Travel Guide Destination: Jakarta
Fact: Jakarta has been Indonesia’s capital city for years.
Location: It’s located in the island of Java, geographically located on 6012′ South Latitude and 106048′- East Longitude
Weather: The average rainfall is 1,916.8- 924.50 mm/year. The temperature is between of 22 C – 33 C.
Politic: Political chaos reigns the streets can be packed with protestors and idealists fighting the corrupt political system. !It might be scarry for foreigners who have never seen this kind of things happening in their country but with the new system we have, all the demonstration are under control by the local polices.
** We just did our 2009 election and everything went from good to well… so worry free about visiting Jakarta.
People: Indonesians are known as friendliest people in the world towards foreigners and most tolerant towards their manners. BUT (1.) avoid patting on the head as it’s not appropriate unless you are closely related or the elders. (2.) Also giving or receiving things with the left hand is considered impolite. (3.) and a lot more unique traditions….
Indonesian people are a mixture of races and they have their own traditions originated from their race. Therefore, there are so many places and people to see and meet to learn more about Indonesians’ rich culture.
Arriving in Jakarta: you’ll arrive in Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, Jakarta. The terminal you’ll arrive depends on which airline you are flying with. Below are the guides:
- Terminal 1 (A-B-C). Used by domestic airlines except Air Asia, Mandala, Garuda.
- Terminal 2. All international airlines (D-E) and domestic Garuda flights(F).
- Terminal 3. The newly built Pier 1 serves Air Asia domestic flights and all Mandala flights.
Transportation: there are many ways to travel in Jakarta and one of them is by riding a taxi. The recommended taxis are blue bird (commonly blue in color) or silver bird (the higher class of blue bird and usually it’s black colored taxis).
However, we do recommend for you to find some reliable, safe transportation. By booking our car rental service, we ensure you that our experienced driver will be there to pick you up on time and prevent any transportation mishap. In a foreign place, some times you do not understand the language and might get cheated by the local people (we didn’t say Indonesians are bad, it’s just that some are). With renting our car, we would ensure your satisfaction as it is our pride to give you the best service. The driver can either send you to your hotel or any destination you requested.
Other ways of transportation is by using the common public transportation:
Busway: it’s a modern, air-conditioned and generally comfortable public bus service in Jakarta. Since May 2009 it has been operating through several lines. The bus is often crowded during rush hours. You can pay IDR 3.500,-/entry to get to any of the destination on the line.
TransJakarta: alternative transportation in Jakarta by stupidamazon
Ojek: Jakarta’s motorcycle taxis (ojek) might be the ticket for you if you want to skip all those traffic jams. Jakarta’s ojek services consist of guys with bikes lounging around street corners, who usually shuttle short distances down alleys and roads but will also do longer trips for a price. Agree on the fare before you set off. Be careful though, hold on tight to them to avoid falling down as they skid through the road of Jakartas :)
Bajaj: This is the orange mutant scooter whose “siblings” are located in Thailand (tuk-tuk) and India. Although slow, boneshaking (suspension is not a feature in a bajaj), hot (locals joke about the “natural A/C”) and the quick way to breathing in more exhaust fumes than you ever thought possible, riding around in these little motor-bugs can really grow on you. Be sure to agree to a price before you set off! Bajaj drivers are happy to overcharge visitors.
ACCOMODATION: there are a lot of hotels located in various location in Jakarta. You can book them online from various websites that offer hotel voucher (ie. http://www.asiatravel.com, http://www.hotels.com). If you have set your date, you should book them faster (note: weekdays rate are usually higher than weekends).
* if your dates are set, we might be able to book it for you with a considerably great price.
DON’T MISS THESE PLACES WHEN YOU ARE IN JAKARTA:
- Ancol Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol): consists of Dunia Fantasi (Fantasy world), Seaworld (for the largest aquarium in South East Asia), Gelanggang Samudra (Ocean Park), resorts, hotel, beach, marina, and great restaurants. It’s one of the biggest park in Asia.
