Jakarta, Indonesia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Jakarta, officially known as the Special Region of Jakarta, is the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia. Situated on the northwest coast of Java, it is the most populous city in the country with over 9 million people. The large area it covers is divided into different districts: Central Jakarta, East Jakarta, South Jakarta, West Jakarta, North Jakarta all the way to the Thousand Islands. It is the seat of the national government and the provincial government, the political center, and the hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. The city was established in the 4th century and was an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. Declared the capital city of Indonesia since the country's independence in 1945, it is now a bustling metropolis and an alpha-global city. The city is the seat of important financial institutions including the Bank of Indonesia and the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
Being a large capital city, Jakarta is housing important landmarks in the country. It is one of Indonesia’s designated tourist areas. As the main gateway to the rest of Indonesia, it is housing the he largest and most modern airport in the country. Homing several skyscrapers and mix of old and new architectures, Jakarta also has a lot to offer in terms of tourism. There are plenty of things to do in the city and it is best to focus on just one district at a time. When the sun sets and the streets of the city are lit, the sprawling metropolis offers an array bars and clubs. Branded as the city that never sleeps, it offers a bustling nightlife that both tourists and locals enjoy. As a busy tourist destination with countless attractions, the number of tourists increases and so are the hotels to accommodate them. There are luxury hotels that are mostly located in the city center, as wells as the budget hotels that are located at almost anywhere in Jakarta streets. Hotels may also offer assistance to some tours & excursions to the places at the outskirts of the city.
I planning to get in by plane, there are two airports in Jakarta: the Soekarno Hatta International Airport at Tangerang Banten and the older airport, Halim Perdanakusuma Airport. The Soekarno Hatta International Airport caters to all international and almost all domestic flights. Dozen of flights from Singapore and Malaysia are available everyday. It has three terminals with ?Terminal 2 as the largest that caters to almost the bigger airlines including Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Business Air, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tiger Air, and Cebu Pacific. Terminal 1 caters to Express Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Airfast Indonesia, Aviastar, Citilink, Kal Star Aviation, and Trigana Air Service and Terminal 3 is used by Air Asia Malaysia, Air Asia Indonesia, Batik Air, and Lion Air. From the airport, there are shuttle buses running between the terminals, but it is more advisable to taxe a taxi. However, most of the hotels have an airport shuttle service that is more convenient.
The Halim Perdanakusuma Airport is exclusively used by the military, VIP flights, charter flights, sea planes, helicopter leasing companies and private jets.