Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. It is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the twelfth-largest city in the world. It is a modern city with good infrastructure, buildings, parks and museums.
Jakarta is administratively divided into the following named districts:
Central Jakarta (Jakarta Pusat) - An aptly named district and the site of Jakarta's symbol, the National Monument. The old part of Jakarta (Batavia), The Presidential palace, office buildings, hotels, Mangga Dua shopping center, Bundaran HI (Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle) and the elite Menteng residential area are all found in Central Jakarta.
West Jakarta (Jakarta Barat) - Jakarta's Chinatown, this district includes museums, trading centers, nightlife entertainment centers, shopping centers and malls. This is also the site of Jakarta's old town.
South Jakarta (Jakarta Selatan) - Where you can find upscale shopping centers, malls, restaurants, hotels, nightlife the entertainment center, Senayan sports complex, and affluent residential areas.
East Jakarta (Jakarta Timur) - Location of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Utan Kayu art community, Cibubur camping ground, industrial parks and Halim Perdanakusuma airport.
North Jakarta (Jakarta Utara) - Beautiful Thousand Islands, Ancol Bayfront City, and Kelapa Gading shopping centers.
For many tourists, Jakarta is the starting or the ending point of a trip. If you are planning a visit to Southeast Asia then you shouldn't miss this wonderful city.
The best time to visit Jakarta is June through September, when the weather is at its best!