- Taman Mini Indonesia Indah: Just Like Its name which mean Beautiful Indonesia in Little Park we can see the whole Indonesian Culture from here. It offers an exciting tour of 30 provinces of Indonesia with samplings of the country’s more than 250 cultures. Highlight features are the Museum Indonesia and the Keong Emas IMAX theater.
- Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater): This neo-renaissance structure was meticulously restored, and now one of the proud landmarks among the many Jakarta buildings which have been conserved. Some of the city best performance by both local and visiting artists are often held here.
- Museum Nasional: The museum houses vast collections of prehistoric, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, including one of the world’s largest collections of Southeast Asian ceramics and Hindu Javanese art. The museum was opened in 1868.
- Monas (National Monument): Jakarta’s best known landmark, the 137 meter monument is located in the center of Merdeka (Freedom) square. From the observation deck, you can view the city. At the basement there are dioramas that portray the dramatic story of Indonesia history.
- Presidential Palace. Located north of the National Monument, the official residence and office of the Indonesian president is open to the public on weekends for free
- Textile Museum: The museum houses a large collections of textiles related to the religious and social practices of the major islands of the archipelago, including batik, ikat and kain ulos.
- Gedung Proklamasi(Proclamation Building)
- Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum): This museum is dedicated to puppetry, one of Indonesia’s most famous traditional art forms. On display are the wayang kulit shadow puppets, three-dimensional wooden puppets and special dance masks. Wayang performances are presented on Sunday at 10 am.
- Jalan Surabaya (Surabaya Street): For a unique shopping experience, visit this lively open-air antique market on the fringes of the Menteng residential neighborhood. A good place to bargain for exotic treaures.
- Sunda Kelapa Port / Old Harbour: The old port area of Sunda Kelapa remains today as a bustling hub for inter islands trade. Graceful Bugis phinisi schooners, the world’s last wind-powered sailing fleet used for trade, still berthed at the quay as they have for century.
- Ragunan Zoo: Located to the south Jakarta near Pasar Minggu, this 185-hectare city zoo contains a comprehensive collection of some 3600 species of wildlife from throughout Indonesua. Look for the rare Komodo dragon. The animals live in natural habitats. Pusat Primata Schmutzer consists of gorillas and other various primate fauna.
- Istiqlal Mosque: the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia and Cathedral Church located right in front of it)
- Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands): Located north of Jakarta in the Java Sea, these stunning Kepulauan Seribu, easily accessible by speed boat from Ancol marina. This spray of some 300 hundred sandy, picturesque islets offers invigorating respitee for those wishing to escape from the bustling city.
- Museum ABRI (Military Museum)
- Jembatan Kota Intan (Kota Intan drawbridge): The bridge was developed coincide with the development of Batavia by Jan Pieterzoon Coen in 1628, and the only one of the rests of many suspension bridge ever decorating Batavia city.
- Bird Market: Located at Jalan Barito in South Jakarta and Jalan Pramuka in Central Jakarta, here you can find various colourful tropical birds on sale.
- Fish Market and Museum Bahari (Maritime Museum): Located at the mouth of the Ciliwung river, this market area bustles with activities related to the sea. The Museum Bahari situated at the harbor, is housed in restored Dutch warehouses dating back to the first trading post of the Dutch East Indies.
- Bird Island (in Thousand Islands)
- Atmosfear Dry Slider Located in FX Lifestyle Center Mall Sudirman, one of the world’s longest slider and fastest
- Museum Bank Mandiri : Located in the Old Town area opposite the Northern Terminus of Corridor 1 of the Busway and Kota Station,see the history of banking in the Dutch colonial era. Sections include the history of how the Dutch segregated the services offered to bankers by race, the history of the creation of Bank Mandiri and it’s memorabilia , Colonial Era Bank Governors and Rupiah bank notes through time.
For more infos: http://www.destinationjava.com/jakarta.aspx