Heading to Indonesia? Here’s why you should travel to Jakarta
Jakarta is one of those cities that’s a little crazy and a whole lot of fun. While it can be a little challenging for first-time visitors, most find that it’s completely worth it. Sure, the traffic may drive you up the wall, but everyone just embraces it as part of Jakarta, and the city puts the “fun” in dysfunctional.
If you’re into food, you can’t do much better than Jakarta. Here, you’ll find delicious local Indonesian food, Sundanese food, and plenty of Western options, including fine dining and fast food.
There are many different options for hotels, and you should typically book before you arrive so you can be sure that you’re getting a great deal and have one less thing to worry about after you leave the airport or bus station. www.traveloka.com is one of the best ways to book your accommodation, as you’ll be able to see the prices and photos of numerous different hotels and make an informed decision. Be sure to take a look at Le Meridian Jakarta, which is a great place for anyone who wants to stay somewhere comfortable with excellent service.
Considering there’s a big wealth imbalance in Jakarta, one could assume that that the crime rate is sky high. Instead, it’s actually much low when compared to cities of similar sizes elsewhere in the world, and when you take the smog, traffic and constant building of high-rises, you’ll find that none of it fazes the locals, who remain relatively good-natured and positive.
Head to Chinatown for some delicious food, before going out to make the most of the incredible nightlife in Jakarta. Don’t be surprised if you end up meeting some of the most influential people in the country, and be sure to spend some time chilling in one of the cool bohemian cafes before shaking your tail feather in the many clubs which are typically open all night.
When it comes to things to do and see, Jakarta is a standout. Ancol Dreamland is one of the most popular places to visit, and this amusement park is open 24/7 and home to a gondola, art academy, golf range, bowling, Art Market, Ocean Eco Park, Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Aventure, Seaworld, Ocean Dream Samudra and plenty of animal shows.
For something a little more educational, the National Museum of Indonesia will tell you everything you need to know about the geography, history, archaeology, and ethnography of the country (look out for the massive elephant statue).
The Jakarta Arts Theatre is another must-visit, and the building is spectacular and was built during the period of Dutch colonisation. There are a number of theatre shows, art programs and musical performances each week, and the theatre is also close to the Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral
Jakarta has plenty to offer visitors of all ages, so be sure to visit the city on your next trip to Indonesia.