A bustling metropolitan where many people from around the world flock to work, it goes without saying that life in Jakarta is very hectic. No wonder Jakarta residents scramble out of the city on the weekend for a little getaway. With this in mind, here are the top 5 places you could escape the city from - in only two to three hours!
Steeped in culture and history, Kuching will make the perfect weekend getaway from Jakarta for you! Hit historical landmarks and sites such as The Astana and Fort Margherita, or stroll along the city's oldest street, the Main Bazaar, which houses the best antique and handicraft shops in the country.
Situated near the Malacca Strait, Penang is known for its rich heritage and architecture as well as a wide range of modern entertainment and retail choices, natural features such as beaches and hills, and, of course, its world-famous cuisine. There's never any dull moment in Penang!
As one of the few places in the world having been given a World Geopark status by UNESCO, Langkawi is probably best known for Langkawi Geopark and its two land main island areas: the Southern Islands, with a heavier tourist population, and the islands to the north east which are more secluded with little tourist traffic. Roam around Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, or Pantai Kok, and marvel at the tall coconut and casuarina trees. Simply a tropical paradise!
Formerly a part of Malang, Batu is simply the nice, short getaway you're looking for with its astounding natural attractions. There are plenty of sites to visit in Batu, including Cuban Rondo Waterfall, Jatim Park (Jawa Timur Park), and Alun-Alun Batu. Don't forget to go to the historic colonial-style hotel, the Kartika Wijaya.
There is more to Batam than merely the hub between Indonesia and Singapore. Visit Tua Pek Kong Temple and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple to restore some inner peace, or take a walk at Barelang Bridge, where you can enjoy a picturesque seascape and wait for the stunning sunset while you’re here!
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