Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is a bustling and beautiful city, surrounded by charming mountains and coastal lines. Behind the majestic modernity of high-rise buildings and streets, Jakarta possesses a traditional strange beauty that hardly found in any other land on this planet.
1. Best time to visit Jakarta
Jakarta is characterized by the typical climate of Indonesia, with hot and humid weather. Indeed, the weather in Jakarta, Indonesia is hot and humid during the rainy season, from October to April, hot and dry during the dry season from May to September. Therefore, the best time to travel to Jakarta, Indonesia is from April to October each year.
2. Flights to Jakarta
In addition to the direct flights, you can choose transit flights via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, the price will be more preferential but as a result, it will take 1 or a few hours more to reach Jakarta. Also according to the travel experience travelers who have been to Jakarta, you should check on Tiger Airways tickets for reasonable prices and attractive promotions.
3. Transportation to the center of Jakarta
The first and most economical way to reach central Jakarta is to use the Damri bus from Soekarno Hatta Airport. The locals here often call it Airport Bus, which has a cheap price and a lot of routes. Damri bus departs every 10-15 minutes with a ticket price of 40,000 Rp/person. When getting off the airport, you just need to walk a little to catch the Damri bus (very close to the airport gate).
Blue Bird Taxi
This is a very simple way to move to the city center, suitable for a group, but the cost is a bit more expensive. Blue Bird Taxi is the cheapest and most reputable taxi company in Indonesia. Identified as a light blue with the logo on the side and on the roof is a white bird symbol. You absolutely should not take a yellow or green taxi.
4. Popular means of transportation in Jakarta
Delman (horse-drawn carriage): You can rent a Delman car to stroll around the national historical sites in Jakarta or run along the river. Visitors will be surprised to see these cars with bright and impressive decoration.
Bajaj: There are currently about 20,000 Bajaj cars in Jakarta, so tourists can easily see them running on the road and there will be different circles on the cars’ doors showing the allowed area.
Mikrolet: These are small vans that run mainly inside the city, similar to buses but much smaller. Each car can only carry 9-12 people with the ticket price depending on the distance. The front of the vehicle is always labeled with the first and last stops of its route to inform the passengers. For example, Tanah Abang – Meruya M11.
5. What to see in Jakarta
The Old Town
Old Town and Old Batavia are the two oldest neighborhoods in Jakarta. Around the Old Town, there are plenty of museums that are popular with visitors such as the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum), the Museum of Fine Arts and Pottery, etc. On the other hand, the Batavia area has Puppet Museum – a type of typical performing arts in Asia. Here, you can rent a bike (about 3 USD) to explore the Sunda Kelapa harbor.
Setu Babakan village
This is a great place to learn about traditional life in Jakarta. This village is 66 hectares wide, called Perkampungan Budaya Betawi or Betawi Cultural Preservation Village. Coming to Setu Babakan village, you can admire many Betawi cultural features such as lenong (a traditional Betawi comedy), topeng dance, traditional Betawi wedding, and of course Ondel-ondel. The people here still use Betawi. The best time to visit the village is in June and July since numerous special festivals take place to celebrate Jakarta’s independence during this time.
Jalan Surabaya is a famous old town in Jakarta. Surabaya specializes in selling antique items and antique replicas for tourists visiting and shopping. However, you should be careful when purchasing things here because some shop owners often mix fake goods with real goods to make a profit.
6. Jakarta cuisine
Nasi Uduk – Jakarta traditional dish
The main ingredients of this dish are rice cooked with coconut milk wrapped with banana leaves. The available fresh ingredients, with featured spices such as cogon grass, make a very unique flavor for the dish. Nasi Uduk is usually served with fried chicken and soybean cake.
Gado gado – Jakarta specialty
Gado gado is Indonesia’s national salad. The meaning of the name of this dish is “mixed”, which has also reflected the recipe to make this delicious food in Jakarta. Indeed, all ingredients after being prepared will be mixed together and seasoned with spices.
Sop Buntut – The characteristic of Jakarta cuisine
Sop buntut – oxtail soup – is one of the most famous specialties of Jakarta and as well as Indonesia. Made from oxtail but the soup has an elegant, odorless flavor. In fact, the soup is often enjoyed with white rice.
