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07 Things to do in Jakarta – Best of Indonesia

Jakarta is a unique place where you are treated to a hodge podge of sights, sounds and flavours. A truly exotic experience awaits the discerning traveller adventurous enough to brave the crowds.

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1.Explore TMII

TMII stands for Taman Mini Indonesia Indah; which translates to what the place actually is beautiful mini Indonesian park. Jakarta which occupies the eastern edge of Indonesia is considered a central place for experiencing local culture and TMII is well landscaped to resemble a miniature Indonesia. You can take a cable car ride over the small village for an aerial view of the place as well as the fascinating pond which is decorated with a map of the country.

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2.Head over to Ancol Beach

Ancol is part of the Dufan fun park and is considered a beach park. The beach itself does not hold much of an allure due to pollution but the area is quite scenic dotted with sunny cafes and restaurants. You may want to take along your camera to capture some local flavour. The area is best enjoyed at sunset where you can chill out at a café after a day at the Dufan Park.

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3.Dufan Park

Dufan Park is easily reached from well-placed hotel Jakarta is home to; make sure you choose a resort that offers you a chance to sit back and relax after a bustling day on the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta. Dufan also called Dunia Fantasia is an amusement park that incorporates Ancol Beach as part of its estate. Dufan is ideal if you are hankering for a day of fun and frolic in laid back environs. Offering entertainment for the whole family this park offers a day's adventure away from the bustling streets of Jakarta.

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4.Visit the National Monument – Monas

Monsa resembles Indonesia's struggle for independence; hence it is the city's most iconic attraction. Close by is the Museum of National History overlooking the Alila Jakarta. Do visit the museum for insightful displays of Indonesia's colourful history. Taking a picture of yourself with Monas in the background is a tradition amongst tourists visiting Jakarta.

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5.Check out the Istiqlal Mosque and Catholic Cathedral

Istiqlal is the largest mosque in Indonesia with claims to being the largest in south East Asia as well. The Catholic cathedral is found across the road from the mosque boasting neo-gothic architectural stylings. A fine example of tolerance and understanding the two vintage buildings are certainly a treat to explore for fine craftsmanship and architectural skills.

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6.Stroll along Jalan Surabaya

All antique buffs should not miss a stroll along the vintage craft laden streets of Jalan Surabaya. There is a fine collection of antique stores along this stretch; and it must be said that having a general knowledge of antiques is a must when purchasing vintage artefacts from Jalan Surabaya. There are many reproduced fakes that closely resemble antiques.

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7.Visit the Old Town, Café Batavia and Sunda Kelapa Harbour

The Old Town is home to many historical buildings; that sadly are not all in good condition. Explore the area and you will come across an interesting collection of museums. Afterwards you have the option of cycling to pretty Sunda Kelapa Harbour where relaxing with a drink at famous Café Batavia is a popular activity.