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Unusual  Journeys

Our definition of a traveller (vs. a tourist) is someone who likes getting away from the familiar.


Travellers, by nature, want to see inside stuff and go behind the scenes.  They want to return home with stories to tell.


PESONA'S EXCLUSIVE EXCURSIONS are completely private, with pick-up and drop-off at Pesona Guest House.


Each Excursion is conducted by a university-accredited guide, and includes lunch at a renown landmark restaurant.



Transportation,  Accompanying Guide/Escort, Admissions and Fees, Meals, Mineral Water, Tips & Gratuities, Out-of-Pocket Expenses (and Accommodation during 2-day excursions).

Jakarta Excursions

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Beyond Jakarta

8-9 Hours

2 Days, 1 Night

2 Days, 1 Night

3 Days, 2 Nights

Cultural Activities

4 Hours/class

2 Hours/class

Customise Your Own Jakarta Tour

8-9 Hours


Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $115).

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)


Group Size


:  Tuesday through Sunday

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours   

Optional Add-On :

Lunch at Jakarta Landmark Restaurant : BATAVIA CAFÉ.



:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

Situated in north Jakarta, the old town of Batavia (aka "Kota") was once the hub of Dutch colonial Indonesia.

  • Fatahillah Square

  • The Great Canal

  • Port of Sunda Kelapa

  • Wayang (Puppet) Museum

Lunch at the Jakarta's Premiere Colonial Landmark : BATAVIA CAFÉ.   Optional

Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah)


Fatahillah Square was the central cobblestone square of Dutch Batavia, and it remains an impressive sight to this day.  Surrounded by imposing colonial buildings, the Square is still reminiscent of the area's heyday.


The Great Canal (Kali Besar)


Kali Besar is a large canal which was constructed in the image of Amsterdam during the Dutch colonial period.  Although rundown today, this was once the premiere residential district of Dutch Batavia.  On the west bank of the canal is Toko Merah (Red Shop), formerly the home of Governor General van Imhoff in the 18th century.  At the northern end is the Chicken Market Bridge, the last remaining Dutch drawbridge, dating from the 17th century.


Port of Sunda Kelapa


Once the pride of the Dutch colonial empire, this port is home to a magnificent collection of Makassar Schooners (pinisi).  These brightly coloured sailing ships comprised the bulk of the Dutch fleet during the colonial ea, and are still used today for domestic shipping within Indonesia.


The dock scene here has barely changed for centuries, with porters unloading cargo from the ships by hand and trolley.  One of Jakarta's more unusual sights.

Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang)


This puppet museum has one of the best collections of wayang puppets in Java, and its dusty cabinets are filled with a multitude of characters from across Indonesia, as well as China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Europe.  


The building itself dates from 1912.  In the courtyard, there are memorials to Dutch generals who were once buried here, including Jan Pieterszoon Coen, founder of Batavia.

Batavia Café   Optional


Batavia Café is one of the most famous restaurants in Jakarta.  The restaurant has barely changed since Dutch traders sipped coffee here in white linen suits.  Guests are offered an opportunity to dine in a uniquely historic setting, while overlooking Fatahillah Square and the former City Hall of Batavia.


Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $115).

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)



Group Size


:  Tuesday through Sunday

   (Tues or Thur recommended)

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours

Optional Add-On :




:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

  • The National Monument

  • National Museum

  • Istiqlal Mosque

  • Cathedral Church

Lunch at the World-Famous & Highly-Atmospheric DAPUR BABAH ELITE RESTAURANT.   Optional

The National Monument (Monumen Nasional, "MONAS") 


MONAS is Jakarta’s principal landmark and is the most famous architectural extravagance of Indonesia's former dictators.  Begun in 1961 by President Sukarno (the Country's first President), it was not completed until 1975, when it was officially opened by President Suharto (the second President).


Resembling the Washington and Buenos Aries Monuments, MONAS is constructed from Italian marble, and is topped with a sculpted flame, gilded with 35kg of gold leaf.  Visitors may take an elevator to an observation deck at the the top of the monument to overlook the Indonesian Capital.  At the base of the Monument is a Natural History Museum, which tells the story of Indonesia’s independence struggle in 48 dioramas.


The National Museum (Museum Nasional)


The National Museum, built in 1862, is the best museum of its kind in Indonesia, and one of the finest in Southeast Asia.  For many, this is the one museum in the Capital which is an "essential visit."


