As far as travel in Indonesia goes, Jakarta is one of the most overlooked and underrated destinations in Indonesia. This sprawling city often only serves as a landing point, from which many travelers often spend a maximum of a day or two before setting off for more popular tourist sites like Bali and other island destinations. But Jakarta is a tourist destination in it’s own right! It’s chock full of culture and amazing architecture, and is also surprisingly modern. Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t overlook spending some time in this beautiful city!
- Get a Taste of Real Life Indonesian Lifestyle
Let’s face it – Indonesia is incredibly beautiful, and has some amazing hotel and resort packages that are dirt cheap compared to Western countries. But, those often cater to Westerners and wealthy Asian visitors. If you want an unrefined look into Indonesian culture, Jakarta is a must for you!
- Incredibly Cheap Destination
You just can’t beat the prices! This country is cheap in general, but for the megalopolis that is Jakarta, you would expect to be paying a lot more than what you actually pay! As a developing yet sophisticated country, Indonesia is sure to be friendly on your wallet.
- Get Lost in the Crowd
Sometimes being in a smaller town where everybody knows everybody can feel much more invasive than being in a large city. So, if you are looking to be just another face in this city of 10 million people, Jakarta is the place to do so.
- Try out the Amazing Street Food
The food is to die for here! With several rice dishes paired with out of this world spiced meat and fresh fruits and vegetables, you are going to love this food! Just air on the side of caution and try to go to more clean establishments to avoid parasitic infections.
- Amazing Year-Round Weather
Life in Jakarta is perfect year round as far as the weather goes. It’s always fairly warm and has a pretty constant temperature throughout the year. Although, it has just two seasons (dry season and rainy) so pack an umbrella should you book a trip during the rainy season!
- Crazy Nightlife
There are some nightlife spots scattered around all of Indonesia, but if you are looking for the hottest spots full of all the locals ready to party, look no further than Jakarta. Sure, it may not be anywhere near the Western standard, but it’s an experience you have to try at least once.
- Enormous Shopping Centers and Luxury Brands
Many wouldn’t think of Indonesia as being a premier shopping destination, but let me tell you: it is! Jakarta boasts hundreds upon hundreds of large shopping complex centers, where you can snag all of your favorite items at super cheap prices! Jakarta is also home to worldwide luxury brands as well (Coach, Gucci, etc.).
- The Architecture and Vast Buildings
As a megalopolis, Jakarta has some pretty tall building that are intricate and unique in design. What sets Jakarta’s style of architecture apart is its incredible blend of the old, Indonesian style that is infused with the modern infrastructure we have today.
- The People
Jakarta is a place where you don’t go there simply for the sights to see and the foods to taste, but also for the people to experience. Jakartans are extremely happy and inviting people; you are sure to have a smile on your face while interacting with the locals.A
- Experience the Mix of Antique and Modern
Many cities have lost their antique charm with the onset of modern buildings and lifestyles that has overtaken. This is not the case in Jakarta. Jakarta has beautifully merged the old with the new, creating a modern city that still has it’s old, traditional cultural elements in its forefront.