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

Best Western Premier The Hive
Best Western Premier The Hive
4.5 out of 5
Jl. DI. Panjaitan Kav. 3 - 4, Jakarta, Jakarta
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,276 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated in Jakarta, this luxury hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golden Triangle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and Taman Suropati. Jakarta ...
3.6/5 Good! (85 reviews)
Good hotel for over night stay
"Good hotel to stay for overnight or few nights. Close to Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport. They are good Indonesian restaurant nearby. Room is clean and spacious. Bathroom also clean."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Best Western Premier The Hive
Anara Airport Hotel
Anara Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Jl.Terminal 3 International Mezzanine Fl, Tangerang, Banten
The price is ¥5,885 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in Tangerang, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Soewarna Business Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Balekota Mall and Mangrove Ecotourism Centre PIK. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (18 reviews)
"This hotel is very nice and great location right at terminal 3. Great for early morning flights, no traffic to deal with. The price is right, room is clean and very quiet. Very short walk all inside to terminal 3 international or domestic departures."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Anara Airport Hotel
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Karet Pasar Baru Barat V No.92, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
The price is ¥5,947 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Indonesia and Bundaran Hi. Taman Suropati ...
Somerset Sudirman 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.
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Karet Pasar Baru Barat V No.92, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
The price is ¥5,947 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Indonesia and Bundaran Hi. Taman Suropati ...
Somerset Sudirman Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Ciputra World 1, Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is ¥8,722 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in the heart of Jakarta, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Golden Triangle and within 3 mi (5 km) of Taman Suropati and Bundaran Hi. Grand ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (185 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Ascott Kuningan Jakarta
Fraser Residence Sudirman Jakarta
Fraser Residence Sudirman Jakarta
4.5 out of 5
Jl. Setiabudi Raya No. 9, Sudirman, Jakarta, Jakarta
The price is ¥10,737 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
This family-friendly Jakarta aparthotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Grand Indonesia and Kidzania. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (165 reviews)
need improvement on check in and breakfast
"check in time should be at 2pm, but we only can enter our room after 2 hours waiting. They just ask us waiting at the lounge. But is really not help full since we bring child and they need a nap. But over all the room is clean and the comfort. There is miss understand about the breakfast since i ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Fraser Residence Sudirman 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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