Indonesia Luxury Travel – Jakarta
Capital of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. During the day the number increases with another 2 million as commuters making their way to work in the city, and flock out again in the evenings. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process.
In fact, Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as kampung, now crossed by main roads and super highways. It is small wonder therefore, that you may drive down one wide avenue one minute then suddenly find yourself squeezed into a small street together with scores of cars and motorbikes. Together with its many suburbs Jakarta has become a megapolitan city. Therefore, when you visit Jakarta it is best to invest in a good map, or rely on GPS.
As capital city of a Indonesia, Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, this city is also Indonesia’s political center. Moreover, Jakarta is also the center and hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. It is no wonder, therefore that you will find Jakarta an ever dynamic city, a city that never sleeps.
Here, one finds restaurants serving international cuisine or regional dishes from the archipelago, ranging from exclusive restaurants to road-side stalls to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.
Jakarta’s nightlife is second to none. Discos, nightclubs, music rooms in top class hotels or stand-alone offer a wide variety of music and dance opportunities.
Jakarta is, moreover, a great place for shopping, and is able to compete in choice and price with many favorite shopping cities around the world like Singapore and Hong Kong. Every year, the Jakarta Great Sale offers huge discounts attracting thousands of shoppers from the provinces and South East Asia.
Jakarta has two airports, one is the larger Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, located in Tangerang, now in the neighboring Province of Banten. The other is the smaller Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, which is reserved to limited domestic flights.
The best way to travel around Jakarta is by hired car, taxi or by package tour. Be prepared, though, to meet traffic jams, especially when travelling during peak hours and into business districts, including the area to the Old Batavia.