Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. The city is notorious for many superlatives: the biggest city in Southeast Asia, the densest population in ASEAN (nearly 10 million people) and one of the world most traffic congested cities.
Jakarta is located on the northwestern of Java Island. It was called Batavia. Most of the population in Jakarta is Muslim. In Javanese, Jakarta literally means victory and being prosperous. Although Jakarta is more of an economic city than a tourism city, Jakarta also has many tourist attractions as follows.
1. Thousand Islands
“Thousand Islands” is the largest island colony in the world. It is a natural attraction, called “Kepulauan Seribu”. It is 45 kilometers far in the north from Jakarta Port. Kepulauan Seribu is a beautiful collection of islands. The islands in the colony that are quite big are the location of hotel and residences, while the small ones are the location of spectacular coral reefs. Touristic activities there are swimming, sailing, kayaking and diving.
2. Monas, the national monument
Monas is the national monument. Monas is located at the center of Jakarta city where Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, declared Indonesian independence. It commemorates the Indonesian independence struggle symbolism. The Monas looks like a stone square tower with 137 meters peak. At the top of the monument, there is a fire goblet shape sculpture, made out of bronze and covered with gold. The top of Monas is a view point providing Jakarta city scenery for tourists.
3. Kota Tua, the old town
Just like other former colonial country, Indonesia has a bunch of old buildings which are mixture of European and Asian style. Back in that time, the Dutchmen called Jakarta “Batavia”. Jakarta was an islands colony of spices which exported many crops to Europe. Jakarta has wall along its boundary and European architectural buildings. Nowadays, Kota Tua is a colorful city. It is full of amateur musician along the side providing beautiful music while tourists walk by and try local street food.
4. Medan Merdeka or Merdeka Square
Medan Merdeka, the square of independence, is a beautiful architecture from colonial era. It is built in order to represent the pride that Indonesians have for their nation. In the middle of the square, there are museum and 3-dimension art telling history of Indonesia. These will let you explore how they successfully fight for their independence in the past. It would be delightful for tourists to walk and watch the musical fountain.
5. Kidzania theme park
Kidzania theme park is a land for kids, since 2007. It is full of knowledge and fun. Children will enjoy their imagination in the creative town simulation. In Kidzania, children can be in any career they want. They can choose to play the roll and learn about occupations. There are up to 200 companies, including the world’s leading company, who are joint ventures with as sponsors. As children play the roll in their simulation career, they will get paid; therefore they can spend and buy stuffs in this simulated city. The ticket costs 9 thousand rupiah, and only is available for 4-14 year olds kids.
Traveling by airplane is the most comfortable way to travel from Thailand to Jakarta. There are several flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sukano Hutt International Airport in Jakarta.