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Help planning a week in Java...

by teachersmate

Hi
We are arriving at Jarkata airport in the evening and want to travel through Java before moving onto Bali or Lombok after about a week.
We would definately like to see Borobudur, Mount Bromo and Yogyakarta. We would like to do some by train and maybe some flights to save time.
Can anyone recommend a sensible route and can we book tours when we arrive in various places.

Re: Help planning a week in Java...

by theo1006

Hi,

From your question I understand that you do not want to spend time in Jakarta, but since you arrive in the evening you may have to spend a night there. Indeed it would have been more convenient to fly straight to Yogyakarta.

There are five trains daily from Jakarta (Gambir station) to Yogyakarta, taking about 8 hours. Two leave in the morning: 8:00 and 8:45, the others between 17:00 and 20:45. As one sees more on a day train, I suggest you find yourself a hotel close to Gambir station. Buy tickets at the station on the night you arrive, to make sure you have a seat the next morning.

Yogyakarta is THE city to book tours, the best deals you get at agents near Tugu station (Sosrowijayan street). You can make day tours by rented car to Borobudur, Prambanan, Dieng plateau and many other destinations with Yogya as base. The route Yogya - Bromo - Bali is very popular and can also be booked in Yogya. Usually one travels by minibus and/or tourist bus. If time allows, you can also visit Ijen crater (between Bromo and Bali).

Have a nice trip,
Theo

Re: Help planning a week in Java...

by teachersmate

Thanks,
We have been advised that we should not waste time in Jakarta (not much too see) but do you think we should stay for a day and look around or would it be better to use that time elsewhere?
We didn't have the option to fly into Yogykarta from UK but would we be better to get straight on a conecting flight the night we arrive?
If we opt for the train is it worth stopping in Bandung?

Re: Help planning a week in Java...

by theo1006

I agree with the advice you got: not much to see in Jakarta. And if you have only one week to spend, pass by Bandung either. Visitors from Jakarta and Malaysia go to Bandung for shopping (many outlets from the garment industry), and combine this with Tangkuban Prahu and/or Kawah Putih craters. However, these are nothing compared to Bromo.
So, if you can have a connecting flight the same day to Yogya, I would certainly say to take it.
For more things to do in Central Java with Yogya as base, browse through my pages on destinations in Central Java. And if you want to do something out of the ordinary, ask your tour agent whether he can include Trowulan or Blitar in the Bromo-Bali trip: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/m/c8969/

Help planning a week in Java...

by skyb88

Agreed with Theo
Since you only have a week Java-Bali
It will be limited time
Why don't you take last flight Jakarta-Yogya to safe the time

Have a nice trip,
Rini

Re: Help planning a week in Java...

by Ianchen

You could also take a night train right at the day you arrive from Jakarta to Yogjakarta. They leave at night, you arrive early in the morning around sunrise, so you have a good start into the day.

Travel Tips for Java

Staying at a wealthy Javanese home

by SLLiew

There are many beautiful homes in the Ancul area of Jakarta. I stayed in one of them.

Nice collection of Indonesian arts and crafts as well as outdoor garden courtyards that open into the many living rooms.

Unfortunately I locked my bedroom each time I go out and so my room was sprayed daily with insecticides and was badly bitten by mosquitoes.

An exposed temple

by global_explorer

Lonely and surrealistic a temple is situated on the sandsea. The temple are hinduistic, as the locals follow their own unike version of the hinduism. The temple are set up to worship the mighty god believed to live in the Bromocrater, and during the yearly Kasadafestival a prossesion go from the temple to the top of the mountain where annimals and crop are sacrificed. At the same festival the local shamans undergo several tests. The winner becomes the clergyman, the tenggerpeoples spiritual leader the following year. According to legends, the festival dates back to the end of the Majapahitkingdom. The daughter of the king escaped from the advancing islam, and founded a kingdom here together with her husband. They ruled a prospering kingdom, but was unhappy because they had no children. They asked the volcanogod for help. He offered help on one condition, that the youngest child would be given to him. 25 children later, it was time to fullfill their part of the deal, but they hesitated. Bromo lost his patiense and threatened with a major disaster. Then the couple sacrificed the daughter Kesuma for the sake of their people.

Kiosk Bensin

by mickybleck

In 2003 I spent 4 weeks in Indonesia, 2 weeks on Java, and 2 weeks on Bali.

Of course, 2 weeks are not quite enough to cover the big island of Java, but it was enough to leave me with some great experiences:

Searching the tourists in "touristy" Yogyakarta and finally finding out that the town was full of javanese tourists and therefore for me not instantly outstanding.

Being an attraction to the javanese tourists at the Borobudur Temple and photographed by I do not know how many people - the opposite way of usual travel photography ;)

Having a great afternoon and evening at a southern japanese family's house and getting a new hairstyle (plaids - verrrry pretty) from a traditionally dressed muslim woman (not showing any hair at all).

Seeing Mount Bromo smoking and Mt. Semeru erupting.
Being impressed by the hard labour of the sulfur carriers at Kawah Ijen.

Having a great laugh at the "petrol stations".

Java 1992

by rec67

In 1992 I visit Java and Singapore.
For two reasons, holiday and visit a friend who works in Asia and lives for several years in Jakarta.
I traveled alone and met many people.

in 1992 bracht ik een bezoek aan java and Singapore.
Ik was daar voor vakatie en in jakarta op bezoek bij een vried die vanwege werk in Asia enige jaren in jakarta verbleef.
Alleen op reis door Java ontmoeten ik vele mensen.

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