If you’re traveling to Jakarta and are looking to spend a day or two to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, you should definitely add Ancol to your itinerary. Situated in northern Jakarta, it is known as the city’s main recreation and adventure center, which means you’re bound to find something to keep you entertained during your stay there.
Did you know?
Ancol’s existence dates back to as early as the 16th Century, but its development only began in the 1960s under then President Sukarno’s vision of converting the area – at the time a neglected collection of mosquito-infested swamps and fish ponds – into an industrial and recreation hub.
Need recommendations? Here’s a list of things to do in Ancol
1. Feel like a kid again in Dunia Fantasi
A great place for kids and kids at heart, Ancol Dreamland boasts of a theme park that has over 30 exciting rides and attractions. Dunia Fantasi, or Fantasy World, is divided into eight areas.
For the adventurous and the daredevils, there are quite a number of heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping rides to choose from at Dunia Fantasi, including the Halilintar roller coaster and the Power Surge.
Meanwhile, younger children can enjoy taking a ride on the massive ferris wheel or the Poci-Poci, the theme park’s take on the spinning cups ride.
2. Live in luxury!
Reward yourself with a luxurious stay at the Aston Marina Ancol. It’s in a great location near all the activities Ancol has to offer.
But staying in would also be an option – if you need some time to rest and recharge, why not have a relaxing massage at the Zhu Spa or enjoy a few drinks at the 33 Sky Bridge?
What’s more, living in luxury need not be expensive – you just need to be on the lookout for Aston Marina Ancol best deals online so you can get the most affordable rates for what’s sure to be an excellent stay.
3. Go Shopping at the Mangga Dua Shopping District
No vacation is complete without a bit (or a lot!) of shopping, and your credit card is sure to get a workout in Ancol thanks to the Mangga Dua Shopping District. The area consists of numerous shopping centers.
Shop at Harca Mangga Dua or Orion Mall to get the best deals on gadgets, electronics and appliances. For fashion and household items, visit ITC. For wholesale items, visit Mangga Dua Square.
Most shopping centers open as early as 8 AM but are closed by between 5-6 PM, so it’s best to start your shopping day early.
4. Get Inspired at Pasar Seni Ancol
A great way to get a feel of a country’s culture is through its art and artists, and at Pasar Seni, you will be able to do just that. Revel and get inspired by Indonesian craftsmanship as you walk through this street where local artists display their work. It’s a great place to visit if you’re hoping to bring home some local art, especially if you want to meet and interact with the artists themselves.
5. Make a splash at Atlantis Water Adventure
If you need a refreshing experience to beat the heat, make your way over to the Atlantis Water Adventure Park. The complex has a wave pook, a waterfall pool, a flowing river, and several water slides. And after all that activity, you’ll have five restaurants and a food court to choose from for a satisfying meal.