I recently travelled to Jakarta on holiday and spent about a week there. I feel it has an unfair reputation for being an unpleasant place. As a tourist I found:
- Numerous interesting museums, all costing nothing or almost nothing. Most were presented poorly, but that doesn't make them any less fascinating.
- Gorgeous colonial architecture from the Dutch era
- Memorable Mosque , Catholic Catherdal & MONAS
- A wide array of world class hotels (I only sampled the Shangri-la & Ritz Pacific)
- A trustworthy & widely available taxi service (Blue/SilverBird). I had a driver run after me when I left something in his taxi.
- A wide array of delicious / cheap places to eat
- Infinitely less touts than BKK or Phnom Penh. Touts and hookers that were here didn't follow me up the street, that took my "no thankyou" and moved on.
- More sincere locals than BKK or Phnom Penh, most people here had some genuine warmth, rather than just trying to sell something, which is the norm in most developing countries
- Warm weather, it didn't rain once when I was there
- While it might be different for me (being a male in my early 20s) I found it safe at all times, even at night and alone.
Of course, the pollution and traffic is diabolical, but I knew that before I went.
Am I alone in my high opinion of the Indonesian capital?