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Things to do in Jakarta

Bogor Botanical Garden

Travel 60km (37m) out of Jakarta and you will land in Bogor, a city known for its botanical garden spread out across 87 hectares (215 acres). Bogor Botanical Garden (tel: +62 251 832 2187) can be easily be explored in a day, but don't forget your umbrella as the area is famed for its prodigious rainfall.

Explore Jakarta’s 1000 Islands

Contrary to its name, there are 128 islands scattered throughout Jakarta Bay offering an abundance of activities, from wreck diving on Pramuka to observing turtle breeding on Kelapa. Tours are available at Thousand Island Tours (tel: +62 21 3302 9759;

Hang with Indonesian hipsters in Pasar Santa

For years Pasar Santa was a local indoor market, the likes of which exist all across Asia, but in 2014 a collective of the city's entrepreneurial folk got together and decided to make it a place where the city's start-ups could rent cheap stalls. Nowadays its full of coffee lounges, vinyl stores and street food stalls and has a reputation as the city's hipster hub. Expect beards, tattoos and snapback caps by the dozen.

Indulge your sweet tooth in Chinatown

Jakarta's Chinatown reveals a very different side of the city. You can trawl for electronics at Glodok market or for traditional Chinese décor at Petak Sembilan Market. For the sugar hounds, though, a visit to Gang Kalimati and its 'sweet street' should be top of the agenda.

Visit all of Indonesia in an afternoon

The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (tel: +62 021 8779 2078; is based over in East Jakarta and bills itself as 'the whole of Indonesia in one park'. Set across an areas of approximately 250 acres, its main attractions are the 26 replicas of traditional houses that represent different areas of Indonesia. You'll also find museums, theatres, fauna parks and an IMAX theatre.

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Oakwood Premier Cozmo

Minutes from Ambassador Mall and Kuningan City Mall, the Oakwood Premier Cozmo Jakarta offers guests 5-star quality, air-conditioned rooms in the middle of Jakarta’s high-class shopping and entertainment district. Guests can choose between rooms or apartments, and the hotel comes with an outdoor pool and fitness center in addition to four restaurants and 3 coffee shops on the premises.

Gondia International Guesthouse

This homely guesthouse with a small garden in a quiet street provides a good respite from Jakarta. It's a decent alternative from the hostels and guesthouses of Jalan Jaksa and has comfy rooms and a friendly ambience.

Red Planet Hotel Pasar Baru

Right next door to the famous Ramayana Pasar Baru market, this hip hotel offers guests the chance to explore Central Jakarta without straying too far from their accommodation. Each room has free Wi-Fi, custom-made beds, flat-screen TVs, and of course air conditioning to survive the year-round sky-high temperatures.

Grand Hyatt

Only in the moderately priced bracket if booked in advance because this is a luxurious residence bearing the hallmarks of quality expected from a Grand Hyatt. Located in the Pinheiros financial district, it has all the amenities you could wish for, including high speed internet, a choice of bars and restaurants, 466 rooms and suites and an exemplary spa. The Wine Library bar offers guests a giddying choice of 2,500 bottles. Breakfast included.

Harris Suites fX Sudirman

This budget hotel is housed in a beautiful high-rise building in the heart of Jakarta's CBD, with direct access to fX Sudirman Mall and Plaza Senayan for travellers who want to save on accommodation but spend big in Jakarta's famous shopping malls. Harris Suites offers free Wi-Fi for all guests and complimentary water, tea, and coffee in their modern, bright, and clean rooms.

Novotel Jakarta Gajah Mada

This 4-star hotel is located near Batavia, Jakarta's Old Town, so guests can enjoy all the cultural, artistic, and leisure activities that North Jakarta has to offer. In addition to using the hotel's modern meeting rooms, guests can enjoy delicious meals at the in-house restaurant or relax at the pool, sauna, or spa.