Our Top 5 Picks for Things To Do in Kemang
Located South East of Padang in Indonesia’s Mampang Prapatan district, Kemang has undoubtedly cemented itself as Jakarta’s most charming neighbourhood. Despite being a lesser-known Indonesian travel destination, this South Jakarta destination boasts some of the city’s best brunches, a plethora of fun family-friendly destinations, and a lively night scene – making it one to add to add to anyone’s Indonesian travel bucket list.
The centrally-located Park Regis Arion is the ultimate home base for travellers who are looking to explore the array of attractions and activities on offer in Kemang. Just 45 mintues drive to the Jakarta International airport, Park Regis Arion offers ease of access for both business and leisure travellers alike.
Stuck for things to do in Kemang during your stay? Here is our insider’s guide to the five must-see hot-spots:
1. Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo
Just 30 minutes’ drive from Park Regis Arion, Ragunan Zoo in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, is a favourite among both local residents and visitors. Spread across an impressive 147 hectares, the tropical zoo consists of vast open spaces, making it the perfect destination to enjoy a picnic in the sun, while learning about, and enjoying, a range of wildlife.
Home to over 3,000 animals and more than 200 species, many of which are endangered and threatened from all parts of Indonesia, Ragunan Zoo is the perfect day experience for visitors who are looking to become more educated about unique animals such as African lions, orangutans, siamang gibbons, Sumatran tigers and elephants.
With something for everyone, the Zoo also boasts a Children’s Zoo, with talking cockatoos and an array of other animals the little ones will love.
2. Ancol Waterpark and Dunai Fantasi Theme Park
For an adventure packed day of fun in the sun, Ancol’s Waterpark and Theme Park is one for the ‘to do’ list!
As the biggest outdoor amusement center in Indonesia, the Dunai Fantasi, indulges visitors on an around the world fantasy through high-tech rides, and is divided into nine areas including Jakarta, Asia, Europe, America, Greek, Hikayat, and Kalila. In addition, Ancol’s Waterpark component, Atlantis Water Adventure, boasts eight major pools on five hectares of water-themed fun, making it a must-do for those travelling to Kemang.
3. Central Park Jakarta
Located an hours’ drive from Park Regis Arion lies West Jakata’s most popular urban park space, Central Park Jakarta. The perfect picnic location, and featuring a stunning a musical fountain with daily shows, Central Park Jakarta is nestled between Mall Taman Anggrek and Mall Ciputra, which allows visitors to duck into one of the many nearby cafés for a lunchtime treat, and perhaps squeeze in an afternoon of shopping while you’re there!
4. Blok M Shopping Mall
Situated in the busy neighbourhood of Melawai in South Jakarta, Blok M Shopping Mall – known as Jakarta’s ‘Little Tokyo’ for its array of Japanese restaurants and bars – is a business and shopping quarter that offers visitors a variety of affordable shopping options. Conveniently located within close proximity to one of the largest bus stations in Jakarta, Blok M terminal, the destination also boasts fantastic transport access with buses travelling to the square from all over Jakarta.
One standout attraction of the mall can be found on the seventh floor – the Nural Iman Mosque, which has a mini version of the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine. While serving as a place for manasik haji (haj rehearsal), visitors are also welcomed by a stunning seven storey view overlooking southern Jarkarta from the rooftop area. Those seeking a little greenery amongst the hustle and bustle of the city should also pay a visit to Martha Tiahahu Park. As one of the most spacious parks in the city, it is a beautiful place to get some air and relax after a busy day of shopping.
5. Mall of Indonesia
While central park and Blok M shopping mall have some great retailers on offer, the Mall of Indonesia is certainly tough competition as every shoppers all-inclusive dream, and Jakarta’s ultimate one-stop-shop. The centre boasts everything from organic tropical fruit markets and flee markets to 4D cinemas and an array of traditional Indonesian cuisine. The Mall of Indonesia is an ideal destination to experience Jakarta’s shopping excellence, topped off with great food and an exciting cinema experience.