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5 Things You Have to Do While Visiting Jakarta

do while visiting Jakarta

Planning a trip to Indonesia? Don’t miss out on the capitol city of Java. Located on the west coast of the big island; Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world. Famous for its hustle and bustle, here are 4 things you have to do while visiting Jakarta.

Cool Off at Waterbom
Jakarta is known for its unbearable heat but a trip to the massive Waterbom Waterpark can make the heat far more bearable.  With huge tube slides, a lazy river, and even some wild speed slides; Waterbom is one of the coolest things to do while visiting Jakarta. Whether you are traveling with friends or with the family, a day at Waterbom is a must.

do while visiting JakartaMake Sense of Indonesian History at the National Museum
Indonesia’s long history and multiple islands, languages, and cultures can confuse many first time visitors. A good way to get a handle on this fascinating culture is to check out the world renowned National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts that run the full gamut of Indonesian history making it a must do while visiting Jakarta.

Get Stuck in Traffic
A city world renowned for its traffic jams, there is nothing more quintessentially Jakartan  than being in a multi-hour traffic jam. So we recommend you get a friendly english speaking taxi driver, make sure the a/c is working and prepare for a slow paced tour of the city. Often times your hotel can help you sort this out, such as the Hotel Mulia or many more found on sites like Traveloka.com.

do while visiting JakartaEat Your Way Through a Market
Jakarta is known world wide for it’s incredible food scene and some of the best (and most bizarre food) in Jakarta can be at outdoor markets. One of our favorites is Pasar Baru, a collection of shops, stalls, malls, and restaurants. Bring a group of friends and sample any food that smells good (which will be a lot!) Satay, is one of the most well known dishes worldwide, while it looks like just meat on a stick, once you try it you will be an instant addict. Another favorite is Chinese influenced meat filled dumplings: Bakpao. If you are feeling hungrier, go for the stick to your ribs Indonesian classic: Rendang, this curried beef dish will leave you wanting more. Don’t forgot your dessert, a popular sweet in Jakarta is Murtabak, sort of a stuffed pancakes with sweet fillings ranging from eggs to Nutella. So eating your way through the streets is definitely something you have to do while visiting Jakarta.

While there are hundreds of other activities to keep you busy in this mega-city, I hope our list of must dos while visiting Jakarta provides some good inspiration for your next trip. So prepare for the heat, the crowds, the friendly people, the traffic, and most of all the delicious food; and you will have an unforgettable time in Jakarta.

 

 

5 unusual things to do in New York City you never considered

Visiting High Line Park is just one of the many unusual things to do in New York City...

New York City, for all its importance on the American and world stage, ironically has a set of attractions that many visitors adhere to without variation. The Statue of Liberty, Time Square, The Empire State Building, and maybe a museum or two if certain parties are into that learning thing. This isn’t meant to imply that there isn’t anything interesting to see in New York beyond the mainstream attractions that we just listed; it was intended to expose the hive mind tendency of many visitors to only see certain attractions because some book, TV show, or friend told them to.

Being an infinitely complex city, there is an endless array of things to do in NYC, with some being less conventional than others. This post is dedicated towards the latter category, as there are five unusual things to do in New York City that you’ve never even considered doing … that you totally should!

So, go ahead and get to finding affordable New York flights for your upcoming holiday here, while we suggest some truly offbeat things to occupy your time.

1) Visit the Transit Museum

Are you an infrastructure geek? In today’s increasingly urbanized world, there are tonnes of folks like yourself, so don’t be so self-conscious! Indulge in your pet interest at the New York City Transit Museum, where artifacts from the cities’ subway, heavy rail, and bus system are stored for your viewing pleasure. Situated in a disused subway station, and boasting restored subway cars, signaling equipment, vintage signage, plus much more.

2) Create your own New York style pizza

Any traveler can waltz into a pizzaeria and purchase a wedge of New York style pizza to go – but do you have what it takes to make the melty, gooey, treat the way it was intended? Find out by attending a pizza making class, where you will learn the ins and outs of making a NY style pie, including what separates a tasty restaurant pizza from the home made varieties that haven’t quite added up … yet.

3) Check out the flea market in Hell’s Kitchen

Before you get hesitant, this is not the domain of crazed chef Gordon Ramsay, Hell’s Kitchen is a neighborhood in Manhattan that had long been a rough working class area, but with the wave of gentrification that swept the entire city in the past 20 years, even this place has apartments that are primo expensive.

Despite this fact, the long established flea market has held on, offering a veritable heaven for antique hunter’s, with relics, antiquated furniture, refurbished items, and vintage clothing all vying for attention.

4) Discover High Line Park

Built in the 1930’s to bring a dangerous freight train line off the streets of New York so that traffic could pass beneath it safely, this elevated section had largely become obsolete in recent years as deindustrialization on the West Side of New York had turned into more of an eyesore. Redevelopment of the track bed into an elevated urban park began in phases in 2006, and by this fall in 2014, the entire track will be a continuous 1 mile stretch of greenspace and human activity where nothing had existed for more than a decade.

5) Attend a performance of Sleep No More

Now, I know what you’re thinking … isn’t going to the theater a main attraction of visiting New York City? Well, it is … but the production of the play Sleep No More is far from anything that could be considered a standard show-going experience. Taking place in a re-purposed warehouse that serves as the McKittrick Hotel, a previously long abandoned hotel that has recently been “restored”.

The audience physically walks through the set instead of watching it passively, as the actors/actresses act out scenes of a play that has an eerily similar plot to Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Almost no speaking is done (audience members are masked and instructed to not speak as well), leaving participants to read between the lines in an unforgettable night of performance art. If you are planning to visit New York, you can apply for ESTA online before hand.