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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What to do in Jakarta

What to do in Jakarta, Indonesia

I went to Jakarta recently, Indonesia's capital city and I'm sharing a few travel tips during my stay in the country. 

Vacation Checklist:
- Map , Phone Apps 
- Hat/Cap
- Comfortable Footwear
- Sunglasses
- Bottled Water

Here's a list of what I did in Jakarta: 

1. Where to Stay:Six Degrees Backpacker

The first thing you want to do is to find a great place to stay in the city. We stayed comfortably at Six Degrees Backpacker, the hostel is budget friendly and has a good location. You need to find a place not to far from the airport and is bit close to few tourist landmarks. 

What I like about this hostel is that they served delicious breakfast, offers free billiard game, darts , a book corner, great wifi connection and even a small theater to watch movies. 

Six Degrees Backpacker
Address: Jl. Cikini Raya No.60, Jakarta, Kota XJakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10330, Indonesia
1 night ( dormitory) : IDR 160,000

Instructions for your taxi driver: (I got this from their website).
Masuk Jalan Cikini Raya, lewat TIM (sebelah kiri), lewat 7-eleven, masuk komplek ruko “central cikini” sebelah kanan. Parkir depan “Texas Chicken” Tempat kami adalah pintu kuning yang sebelah kiri nya Texas".

2. National Monument (Monas)
Address: Medan Merdeka, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia

If there's one place you should visit in the city. It's the National Monument of Indonesia. It was built to commemorate Indonesia's fight for Independence. The 132 meters tower is located in Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta.

3. Istiqlal Mosque or Masjid Istiqlal
Address: Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, DKI Jakarta 10710, Indonesia

Visit the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. We visited Jakarta on a Ramadan season so the mosque was jampacked with Muslims. Different kiosk floods the gateway with Halal foods after the fasting time ( no pork, no lard kind of foods).

4. Jakarta Cathedral
Address: Jl. Katedral No.7B, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10710, Indonesia

Just on the other side of road is Jakarta's neo-gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral. It's quite interesting to see two religions peacefully infront of each others place of worship. It is also the church of the seated Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jakarta. 

5. Street food: Nasi Goreng
The mixed fried rice is one of the delicious foods in Indonesia. I loved it especially if you add in one sunny side-up on top of it. I'm also a big fan of their coffee and tea, a must-try when in Indonesia. Choose the authentic coffee brew and tea from the province. 

Check out the National Monument at night. The tower is flooded with lights that changes color every minute. Check out the Street food outside Monas too.

Address: JL Raya Puncak, KM 87, Bukit Paralayang, Puncak, 16750, Indonesia

If you're like me who's always on a quest for an adventure then take the road less travelled to Puncak. Make sure to travel early or stay one night in Puncak and don't forget to bring a jacket, it gets cold late in the afternoon till night time. 
Travel time: 2-3 hours (depending on the traffic)

Address: Perkebunan Gunung Mas Jl. Raya Puncak Kotak Pos 6 Cisarua 16750

While you're in Puncak don't miss the chance to see the Tea Plantation. See the bountiful tea leaves on the mountains and smell the freshness of the countryside. 

You can also buy tea bags boxes for souvenirs or for your supply. I've never thought organic tea would taste that good  , you should try it to believe it. 

8. Ride the Tuk-Tuk
This is something authentic to Asia, one thing you should experience during your travels. The tuk-tuk vehicle they have in Vietnam looks secured and even budget friendly, if you know how to haggle with the price. We paid IDR 20,000 for our tuk-tuk ride from Six Degrees Backpackers hostel to the National Monument. Most of the attractions are just around the city so getting around is pretty easy with a map in hand. 

9. Get Lost
Most of the attractions are just around the city so getting around is pretty easy with a map in hand. -as mentioned above. However, no matter how good you are with the applications "here" or "mapsme", even the old school map given by the hostel. The chances of getting lost around the is inevitable. It's still more fun if you get lost then in this way you get to interact with the locals. They know the city well and even knows the shortcuts to different attractions around the area. For sure directions seek advice from the hostel staff before heading to your desired spot or when you're on the road approach policemen, train or a bus personnel and sidewalk vendors. 

Travelling is not just about getting to famous tourist spots and trying out their specialties. It's more deeper than that the experience is more satisfying when you get to talk to locals and listen to their stories. Talk to a stranger, mingle with the other tourist and surely it would make your travel more memorable.  

10. Learn Basic Greetings

Terimah Kasi - Thank you
Sama sama - Welcome
Makan - Eat

This is one thing I do with all my travels. I try to learn the basic greetings most especially the word "Thank you". Aside from that I also try to learn the words like Delicious, Good Morning, Discount for shopping purposes and so on. Once you say their native language with anything you do in the country it would always put a smile on their faces. They will treat you more as friend and will try to interact with you more. It's either they burst out laughing or will give you a big, wolfish smile ahahaha. Believe me it always works! Why wouldn't you want to make somebody's day brighter with a smile? Be friendly and embrace the wonders of traveling. 


  1. it was fun experienced, one thing in jakarta is traffic jam but it is fine make sense because it is the capital city of indonesia. thank for sharing your experince

    1. That's true. Despite the traffic I still had a wonderful time in Jakarta. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!