Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (tmii) is a 145 hectares park. Due to its size, some facilities are essential so visitors can fully enjoy their day in the park.
Here are five facilities in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that you might need:
First thing you want to visit in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is the information center where you can get the park map as well as the monthly bulletin to know today's event. If you are lucky, there might be some cultural events take place in one of the pavilion.
The information center is located right behind Tugu Api Pancasila, the tall monument that you will first see when you enter Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Then there is a bank with ATM next to the information center, if you need to withdraw some cash. Please note that most of the transactions in tmii is cash basis.
As I mentioned above, TMII is a huge park that covers approximately 145 hectares. You are allowed to drive around TMII and park your car near the places you want to visit. This is the most comfortable way to enjoy TMII.
However, if you come here using a public transportation or you don't want to drive your car inside the park, TMII provides several transportation vehicles. They are:
This is the first cable car in Indonesia. It has three stations:
They will all pass the main lake, hence you can see the Miniature Indonesia Archipelago clearly from the sky. Since the cable car is high above the ground, you will have the view of most of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, among them are the traditional houses, domes of the bird park, museums, Children Palace, and Snowbay Waterpark.
These open air mini buses are parked in the South Parking Lot of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. They run on two routes: the inner and outer lane. For a Rp. 10,000 ticket, you can choose two places to hop on and off. Unfortunately, the bus is not always available anytime you need it.
These buses are also available for hourly rent. So, if you come with a big group, perhaps it would be easier to rent the car for the duration of your visit.
If you like cycling, you can rent a bicycle in the right corner of the North Parking Lot, near the Art and Handicraft Village. TMII provides various bicycle for rent: children bicycle, MTB, and tandem.
This is a mass passenger vehicle moved by wind power. The speed at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is only 15-20 km/hour so visitors can enjoy the view. It circles the main lake so you can see all of the pavilions. There are three stations where you can stop over: near the entrance, near the bird parks, and near Komodo Indonesia Fauna Museum and Reptile Park.
There are two miniature trains in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah: one is only circling Indonesia Children Palace up to Children Art Center and waterfall, while the other one goes around TMII. The later helps you see the landscape of TMII, all of the pavilions, gardens, museums, theaters, etc.
I am sorry to say that having a decent meal in tmii is a bit difficult.
The best one I would say the fast food restaurant besides the information center. The location is near the main gate. Then there is a food court at Mini Train Station. Alternatively, you could find fast food restaurants (fried chicken franchise) under the cable car stations. Other than that, there are some small canteens selling local cuisines and instant noodles spread out all over the park.
You also can find several franchised restaurants, such as A&W, Pizza Hut, Solaria, and JCo at Green Terrace TMII. However, the location is outside the main gate.
That's why some people prefer to have a picnic in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, although there isn't any proper picnic area here.
In addition to the kiosks spreads all over TMII, there are some bigger shops selling mostly handicrafts uniquely Indonesia. You even can find a very rare old book in TMII!
You can buy Indonesian souvenirs here. For example, Sundanese wayang golek (wooden puppet), wayang kulit (leather puppet), keris (traditional double-bladed dagger), paintings, leather, batik, bamboo handicrafts, etc. The location is near Sasana Kriya and the sky lift station A.
This is the place where Taman Mini Indonesia Indah supports the small enterprises and artisan to display and sell their products.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has a unique place called Rare Books Market, where you can buy antique books. The price varies depending on the contents, author, published year and condition of the book, hence, it can be as low as ten thousand rupiah up to millions rupiah. The location is near Palace of Indonesian Children.
TMII is a huge park, hence, it takes time to explore it in details. Therefore, if you want to spend more than one day here, you might want to consider some accommodation options with affordable rate within this park:
Although individual guests are welcomed, most of the guests here are groups, either students field trip or companies outing. The rooms are in the form of barracks with several bunk beds in each room.
This hostel is suitable for visitors with limited budget.
This is the latest inn lodge facility in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.
If you prefer a more comfortable room with more hospitality, you can stay at Santika Hotel, a 3-star chained hotel. Although the location is not inside the park, it is just beside the main gate. It shares the yard with Green Terrace TMII, where you can dine in at several franchised restaurants.
So, are you ready to continue your exploration of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah? There are so many things to see and experience here: the traditional houses, cultural events, museums, gardens, and plenty of rides :)