Welcome to our city guide.
Within these pages, we aim to familiarize you with all there is to see and do in Jakarta , for a visit full of new experiences and stimulating discoveries. This guide was created for you, and we hope you will find it helpful as you plan your own exciting sojourn in bustling Jakarta.
From historical to cultural stopovers to fun days out for the whole family, Jakarta has it all. We recommend you choose your tour and travel itinerary wisely according to your preferences. For many Jakartans, shopping is a favourite activity, well-catered to by the numerous malls, trade centers and flea markets scattered across the city. Be sure to sample the variations of local food available during your day, and then unwind with a little bar hopping come evening. Our hotel places you within convenient reach of the city's prime entertainment districts.
On behalf of the entire staff and family of HARRIS Hotel Tebet Jakarta, we wish you a fun and memorable journey. Whether you are here purely for leisure or you chose HARRIS Hotel Tebet as a business hotel, enjoy our city. You will find it to be a unique destination full of friendliness and charm.
Welcome to Jakarta
Your first steps in Jakarta will likely be taken at our beloved Soekarno-Hatta International Airport , named after Indonesia 's first president and vice president. For a smooth entry, make sure you have all of your visa and travel documents ready for inspection.
The currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (ru-pi-ah) or IDR. Exchange rates are displayed at many banks and money changers. Banks tend to offer a better rate, and can easily be found throughout the city. Credit cards are accepted in most established business outlets.
The Indonesian government has invested a great deal to stay up-to-date in communication technologies. Many telecom providers have cooperated with international mobile phone companies, resulting in great convenience for travelers wishing to make and receive calls during their stay in the country. With three-band GSM mobile phones, you can easily switch to a local network, or have it automatically shifted. Your loved ones can rest easy knowing you will always be in contact.
Prepaid phone cards are also widely available. With a GSM phone, you will be able to make and receive calls in no time once you substitute your SIM card with a local SIM (most SIM cards come complete with a designated phone number and some talk time included).
The most economical and popular way to get around town is by air-conditioned bus.
For more comfort and convenience, taxis are available for hire. The largest and most reliable taxi company in Jakarta is Blue Bird. The company is known for safety in service, and its drivers are famous for their hospitality and in-depth knowledge of the city's streets, even in the most remote areas. Taxis are normally available for hire from hotels and malls. Use caution when hailing a taxi off the street.
Alternatively, visit a car rental counter at the airport to rent a car for personal use throughout your stay.
Give yourself some time to get used to the rhythms of the city's traffic and public transportation system. Jakarta city officials are in the midst of planning new transportation options, including a Monorail serving key stations within the city. Busway programs covering some routes in Jakarta are also in the pipeline - these buses will run in dedicated lanes so as not to impose on traffic flow.
This former City Hall of the Dutch colonial era is now the Jakarta History Museum , housing a fascinating underground prison where many criminals and prisoners were once chained and tortured.
Also known as Monas, this monument was built during the President Soekarno era. The bowl-like base represents never-ending prosperity for the Indonesian people, while the bronze, gold-coated fire on top symbolizes their power and spirit. Experience for yourself why Monas has drawn so many visitors from around the world to admire its beauty.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
For those who want to experience Indonesia but simply don't have the time to explore each of its many attractions and cultural facets, this one place should be top on your list. Built during the Soeharto presidency, the attraction draws more and more visitors every year.
At Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, you will be treated to all the different cultures that make Indonesia what it is. Come and experience the uniqueness of Indonesia at one convenient venue.
Art and Culture Tours
A true melting pot where different cultures and ethnicities mingle. Here, you can browse and buy different types of textiles and cultural gifts unique to Indonesia , as well as sample authentic Chinese noodles.
Taman Ismail Marzuki
Also known as TIM, this venue is home to indoor and outdoor theatre, art galleries, The Planetarium, and Jakarta 's most famous art institute, Institute Kesenian Jakarta (IKJ).
A must-visit for art lovers.
Pasar Seni Ancol
To the north of Jakarta lies a district where artists gather to display painting and other skills. Different kinds of paintings are available for visitors to browse and to buy. The site is also a popular venue for art shows.
Not very far from Pasar Seni Ancol , Dunia Fantasy (or 'Fantasy World'), is Jakarta 's biggest theme park providing ultimate excitement. Scream your lungs out and feel the blood pumping in your veins on some of the park's many thrilling new rides.
Sea World Indonesia
The name says it all. To see and experience underwater living, come to Sea World Indonesia. Open every day from 09.00 to 19.00, its special performance programs will entice you to come by and linger.
Entertainment in Jakarta
The south and central areas of this vibrant capital city is full of office buildings, bringing with them high demand for entertainment of all kinds. Shopping fanatics can find just about anything they need, all in one area. Explore!
EX Entertainment Center
Connecting to Jakarta 's most famous The Plaza Indonesia, this Entertainment Center houses many boutiques and restaurants. Louis Vuitton, Zara Boutique, Fashion Bar and Hard Rock Café are some of the shops you will find here. Moviegoers will be sated with EX Cineplex and Premier. Want to do a little sport? Try Celebrity Fitness or take your friends out for a night of bowling.
Plaza Senayan and Senayan City Shopping Mall
Another famous Jakarta mall, featuring world-class brands like Gucci, Burberry and Louis Vuitton to satisfy even the most upscale shopper. This four-storey mall will fill your shopping day with the unexpected.
If your office is located in the Kuningan Central Business District, this is the place for you. Great for lunch meetings and dinners - there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from here. After a long day at work, give yourself some time to relax with the latest movie, or play pool and hang out in one of the many cafés.
This is the famed entertainment district of Jakarta where you will find nightclubs, bars, cafes and restaurants of all kinds to suit your mood. A walk around this district is always worthwhile.
We hope you find this little guide to Jakarta useful in planning your daily activities as you tour and travel around the city. Enjoy your stay and have a memorable one.