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“Nice and quaint”
Review of Jakarta Old Town

Jakarta Old Town
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US$88.75*
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Private Tour: Discover Jakarta Old Town with Dinner
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US$77.50*
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Private Tour: Full-Day Highlights of Jakarta Tour with Lunch
Ranked #14 of 284 things to do in Jakarta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is the old city of Batavia. Rundown, picturesque and a great night market.
Reviewed 2 December 2013

There's an interesting street scene in Kota Tua. Old American cars line the streets with people selling all sorts of trinkets. And there are a number of food carts, as well.

It's definitely worth a visit to check out one of the museums and walk around. I did it in about 1 or 2 hours, in addition to the time I spent at Batavia Cafe, which was great (although a lot more expensive than a street food meal, but nothing crazy).

Thank Andrew H
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

It seems to be an evidence of Dutch to rule Indonesia. I hate the colonialism. The place remain much of ancient dutch buildings.

Thank noribunh
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The place could be stunning but its totally run down and falling apart except for some selected buildings. Fatahila Place has a nice and busy atmosphere at night and there is very genuine street life. Old town is not an attraction that will mesmerize you, unless you like carelessness and decay. Such a shame. Also beware of traffic. Getting there can be grueling. Cafe Batavia is nice from the inside but overpriced and the food is terrible. Tourist trap.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Jakarta Old Town is where the city born. Despite the frustrating traffic, smelly river & dirty streets, you will treasure hundreds of years beautifully designed buildings. Only few in Asia still have those luxury and the cheapest to savor them is in Jakarta.
Find any literature for buildings & sites reference before you go to really 'feel' the city. Dont forget to bring mask (to cover your nose from the smell incl. polution), tissues (to go toilets) & hand sanitizer.
When else you can go 'risky' & 'wild' in your life? Even Raffles been there & built the city, just go & enjoy the 'show'!

Thank betheeful
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

The old town of Jakarta isn't very nice,safe,clean or convenient some buildings are just a little interesting but do not have high expectations as what you see in pictures are very different. The old town is very dirty, the traffic is always so bad and it would take you a while to reach there and on top of all that there would be nothing much to see. Not recommended very dirty area

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