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Planning a holiday in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital? Start with cheap flights to Jakarta's main airport, Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Banten. All international flights will touch-down here while many domestic and regional flights will use the small Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (HLP). From London, find flights to Jakarta onboard Qatar Airways, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines, and others.
Jakarta is hot and humid with both wet and dry seasons. Wet season runs from November to June with the most rain falling in January and February. The dry season is the best time to plan your flights to Jakarta, just remember to book at least 6 months in advance.
Flights to Jakarta take around 20 hours with stopovers from London.
Jakarta is a huge sprawling city that is often called the Big Durian for two reasons: its smell and how it looks. Don't be put off by it all though, Jakarta is a city with much on offer for those hoping to experience Indonesian culture. It's a city of extremes from Mercedes cars to tin shacks in muddy lanes.
Pasar Baru: If it's cheap souvenirs that you're after, look no further than this marketplace which dates back to the Dutch colonial era. You'll find stall upon stall of items ranging in price and quality. Bring your bartering skills.
Wayang Museum: This museum is dedicated to one of Indonesia's most famous artistic traditions: puppets. You'll find wayang kulit shadow puppets on display as well as ceremonial dance masks.
Karaoke: Karaoke is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Asia and especially Jakarta. There are chains like Inul Vista, Happy Puppy and NAV across the city. Rooms for six are as little as £3/hour.
Find more information on Jakarta Tourism.
For budget backpackers hotels stick to Jalan Jaksa near Gambir Station. Rooms are generally air conditioned and clean. There is a good selection of hotels in the mid-range but Jakarta is more known for its luxury hotels that seem to poping up like mushrooms all over the city: Ibis, Novotel, Grand Mercure, to name a few.