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Once the colonial hub of the Dutch East India Company, Jakarta is now the capital of Indonesia, and the main gateway into the country. Throughout its long history, Jakarta has known many different names and conquerors, including the French, British, Dutch, and even the Imperial Japanese. Today, Jakarta is the most populous city in Southeast Asia, and among the world's largest cities. Sprawling and chaotic, Jakarta has seen rampant development and is one of Asia's fastest growing economies.
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Puppets are a famous traditional art form in Jakarta and they are on display here in full force: three-dimensional puppets, shadow puppets and dancing puppets. Wayang features weekly performances, held on Sunday mornings at 10, and visitors with children are encouraged to attend. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Café Batavia right across the street.
Built in the 1700s as the Royal Batavian Society of Arts and Sciences, the National Museum is charged with preserving Indonesia’s rich cultural and historic heritage. The museum is home to a large collection of ethnographic, prehistoric and archeological artifacts.
The biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, the Istiqlal Mosque has a capacity of 120,000 devotees. Interestingly enough, Istiqlal was designed by Frederich Silaban, a Christian architect.
Right in front of the Istiqlal Mosque is the Cathedral Church, an old church built in the Gothic style.
Fish Market and Bahari Museum
At the mouth of the Ciliwung River, is the fish market and museum, which provides an interesting glimpse into the city's rich history as a maritime port. The museum is located along the harbor in restored warehouses that date back to the first trading outposts of the Dutch East India Company.
Within central Jakarta sits Jalan Surabaya, a complex of antique shops and stores. Products include batik, or traditional, wax-dyed cloth; wayang golek, or Javanese wooden puppets; as well as Indonesian antiques, paintings, and scriptures.
These beautiful islands are located in North Jakarta and feature lovely beaches, world-class resorts and marine parks.
All fine things in life deserve time. Indonesia is no exception, and after a whole month of this epic journey, you'll want even more. Fly, ride, drive and boat your way around, stopping off to say hi to the inquisitive orangutans of Borneo, hiking past the dragons of Komodo Island and navigating the majestic volcanoes of Java.
Explore the wilds of Indonesian Borneo on this exciting 10-day adventure. You’ll traipse through lush mangroves and rainforests, spotting remarkable animals, including the elusive orangutan, along the way. You’ll also have a chance to dive and relax at the luxury beachside Kura Kura Resort and visit a turtle sanctuary.
Explore stunning and intriguing Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s most exotic islands, on this thrilling 14-day journey. You’ll have the unique opportunity to spot rare wildlife, drive to remote villages deep in the jungle, observe ancient sites, hike Southeast Asia’s highest active volcano, and relax on picturesque beaches.
Located in the bustling commercial district of Mega Kuningan, the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta is one of the capital's most luxurious five-star properties. The hotel offers 333 luxurious rooms and suites including one Presidential Suite, three Ritz-Carlton Suites, 31 Mayfair Suites, two Grand Spa Terrace Villas, 298 spacious guest rooms and club level rooms. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, high quality linen, sunken bath, designer bathroom amenities, ironing board and iron, free WiFi, LCD TV and a fridge and minibar. The hotel spa and fitness center is one of the finest and most exclusive in Jakarta, and offers a range of invigorating spa treatments. Dining options consist of Asia, an all-day international/Asian buffet; Lobo, a chic high-end Italian restaurant that also serves over 100 different martinis; and Tempus, a sophisticated bar, nightclub and karaoke lounge.
This elegant, luxurious five-star boutique hotel in Jakarta is located in Kebayoran Baru, an exclusive residential area in Jakarta. Consisting of 64 rooms and 36 suites, each guest room and suite opens onto a large private balcony. All rooms and suites are adorned with fabrics and art pieces, and feature dual-line telephones, data port, high speed internet access, briefcase-sized safes, fax machines and multimedia entertainment centers. The hotel is home to three restaurants: Jakarta, which serves Indonesian, Asian, and Western fare in a casual setting; Sriwijaya, inspired by the eponymous, eighth-century Indonesian kingdom, which offers French cuisine; and Sekitei, reputedly Jakarta’s top Japanese restaurant. The hotel also offers indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and tennis and squash courts. The Dharmawangsa is approximately thirty-three minutes from Jakarta's international airport.