My Sister traveled to Indonesia in the year of 2013 and had the most amazing time. She traveled solo and claims that her trip was the most spiritual she had ever been on. I often use her travel photographs and document her advice and stories.
Jakarta is the hometown of the exotic and people travel here for different reasons. Some travel to enjoy the ethereal sounds of the gamelan music, some to get the world’s best coffee beans, while there are others who love the colors, textures, and patterns of batik that you will find only in Jakarta. Major hotels like Gran Melia Jakarta see now is a great choice for a place to stay and take advantage of the incredible facilities and amenities at the hotel to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Jakarta is an ancient city that carries the influences mix of Portuguese and Dutch culture as well as flavors of Arabic, Chinese and Pacific island life.
Where to go and what to explore?
Start with the China Town of Glodok and enter the ancient twisting corridors in one of the largest urban neighborhoods on the planet. You will find yourself in the midst of architecture and medieval temples. Pasar Baru is the only pedestrian street in the city where you can strike fabulous deals on clothing and batik. Enjoy delicious Indonesian street-food prepared the traditional way. Another place to go to is Ancol Beach where you can sit in a café and watch the sun go down. There is a huge amusement park adjacent to the beach where you can enjoy adventure, water rides, and carnival rides with your family. Bogor is for those who love golf and tennis, and one can visit Bogor Botanical Gardens to see amazing trees, flowers, and strange plant life. Do not miss the opportunity to go to Krakatoa, an island volcano, where you can swim and snorkel with giant, monitor lizards. Walk through the Chicken Market Drawbridge, the drawbridge that operates by ropes and wood for the past three centuries. Those kind of bridges were very common during Dutch colonial period, and there is only one left today.
When in Jakarta, you must not miss out on the museums, they are a must visit. Start with Monumen Nasional which is referred to as Monas. Here you get informative series of dioramas that illustrate Jakarta’s biggest moments. Wayang Puppet Museum is detailed richly with wooden and leather puppets, and they have been entertaining viewers for hundreds of years. Museum Tekstil displays the exotic batik Jakarta is world famous for as well as other local textiles. Indonesian history is famous for its woven textiles and materials along with ceremonial clothing and religious objects.
When exploring Jakarta, you will find the locals to be very warm and friendly. It is easy to get caught up in the whirl of the city, so take things easy and try to hang back. Pause in-between and watch the life go by, observe, and ask questions. It is very easy to strike conversations with the locals who are warm and gracious. This is the best way to get an insight on one of the most complex cities on Earth.