If there is one place in Indonesia that I love so much, it would probably be Yogyakarta (“jogja”). I love temples! Its a part of history that you can’t change. It tells stories of the past and how it differs from the present. You’ll see how simple life is and how important nature is to them.
I arrived around 10 am, from airport to the city it would take you around 30 minutes. I like staying at hostels when I travel alone because I meet a lot of people and its just fun and cheaper to travel with someone.
I stayed at Sae sae hostel! For a hostel, its a 10/10. I heard they transferred to a better location but still around the area so I suggest for you to stay there when you are on a budget and you want to meet awesome people.
Not to mention they are number 1 in TripAdvisor! (The rent is around 19 sgd per night)
There is a direct flight from Singapore to Yogyakarta but its cheaper if you would take air asia so take a bus from Singapore to KL (around $25.00 sgd) then take the flight from there ( $140-200+) depends on the season.
From the Philippines, I am not sure if there is a direct flight, but you can take a flight from Philippines to Jakarta then either take the train, bus or another flight to Yogkarta (depends on the budget).
You can tour around the City. Instead of taking the normal group tour. I suggest on taking the bike tour (SAESAE offers a city tour) unbelievable because you’ll be able to see hidden temples around the area itself (w no entrance fee). –Bike tour is around 40-50 sgd
- Plaosan Temple – Amazing Sunset!
- Sambisari Temple – Formerly buried under lava
- Candi Prambanan
- Sewu Temple
- Sambisari Temple
You can also visit Prambanan Temple – (consist of 240 temples!) for sunset and watch the Ramayana Ballet.
If you are interested to watch Ramayana Ballet – It is also in Prambanan Temple between 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (35 usd – inclusive of dinner)
(Pictures from Google Image)
Woke up early to have breakfast around the area ( I will make a separate blog post on food – there are too many unique cafes and good food in Yogyakarta)
Took time to visit Kraton and Water Caste (Taman Sari) in the morning.
If you want culture and history, this is a must! You will know the story, culture and a lot more to learn from this place. – (Takes around 3-4 hours) Met a friend from the hostel who joined me in touring both Kraton and Taman Sari.
In the afternoon, I suggest to just explore the food and learn how to ride the motorbike. I love Bali, I’ve been to Bali for more than 3 times already but Yogyakarta is so rich in culture, nature and a lot more but the price you’ll spend would be 1/3 of what you will spend in Bali.
Why I suggest to just rest and enjoy the central area is because you have a choice to hike Mt. Merapi and hiking starts at 1 am. If you are not interested in hiking then you can take the jeep ride going up in the afternoon (there is a tour guide) but you won’t be able to reach the peak which is beyond amazing.
Hiking at Mt. Merapi is the highlight of my trip. You should try to book as early as your first day – must have at least 3 pax for the tour guide to proceed. The hike starts at 1 am and if you are fast and healthy enough, you’ll reach the top by Sunrise (around 5:30 -6:00 am) and I am not sure why it took me longer to go down we reached the bottom around 12:30 nn- 1:00 pm already.
It was really one of the best experience I have. I mean I’ve been to different mountains in the Philippines and being somewhere else is also a great experience. Too be honest, I wasn’t fit enough so I really had a hard time. In our group, we were around 10 but only 5 of us managed to reached the peak. – I was trying to challenge myself.
PS Its very cold on top. Please bring a thick jacket, gloves and wear thick socks to be able to climb comfortably. The hike was hard for me not because it was steep or dangerous but because it was raining, I was just wearing a hoodie and Its all the way up with no chill.
For more information you can check this website: http://discoveryourindonesia.com/mount-merapi/
Mt. Merapi is a very active volcano and the surrounding area are all mountains.
If you are not yet tired and still up for adventure, you can visit Sri Gethuk Waterfall. You can ask Saesae for a bike tour to this place, I think its 1 hour by bike from the City. – Sunset is very nice and my tour guide takes nice pictures.
You can also go cave tubing on Nature’s lazy river since its near the area, but I was so tired so end up not doing it (a must on my next visit).
At night, there is this restaurant which serves authentic Nasi Lemak and Nasi Goreng. You can ask the tour guide to pass by this place. (Locals favorite)
I pretty much suggest to sleep early because 4th day requires you to waking up very early for a sunrise tour at Borobodur.
The tour guide will pick you up around 3:30 in the morning. You will have to walk and climb stairs to reach the top. Borobodur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the southern part of Central Java, at the centre of the island of Java, Indonesia.
I like chasing temples and I’ve been to Angkor Wat – probably one of the biggest temple in the World but I found peace in Borobodur it was so overwhelming that it made me want to go back immediately. I felt like I can touch the clouds and everything about the place is just pure peace and love.
The tour ends early so you still have more time to explore yogyakarta. If you have enough budget and time, you can visit the beach or Jomblang Cave ( depends on your preference)
Yogyakarta has beach and nice cliff that is quite similar to Bali. You can check this site for reference. https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/jogja/things-to-do-in-yogyakarta/
I did not have time to go because I was too tired so I end up spending time with newly found friends at the hostel enjoying beer and good music.
I actually don’t have enough time left so I went to visit the Sand dunes probably to experience it and take pictures but something went wrong with my camera so I do not have pictures of the place.
You can still check it out if you have time.
Going back to the airport is just too sad. I swear if there is one place in Indonesia that I’ll be happy to go back its definitely, Yogyakarta.
For reference and things to do you can also visit these websites: