Independent Travel Tips: Jakarta

Travelling alone can be a daunting experience, especially in an exotic country, however Jakarta has plenty to offer the solo holidaymaker, and it is a fantastic city to explore on your own. Here are some tips to get the most out of your stay.

Mingle With The Locals

Kota Tua, or Jakarta’s Old Town, is a constant reminder of an era when Indonesia was under European domination. Once a Dutch centre of commerce in the 16th century, this fascinating district is now a popular hub and is the location of many tourist attractions.

The best time to come here as a solo traveller is in the evening, just after sunset, when the locals come out to socialise in the square. This is the ideal spot for people watching, for trying some of the delicious street food and for immersing yourself in the local culture.

Shop Till You Drop

Shopping is one of the most entertaining solo experiences around and Jakarta offers retail opportunities in spades. With 150 malls to choose from, there’s no excuse for not snapping up a bargain, but perhaps some of the best places for shopping enthusiasts to explore alone and at their own pace are the city’s outdoor markets.

A visit to the Jalan Surabaya Antique Market is well worth it for the beautiful hand crafted items and huge traditional paintings that can be picked up here.

Check Out The Local Landmarks

Jakarta has many famous local landmarks, and independent travellers will have no difficulty in whiling away the hours discovering sites such as The National Monument, the modern Istiqlal Mosque and the catholic cathedral. Culture buffs will love discovering some of Indonesia’s greatest treasures at the National Museum, and with no distractions you can easily wander through the many fascinating exhibits without ever feeling rushed.

Alternatively, for a more relaxed pace of life, head to the Taman Suropati park with its verdant greenery and beautiful sculptures.

Staying In Style

Jakarta has accommodation to suit every taste and every budget, however when you are travelling alone, safety is paramount. Choosing one of the city’s well known, secure hotels is not only a safe choice but also one of the most comfortable ones. Obviously check out and book hotels online before you arrive – places like the famous Ara Hotel Gading Serpong feature large, attractively appointed rooms and a host of excellent and luxurious features such as a spa, swimming pool and Japanese restaurant.

Enjoy The Nightlife

They say that Jakarta is the city that never sleeps and indeed, that seems to be true when you take into account its thriving party scene. Jakartans are very friendly and easy to talk to, so going to bars and clubs alone will never be a problem. Some of the large hotels in the city offer live music at night and there are several rooftop bars with an excellent atmosphere.

Foreign holidaymakers are welcome at most of the city’s nightclubs, but especially those that are popular with expats, such as X2 and Immigrant.

Do you have any solo travel tips for visiting Jakarta? Let me know below in the comments!

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