion for museums will be spoiled for choice with exhibitions covering subjects as diverse as banking, art, textiles, puppetry and even kites.
Those who prefer something a little more exhilarating can spend the day at the Dunia Fantasi theme park with its flumes, interactive rides, rollercoasters and shows, while those who want to escape from the congestion of the city can take a day trip to one of the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) on a boat trip from Ancol.
Jakarta has no shortage of fine restaurants serving every possible type of cuisine from Greek and Italian to Indian and Lebanese. However, while you are here, you should certainly try some of the local specialities, especially the delicious street food such as gorengan, noodles Aceh and sate skewers. For those with a sweet tooth, the durian pancake desserts are a must-try (but smelly!).
Indonesia has its own fascinating cultural heritage and Jakarta provides ample opportunities to find out more about it. The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is the perfect place to explore the country in miniature, while in the city centre the country’s religious heritage is perfectly represented by the Istiqlal Mosque and the Catholic cathedral which are located opposite each other, signifying the harmony and tolerance of the Indonesian people.
Whether you prefer to holiday in the lap of luxury or are looking for a place to stay that is a little more unique, Jakarta has accommodation to suit every requirement. From standard worldwide chains to intimate boutique hotels, there is a place for everyone in this amazing city.
The Ara Hotel Gading Serpong is one of the best known hotels in the city and enjoys an ideal location close to the financial district. (Check this site to book the hotel online)
With its large superior rooms and excellent leisure facilities such as its swimming pool, Japanese restaurant and spa, it is the perfect base from which to explore the city.
Jakarta is a retail-lover’s dream with over 150 different malls offering some of the finest shopping in Asia. If you are looking for souvenirs that are a little out of the ordinary, a walk down Surabaya Street will uncover countless unusual antique stores, while those who enjoy a traditional shopping experience will enjoy wandering through the city’s massive outdoor markets.
The famous Menteng flea market is a wonderful place to explore and to find exciting bargains such as wood carvings, jewellery, furniture and even old vinyl records!