The museum has four floors with sections devoted solely to the origin of mankind in Indonesia, including a model of the Flores 'hobbit.'


From Java's Hindu-Buddhist kingdom days, there is a superb display of gold treasures and fine bronzes.  Just outside the museum is a bronze elephant that was presented by the King of Siam (Thailand) in 1871.


There are many interesting stone pieces salvaged from Central Javanese temples.  Around the open courtyard is some magnificent statuary, including a colossal 4.5m stone image of a Bhairawa king from Sumatra who is shown trampling human skulls.


The ethnology section houses an enormous collection of cultural objects from the various ethnic groups of the country - costumes, musical instruments, model houses and so on.  Particularly interesting are the fascinating textiles collected throughout the archipelago and the wooden puppets bearing beards from the Dayak tribe of Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.


Istiqlal Mosque (Masjid Istiqlal) and Cathedral Church (Gereja Katedral)


Situated directly across the street from one another, the proximity of Jakarta's central mosque and central Catholic cathedral is often referred to as symbolic of the pluralism that marks this multi-religious nation.




Indonesia's grandest house of worship, Istiqlal Mosque is a unique setting for a religious experience.  It is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia and the third largest in the world.  President Soekarno (Indonesia's first President) inaugurated the project, but President Soeharto (the second President) was in power when it was finished.


The mosque's most notable guests have been Bill Clinton in 1995, Prince Charles in 2008, and Barack Obama in 2010.


The mosque sits on 9.5 hectares of land.  Constructed with German steel and Indonesian marble, it took 17 years to build. The larger dome, 45m in diameter, signifies the year 1945 when Indonesia declared independence.  The smaller dome, 8m in diameter, represents August, the month of independence. The 17m between the ceiling and the symbol of the star and moon on the roof represents the 17th of August, Independence Day.  There are five floors, which represent the five pillars of Islam. The building as a whole is designed to be an icon of religious tolerance in Indonesia.




A stunning work of architecture, Cathedral Church attracts hundreds of devout Catholics who come here to sit on its stone benches, pray, light candles and look upon the statue of Saint Mary set in a tall stone wall covered with vines.


The Cathedral Church was established after the original church, built in the early 1800s by the Jesuit Ordo, collapsed due to poor construction.  Created in neo-Gothic style, it was officially opened in 1901.  The church sports twin spires, an ivory tower representing Saint Mary's purity, and another which guards against the powers of darkness.


The churches most notable guests have included Pope Paul VI in 1970 and Pope John Paul II in 1989.


Dapur Babah Elite Restaurant   Optional


During Indonesia's Dutch colonial period, waves of ethnic Chinese emigrated to Indonesia.  From the early 1600s through to the early 1900s, these Chinese immigrants intermarried and assimilated into local Indonesian communities, and the Chinese-Indonesian culture that emerged at that time became known as the "Babah culture."


Dapur Babah Elite celebrates the cuisine of the almost-forgotten Babah culture - a cuisine which fuses Chinese, Indonesian and Dutch flavours to produce some of the most delectable epicurean delights in Indonesia.  And the pleasure of dining at Dapur Babah Elite is enhanced by the indigenous presentation of gigantic crackers and vertical fishes on beautiful tableware from the Dutch colonial-Chinese Babah period.


Entering Dapur Babah Elite, guests are transported to another hemisphere - a world of Eastern mysteries of unknown origins, faraway destinations and mystical spirituality.  Eccentric?  Definitely . . . but wonderfully so!


Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $115). 

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)


Group Size


:  Monday through Sunday

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours   

Optional Add-On :

Lunch at Chinatown's Historic PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE.



:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

  • Victory Market

  • Buddhist Temple of the Goddess of Devotion

  • Ting Ting Shop

  • Saint Mary of Fatima Catholic Church

  • Buddhist Temple of Glorious Obligation

  • The Black Portuguese Church

Lunch at Chinatown's Historic Landmark : PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE.   Optional

Victory Market (Pasar Petak Sembilan)


Victory Market is one of the coolest sites in the city.  Packed with shoppers from the far reaches of Jakarta, the lanes are thick with bargain hunters. There are loads of fruits and vegetables, and an array of goods including paper lanterns, traditional medicines, giant bags of brightly coloured snacks and dried goods, incense, temple offerings and the usual collection of socks, shirts and sandals.