Some delicious and cheap bars, restaurants in Jakarta:
Sate Khas Senayan – fX Lifestyle X’nter: Address: Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Fx Lifestyle Unit 22-23, Tanah Abang, opening hours: 09:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Bakmi Megaria: Address: Metropole XXI Building Cikini, Jakarta Pusat, opening hours 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
Sumoboo Dessert – Grand Indonesia: Address: Jl. MH.Thamrin No.1, Grand Indonesia West Mall 3A Floor
Kue Cubit Kemang – Food Garden Kemang: Address: Jalan Kemang Raya, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan, Kota Jak Tim
Rumah Makan Laguna: Address: Jl. Batu Tulis Raya, Jakarta Pusat.
7. Souvenirs in Jakarta
Crafts and antiques
The traditional Jakarta souvenirs are exquisitely made of wood and have always attracted the special interest of visitors around the world. For recommendation, you can buy small knives, wooden statues, or tribal masks to decorate your home.
Batik is a typical Javanese fabric from Western Indonesia with extremely unique designs and eye-catching color schemes. While the small fabrics that can be used to make bags, tablecloths, the large fabrics are used to make clothes.
Jewelry and gemstones
Jakarta is famous for making the most sophisticated gold, silver, and copper jewelry in the world, you can buy them at markets or in major shopping centers. You can also consider buying gemstones with many sizes here because compared to many countries around the world including Vietnam, the price in Jakarta is considered cheaper.
8. Important notes
- Do not drink alcohol on the street or in public places. If you want to drink, you should drink in the hotel, but remember to ask the staff.
- Especially, do not show excessive affection in public such as hugging, kissing.
- You absolutely should not look straight at the women on the street.
- Do not use your hands to directly touch food, it will be considered impolite and unclean.
- Do not take photos in mosques. If you want to, you need to ask for permission.
9. Explore Jakarta in 24 hours
Enjoy arts at Kemang after breakfast
Kemang is one of the most popular and most interesting places in Jakarta. This is an ideal place for self-sufficient tourists to enjoy a local breakfast to start a new day full of energy.
A cup of coffee and fragrant cakes at Komunal 88 will be great. This is a coffee shop that offers a lot of snacks made from the selection of Indonesian original ingredients. The dishes at Komunal 88 are prepared in different styles such as Italy, France, Turkey, or Iran.
If you want to enjoy delicious food while immersing yourself in the art space with lots of exhibitions from different schools, you can visit the most popular gallery in Jakarta, Dia.lo.gue.
Coffee Komunal 88
Address: 5 – 6 JlAmpera Raya, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00.
Address: 99A JlKemang Selatan, Jakarta, Indonesia.
9:30 – 18:00 (Monday – Thursday).
9:30 – 21:00 (Friday).
9:00 – 21:00 (Saturday – Sunday).
National Memorial- National Museum
Visiting these two places when traveling on your own to Indonesia, you will be able to get on the time machine to learn about Indonesia’s long history, the development process, as well as the unique cultural features through valuable antiques and documents. Tourists often say that in order to learn about a nation or ethnicity on their journeys, the shortest and most vivid way is to visit the museums.
Address: Gambir, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 12:00.
Address: 12 Jl Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta, Indonesia.
8:00 – 16:00 (Tuesday – Thursday).
8:00 – 17:00 (Saturday – Sunday).
Close on Monday.
Address: 35 JI CikDitiro, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00.
Address: 128 Jl Haji AgusSalim, Jakarta, Indonesia.
11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00 (Monday – Thursday).
11:00 – 22:00 (Friday – Sunday).
Address: Jl Taman WijayaKusuma, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 5:00 – 00:00.
Address: 27 JlLada, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Mondays).
Address: BCA Tower, 56th floor, 1 Jl MH Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 16:00 – 1:00.
Lucy in the Sky
Address: Kawasan SCBD, 52 – 53 JlJendSudirmanKav, Lot 14, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Opening hours: 16:00 – 1:00.