Jakarta is the capital and largest city in Indonesia, located on the island of Java. The “Big Durian” is definitely a shocking experience , at first sight. But , once you overcome the crowded city and if you afford its high end experiences, Jakarta can be an exotic and interesting place to visit. The shopping is excellent and let’s not forget about the nightlife either. Plus, the city is home to a variety of places where children can have fun.
Visit the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park)
It’s another activity suitable for those who travel with the children. This is a cultural-based recreational area which presents a synopsis of the Indonesia culture and all aspects of the daily life in all provinces (26 at the time the park was built). The park comprises religious buildings, museums , theaters, monuments, rides and gardens. There are also restaurants and accommodation on site.
Spend a day at Ancol Dream Park
If you travel with the children, a visit to this park is a must. It comprises Seaworld, the Amusement Park , Dream World, Marina Ancol and Ancol Beach. There is a lot to do here, from playing bowling, to enjoying the rides or swimming. There is an entry fee to get into the park and most of the attractions have their own fees.
Monas – see the city from above and visit the National History Museum
Monas (National Monument) is Jakarta’s best known landmark. The 137 m monument is located in the center of Merdeka square. It also has an observation deck, with nice views of the city. Inside the base of the monument, there is the National History Museum which comprises a total of 51 dioramas, highlighting the history of the country.
Relax on the beach and snorkel at Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands)
Aside from being a national park , this is an area dedicated to tourism. It is easily accessible by boat from Ancol marina and comprises sandy beaches. It is an area popular for snorkeling.
The morning at Jalan Surabaya (Surabaya Street) market
For a different shopping experience, visit the antiques market at Jalan Surabaya (Surabaya Street). Learn to bargain for exotic souvenirs. You can find remains of porcelain made in Holland, which date back from the colonial rule or interesting wooden statues. Just take your time and explore the market.
Take photos at the bird market
We all know that it’s impossible to take any exotic birds out of the country (especially by plane), but no one stops you from taking photos of these superb creatures.
A day at Ragunan Zoo
Ragunan Zoo is home to about 270 species of animals, including the Komodo dragon. All animals live in natural habitats. In total there are over 3,000 species inhabiting the zoo.
Test your karaoke skills
Karaoke is very popular all over Asia. If you are afraid of making a fool out of yourself in your home town, while in Jakarta you can sign to your heart’s desire. Who cares if you aren’t that good at it!? Or you can try your bowling skills.
Shop ‘til you drop
The malls, the markets and the duty free shops are a heaven for those who enjoy shopping. Who knows what you can find? From clothes to electronics, the latest DVDs with music and games…or just about everything you can think of.
Visit Istiqlal Mosque
The biggest Islamic nation in the world is home to one of the biggest mosques in the world: Istiqlal Mosque. It is located next to Monas in Central Jakarta.
Taste the local cuisine
Indonesian cuisine is spicy and flavorful. Skewered shrimp is one of the must-try dishes but more exotic combinations are also available.