For those who are not faint-hearted, there is a "wet market" with an unsettling array of raw food options.  Standard offerings in this area include : headless snakes, writhing eels, large turtles and fresh fish in tanks and laid out on slabs.  Skinned and splayed-out frogs line the walls of stalls, while some of their luckier brethren are still alive but bundled together around the waist. As blood and guts abound in the wet market, the squeamish should avoid the area . . . but for those who are "up to it," it is a must-see!


Buddhist Temple of the Goddess of Devotion (Vihara Jin De Yuan)


This temple was constructed in the mid-17th century and was once a sanctuary where Buddhist monks lived. It stands out, in part, because of the curvature of the large, colourful roof as well as the pearl-encrusted dragons, lotus flowers and phoenixes decorating its detailed interior. The temple also contains some interesting Taoist elements, including two 18th-century stone lions, called boa-gu shi.


In the middle of the courtyard, under a pagoda, is a giant brass incense burner which is continuously stuffed with incense stick offerings bellowing out great clouds of smoke. Passing through the temple, visitors weave among big bundles of incense, two-metre-tall red candles and 18 golden Buddhas.


Ting Ting Shop (Toko Ting Ting)


A few metres from the Temple of the Goddess of Devotion, the Ting Ting Shop sells 'paper offerings.'  These offerings are paper representations of modern-day goods. Buddhists send them to their ancestors in the afterworld by burning them in the furnaces of the temples. You can purchase a paper car, motorcycle, tuxedo, mobile phone, and even a $1,000,000,000,000,000 bill (a quadrillion dollars) which will, hopefully, have strong purchasing power in another dimension.


Saint Mary of Fatima Catholic Church (Gereja Katolic Santa Maria de Fatima)


This church (also known as the Big Chinese Church) was originally a house built in the typical Chinese architectural style of the early 19th century.  Converted to a church in 1970, the interior is a curious mixture of "temple" and "church." Beside the building, take a moment to climb the seven tiny steps of Saint Mary of Fatima Hill (Bukit Maria de Fatima). 


Buddhist Temple of Glorious Obligation (Vihara Dharma Jaya Toasebio)


This temple harkens back to the 1750s.  The entrance gates are painted with hatchet-carrying guards, and inside, lanterns and giant swirling incense hangs from the ceiling.  At the far back is the god Cheng Goan Cheng Kun, a type of war god with a penchant for alcohol . . which explains why cans of Guinness are sometimes left on the alter.  Notice the guard dogs below him.  They do not like booze, but people do offer them chunks of meat and cakes.


The Black Portuguese Church (Gereja Portugis)


Dating from 1695, this is the oldest remaining church in Jakarta. It was built for the so-called "black Portuguese" - slaves captured from Portuguese trading ports and brought to Jakarta (then Dutch Batavia).  Built on a foundation of 10,000 logs, the church was erected just outside the old city wall.  The building is characteristically Portuguese with its plain facade, ward-like appearance, domed windows, copper chandeliers and baroque-style ebony pulpit.  It was restored in 1920 and again in 1978, but its original pipe organ remains intact.


Pantjoran Tea House   Optional

The PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE in Old Chinatown was established to honour the legacy of Gan Djie, the highest-ranking Chinese official ever to be appointed by the Dutch during the Colonial Era.  From 1663 to 1675, Gan Djie served as Chinese Captain of the semi-autonomous Chinese community in Dutch Batavia.


History tells us that Gan Djie served tea, free-of-charge, to everyone who stopped to rest in front of his Chinatown office.  Each day, he would set out little tables with tea cups and pots of tea to be enjoyed by weary travellers and local Chinese.  As there were not many places to stop for food and drink at that time, Gan Djie's "Free Tea for the Thirsty" soon became a precious commodity for travellers visiting the busy area, as well as a popular gathering place for the subjugated Chinese.  Thus began the "Tea House Culture" in Old Chinatown.


Today, not far from where Gan Djie's office once stood, is the historic Apotek Chung Hwa building - recently restored by the Jakarta Endowment for Art and Heritage (Jeforah) and the Jakarta Old Town Revitalisation Corporation (JOTRC). 


In 2015, the newly-renovated Apotek Chung Hwa building became home to the PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE - a tea house dedicated to the memory of Gan Djie.


