Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is one of the most popular Southeast Asian tourist destinations. Jakarta is the hub of political, cultural, and financial activity in Indonesia and, as such, is a rather exciting destination. Some of its major attractions include the Plaza Indonesia, the National Monument, the Jakarta Cathedral, Ancol Dreamland, and the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. The city is also home to many luxury hotels and residences, such as the Ascott Kuningan Jakarta, which serve as great options of accommodation for those looking for a serviced apartment in Jakarta.
Jakarta is truly a great place to visit, but visitors can often get a bit lost in all the buzz of the city and miss out on certain experiences. But if you follow these travel tips you can be assured that you won’t be bogged down when it comes to traveling in Jakarta.
Firstly, check if you qualify for ‘visa on arrival’, because if you aren’t then you might be in for a bit of a nasty first experience of Indonesia. Secondly, familiarize yourself with some Bahasa Indonesia words and phrases which are associated with travel. Trust us, if you can say “where is”, “how much”, “I want to go to”, and “directions to”, in the local language your traveling about Jakarta is going to be much easier. Thirdly, try and get familiar with the bus routes, as buses are a cheap and fast form of transportation in Jakarta. Fourthly, find out where the nearest ATM’s and banks are. You can even get all your money exchanged at the airport itself, but if not, just figure out where the ATM’s are. Since the exchange rate for dollars to Indonesian Rupiahs is always favorable it is advisable to bring your money in dollars to Indonesia. Fifthly, stay in Central Jakarta as that is where most of the action is, but you can explore the rest of the city, and sixthly, if you are exploring the suburbs, hire a tuk-tuk because Jakarta isn’t very pedestrian-friendly.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+