Experience Jakarta on board a Star Clippers Indonesia cruise

29th June 2017

2017 is certainly a year of firsts for Star Clippers, following the launch of the line’s new range of Indonesia itineraries. For the first time, you can traverse the glistening, crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean as you travel to a range of stunning destinations, architectural wonders and unparalleled white-sand beaches.

As well as travelling to many small towns and hidden beaches, passengers on board selected Indonesia cruises will also have the opportunity to visit glittering cities and bustling metropolises that will take your breath away. Jakarta certainly falls into this category and its mixture of Chinese, Indonesian, Malay and Dutch influences will lead you on a journey of intrigue. This week, we take a closer look at some of the highlights you can experience on a day visit to the Indonesian capital.

Monas

Monas Tower

Abbreviated from Monumen Nasional (National Monument), the 132 metre tall tower situated in the centre of Merdeka Square symbolises the independence fight for Indonesia. Topped with a golden flame, the monument took a total of 14 years to build and this impressive structure is an absolute must-visit landmark. The observation deck provides superb views over the city of Jakarta, while the basement houses many dioramas that portray the dramatic story of Indonesian history.

Kota Tua

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Kota Tua area does not resemble a cosmopolitan Asian city. That is because it is made up many Dutch colonial-style buildings, many of which were built in the city following the establishment of the Dutch East India Headquarters in the 16th century. It was a strategic location within the spice trade industry and it became known around the world. Today, you can learn more about at the Jakarta History Museum, which is housed within the original 17th century town hall.

Presidential Palace

Merdeka Palace

You can learn more about the modern history of Jakarta at the Istana Merdaka Presidential Palace, which is worth seeing from the outside alone. This is one of six presidential palaces located within Jakarta and was built by the Dutch during the 19th century. It is often used for state visits and is even open to the public on a few select days throughout the year.

Try the local cuisine

Jakarta Cuisine

Jakarta is a cosmopolitan city where you will find many international foods. Dig beneath this, however, and you will discover many traditional Jakartan dishes that you should definitely try if you get the chance. Some of these dishes include Sop iga sapi (beer spare rib soup) and kerak telor (omelette with glutinous rice, coconut and dried shrimp). There is also a strong street food scene, where vendors showcase their creativity with an exceptional range of unique dishes.

As well as many landmarks of historical significance, Jakarta is also home to its fair share of buzzing shopping malls, where you can find many of the world’s most-renowned designer labels. Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go during your time in Jakarta, you will certainly be able to enjoy a Dutch-inspired Asian experience.

In addition to Far East Asia sailings, Star Clippers will also operate a range of itineraries within the Mediterranean and Caribbean throughout the summer season of 2017.