Situated at the traditional "Entrance to Old Chinatown," no location could be more fitting for the PANTJORAN to re-establish the tradition of the "tea house" as a local gathering place and symbol of social solidarity in Chinatown.


Our tour would not be complete without a stop at the PANTJORAN TEA HOUSE, to step back in time and take in the traditions of Jakarta's Chinese community.


After having a customary Chinese-Indonesian lunch, we will relax and enjoy tea just as it was enjoyed by the guests of Gan Djie during the Dutch colonial era.  Chinese teas on offer include jasmine, smoky green, jade oolong, tie gaun yin and phu erl.  Also available are Japanese teas such as ocha and genmaicha, English teas such as Earl Grey, and Indonesian signature teas.

Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $115). 

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)


Group Size


:  Monday through Sunday

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours   

Optional Add-On :

Lunch at Jakarta's Renowned LARA DJONGGRANG RESTAURANT.



:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

  • Batik Making Workshop at Textile Museum

  • Menteng Walking Tour

  • Surabaya Antique Market

  • Metropol Cinema

  • Proclamation Monument

Lunch at Jakarta's Most-Celebrated and Renowned Eatery : LARA DJONGGRANG RESTAURANT.   Optional

Batik-Making Workshop at the Textile Museum


The Textile Museum building, constructed in the 1800s, is a lovely example of the French Empire architectural style which was typical of 19th century homes in Jakarta. Originally a private residence, the building served as the headquarters for the Pioneer Youth Front and the Civil Defence Force during Indonesia's struggle for independence in 1945.  After the government acquired the building in 1975, it was handed over to the City of Jakarta to be used as a museum, and the Textile Museum was founded in 1976.


The Museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 textiles from 33 Indonesian provinces, dating from the 1700s to present day.  The Museum's library contains data on textile arts and an impressive collection of photographs related to textiles.  On the grounds of the Museum, there are two gardens - a  "fabric garden" and a "natural dyes garden" - where you can view plants used in the production of fabrics and dyes.




The Museum has a entire section devoted solely to Indonesian batik.


Batik is a technique for creating designs on fabric (usually cotton or silk) using dyes and waxes.  Dyes of different colours are applied to cloth in several stages, with wax being applied between each stage to protect areas from unwanted colour.


With origins in China, India and Japan, techniques of batik-making were introduced to the island of Java early in the last millennium at the time of the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Today, batik is overwhelming viewed as a distinctly Indonesian artform, with original batik creations from Indonesia fetching higher prices than batiks from anywhere else in the world.


During your visit to the Textile Museum, you will attend a batik-making workshop.  You will explore the simple and exciting process of batik-making with a traditional artisan, anxious to share her/his knowledge and enthusiasm.  With your mentor's gentle and patient guidance, you will create a rewarding piece of art to take home from your travels to Indonesia.


If you are interested in further developing your skills at home, there are batik-making tools available at the Museum Shop.

Menteng Walking Tour


From the Pramuka Bird Market, you will stroll the streets of Menteng,  Jakarta's most prestigious neighbourhood, passing by lovely Taman Suropati (Suropati Park) and the residences of some of Indonesia's most notable diplomats and politicians.  After stopping for lunch at the exquisite Lara Djonggrang Restaurant, you will saunter down Sutan Syahrir Street - an immaculate tree-lined boulevard with a canal running down the middle - making your way to Surabaya Street.


Surabaya Antique Market


Traditionally, Jakartan antique traders carried their collectibles on their backs and traversed the City in search of buyers.  But some years back, these traders began to organise and started setting up permanent shops along Surabaya Street.  Eventually, in 1974, Ali Sadikin, then Governor of Jakarta, inaugurated the antique row as 'Pasar Antik Jalan Surabaya' (the Antique Market on Surabaya Street).


Today, one side of Surabaya Street in lined with a seemingly endless row of small, narrow antique stalls selling every conceivable type of antique collectible.  Most items are from the island of Java, but there are a considerable number of shops selling items from other Indonesian islands including Sulewesi, Borneo and Sumatra.


