Jakarta, previously known as Batavia, was once the capital of the Dutch East Indies, and there are many buildings that date to this colonial era. Jakarta Cathedral is one such hotspot, and is more than 100 years old. Istiqlal Mosque is also a popular place to visit, and is Indonesia’s largest and most revered mosque.
If you are taking a family trip to Jakarta then Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) is well worth a visit, as it provides a child-friendly overview of the whole country, using painstakingly crafted miniature models. Other must-sees include the Ancol Dream Park and the 137m-tall Monas National Monument.
While Jakarta will never leave you wanting for things to do, try to make time to explore beyond the city limits. Head to Bogor to visit its Botanical Garden, a tropical wonderland cloaked in more than 15,000 tree and plant species native to the region. You can also visit the tea plantations that surround the city.