5 days / 4 nights Itinerary in Jakarta

Planning an itinerary in one of Indonesia’s largest city Jakarta may be no easy feat. This city is the main and largest city of Indonesia, located on the island of Java. It is well known for its notorious traffic on one hand and for its hidden treasures and shopping delights on the other. Another highlight here is the nightlife in Jakarta.

Jakarta also owns the international airport hub to Indonesia, hence many visitors will find them landing here as their first experience to Indonesia. If you have 5 days or so to explore to place, you can truly start to learn its in and outs and enjoy the city buzz.

Here is our suggested 5 days / 4 nights itinerary in Jakarta for you.

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Day 1 – Jakarta’s tourist attractions

Once you have landed and finally made your way to your hotel, freshen up and take a big breath. You may take on one of Jakarta’s top tourist attractions first. Head north to the famous Ancol Dream Park, which is a 24 hours amusement park with offerings like Fantasy World, Atlantis Water Adventure and Ocean Eco Park. This would certainly entertain the kids if you are traveling with family.

If that does not interest you, then maybe you can consider heading south instead to the Taman Mini Indonesia (miniature park). This park will surprise you by how fun it can be to learn about the cultures and architectures of diverse and vast Indonesia all in one place.

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beach at Ancol Dream Park, Jakarta. Photo by Pureisme

Day 2 – Jakarta’s Old City, Chinatown and surroundings

Today will be the day that we explore the heritage part of Jakarta. This heritage tour includes going through Fatahilah Square (Jakarta’s old city) and Glodok (Chinatown). At the old city, walk around and marvel at the old Dutch colonial architecture before going into the Jakarta History Museum. After that, pop by Cafe Batavia, a favourite of both tourists and locals alike, with vintage atmosphere and high-quality local food.

To walk off the meal, head to Chinatown, where you can find Jakarta’s well preserved oldest temple, Jin De Yuan Temple.

Since we are in this area, sneak in some shopping at the local’s favourite Mangga Dua Mall.

Jakarta History Museum at Fatahillah Square

Jakarta History Museum at Fatahillah Square. Photo by edi wibowo

Day 3 – Merdeka Square, arts and culture

To round up our Jakarta experience, we shall explore the area around Merdeka Square, which is at the heart of Jakarta. You can get here via train to Station Gambir. First check out the National Gallery that is just across the station, which is a combination of museum and art gallery.

Then head north passing by the many attractive spots such as the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. Then check out the vibrant Pasar Baru (market), where you will find many locals and family-run business selling everything from clothes and watches to food and drinks. After that, look for the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Arts Theater), a Dutch colonial concert hall. There are various programs here from theater shows to musical performances.

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument (Monas), Jakarta. Photo by Vasenka

Next, loop back to Merdeka Square, pass by the National Monument that symbolizes the fight for Indonesia. Also, visit the National Museum here to get yourself acquainted with Jakarta and also Indonesia’s history and culture. Before heading back, have a quick look at the National Monument again, as it lights up beautifully during the night.

Day 4 – One day trip from Jakarta

One day trip to Thousand Islands or one day trip to Bogor and Taman Safari.

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Day trip from Jakarta - Taman Safari Indonesia

Taman Safari day trip

Day 5 – Shopping Bonanza

For your shopping in Jakarta, it does require a day from you thanks to the traffic in Jakarta. But if you are short on time, choose out one or two from these shopping places. At central Jakarta, check out the Plaza Indonesia for designer goods and the large shopping mall, Grand Indonesia. If you are looking for cheap yet quality imitation goods, head to Mangga Dua in the north (if you have not check it out yet the one your second day). Else, head south to Blok M mall, where you will find all sorts of fashion goods from shoes to clothes and bags.

With 5 days, you will be able to cover the highlights of Jakarta plus shopping, excursions and one of the day trips from Jakarta.


Best Accommodations in Jakarta

Booking.com is a good choice because most of the bookings can be cancelled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility.
Agoda.com is another good choice as they have the most extensive hotel listings in Asia.

The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north and central Jakarta, having most of the tourist attractions here. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend to stay in Jakarta:

    Luxury (from 150 USD)

  • The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta
    A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. Truly a dream.
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  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta
    For those who want a high security and well-known hotel with world class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks.
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    Budget (below 50 USD)

  • Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta
    For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.
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  • Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta
    For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money!
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Travel Guide to Bogor, West Java

Bogor is a unassuming little town somewhere on a highland (290 m above sea level) of Java with just about an hour away from the main city Jakarta. It used to be the capital of Indonesia during the Dutch occupation and now a popular place for the Jakarta elites to have a summer home or for a cooling hideaway from the city.

Where is it

Bogor, West Java, Indonesia Map

Bogor, West Java Map

It is located in West Java, Indonesia, 60 km south of Jakarta.

Why go

Bogor is the answer to escaping Jakarta for a day or even as a weekend getaway. With its cooling mountain area with beautiful flowers and happy animals, it does tickles the naturalists while entertaining the young and restless.

Botanical Garden at Bogor

Botanical Garden

When is the best time to go

It is generally good to go all year round but as being known as the Kota Hujan (city of rain) so it will tend to rain in the evening with overcast clouds threatening most of the times, so if you are here during the rainy season of Indonesia (October to February), try to arrange your outings to start from early in the day.

