We arrived late in Jakarta after a delayed flight from Vietnam. We didn't care too much as we had already planned to sleep in the airport! The bus to near the Jl Jaksa area doesn't start until five am so we found a bench along with a bunch of others and nested down. BTW the best place to do this is in the departure section of the airport.
After very little sleep we went to Jl jaksa and discovered that the place is long past its best. Accommodation is poor and shabby, most only have cold water yet charge up to £10 a night. After lush clean air con hotels with breakfast and amazing luxury of a hot water shower in Vietnam for $10 it was a hard pill to swallow after little sleep.
Jakarta itself continued to be a let down. Food is generally poor and relatively expensive, whilst Jakarta is a nightmare to get around by foot. So many cars mean the Vietnam way of just crossing doesn't apply so easily. And to top it off what little footpath there is feature regular open sewers which await someone not looking to fall into. Pretty grim was to get a load of infections.
We did enjoy the bank museum in Kota. It's a free exhibition which tells the history of the bank which is linked to the history of Indonesia. Worth a trip. Kota in general is very run down with some colonial buildings which can only be described as deadly. Parts of roofs hang over crowded markets. It's an odd sight.
Jakarta is one of those cities which the name brings ideas of exotic travel. Unfortunately as far as backpacking goes it is past its best at best and badly rundown at worst.