THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA!
Jakarta, a city with a very dynamic outlook, is also the capital of Indonesia – a country made up of 17 thousand islands and a population of 230 million. Within this diverse island country- in terms of religion, language/dialect, and ethnicity-Jakarta stands out as an intersection of all those aspects. The city is the busiest cultural spot of interest in Indonesia as it has numerous museums, galleries, monuments, and theme parks.
Soekarno Hatta International Airport is located in Tangerang, 20 km northwest of Jakarta. Buses and taxis are the main ways to travel onward from the airport. Some hotels also provide free transfer services. Tourists generally prefer to roam around the city by taxi or by hiring a chauffeur-driven car. Local people, on the other hand, mainly use the tricycle known as a "bajaj" or motorbike taxi, which is called an "ojek."
Some of the upscale hotels are : Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz-Carlton-Pacific Place, The Ritz-Carlton-Mega Kuningan, Oakwood Premier Cozmo, Keraton at The Plaza, Shangri-La Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel, The Dharmawangsa, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Hotel Mulia Senayan, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons Hotel, The Hermitage. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Gran Melia Jakarta, Pullman Jakarta Indonesia, Pullman Jakarta Central Park, Hotel Gran Mahakam Jakarta, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jakarta, Kosenda Hotel, Grand Mercure Jakarta Harmoni, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran, Veranda Hotel at Pakubuwono, Hotel Novotel Jakarta Gajah Mada and Grand Tjokro Jakarta. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Citi M Hotel, Red Planet Pasar Baru, favehotel Pasar Baru, favehotel Tanah Abang-Cideng, favehotel LTC Glodok, favehotel Kemang, MaxOneHotels @ Sabang, Ibis Budget Jakarta Daan Mogot or Big Hotel Jakarta.
Downtown Jakarta can be thought of as the place where the National Monument is located. Other administrative buildings, including the Presidential Palace, are also located here. The shopping mall called Manga Dua and the traffic intersection called Bundaran HI are located at the center of this area. A high-class residential area by the name of “Menteng” can also be considered within the boundaries of downtown Jakarta. West Jakarta, also known as the central point of Old Jakarta, appears to be like a Chinatown. This area is interesting not only for its abundance of museums, commercial areas, and shopping malls, but also for its dynamic nightlife. South Jakarta, known by the forename Selatan, is the center of luxury shopping, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. The most famous spot in East Jakarta, also known as Timur, is Taman Mini. You can see numerous pieces of art by Utan Kayu, an art community, and the Cibubur Camping Area within this region. The term Jakarta Utara is used to describe the north region made up of thousands of islands. Bayfront City and Kelapa Gading shopping mall are spots that stand out in the north region.
Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia, Pacific Place, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall, Mall of Indonesia, and Senayan City can be listed within shopping malls which are mostly located in downtown. Bayfront City and Kelapa Gading Shopping Mall are those that stand out in the north. For antique lovers, with numerous stores, Jalan Surabaya is the place to go which is located in downtown Jakarta. Pasaraya Grande and Pasar Seni located in Ancol are other places to go for antiques and art pieces; located in Block M in South Jakarta.
Jakarta is a city which offers unique experiences to its visitors. It is quite easy to find something to do or discover in almost every direction you take. Although Sunda Kelapa Port, Maritime Museum, and other museums located in Fatahillah Park seem to be the best places to start your tour of the city, other places to see in Old Jakarta-situated on a relatively smaller area, are as numerous and significant. If you are traveling with children, “Ancol Dreamland” –the largest entertainment facility of Southeast Asia, is definitely among places to visit. The famous Taman Mini Indonesia and Bogor Botanical Gardens, of course, are other places to visit; making your tour of Jakarta even more interesting. The translation of the name of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, located in the Pondok Gede region of East Jakarta, is “Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park.” The activities, structures, and exhibits on display show the cultural diversity of the people of Indonesia. Also, the natural abundance of Indonesia is displayed in various parks. Various sections such as the Orchid Garden, Jasmine Park, and Freshwater Aquarium Museum display the fascinating beauty of Indonesia’s plant and animal wealth as spots of abundance. Taman Mini sits on an area of 400 decares, approximately 100 acres, including natural, historical, and cultural museums, and science and technology centers. Also, Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum- located next to the exit gates of Taman Mini- in which more than 11 thousand pieces of furniture, handcrafts, and similar items are displayed; is a must-see. All of the pieces on display were collected during the 32 year-long presidency of Soeharto. The snail shaped movie theatre called Keong Mas Imax, in which educational 3D movies are shown in addition to examples of contemporary cinema, can be a fun spot for especially children. The wind-powered trains, which are used for transportation in the 24 hour-open park, are also very interesting.