Welcome to Jakarta, one of the most underrated cities in the world!
The ultimate attraction of Jakarta is that it is still very safe and a metropolis that fits literally every budget. As Indonesia’s main government and business hub, Jakarta is rarely viewed as a tourist destination, although with its historical sites and authentic cultural heritage, there are actually a lot to explore.
1. Escape to the ‘Thousand Islands’
Jakartans sometimes forgot that under the Jakarta Special Region actually has beautiful islands under the jurisdiction, you can still find white sandy beaches and beautiful underwater habitat suitable for snorkeling and maybe even diving. The key to finding a good place to enjoy Pulau Seribu is: the farther, the better. Don’t even bother stopping over to the overly visited Pramuka or Tidung, but opt for Pulau Macan or Pulau Harapan, which would take a little longer to get, but will have better beach and underwater view.
2. Enjoy Jakarta’s theme parks
Take your whole family to a fun-filled day long excursions to one of the theme parks in Jakarta and its surrounding area. On the north, we have Ancol recreation center with its Dunia Fantasi, hotels, food centers by the sea, watersports activities and a whole lot of other fun things to do. In East Jakarta, we have the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or Mini Indonesia, where you can see replicas of the many Indonesian traditional houses in a day. Click here for other fun parks!
3. Get yourself a good game of bowling!
Although we have lost a number of bowling alleys over the year, Jakarta still has some good ones that you should check out for a fun game of bowling. A great way to get out of the routine and a good reason for lots of drinking too!
Jakarta Bowling Center, Plaza Festival Kav. C No. 22, South Jakarta
Jaya Ancol Bowling Center, Jl. Lodan Timur Ancol No.01, North Jakarta
Price: 10 AM – 16 PM Rp.27,000/game. 4PM – 24AM : Rp.33,000/game.
Weekend: Rp 38,000 /game
Artha Gading Bowling Center, Mall Artha Gading, Jl. Artha Gading Selatan No.1, Jakarta Utara
Price : Rp.30,000/game
Weekend: Rp 35,000 /game
4. Picnic in the park
Living in Indonesia, sometimes we forget the fact that we are blessed with (nearly) a year round sunshine. In a clear day, pack a little basket and discover the few green areas or parks in the city to unroll your picnic mat, and enjoy some light bites you bring in your picnic basket. Just dare to explore and you WILL find the perfect spot.
Read also: City Parks in Jakarta