There are large and small antique wooden items for every budget : traditional Indonesian masks, ancient walking sticks, small mantle pieces,  life-size statues retrieved from palaces, and a large selection of relief carvings depicting historic Indonesian scenes.  There is a vast array of antique brass items, including chandeliers, lamps and vases, dishes and cutlery, locks and ornamental hinges, fixtures and hardware.  There are Indonesian textiles, and Indonesian pottery and ceramics from Indonesia and China.  There are antique telephones, cameras and transistor radios, Indonesian puppets (wayang), old books and records, and an amazingly diverse collection of miscellaneous items, such as old diving stuffs, compasses, telescopes, gas pumps, ship rudders, even retired Javanese cannons!


You name it and you will probably find it on Surabaya Street.  Whether you are looking for a "real antique" or just an interesting ornamental knick-knack to take home as a souvenir,  the Antique Market on Surabaya Street has something for everyone.


Metropol Cinema and Proclamation Monument


A couple of blocks from Surabaya Street are the Metropol Cinema and the Proclamation Monument.  To end your tour, you will take a quick jaunt over to these significant Jakarta landmarks. 


Built in 1932, the Metropol Cinema was Jakarta's first movie theatre, and still stands intact in all of its art deco glory. Nearby is the Proclamation Monument, marking the spot where Indonesia's first President (Soekarno) read Indonesia's Proclamation of Independence in 1945.


Lara Djonggrang Restaurant   Optional


Once upon a time in the days of  Hinduism in Java, there lived a princess, Lara Djonggrang, renowned for her stunning beauty.  After more than a thousand years, the timeless, mystical legend of Lara Djonggrang is documented in one of the most unique restaurants in Jakarta.


At Lara Djonggrang Restaurant, diners are transported back to the  kingdom days of ninth-century Java, to enjoy royal Indonesian food in a shockingly atmospheric environment.  The restaurant is decorated with a priceless collection of Javanese artifacts dating from the Hindu-Buddhist dynasty period, creating an ambience of the mystical Java of days gone by.  


Housed in a former home of President Soekarno (Indonesia's first President), there a those who would 'have you charged with wrongdoing' if you were to visit Jakarta and not eat at Lara Djonggrang. The setting is exquisite ; the food is “imperial Indonesian”; and both are fit for a king.


Beyond  Jakarta

Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $114).  

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)



Group Size


:  Tuesday through Sunday

   (Tues or Thur recommended)

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours

Optional Add-On :

Lunch at CAFÉ DE DAUNAN (CAFÉ OF LEAVES) overlooking Bogor Gardens.



:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

  • Train Ride from Jakarta to Bogor

  • Zebaoth Church

  • Bogor Palace

  • Ethnobotany Museum

  • Zoology Museum

  • Bogor Botanical Gardens

  • Orchid Gardens

Lunch at the relaxing CAFÉ DE DAUNAN (CAFÉ OF LEAVES), surrounded by serene gardens.   Optional



Home to more than three million people, Bogor is the largest city in proximity to Jakarta. 

Although no longer the quaint town it once was, it still retains much of its small town charm.


Sitting at an elevation of 265 metres (869 feet), Bogor is much cooler (and fresher) than Jakarta,

and receives more precipitation than any other municipality in Java.

Train Ride


We will travel to Bogor by train.  The train will pass through the sweeping grounds of the University of Indonesia, one of the countries premiere institutes of higher learning,  before arriving in Bogor.


Zebaoth Church


Nicknamed the 'Rooster Church' for the chicken statue in its tower, this quaint Bogor Church was built in 1920.  For more than 40 years, it was exclusively used by Europeans and sermons were given in Dutch.


Bogor Palace


Built in 1744, the Bogor Palace functioned as a country getaway for Dutch colonial governors, Sir Stamford Raffles being one of the most notable.


Ethnobotany Museum


The Ethnobotany Museum, opened in 1982, contains more than 2,000 artifacts which focus on the relationship between indigenous people and the plants they use.


Zoology Museum


Started as a botanical research centre, a mission that continues to this day, the garden of this museum has more than 15,000 species of plants, including 400 types of palm trees.  You can wander freely among Museum's wonderful collections of exotic, endangered specimens.


Bogor Botanical Gardens


Bogor Botanical Gardens was opened in 1817 by Gustaaf Willem, Java's then Dutch Governor-General. The park, spanning 87 hectares and filled with natural goodness, is a testament to preservation as well as a showcase of nature's endless ability to awe.  Nowhere else in Indonesia can you find such accessible flora or so many meandering paths leading to endless leafy surprises.


