Follow the stream of travellers on holiday in Jakarta to Indonesia Miniature Park for a taste of the whole country in the space of 1 square km. One of the coolest buildings is Istana Anak-Anak, which is designed like a castle. The games and rides inside are for kids, but you’re never too old to try to squeeze into the bumper cars. The complex also has ten gardens for more sophisticated tastes, including orchids, cactus and medicinal herbs (no, not that kind).
On Jakarta holidays, the best beaches in the country are just a short boat ride away. Pulau Seribu, or Thousand Islands, is a marine conservation area 45 km north of the city. There’s nothing cuter than baby turtles, and you can see rare hawksbill hatchlings on Pramuka Island. Among the reefs, see massive schools of tiny damselfish and lone giant clams, and on land, bask in the sun next to iguanas. Want to get wrecked? Head to Opak or Pramuka for the best shipwreck diving around.
Sometimes the best cure for the hangover blues is a little retail therapy. Plaza Indonesia is seven levels of clothes, shoes and accessories—all that glitters is gold in this shoppers’ playground. Then you can show off your new bling in the mall’s lounge and nightclub. If you didn’t book Jakarta holiday packages to shop for new Louboutins, Menteng Flea Market is a great place to find that wide-eyed Javanese mask to freak out your houseguests.
It’s time to replenish those calories you just burned trying on shoes and diamonds. For local cuisine, Jalan Sidoarjo serves up classics like satay skewers and otak-otak (brain fish cake; don’t worry, it doesn’t actually have brain in it). Wash it down with some blackcurrant wine and you’ll fit right in. Want to get even more weird with it? Take one of lastminute.com.au’s Jakarta car hire deals to Jalan Mangga Besar in North Jakarta, where you may be able to find frog and cobra dishes—yum!
You don’t have to drop major cash in Bali to party like it’s 1999 on Indonesia holidays. Stick near the Central Business District and you’ll find entertainment that’s as high-class or down and dirty as you want it to be. Start your night with drinks at a rooftop bar, then get on the dance floor! Feel like switching it up from the CBD? North Jakarta has megaclubs up the wazoo near Jakarta Kota Station, plus you’re in the right place for 24-hour drunk food.
Jakarta package deals from lastminute.com.au will put you front and center to Southeast Asia’s largest city. Mix and match airfares and accommodation, then get ready for a little bit of India, China and Europe in your life.
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Very conveniently located at Jakarta airport and great for an overnight stay. Would certainly stay there again.
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