In case you didn’t know, there’s going to be a summer music, arts, fashion, and food festival in Jakarta from 20th to 22nd July, called We The Fest. Of course, if you’re going there anyway, you might as well take some time to explore the area, right?
Island Hopping at Pulau Seribu
Towards the north of Jakarta are the tropical islands of Pulau Seribu, or Thousand Islands in English. The entire area is a marine national park, and the islands are between 15 minutes to 2 hours away by boat, depending on where you go.
It’s definitely a place to be if you love life by the seas. There is a wide range of recreational activities that you can do, like scuba diving, snorkelling, or perhaps just having a relaxing time by the beach. Generally, the islands are better the further you go, so I’d recommend venturing out a little more.
The tower is a symbol of independence in Indonesia, which was declared in 1945. Until today, the monument stands proud in Merdeka Square, alongside a gallery where you can learn more about Indonesia’s history.
What you should really see when you are there, though, is the observation deck on top of the tower, where you’ll be bestowed with views in all directions across the city.
Taman Mini Indah Indonesia
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Taman Mini, meaning to say, ‘small village’, is a miniature replica of the entire nation of Indonesia. With over 17,000 islands and 26 provinces, it is quite unlikely that you’ll get to explore it in its entirety even through several trips, but if you want to get an overview of the country and its highlights, Taman Mini Indah Indonesia is your destination.
Arranged according to province, you’ll find models of traditional homes as well as the traditions and culture behind each of them, along with their costumes and ways of life.
Theme Park Adventures
When you think of Indonesia, theme parks probably don’t come to mind, because we often imagine islands after islands of beautiful beaches and clear blue seas. But there are a couple of theme parks that might intrigue you.
One of them being Dunia Fantasi, or Fantasy World, which is Indonesia’s version of Disneyland. Though nowhere near as majestic, it still offers a good, fun time for family. If you’re more into water theme parks, you can head over to Atlantis Water Adventure to cool off on a hot day, with all the giant water slides and large wave pools.
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Other than the sight and activities it offer, Indonesia is generally also a good shopping destination due to its unique designs and best of all, very, very, affordable prices. Jakarta is famous for its malls, especially Taman Anggrek Mall, which is hailed as one of the biggest malls in the city, with a vast array of shops that are suitable for all tastes and budgets.
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As a country rich in history and culture, it comes as no surprise that Indonesia boasts a wide array of museums, even just within Jakarta itself. For a bigger overview on that history, the National Museum always has its doors open to tell the story of history, art, culture and ethnology. In fact, having been in operation since 1868, the museum itself is a historical gem.
Other museums that might be of interest to you are the Textile Museum, Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum), or even the Bank Museum, all of which tells more specific, in-depth stories of each area.
So, you best plan your trip now before the festival begins!