Orchid Gardens


We will complete our Bogor Tour with a visit to this simple and peaceful greenhouse garden where roughly 3,000 different varieties of orchid are on display.  


Café de Daunan (Café of Leaves)   Optional


After sitting at this outdoor café, sipping on fresh juice while looking out across the exquisite, expansive central lawn of Bogor Botanical Gardens, you should be a very happy camper.  Try the nasi timbel or nasi langgi for some excellent sampler platters of fine Indonesian food before beginning your stroll through the lovely Botanical Gardens.


Pesona guests are offered a rare opportunity to participate in this unusual 2-Day Excursion to the Villages of West Java (the area surrounding Jakarta).

One person   : Rp 8,500,000  (approx €528 / USD $600)

Two or more : Rp 4,250,000/person  (approx €264 / USD $300)  double occupancy


Group Size


:  Monday through Friday 

:  2 or more persons

:  2 Days, 1 Night



:  6am from Pesona

:  7pm the following day, to Pesona

This extraordinary journey to wholly untouristed locales in West Java (the area surrounding Jakarta) provides guests with unparalleled opportunities for authentic interaction with local farmers and operators of cottage industries.​


The Excursion offers guests a glimpse of the "traditional lifestyles" which remain a reality to some 200 million Indonesians.  The goal is to help visitors develop a fuller appreciation of the benefits and drawbacks of progress - those things which are "gained" . . . and those things which are lost forever.

The West Java excursion is NON-INVASIVE and is designed to benefit local West Java communities. Donations are made to all villages visited, and a portion of each Excursion Fee goes to the LSI EDUCATION FUND which helps keep rural West Java children in school.



  • Drive to West Java (Bandung Regency).

  • Have lunch.

  • Visit a small local COFFEE PLANTATION at Mandalawangi Hill.

Observe traditional coffee processing methods.


Explore the vegetation, enjoy breathtaking views and meet locals.

  • Visit a traditional WEAVING VILLAGE.

Take a two-hour weaving lesson with a local weaver on a rustic loom.

  • Head to KOPI KAMPUNG (a local hangout) for dinner, coffee and conversation.

Chill out with the locals for as long as you'd like.

  • When you get tired of socialising . . .

Journey to LOVELY GUEST COTTAGES amid surrounding rice terraces.

Settle in for the evening.


  • Rise early for a Continental or traditional Indonesian breakfast at guest cottages.

  • Head to a traditional BAMBOO VILLAGE.

Try your hand at basket-weaving and, hopefully, leave with a small basket to take home as a memento.

  • Enjoy a traditional SUNDANESE LUNCH at a popular local restaurant.

  • Visit ANGKLUNG HOUSE for a performance of Sundanese Arts.

Traditional Dance, Wayang Golek Puppet Show & Angklung Orchestra.


(Angklung is a traditional bamboo musical instrument played by

the Sundanese people for many centuries.)

  • Drive back to Jakarta for a good night's sleep.


One person   : Rp Rp 5,500,000  (approx €327 / USD $414)

Two or more : Rp 3,000,000/person  (approx €179 / USD $226)  double occupancy


Group Size


:  Saturday and Sunday 

:  2 or more persons

:  2 Days, 1 Night



:  6am from Pesona

:  7pm the following day, to Pesona

Need a break from the congested Capital?  Let us set you up with a "ROBINSON CRUSOE" WEEKEND!  Stay in rustic accommodations on a tropical island no larger than a postage stamp!


Roughly 120 islands with the word 'relax' scratched in their sands sit just a flying fish skip off the north coast of Jakarta.  Collectively known as the Thousand Islands, what these islands have in common are basic beachside huts sitting on white sandy beaches, surrounded by crystal-clear blue water teaming with sea life and exquisite corals.


You will spend 2 days and one night on one of the more popular of the Thousand Islands.

Early in the morning, you will hop on a speedboat at Jakarta's Ancol Marina and, within an hour or two, you'll find yourself on your own tiny island paradise.  Don't expect 5-star luxury on this weekend getaway . . . but do expect to enjoy the most quiet, peaceful and relaxing two days imaginable, complete with  wonderful snorkeling, cool cocktails and sun loungers overlooking the baby blue waters of the Java Sea.



