When it comes to Southeast Asian cities, Jakarta is a middle sibling of sorts. The Indonesian capital is often compared to Manila or Bangkok, and it’s true in some ways: The people are just as friendly and the local food just as delicious. With Jakarta accommodation, you can dig deeper and discover the city’s own unique and vibrant identity.
Things to Do in Jakarta
For an island destination, there are surprisingly few beaches in the city. If you’re seeking sandy stretches, head to Ancol Marina in North Jakarta and take a boat to Pulau Seribu, a.k.a Thousand Islands. Just off the coast, this chain has the country’s best beaches, plus fin-tastic snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also get in on some watery fun from the main island, with jet ski and boat rentals near the marina. North Jakarta hotels range from upscale resorts to delightful boutiques, and will have you front and centre to all the aquatic adventures.
Accommodation in Central Jakarta offers a more cultural experience. Attractions like the 200-year-old National Museum, the neon blue National Monument and the futuristic National Gallery (are you seeing a pattern in these names?) are just steps away. Start your day in Merdeka Square, where you’ll find shops serving nasi uduk (steamed rice with coconut milk) and other breakfast treats, which go “oolong” nicely with local teas. Many people know the island of Java for its coffee, but Indonesia is also one of the world’s main tea producers!
Getting To & Around Jakarta
Flights to Jakarta land at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), just outside the city limits. There are numerous bus services with stops all over the city and beyond, but the fastest and easiest route is private transport. Many hotels in Jakarta will organise transport, whether it is an airport shuttle pickup or a pre-arranged taxi trip. If you do need to hail your own cab, just walk outside to the official taxi ranks, where you can get a ride to central Jakarta for the price of two lattes. This advice holds when you’re ready to get out and see the sights, too—you could spend your holiday trying to figure out Jakarta's bus systems, but with cheap rates, it’s much easier to pony up for a taxi.
Best Time to Travel
Temps in Indonesia don’t change much, but rainfall does. Visit between April and October during the dry season, for top surfing and beach-lazing conditions. The mercury will rise slightly in July and August, but you’ll still have temps of about 30 degrees and low humidity, perfect for Jakarta holidays. The rainy season, from November to March, brings downpours and sometimes flooding thanks to the city’s many rivers; unless you’re really desperate for a bargain, it’s best avoided.
Your holiday self is telling you to get out from behind that computer screen and experience the world! But first, book one of Wotif’s great deals on accommodation in Jakarta—then get ready for the sights and sounds of one of Southeast Asia’s biggest metropolises.