LIVING IT UP IN JAKARTA

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Published on September 04, 2019 with No Comments

The best things to do while in Indonesia’s vibrant, diverse capital.

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SEE Kota Tua – which is also known as Old Town Batavia – is one of the most historical parts in Jakarta. This cultural heart of the city brings you back to the 17th century days of Jakarta’s Dutch colonial period with its heritage buildings that have now been transformed into museums, cafes and art galleries. Make sure to visit key spots such as the Fatahillah Museum (History Museum of Jakarta) housed in the Town Hall, the Wayang Museum displaying traditional Indonesian shadow puppets, and the iconic Café Batavia in an 1830s building. Feeling adventurous? Rent one of the colourful Sepeda Ontel bicycles with matching-hued floppy hats for fun selfie times.

DO Travelling with kids? It’s always a good idea to head to Dunia Fantasi, Jakarta’s answer to Disneyland complete with its own Main Street and a Puppet Castle. Check out rides and attractions such as the Niagara Flume and the Halilintar Twister that will get a squeal or two out of you. There is also a Star Wars section and a large Ferris wheel for the most amazing sights of the park.
Note: Dunia Fantasi is located inside Ancol Dreamland, which is also home to other theme parks like the Atlantis Water Adventures and SeaWorld so if you really want to make a day out of it, plan in advance.

SHOP I Then you’ve come to the right place! Jakarta is teemed with traditional markets selling street food, artsy items, household necessities and clothes. To browse to your heart’s content, head to the district of Menteng famous for its flea markets. The main market is the Jalan Surabaya Flea Market that has been operating since the 70s and known for its antiques. Prices aren’t fixed so you’ll have to haggle for the best bargains, which is part of the fun!

STAY Located in Jakarta’s business district, Aryaduta Jakarta is within close proximity to Jakarta’s high-end shopping malls with plenty of dining and entertainment choices nearby as well as the city’s top museums and galleries. It’s the ideal accommodation if you want to explore Jakarta’s bustling city life, and is just a 45-minute drive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport. If you can, get to the highest floor of the hotel to get a spectacular view of the Semanggi Interchange, a city of the icon resembling a cloverleaf.

 

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