Many of those who have experienced the low-key tropical ambience of the Thousand Islands have claimed that they never want to leave.


After two days in this peaceful and idyllic setting, it may not be easy to return to to the Capital. Please be forewarned! 


Eat, sleep and explore Borneo aboard traditional Klotok riverboat. 

One person   : Rp 9,900,000  (approx €587 / USD $745)

Two or more : Rp 6,900,000/person  (approx €410 / USD $520)


Group Size


:  Monday through Sunday

:  1 or more persons

:  3 Days, 2 Nights

Flight departs

Flight returns

:  9am from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport

:  9am on the third day  (arriving 11am at Pesona)

All-Inclusive Package :

*  Airport pick-up and drop-off at Pesona

*  Flight to and from Borneo

*  Airport pick-up and drop-off in Borneo

*  3 days / 2 nights on a Borneo Riverboat

*  All meals and Admissions

Optional Add-on : Sleep at the RIMBA LODGE on the Sekonyer River (rather than sleep aboard the boat)

Rp 1,800,000/night  (approx USD $136)  for 1 or 2 persons.

On this extraordinary journey into the dense jungles of Borneo, you will learn about the island's rich biodiversity while travelling down the Sekonyer River aboard an Indonesian riverboat. You'll eat and sleep aboard the boat and make frequent trips ashore to visit the various orangutan research camps and feeding stations along the river.


The first blueprint of orangutan genetic code has confirmed that they share 97 per cent of their DNA with humans. This remarkable similarity to humans evokes a sense of familiarity in their gestures, so you'll definitely want to bring a camera. A trip to Borneo is one you'll want to capture.

Orangutans aren't the only wild animals you'll encounter on this rainforest adventure. In addition to orangutans, you're likely to see a selection of endemic proboscis monkeys, macaques, a wide variety of bird species, and even a crocodile or two.



  • On arrival, travel to the nearby Kumai dock where an Indonesian riverboat awaits you.


  • Board the boat for a two hour trip down the Sekonyer River to Camp Tanjung Harapan.​​

​        Enjoy panoramic views as the vessel moves steadily through the river.

  • Arriving at Camp Tanjung Harapan, trek into the lush forest canopy to one of the National Park's strategically positioned orangutan feeding stations.


  • After breakfast, take a short trek to Camp Pondok Tanggui, a second feeding station.


  • Travel to Camp Leakey, the biggest site in Tanjung Puting National Park.

        Here a tour guide will direct you to the Visitor Information Centre, to learn about the

        first orangutan research done by Professior Galdikas, a pioneer in orangutan studies.


  • ​Trek to the third feeding station for another opportunity to observe orangutans in close proximity before returning to the boat for dinner.​


Enjoy a final breakfast aboard the boat before returning to Jakarta.


Cultural  Activities

Per person : Rp 500,000  (approx €30 / USD $38) per class.

Includes trip to a traditional market to purchase ingredients.


Group Size


:  Monday through Sunday 

:  2 or more persons

:  4 hours per class

Take one, two or three Indonesian cooking classes at

Pesona Guest House.


Learn to cook authentic Indonesian food with Pesona's resident cook, Ibu Narti, and Pesona owner, Ibu Nana.

Indonesians enjoy eating together and attach great importance to food. 


Historically, wet-rice farming has demanded a great deal of social co-operation and mutual tolerance among Indonesians, and, to this day, there are few activities which bring Indonesians together and strengthen social and family bonds like a celebratory feast.


There is no better way to connect with the Indonesians around you than to prepare and share a meal together.


Indonesian cooking is a rich blend of foods, influenced by the many cultures which have passed through the archipelago over the past 500 years : namely, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arab.


If you enjoy peanut sauces and curries, chili peppers and lemon grass, turmeric and tamarind ... then you will be very happy to be introduced to Indonesian cooking during your Program.


Your Indonesian Cooking Class(es) will begin with a trip to a traditional market to purchase ingredients.  Then, you will return to Pesona Guest House where you will prepare an authentic Indonesian meal to be enjoyed by you and other Pesona guests.

Choose 1 set menu per class.  Each menu is comprised of 3 courses.


