Most South East Asian capitals have a backpacker area, and
Jakarta's Jalan Jaksan district is grubbier than most. Plopped in
an unremarkable part of downtown, it is thick with travel agencies,
laundromats, currency exchange offices and guesthouses. A few bars
with live music cater to the travel crowd. The cheapest guesthouses
are bare to say the least and it is worth extra money to rent a
nicer room. It's a good place to stay if you want to spend as
little as possible on accommodation in Jakarta, but don't expect to
get much real local flavour.
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