Hectic Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and has a rather unfortunate nickname as it is often referred to as the ‘Big Durian’ in reference to the famously pungent Southeast Asian fruit. Many tourists treat Jakarta as an entry and exit point to Indonesia, but if you are passing through the city and have some time to spare then there are a wide range of attractions to enjoy from quirky museums to a variety of national monuments.
Jakarta is also a great place to learn more about Indonesia’s complicated history and you can visit a variety of culturally and historically significant locations such as the old town and the port which will give you a glimpse of how the city would have looked in past times. As well as harking back to the days of old, Jakarta is one of the most modern cities in Indonesia and you can spend time embracing this cutting edge side to the city at its famous malls, bars and restaurants. Jakarta may be crowded, loud and busy, but it certainly isn’t boring.
One of the main pastimes in Jakarta is shopping and if you want to take advantage of this fully then head to the district of Menteng which is famous for its flea market. Here you will find a huge range of goods including arts and crafts, miles of textiles and even food items. The main market is known as Jalan Surabaya Flea Market which first started operating in the 1970s and is also known for its antiques.
Some of the signature items that you will find here include ornate wood carvings and vinyl records and the market is over half a kilometer long which means that you will be spoilt for choice whatever you budget. Bargaining is expected so don’t be afraid to haggle if you spot something you like.
Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, abbreviated SHIA or Cengkareng Airport, hence IATA designator "CGK", is the primary airport serving the Greater Jakarta area on the island of Java in Indonesia.
Jakarta, Indonesia's massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine. The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock.