Jakarta Trip Itinerary

*To see our tabulated itinerary, skip right to the end of this page.

Our very short stay in Jakarta, Indonesia happened December 5-6, 2015.  Our expected time and date of arrival at Jakarta International Airport (CGK) was 11:45 in the evening December 4 while our expected time and date of departure from Jakarta was at 12:30 am Dec. 7. A visit that was way too short, yes. So why did we choose these dates and times? Because… we were invited to a dear friend’s wedding dinner party, which was happening December 5, and those were the flights with a seat sale. 🙂

When I planned our Jakarta trip, I made three objectives:

1.Attend our friend’s wedding (December 5, 7:00 pm onwards)

Our friend’s wedding was to be held at Batavia Marina. The hotel where we would be staying, the same hotel recommended by our friend to his guests, was d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua. Taking Jakarta’s traffic into consideration as I planned, I included only those places that are near this hotel and near Batavia Marina in our itinerary.

d' prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua

This is d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua, the hotel where we stayed for the duration of our Jakarta trip in December 2015. This photo was taken from the hotel website.

2. See the cultural/historical sights in Jakarta (December 5)

I planned to visit Central Jakarta in the morning of December 5.

I wanted to see the Monas or National Monument, a tower that symbolizes Indonesia’s fight for independence, located at Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta.

Monas, National Monument Jakarta

This is the Monas. Photo taken from Wikipedia.

I wanted to see Istiqlal Mosque, the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia. Of course, I also wanted to see the Jakarta Cathedral. Both the Mosque and the Cathedral are located near Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta.

Istiqlal Mosque, Istiqlal Mosque Jakarta, Biggest Mosque is Southeast Asia

This is Istiqlal Mosque. Photo taken from Wikipedia.

Jakarta Cathedral

This is Jakarta Cathedral. Photo taken from Wikipedia.

Then, once done with Central Jakarta, I wanted to visit Old Batavia, a former Dutch settlement just 4 kilometers away from our hotel. I was particularly interested in seeing Fatahillah Square, previously called Batavia City Square, which is the main square in Old Batavia.

Located in Fatahillah Square is Cafe Batavia, a highly recommended restaurant where I  planned to have lunch. In case we still had time, I also wanted to see some of the museums in Fatahillah Square, such as Museum Wayang and Jakarta History Museum before we go back to the hotel to prepare for our friend’s wedding.

Cafe Batavia, Cafe Batavia Fatahillah Square

This is Cafe Batavia in Fatahillah Square. That’s Daddy Rupert on the left, holding Zuri’s stroller. 🙂

 

Museum Wayang, Museum Wayang Jakarta, Museum Wayang Jakarta Indonesia, Museum Wayang Fatahillah Square, Museum Wayang Old Batavia

This is Museum Wayang in Fatahillah Square.

 

Jakarta History Museum, Fatahillah Square, Old Batavia

This is Jakarta History Museum in Fatahillah Square, Old Batavia, Jakarta.

3. Bring Zuri to Jakarta’s child-friendly attractions (December 6)

I planned to devote the whole day of December 6 for this purpose.

There are two main recreational parks in Jakarta that I wanted to experience with Zuri: Ancol Dreamland and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.  However, due to time constraints, it was impossible to visit both.

Istana Anak-anak Indonesia in Taman

Istana Anak-anak Indonesia in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Photo taken from Wikipedia.

Ancol Dreamland is located in North Jakarta and is just 2 kilometers away from our hotel, while Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is located in East Jakarta, quite far from d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua. For this reason, I chose Ancol Dreamland.

Ancol Dreamland is like Jakarta’s version of Singapore’s Sentosa, only much less posh. Attractions inside Ancol Dreamland include SeaWorld Ancol, Ocean Dream Samudra, Ocean Ecopark, Dunia Fantasi (Jakarta’s version of Disneyland) and Ancol Beach City.

SeaWorld Ancol

This is SeaWorld Ancol. Photo taken from Ancol website.

 

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This is Poci-Poci ride at Dunia Fantasi (Dufan). Partially shown at the back is Istana Boneka, Dufan’s version of Hong Kong Disneyland’s  “it’s a small world”.

As much as I wanted to see all attractions inside Ancol Dreamland, I knew we didn’t have time so I narrowed down to two: SeaWorld Ancol and Dunia Fantasi (also called Dufan).

I planned to be back at the hotel by 5:00 pm so we could still check out the nearby mall and eat dinner. With our flight back to Manila scheduled at 12:30 am Dec 7, I wanted to arrive at Jakarta International Airport (CGK) by 10:00 pm at the latest. Because I was afraid of how bad traffic could be in Jakarta, I allotted 3 hours for travel time from d’prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua to the airport, thus I planned to check out of the hotel and leave by 7:00 pm.

Well… That was the plan. There are some significant differences between our planned itinerary and what actually happened during our trip. While our planned itinerary was hectic, our actual trip was relaxed. We chose to cancel some parts of the planned itinerary in favor of a few hours more of rest and sleep. 🙂

Check out the tables below showing our planned itinerary vs. what actually happened during our trip. 🙂

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SeaWorld Ancol Jakarta Indonesia – 90 Minutes Well Spent!

Dunia Fantasi Jakarta Indonesia: Our Dufan Experience

Watch out for my next post: Cafe Batavia 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂



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