Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. Established in the fourth century, the city was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies (Batavia) and has remained the capital of Indonesia since the country's independence was declared in 1945.
Indonesia is an archipelago comprising 13,466 islands. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, Palau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world's second highest level of biodiversity and has abundant natural resources.
Jakarta is 7 hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Lying along the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. The average daily temperature range of Jakarta is 26–30 °C (79–86 °F).
The nation encompasses 33 provinces with over 238 million people, making it the world's fourth most populous country.
Jakarta is the centre and melting pot of Indonesian culture. With population more than 9 million people, Jakarta is a charm for Indonesians, people from the west until the east of Indonesia come to Jakarta for living.
The official national language is Bahasa Indonesia. English is also spoken.
Currency and exchange
The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Major credit cards are widely accepted. Hotels, restaurants, travel agents and retail shops readily accept international credit cards. Automated teller machines providing local currency are available throughout the city.
Islam is the predominant religion in Indonesia, though Catholic, Hindu and Buddhist religions remain defining influences in Indonesian culture.
The hotel’s Concierge Desk provides transportation, limousine transfers or car hire arrangements. A valid international driving license is required for any car rental in Jakarta.
Taxis in Jakarta are readily available, though best it to book in advance for convenience. The city has bus lines running on reserved busways and is connected by several intercity railways. Jakarta is served by the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, and Tanjung Priok Harbour.
A hotel doctor and nurse are on call 24 hours. Nearby hospitals include the Metropolitan Medical Center in Kuningan and the MRCC Siloam Hospitals Semanggi. The adjacent Ciputra World mall has several pharmacies and health stores.
220 volts, standard two-point round pin plugs are suitable.
Taxes and Fees
10 percent VAT, 10 percent service charge.