Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, it is also the entrance gate for people who come into the country through Soekarno Hatta International airport. If you plan to visit the city and want to stay at a premium (four-to-five star class) hotel, there are several choices belong to this category at the downtown like The Sultan (used to be Hilton), Le Meridien, Sahid Jaya, The Mandarin, and Sari Pan Pacific. All of them are located at the same street : Thamrin-Sudirman street. There are many attractive places can be enjoyed in Jakarta including some destinations which are described in this hub.
M o n a s.
Monas stands for Monumen Nasional, this is a landmark which is also the symbol of Jakarta city. Monas is actually a tower of 433 ft height with a gold plated flame on top of it symbolizing the fight for Indonesia’s independence. The monument magnificently stands on a platform of 45 m squares. Inspired by Eiffel Tower in French, the Indonesia’s first president, Mr. Soekarno, had an idea to build the monument which the construction began in 1959 and finished in 1961.
Monas is built at an 80-square-meter garden area in the vicinity of Merdeka Presidential Palace, on top of it there is a flame with the material of 15-ton bronze constitutes the inside part and 35 kg of pure gold coats it that makes the flame glistening at day and night.
With the lift inside the tower, visitors can go to the top and enjoy scenery of Jakarta city from a platform at the height 115 m. From the top, they can go down to basement and observe the milestones of the nation’s historical journey.
Located in Central Jakarta, Monas is very easy to be reached. People can easily find the place by taxi or by bus (either public bus or bus way).
T M I I
TMII stands for Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Parks, is a recreational park originally intended to promote all cultural aspects of Indonesia. The idea for creating the park was sparked by the late Tien Soeharto, the second president’s first lady in 1970. Her idea was that Indonesia should have had an educative recreational site that incorporates cultural aspects of every province. In TMII visitors can find various pavilions representing all provinces in Indonesia and each pavilion presents traditional house, clothe, dance, food, and craft of the province. So, those who are interested in particular side of a province doesn’t have to go far to reach it, just visit TMII. Because of the vast area (250 acres), modes of transports like train, cable car, and tourist bus are provided to facilitate visitors to go around areas inside TMII.
Besides those wonderful pavilions, there are also attractive views of lakes with miniature of Indonesia archipelago. If you want to watch 3D movies, you can go to Golden Snail Imax theater, and if ornamental fish is your passion, you can go to fresh water aquarium where thousand of ornamental exotic, rare, or endangered freshwater fish are kept for displays. For those who like indoor activities better, visiting one or two of totally 15 museums can be very fun, and for nature-lives enthusiasts there are 10 kinds of gardens, including orchid garden and bird park, waiting for your visit too.
TMII is located in East Jakarta and can be reached by taxi, motorcycle taxi, or other public transports.
Ancol or Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (this full name is taken after Its developer company), is a huge tourism area which brags itself as the biggest among other similar attractions in South East Asia. Located in North Jakarta, this area consists of five main recreation sections : Dufan, Atlantis Water Adventure, Gelanggang Samudra, Sea Wold, and Beaches.
Main attractions in Ancol are :
1. Dufan .
Dufan is an acronym of Dunia Fantasi or Fantasy World. This is an amusement park located in North Jakarta water front which offers many exciting rides, from relaxing marry-go-round to heart pumping Tornado, from amusing Balada Kera (Monkey Ballads) to thrilling Perang Bintang (Star Wars) rides. Dufan is a famous recreation park among young people, for them the way to go to the ride is also part of whole enjoyment, they are willing to stand in a long line to wait for their turn to enjoy a ride. So, if Dufan is your choice for having a good time, I suggest that you come to the park as early as possible so that you have more time to enjoy the rides since it may take more than 30 minutes to stand in a line in order to get your turn.
2. Water Parks.
Water Parks area has four sections based on attractions they offer :
Atlantis Water Adventure, here visitors can swim or have fun water activities in some different pools : wave pool, continuous flowing river pool, rainbow ball pool, slides, and children pool.
Gelanggang Samudra, presents marine animal shows like smart dolphins and seals, ornament fish displayed in aquarium, and 4 D theater.
Sea World, this largest ocenarium in South East Asia features seafriends pool, main pool, alligator pool, and shark pool.
Beaches. Those who like swimming, beach combing, or just hang out by the sea can go to Carnival beach and Festival beach at Ancol.
3. Golf Course.
It’s where Jaya Golf Club located challenging golfers to improve their quality in golfing . This 18-hole-and-71- par golf course is built at a beautiful area so that it’s not only the golf play which attracts but the location also offers great enjoyment.
Ragunan Zoological Park.
Ragunan Zoological Park was established in 1864 and considered one of very old zoos in the world. More than 3000 animals inhabit this zoo including various exotic paradise birds, endangered and threatened animals like Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragon, and Orang Utan.
An exclusively managed area inside the Ragunan Zoo which is too good to pass up when you are there is Schmutzer Primates Center. The establishment of Schmutser Primates Center is intended to provide education for common people about the the life of primates and the importance of their conservation for us and next generation. Here visitors can observe the life /activities of every primate living exclusively in separated enclosures which have been prepared like their natural habitat.
Located in southern Jakarta, Ragunan Zoo is very accessible, either reached by taxi, public buses/transports or motorcycles.
This Thousand Islands or locally named Kepulauan Seribu have nothing to do with the ones with similar name situated in northern New York and southeast Ontario. Thousand Islands/Kepulauan Seribu is a group of islands under the administration of Jakarta local government. Some of those islands have been developed and provide resorts for tourism accommodation although some are still uninhabited. Kepulauan Seribu are generally divided into two groups :
Paradiso Islands (or Onrust Archeology Park)
Paradiso Islands :
This group consists of four mains islands (pulau) : Pulau Onrust (unrest) ,Pulau Kayangan (Heaven), Pulau Bidadari (Angels’), and Pulau Kelor .
Pulau Onrust is also known as Pulau Kapal (Ship) or Pulau Damar Besar . To protect historical artifacts and ruins which date back to the Dutch East Indie Company, In 2002 the Administration of Jakarta declared Pulau Onrust and its three neighboring islands kayangan, Kelor and Bidadari became an Archeology Park.
The other islands include Pulau Anyer, Pulau Laki and Pulau Putri.
Those islands offer heavenly soothing beaches with serenity that are able to captivate visitors forgetting the hustle and bustle of crowded, harsh life.
People who want to visit those islands can depart from Ancol Marina (at Ancol area) where further information about accommodation and transportation schedules can be got. It takes around 20 minutes to reach Pulau Bidadari and Pulau Ayer (they are the closest to Ancol Marina pier), but for farther islands like Pulau Pantara, Pulau Putri, and Pulau Sepa may take up to 2 hours. For well arranged traveling to Thousand Islands you can also contact your travel agents.