As the capital of Indonesia, the bustling metropolis of Jakarta represents one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan tourist destinations in all of South East Asia.
Located on the north coast on the western part of the island of Java, the city is accessible via two international airports and is extremely well-connected, making it easy to get to any of Jakarta’s many notable attractions.
Home to a population of more than nine million people, the city is the focal point of the nation’s modern history, being the location where Indonesian independence was proclaimed in 1945.
At the heart of the city are the Sudirman-Thamrin avenues, which are home to some of Jakarta’s most noteworthy landmarks, including Merdeka Square, where the National Monument honouring the nation’s sovereignty stands.
Also situated along this main boulevard are an eye-catching central fountain and a small park, as well as government buildings, banks and some of Jakarta’s top hotels.
People staying in the Indonesian capital will find no shortage of ways to fill their time, as the city boasts amazing nightlife, a magnificent zoo that houses apes, snakes, birds and everything in between, and upmarket shopping centres such as the Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall and Pacific Place.
Meanwhile, gourmands can visit one of the city’s many restaurants and sample delectable local dishes such as the soup dish soto betawi and the refreshing dessert known as es campur.
Whether it’s visiting the bustling city centre, seeing traditional architecture at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or chilling out at the Ancol Dreamland seafront resort, Jakarta truly has something to offer everyone.