Visiting the bustling, chaotic Indonesian capital requires some guidance. Join local guide Farid as he navigates you through some of the most visited areas in the city centre. Check out the major highlights of the city and some of the most economically and spiritually important buildings in the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia. Discover a local's perspective on the stories that for centuries have made Jakarta a frenetic trading port and a historic journey's end.
National Museum, National Monument, Merdeka Palace, Istiqlal Mosque
Start in front of the National Museum, right in front of the giant elephant statue in the front yard of the museum.
Places to stop along the way:
The National Monument, Ragusa Ice Cream, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta Cathedral
Best time of day:
Early morning is best, before the heat of the day.
Traffic in Jakarta is relentless. Always cross at the zebra crossings. Even so, be careful and raise your right hand when you intend to cross. Stay away from any large crowds of people protesting if you're unlucky enough to encounter them.