There are many intriguing districts in Jakarta to duck into, where you can take in the colonial past through ancient buildings and museums, away from the noise and traffic of the most populous city in Indonesia.
South Jakarta in particular is lots of fun. There are glitzy air-conditioned malls, swanky eateries, large hotels and some excellent markets there, while West Jakarta is best known for its museums and parks.
You can also head into the Bay of Jakarta, beyond North Jakarta District, and take to cruising around the beautiful Thousand Islands region, or stick to land and have fun at the bustling Ancol Marina or the old port of Sunda Kelapa. In among all this is Central Jakarta, which is also home to many highlights and can be gotten about on foot or by monorail, bus or taxi.
Jakarta Pusat is where most of the tourist action is, with monuments, skyscrapers, wide boulevards, huge shopping malls and star-rated hotels. It is home to the Presidential Palace and the National Monument, along with the fancy residential shopping and dining area of Mentang.
Jakarta Selatan is a boom for tourists with its swanky shopping malls, top-end department stores, quality restaurants and hotels, buzzing nightlife and a general air of affluence. The Blok M mall and Senayan sports complex both reside here.