Yogyakarta - Indonesia
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Yogyakarta (also known as Jogjakarta or Jogja) located in central Java is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the south and Mount Merapi to the north. Home to the ancient site of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world.
The earliest known kingdom in this area, dates back to AD 732. The Sono Budoyo Museum in Yogyakarta was founded in 1935 by the Java Institute. The museum houses ancient bronze items including bells as well as batiks and a variety of puppets and masks from Central and West Java.
The main street of Yogyakarta, Jalan Malioboro is the main shopping district with rows of shops selling arts, crafts, clothing and fruit and vegetables. At night time when these shops close, food stalls are setup as a night food market. All along Jalan Malioboro during the day are shops and stalls selling a huge range of souvenirs including wooden carvings, paintings, jewelry as well as t-shirts, shorts and shoes
At the end of Jalan Maliboro is the Kraton which is the Royal Palace which dates back to the 18th century. The palace is open to visist from 8am - 2pm. Entrance cost 15,000Rp. The Palace walled city within Jogyakarta which once had 25,000 people living within the walls to service the Royal Family.
Mount Merapi (Gunung Merapi) is located just 25kms from Yogyakarta and is clearly visible on a clear day. Mount Merapi is 2968m tall and is Indonesia's most active volcano with the most recent eruption in 2011.
28km south of Yogyakarta, on the coast of the Indian ocean are a series of beaches with considerable surf. The closest of these beaches is Parangtritis Beach. Close to here are the Langse Caves. Other beaches include Parangendog Beach, Parangkusuma Beach, Sumas Beach, Pandansima Beach and Trisik Beach.
The waters of the coast drop off dramatically into the Indian ocean trench so there are considerable undertow making the beaches unsafe for general swimming.
Grebeg Syawal Ceremony
At the end of Ramadhan fasting, Muslims in Yogyakarta enjoy the thanks giving ceremony of Grebeg Syawal. Around 8am there is a procession of Kraton guards (Kingdom guards) through the streets of Yogyakarta in their uniforms.
Javana Spa offers Traditional Indonesian Massage which is a hands-on massage that helps relieve tired muscles. Deep tissue kneading helps release tension and pain. Packages start from 715,000Rp (US$71) includes treatments and food. www.javanaspa.co.id
Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa located within the Sheraton Mustika Resort www.tamansarispa.com
Merapi Golf Course is located 30 minutes away from Yogyakarta. An 18 hole, 6370m, par 72 golf course looking up at the magnificent volcano Merapi. http://www.yogyes.com/merapi-golf
Borobudur International Golf & Country Club Magelang located 40Km from Yogyakarta, designed by Nick Faldo is an 18 hole, 5635m par 72 golf course. www.borobudur-golf.com
The Hyatt Regency Hotel has a 9 hole gold course and floodlit driving range.
Jogja Rent Car rent sedans, SUVs and mini-vans with or without a driver. Prices from 400,000Rp for a full day (10 hours) for driver, car and petrol. www.jogjarentcar.com
Yogyakarta's airport is called Adi Sucipto airport. The following airlines have flights to and from Yogyakarta:
Air Asia direct flights between Yogyakarta and Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. www.airasia.com
From Yogyakarta's Umbulharjo Bus Terminal you can get bus services to other parts of Java and to Bali. Bus trips take 2 hours to Solo, 1.5 hours to Magelang, 3.5 hours to Semarang, 5 hours to Cilicap, 8 hours to Surabaya, 10 hours to Bandung, 12 hours to Jakarta and 16 hours to Denpasar (including the ferry ride).
Train to and from Yogyakarta
Accommodation/Hotels close to Borobudur
Manohara Hotel (1 review) Manomara Hotel is the closest hotel to Borobur backing on the complex grounds. Located at Complex Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur Jalan Badrawati Borobudur Magelang 56553 Java Indonesia Ph: +62 293 788 131. For more info, photos and hotel reviews for Manohara Hotel click here.
Pondok Tingal Hotel is located only 700m from Borobudur. Room prices start from 72000Rp per night (US$6.70) www.pondoktingal.com
Saraswati Hotel - Borobudur Internet rates from US$89+ www.saraswatiborobudur.com
Amanjiwo Resort has luxury accommodation overlooking Borobudur, perfect for a romantic getaway. Room prices from US$700+ per night www.amanresorts.com
Last updated 12th December 2015
Borobudur, which lays to the west of Jogjakarta, was built by the Mahayana Buddhist dynasty know as Sailendra (Kings of the Mountain). The best time to visit Borobudur is at sunrise or sunset. For more information check out the History of Borobudur.
To get to Borobudur from Jogjakarta go to the Jombor bus terminal on Jln. Magelang. Buses here will be marked with Borobudur. Bus fare costs 10,000Rp and takes around 1 hour. A taxi to Borobudur will cost around 100,000 and take about 30 minutes. The gates into Borobudur open at 6am. If you want to go to Borobudur for sunrise (which is before 6am) you either need to join a tour (most hotels offer a sunrise tour of Borobudur for 400,000Rp or you can go directly to Manohara Hotel which charges 320,000Rp per person to enter Borobudur through their hotel and receive a free coffee and muffin after your visit. The sunrise tours that the hotels offer is the best option as it includes your return transport from your hotel.
Just east of Jogjakarta is the Hindu Prambanan complex. A taxi from Jogjya to Prambanan will cost around 80,000Rp. Entrance into to see the Prambanan Hindu Temple costs foreigners 117,000Rp for Adults and 63,000Rp for children. You can pay this by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Local Indonesians pay 40,000Rp to enter.
