From great hotels and delicious food, to the city’s best malls, this Jakarta travel blog is packed full of the best things to do in Jakarta.
Before I left the UK, I’d heard a lot of people say Jakarta wasn’t worth stopping in. It sounded commercial and lacking in that Indonesian charm that draws people to the likes of Borobudur and Bali. But I wondered whether that was because people hadn’t found the right places yet. Perhaps there was more to it, just waiting to be discovered?
With just a few days there I headed off in search culture, food and the city’s heart and soul!
Jakarta: Visit The National Monument
The tall, needle-like structure of Jakarta’s National Monument (known as Monas) was incredibly impressive, particularly against the bright blue September sky. The 132-metre tower was constructed to represent Indonesia’s struggle for independence. Nestling on top, a flame covered in gold. We watched as a tourist train took people around the perimeter of the main square, while up a few steps, people queued to enter the museum and viewing platform.
My resounding memory of visiting? “Selfie mister, selfie missus!” It seemed that the Indonesian visitors didn’t see tourists like us very often, and we were asked for photo after photo!