What to see

Botanical Garden (Kebun Raya Bogor)
Reminiscent of the era of grand gardens of the riches, you will find beautiful flowers, well-tended gardens, fountains, pond dotted with water lilies and orchid garden in a glass house. Stroll around open areas or twisted trails, and even walk across lanes flanked by tall fern trees and colorful flower-filled bushes. If you are lucky you may even see the famous Bunga Raksasa (giant flower) in full bloom.

Astrid Plane at Botanical Garden, Bogor

Astrid Plane at Botanical Garden


Presidential Palace
Located just at the northwest of Botanical Gardens, it is a grand palace standing tall in the middle a beautiful lawn. It used to be the summer residence of the Governor of Java and now as one of the Indonesia President’s summer house. It is famous for the 250 deer grazing its lawn and you may visit it from within the Gardens.

What to do

After the walk in the Botanical Garden, walk around this little town that sorts of reflect on its old golden days.

What and where to eat

Cimory Restaurant, Bogor

Cimory Restaurant

Eat the local specialties which are pickles (asinan) and grilled bean sprouts (tauge goreng)

Cimory Restaurant
Decent food overlooking the hills for a relaxing meal. Don’t forget to try their yogurt drink here made from fresh milk from the farm.

Where to stay

There are various places to stay here in Bogor as it is a popular place for getaways and traveling for the locals as well. You may find from budget to mid-range and to high end of hostels, guesthouses and hotels here. Popular hotels here are in the mid-range with good value such as Santika Hotel or Hotel Salak the Heritage *.

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How to get there

First of all, you need to fly into Jakarta, the nearest airport to Bogor, then make you way there via these transports:

By car
The easiest way to get here and also to go to nearby places, you can rent a car with driver if you are in a group and can afford to spare. It will take about 1-2 hours drive to get there depending on traffic. Try to avoid peak hours in the morning (6am-10am) and (4pm-7pm) evening.

By train
You can take the local komuter train from almost any station to get to Bogor.

By bus
You can catch a bus at either Lebak Bulus, Kampung Rambutan or Kali deres bus terminal to Bogor and it will take about 1-2 hours depending on traffic. There are two types of buses which is Executive (with air condition) and Economy.

Angkot at Bogor

Angkot

By angkot
This is the favourite method of the locals, being the cheapest and also better in twisting around the jams, these minibuses will take you there in the maximum priced of 1000 Rp. First, you need to catch an angkot from Kampung Rambutan (bus station) and ask to take to Cisalak. At Cisalak you would need to switch and find another angkot to take you all the way to Bogor.

How to get around

You may walk around this town and on pedestrian friendly paths such as along rivers.

Else for fast access, flag down angkot (minibus) and use it to cover the area. Bear in mind the traffic is also heavy here. Just pay 2,000 Rp when you hop off where you wanted. Just take note of your belongings when squeezing into the angkot.

Elephants at Taman Safari, Bogor

Elephants at Taman Safari

Where to go nearby

Giraffes at Taman Safari, Bogor

Giraffes at Taman Safari

Taman Safari
Well worth to bring family here, especially a delight for kids. It ranges from a ride through the safari where animal dwell in free range, baby zoo for more intimate view and take pictures if you like, bird park hosting many wild birds, and even some zoo-like enclosed animal. The animals here are well taken care of and the place is well maintained.

Puncak
Go up even higher to the highlands to view the tea plantations and enjoy the cool breeze.

Travel Tips

Bring a raincoat or an umbrella as Bogor is being called city of rain for a reason.

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Day Trip from Jakarta – Bogor’s Botanical Garden, Cimory Restaurant and Taman Safari

So on my long stay in Jakarta, I was itching to head out and escape the hustle and bustle of Jakarta and found that my answer is not too far away. Bogor just about 1-2 hours away depending on traffic on a weekday, is the answer to a desperate traveler in Jakarta or a fellow jaded resident looking for a quick getaway.

In my trip I manage to cover Kebun Raya Bogor (Botanical Garden) in Bogor which is a reminiscent of the grand Dutch era gardens for the royal family, inclusive with a castle within the compound, which unfortunately for me that day was having a ceremony (upacara) thus close to public, but it does look majestically inviting from the outside.

Day trip from Jakarta - Botanical Garden Bogor

Botanical Garden in Bogor

Another 30 minutes away, an hour if traffic is heavy, it was heavy for me on an ordinary weekday, is the Taman Safari (Safari Park). But before that, stop by Cimory Restaurant for a quick fill up of a decent meal overlooking mountains and random modern construction all over but nevertheless still pretty. With the cool wind blowing and view of rolling mountains, it almost transported me back to when I was at the hills in Italy.

Day trip from Jakarta - Cimory Restaurant

Cimory Restaurant

After lunch, just another 10 minutes away is the safari. Well worth to bring the family here, especially a delight for kids. It ranges from a ride through the safari where animal dwell in free range, a baby zoo for more intimate view and take pictures if you like, bird park hosting many wild birds, and even some zoo-like enclosed animal, my favorite the white tiger, majestic itself against a backdrop of a replica of Taj Mahal.

Was my trip worth it? Oh, definitely it is. Cool mountain area with beautiful flowers and animals, it does tickle the naturalists while entertaining the young and restless.

If you are looking for a weekend getaway instead and want to take it slow and stay for the night, there are hotels and guesthouses to choose from. Not only you can explore more of Bogor town and take a full day at the Safari, you may also go to Puncak, a famous mountain chill out place for locals.

Day trip from Jakarta - Taman Safari Indonesia

Taman Safari

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