Jakarta Travel Guide
Travel Guide to Jakarta
When in Jakarta, don’t forget to…
Take an ojek (motorbike taxi), one of the best transport options in a city notorious for its traffic jams. If in a bind, the 12-route TransJakarta bus network can be the fastest way to get around the city.
Head to the observation deck of the 132m National Monument for a lofty cultural experience. Better known as Monas, the grandiose obelisk is topped by a gilded flame that comes alive when it is illuminated at night. The towering structure houses the Indonesian National History Museum and its display of around 50 dioramas.
Snake your way to the Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa. It is the only place in Jakarta that offers a snake massage. It involves two 1.8m pythons slithering over the customer’s body and is said to increase metabolism.
Trace Barack Obama’s childhood. The US President lived in Jakarta as a child with his mother and Indonesian stepfather from 1967 to 1971. During this time, young Obama attended the Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic school and the Besuki elementary school, both still located in the Menteng area of the city.
Play at Ancol Dreamland. Jakarta’s most popular entertainment park is located along the waterfront in Ancol Bay City. The complex houses SeaWorld, Fantasy World and Atlantis Water Adventure, among many other attractions.
Capital city specifics: Jakarta
Population: 234,181,400 approx.
Languages: 237 million
Electricity: 220V/50Hz (French plug)
Timezone (GMT):GMT +7
Average temp (celsius):27 deg celcius
Distance to town (km):35km
Coach/Taxi fare:IDR 25,000-40,000 / IDR 200,000 approx.