Following is a list of hotels in and around Yogyakarta with rates and contact details:
Delta Homestay is a quality place to stay for backbackers and budget travelers. With prices starting from 75,000Rp (US$7) per night. www.dutagardenhotel.com
Metro Guest House is a budget hotel with swimming pool in a centrally located area in Yogyakarta. Room prices start from 100,000Rp (US$10) per night. www.yogyes.com
Hotel Tulip and Restaurant is a budget hotel with swimming pool close to the city centre of Yogyakarta. Room rates start at 130,000Rp per night (US$12.50) www.hotel-tulips.com
Duta Guesthouse is a budget hotel with room prices from 140,000Rp (US$ 13.50) per night www.dutagardenhotel.com
Family Homestay is ideally located 5 minutes walk from Jln Maliboro. Room rates start from 190,000Rp (US$18) per night.www.family-homestay.com
Rumah Mertua is a boutique hotel located 10 minutes from the centre of Yogyakarta. Room prices from 275,000Rp (US$26.50) www.rumahmertua.com
Brongto Hotel Yogyakarta (reviews) Jalan Suryoiningratan Yogyakarta. A 3 star hotel located 5 minutes from the centre of Yoygakarta. With swimming pool, WiFi internet access, bar/pub, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$31 per night. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Brongto Hotel Yogyakarta click here.
Cakra Kusuma Hotel (reviews) Jalan Kaliurang Km 5,2 YGM Yogyakarta. A budget hotel with swimming pool, spa, massage, WiFi internet access, room service, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$31 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Cakra Kusuma Hotel click here.
Istana Batik Ratna Hotel (1 review) Jalan Pasar Kembang No 29 Yogyakarta. A budget hotel located right next to Yogyakarta train station and just 2 minutes walk to Jalan Malioboro and close to the centre of town. With a swimming pool, bar/pub, free WiFi internet access, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices from US$37 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Istana Batik Ratna Hotel click here.
Duta Hotel (reviews) Jalan Prawirotaman No 26 Kota Gede Yogyakarta. A budget hotel located 10 minutes from the centre of Yogyakarta. With swimming pool, WiFi internet and LAN wired internet in rooms, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices start from US$40 per night including breakfast. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Duta Hotel click here.
Duta Garden Hotel (reviews) Timuran MG III/103 Prawirotaman Yogyakarta. A budget hotel with swimming pool located 10 minutes for the centre of Yogyakarta. Room prices start from US$46 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Duta Garden Hotel click here.
Hotel Ibis Maliboro (reviews) a 3 star hotel located right on Jalan Maliboro in the heart of Jogjakarta with swimming pool. Room prices start from US$46 per night. With free WiFi internet access. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Hotel Ibis Maliboro click here.
Puri Artha Hotel (reviews) is a 3 star hotel with traditional Javanese and Balinese style - with swimming pool and WiFi internet access available in the lobby. Located 10 minutes from the centre of Yogyakarta. Room prices from US$52 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Puri Artha Hotel click here.
The Jayakarta Yogyakarta Hotel and Spa (reviews) A 4 star hotel located directly across from Jogjakarta airport, 10 minutes from the centre of Jogyakarta. With outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, golf course, tennis courts, sauna, steamroom, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices from US$54 per night. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for The Jayakarta click here.
The Phoenix Hotel located on Jln. Jenderal Sudirman in the heart of Yogyakarta. Internet room rates from US$56 www.mercure.com
Jogjakarta Plaza Hotel located minutes from Jln Maliboro. Internet room rates from US$73 per night. www.jogja.pphotels.com
Saphir Hotel located on Jln Laksda Adisucipto with room prices starting from 750,000Rp plus taxes (US$73) www.saphirhotels.com
Grand Quality Hotel located on the edge of Yogyakarta, 3kms away from the airport. Room rates from US$60 nett. www.grandqualityjogja.com
Hotel Mutiara Maliboro is a 3 star hotel with a swimming pool in the centre on Maliboro Street. Internet room prices start from 445,000Rp (US$43) including taxes and breakfast. www.mutiarajogja.com
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa is a 5 star hotel located on Jln Laksda Adisucipto. Internet rates from 780,000Rp per night (US$76) www.starwoodhotels.com
Melia Purosani Hotel is located 2 minutes walk from Jalan Malioboro, Yogyakarta's main shopping street. Room prices from US$79 per night meliajogja.com
Inna Garuda Hotel (reviews) is an international standard 4 star hotel located on Malioboro Street in the heart of Yogyakarta. With outdoor swimming pool, spa, massage, WiFi internet access, nightclub, coffee shop and restaurant. Room prices from US$64 per night. For more photos, online booking and hotel reviews for Inna Garuda Hotel click here.
Hotel Santika Premiere is a 4 star hotel with published prices from 1,000,000Rp (US$96) plus taxes, includes breakfast for 2 people. www.santika.com
Hyatt Regency Hotel Yogyakarta (1 review) is a 5 star hotel located on Jln. Palagan Tentara Pelajar. The Hyatt Regency Hotel has swimming pool, bar, restaurant, spa facilities, tennis courts and a 9 hole golf course. The hotel is located around 15 minutes by taxi from the centre of Yogyakarta, with amazing views across to Mount Merapi volcano. Room prices rates start from US$119. For more photos, online bookings and hotel reviews for Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta click here.
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