Welcome to Jakarta, the booming capital of Indonesia located on the island of Java. Some consider this busy metropolis of nearly 10 million the Southeast Asian counterpart of New York City; it's even been nicknamed the "Big Durian" after the spiny, smelly, yet sweet Asian fruit. Just like the Big Apple, Jakarta is an epicenter of culture and history that shouldn't be missed. Explore your options for Jakarta vacation packages on Travelocity today!
Out and About in Jakarta
First, stop by Merdeka Square, one of the largest city squares in the world at a whopping 247 acres. At its center you'll find the National Monument, a 433-feet-tall structure celebrating Indonesian independence. Nearby, check out Jakarta's National Museum, which is over a century and a half old and covers all angles of Indonesian culture and history throughout the ages. You can also find Istiqlal Mosque near Merdeka Square. Opened in 1978 to commemorate Indonesian independence, it's the largest mosque in Southeast Asia and is definitely worth a look. Just want to get your dance on? Head to the Kemang area for a vibrant selection of bars and clubs, and crash at one of the nearby Jakarta hotels when you're exhausted.
Eating and Drinking
Kemang is also a great place to find a variety of restaurants. Jakarta is dominated by Betawi cuisine, which is a diverse cooking style characterized by elements of Malay, Chinese Peranakan, Sundanese, Javanese, Arabic, Indian, and European culinary traditions. Don't miss gado-gado, a mixture of vegetables, tofu, and hard-boiled eggs dressed in peanut sauce. Soto Betawi, a sort of beef soup, is another must-try local dish. Nasi goreng (fried rice), sate (meat on skewers), and siomay (fish dumplings) are also common fare. Ready to book your hotels in Jakarta? Travelocity is your best choice when it comes to finding cheap hotels in Jakarta and the best flights to Jakarta. Save up to $537 when you book a hotel and a flight at the same time!