Destination Guide - Jakarta
Unlike tourist favourite Bali, Jakarta is more business than beaches – but mega-malls, markets, museums and mosques are among the good reasons to explore the city. As the capital, a visit to Jakarta is like a crash 101 course on the very diverse Indonesian culture.
Jakarta is hot throughout the year, with average highs remaining between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius. The wet season lasts eight months – November to June.
Getting there and around
Jakarta is a large city and traffic at peak times can be very congested. There are a number of public transportation options – taxis are common and can be flagged down or found in pangkalan (taxi queues) around malls and hotels. Bajajs (similar to Tuk-Tuks in Thailand or rickshaws in India) and Ojek (motorcycle taxis) are also common.
There are a number of different bus services – the air-conditioned PATAS and Trans-Jakarta buses are the most comfortable. There is also a limited rail network with a few stops in Jakarta that links it to other surrounding cities.
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