2017 JAKARTA, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE

2017 JAKARTA, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Jakarta, A Melting Pot of Seamless Opposites

There has not been in the world as amalgam as Indonesia’s socio-economic and cultural center, Jakarta. This megapolis managed to interlace the many contrasts that is inevitable to a growing and adapting society yet also intimate with its historical roots.

As a sprawling city known across the globe as having the densest concentration of diverse ethnicities, the hustle and bustle of the urban living is very much apparent here which can get overwhelming at first look.

For a country that is at the top 10 ranking of the most populous, the idea of having to rub shoulders with strangers in the city is but an expected and common experience.

This goes without saying that the traffic at certain parts of the metropolis can be some of the worst but is also easily made up for by the nicest people you would ever encounter in the planet.

Getting too crowded with people from different ethnicities as compounded by the usual issues of being in the city does not seem to affect the natives from being nice to one another, as it appears.

But despite the meddlesome facade that Indonesia’s commerce central portrays, there is an eclectic mix of nuances permeating about Jakarta that simply fits for everybody.

The colorful abstract—that is the city—is also tinctured with its past which shaped the way it has become today—A seamless mix between Southeast Asian, Asian, Islamic, and Dutch influences as mostly seen through the architecture that is left behind to commemorate the idea.

Places to Visit

MUSEUMS

Once a thriving hub for its Dutch colonizers, the once luxurious town of Batavia has been nothing but a memory from the past.

Nowadays, the place is better known for as a lot credited to the country’s national hero, Taman Fatahillah, to where three of Jakarta’s most notable museums are structured: Wayang Museum, Fine Art and Ceramics Museum, and Jakarta History Museum.

Although some of the archaic constructions within Kota have been restored for their historical significance, others were left to ruins which remind the place of its history.

MERDEKA SQUARE

But, while France has the Eiffel Tower which has become an icon of romance in the present times, Jakarta has the National Monument in Merdeka Square which is a symbol of Indonesia’s fight for independence and the embodiment of the people’s spirit.

TAMAN MINI

If you are wanting to experience the Indonesian culture while being in one place, heading to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, which was dubbed “whole country in one park,” is the place to be.

Why is the place representative of the overall diverse culture of the country?

This is due to the fact that this particular park makes for a setting which depicts each of the nation’s provinces, culminated from the very diversity of the Indonesian culture.

JALAN SURABAYA

Jalan Surabaya is an exciting place to visit if you are scouting for some items which can be recycled as decors in your home. The one side of this road is lined with stalls selling old findings such as wooden sculptures, porcelain, ceramics, wayang puppets, masks, traditional antique guns and swords, brass utensils, souvenirs, metal ornaments, antique chandeliers and much more. Of course, you have to be careful when they say it is antique.

I bought 2 pieces of wooden sculptures during my last visit at a very good bargain. The stall closes at 5 in the afternoon, so it would be best to visit the place early especially if you are planning to buy something.

Just remember to bargain when you are at the place. For some tourist like me, it can be a bit uncomfortable when some vendors can get too pushy with what they are selling. So when you ask for a discount, make sure that you are serious and really plan to buy.

But, then, there is no denying of the tourist appeal that may be found in the usual hotspots somewhere nearby Jakarta such as the Thousand Islands which might require more than your fair share of time in a day to cover should you decide to go island-hopping on all one-thousand islands.

HOW TO GET TO JAKARTA, INDONESIA

By plane

Jakarta is served by the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, 20 km (12 mi) northwest of the city. The Soekarno Hatta airport has three terminals, with lettered sub-terminals indicating separate, but interconnected within the complex. A free shuttle service is servicing passengers within the airport complex.

Get into Jakarta City

To get to the city, the easiest option is to contact your hotel to pick you up in the airport, as many hotels in Jakarta provide free airport transfers. Getting a taxi is a little more complicated at the airport, so it is advised to use Uber, GoJek, and Grab which will ensure you a fair price . I personaly use GoJek during my last visit in Indonesia and found it very convenient.

LIST OF BUDGET HOTELS IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA

B Shaw Hotel & Restaurant
(at Jalan Jaksa, at the back of Indomaret) Jalan Kebon Sirih Barat I Gang 7, Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10340
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Hotel Mustika Tanah Abang
Jl. Jati Bunder No 1A-1C Tanah Abang, Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia
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Citi M Hotel
Jl. Tanah Abang 1 No 11, Monas, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10160
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J Hotel
Jalan Raya Perancis No. 9 Benda, Tangerang, Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15125
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Zest Hotel Airport Jakarta
Jl Husein Sastranegara, Kavling 1, Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15125
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Ibis Budget Jakarta Airport
Jl Raya Bandara Soekarno Hatta Kp Rawa Bokor, Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15125
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Orchardz Jayakarta Hotel
Pangeran Jayakarta Street No 44, Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10730
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Twins Hotel
Mangga Dua Raya 24, Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia, 11110
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d’primahotel Mangga Dua 2
Jl. Tiangseng Pangeran Jayakarta 73 Blok A/E-01, Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia
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d’primahotel Airport Jakarta 1
JL.Husein Sastranegara, Komplek Ruko Mahkota A2 / 21A – 23A Benda, Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15125
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Hotel 55
Jl Pangeran Jayakarta No 8 Blok E No 1, Mangga Dua, Jakarta, Indonesia, 11110
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De Green Inn @aeropolis
Komplek Aeropolis Residence 1 Tower B Ground Floor. Jl. Marsekal Surya Dharma. Tangerang., Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15129
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Hotel Sahabat 2
Jl.Husein Sastranegara No.18 Nussa Indah, Airport Soekarno Hatta, Jakarta, Indonesia, 15124
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Grand Asia Hotel
Jl. Bandengan Selatan No. 88, Jakarta Utara, Pluit, Jakarta, Indonesia, 14450
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Classic Hotel
Jalan Samanhudi 43-45, Pasar Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10710
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Heef Hotel
Jl. Samanhudi Raya No.3, Pasar Baru, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10710
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6 Comments:

  1. I even never heard the name of this place before. So its totally new information to learnt about Jakarta. All the places seema very beautiful. Overall a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing about this. I just love to gain knowledge about new places.

  2. What a great post, your guide and all those discount links make it easier to plan a vacation for sure

  3. I haven’t really read much about Indonesia so of course I had no idea about Jakarta. Great that you got to show us.

  4. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely keep in mind the places I need to explore when I visit the country 🙂

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