Did you know Jetstar flies to six destinations in Indonesia, namely Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Surabaya, Palembang, and Pekanbaru? And even better, the airline connects these destinations with Manila via the award-winning Singapore Changi Airport. Few months ago, I flew to Indonesia with Jetstar, and here are the places I went to.
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is commonly associated with horrible traffic jams. But hey, the bustling metropolis has much to offer visitors—it’s home to a hodgepodge of Indonesian cuisine, the hottest nightspots, and world-class hotels. There’s also Kota Tua, which gives visitors a taste of old, colonial Batavia.
Three hours by train from Jakarta is Bandung, a popular weekend destination. Amid the cooler climate are a multitude of factory outlets, art deco buildings, and a cuisine of its own. Kawah Putih, a sulfuric hot spring, is only a couple of hours away from the city center.
Check out Jetstar’s Jakarta destination guide here.
Much has been said and written about the “Island of the Gods.” But even repeat visitors see themselves still mesmerized by the charm of Bali. From historic religious temples to stunning vistas, Bali has something for everyone. Some of the areas worth exploring are Kuta and Seminyak, the island’s beachside hubs of action; and Ubud, Bali’s cultural hotspot.
But those who feel that Bali is already been-there-done-that, there’s Lombok, which is three hours away only by boat. Near the main island are the Gilis, which offer gorgeous beaches and a more laidback atmosphere than Bali.
Check out Jetstar’s Bali destination guide here.
Medan, the largest city in Sumatra, is region’s center for commerce. Although admittedly, there’s not much to see within its center, the city makes up for it with its thriving local cuisine—trendy and traditional restaurants are interspersed with humble eateries and street food. Among the city’s must-try dishes are its take on char kway teow (fried noodles—its best-kept secret) and on chili crabs.
Check out Jetstar’s Medan destination guide here.
Like Medan, Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya, is more a city for business than tourism. Aside from the food and culture, travelers include Surabaya in their itinerary as a base for Mount Bromo, a majestic active volcano a few hours away from the city.
Check out Jetstar’s Surabaya destination guide here.
PLANNING A TRIP FROM MANILA
As mentioned, all the destinations above—plus Palembang and Pekanbaru—are reachable in one stop from Manila with Jetstar. With the airline operating up to three flights from Manila to Singapore daily, connections are well-timed and convenient.
And connections are seamless too—with a connecting ticket to Indonesia, there’s no need to clear immigration, pick-up luggage, and check-in again in Singapore—Jetstar will provide boarding passes in Manila and tag baggage to the final destination. All passengers need to do is to walk to the next boarding gate—not without enjoying the world-class Singapore Changi Airport, of course.
Jetstar offers affordable fares on flights to Indonesia, costing way less than booking a flight to Jakarta then a connecting leg to one of the domestic destinations above separately.
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