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Nestled on the north western coasts of Indonesia, Jakarta is the capital city having the largest expanse which is designated as its special region. Coastal areas in Jakarta's outskirts include the Jakarta Bay, while the Thousand Islands are a hub for tourists, national and international, to flock the series of resorts situated there. Jakarta Old Town and Sunda Kelapa are among the oldest regions for observing the origins of settlement.
From the colonial era of Dutch rule, the Gedung Pancasila is preserved as a national monument which was originally the Dutch commander’s residence, Taman Fatahillah is a square of the Old Dutch town converted into a museum, and the Van Daedels Palace was the official residence of the Governor General. The bridge of kota Intan is also an engineering marvel from the Dutch era. Exquisite shopping opportunities are amply present, ranging from Jalan Surabaya Street-market of antique articles and utensils, the Pasar Baru market of wholesale trade, and the Bird market for sale of tropical bird species of the Far East. With theme parks having adrenaline-pumping rides and family based entertainment, amusement seekers may find solace in Jakarta. Kidzania is a special focus for children of all ages, while the Sea World provides interactive education with marine life. Indonesia in Miniature Park has brought together replicas of national landmarks in a theme setup. Waterborn – Jakarta, Ancol Dreamland, and Atmosfear feature rides which blend thrill with wonder as well as enjoyment. The largest religious sites in the city include the Jakarta Cathedral, Mesjid Istiqlal, and Immanuel Church. The Sion Church remains from its origins as a place of worship for Portuguese slave traders reaching Jakarta’s port. For Buddhists, there is the Vehra Dharma Sakti, the oldest temple established for the Chinese settlers in Jakarta. There are various museums recognizing industrial growth, visual arts and performing arts which include Puppet Museum, Textile Museum, Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum.The Museum Bank Indonesia, National Museum, Mandiri Museum, National Archives Museum, Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum and Jakarta History Museum are present to highlight the regions heritage from a historical point of view. Among federal public buildings, the Presidential Palace is open to public tours on holidays. The Monas National Monument is the prime landmark established in the heart of commercial district. The second landmark to look out for is the Selamat Datang monument, consisting of a fountain centred by a pillared sculpture in front of the Indonesia Hotel.
The Soekarno Hatta International Airport is located about 29 kilometres from the city centre.
Turkish Airlines, KLM Airlines, Qatar Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates, Egypt Air and Air France fly from the UK to Jakarta.
Average flight time from UK to Jakarta is 15 hours and 30 minutes.
None of the airlines operate direct flights from this destination.
One can get to the city centre from the airport on a taxi or a rental service, or even on a Jakarta Bajaj (rickshaw) if budget is the main priority.
There are multiple means of getting around the city. One can travel on the public bus, on tour buses, on the Jakarta busway or a taxi for long route and convenient inner city journeys. For short and more budget trips, bajaj and ojeks are more recommended.
Best time to visit Jakarta is during the dry season months of July to October.
Seeing as it is one of the leading tourist destinations in South East Asia, it comes as no surprise that Jakarta is home to a wide variety of hotels. These include the high-end luxurious ones like the Mandarin Oriental and the Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel which offer first class service, room quality, transport, business lounges and fine dining cuisines. The likes of ARTOTEL Jakarta and Santika Hotel lie in the mid-range bracket, providing comfortable rooms and service at affordable rates. All of these hotels facilitate suites with amenities like spas, pools as well as continental restaurants. Most of the accommodation industry consists of high rise towers and buildings located in the central area. For those looking to spend on a budget line, they can stay at Tune Hotel Pasar Baru or the Amaris Hotel, including others which offer adequate rooms and food for relatively cheap rates. The backpacker budget category is either centred on bus stops and the main train station to cater for the locals arriving in the city, while the airport also has a sizeable amount of hotels to cater for overnight stays for passengers.