  • ASINAN   (spicy peanut salad)

  • SOTO BETAWI  (cream beef soup)

  • NASI UDUK  (steamed rice ooked in coconut milk)


  • ORAK-ARIK TEMPE  (stir-fried tempe in sweet soy sauce)

  • RENDANG  (beef slow cooked in coconut milk and spices)

  • NASI KUNING  (steamed rice cooked in turmeric and coconut milk)


  • GADO-GADO  (Cooked vegetables with peanut sauce dressing)

  • IKAN BAKAR or IKAN GORENG  (barbecued or fried snapper)

  • NASI PUTIH (steamed white rice)

Per Person  :  Single Lesson (1 two-hour class) : Rp 375,000  (approx USD $29)

Entire Course Level (13 two-hour classes) :

Rp 4,875,000  (approx USD $370)


Take a single Indonesian Language Lesson or take a few. If you'd like, take an entire course level (13 lessons)!


Study at Pesona . . . or at LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA (located just two blocks from the guest house).


Group Size


:  Monday through Saturday 

:  1 or more persons

:  2 hours per class

Per Person  :  Single Lesson (two-hour class) : Rp 500,000  (approx €30 / USD $38)

                                                       Entire Course Level (13 two-hour classes) : Rp 6,500,000  (approx €386 / USD $486)

Take a single Indonesian Language Lesson or take a few. 

If you'd like, take an entire course level (13 lessons)!


Study at Pesona . . . or at LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA

(located just two blocks from the guest house).

The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia (literally, “the language of Indonesia”).  It is the language that unifies the world’s fourth most populous country – a country comprised of 18,000 islands and inhabited by 350 ethnic groups.


Bahasa Indonesia, a standardised version of Malay, is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin, English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic), and is spoken by 250 million people in the modern states of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

LANGUAGE STUDIES INDONESIA (LSI) is the only educational institution in the Indonesian Capital devoted solely to the study of Bahasa Indonesia, and LSI’s step-by-step course programme is arguably the most effective and scientifically-based Indonesian language programme available in the world today.


Mel and Nana have a special relationship with LANGUAGES STUDIES INDONESIA, as PESONA GUEST HOUSE JAKARTA serves as the "official homestay" for LSI students visiting from European universities and international organisations around the world.

Per Person  :

* Single Lesson (two-hour class) :

Rp 375,000  (approx USD $29)

* Entire Course Level (13 two-hour classes) :

Rp 4,875,000  (approx USD $370)


IND A1   Bahasa Indonesia : Foundations I

IND A2   Bahasa Indonesia : Foundations II

IND B1   Bahasa Indonesia : Intermediate I

IND B2   Bahasa Indonesia : Intermediate II

IND C1   Bahasa Indonesia : Advanced I

IND C2   Bahasa Indonesia : Advanced II

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

13 two-hour classes / 26 instructional hours

Entire Programme

78 two-hour classes / 156 hours

For English speakers, Bahasa Indonesia provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire another language.

Unlike other Asian languages, it uses Roman or Latin script; pronunciation is generally straightforward

(as it is not a tonal language like Chinese); and its lack of complicated grammatical structures

(such as verb tenses) make mastery of simple conversation relatively painless.


Cuustomise Your Own Tour

Per person : Rp 1,500,000  (approx €89 / USD $115)

Children 12 & under : Rp 1,250,000  (approx €75 / USD $96)


Group Size


:  Tuesday through Sunday

:  1 or more persons

:  8 to 9 hours   

Optional Add-On :

Lunch at Jakarta's Favourite Local Restaurant 



:  8am from Pesona

:  4pm-5pm to Pesona

Create your own Jakarta excursion.

Look through all of LSI's Jakarta Tours and Activities, and select items that hold appeal to you.

​Let us know your choices and we will work with you to set up a personalised excursion

that takes in as many stops as time allows.














       And if you would like to do some touring on your own . . .

Driver & Vehicle (Half or Full Day)

MITSUBISHI GRANDIS WITH DRIVER  (accommodating up to 6 passengers).


HALF DAY - UP TO 5 HOURS ;    Rp 400,000  (approximately €24 / USD $28.50)

FULL DAY - UP TO 10 HOURS ;  Rp 750,000  (approximately €42 / USD $50)

Price is all-inclusive of : gasoline, tolls, parking and meals for Driver.

If you have any queries or

       would like to make a reservation . . .

please contact Ibu Nana today.

Cooking Classes at Pesona (Pic 3)

At this Jakarta BnB, you can take Indonesian Cooking Classes.