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Jl. Suryodiningratan No. 26, Yogyakarta, Java, 55141, Indonesia
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First time to Java - Yogyakarta. Anyone could help, please.

by kentapril77

Hi! my friends and i are going to Yogyakarta on 30 Apr 2010. we have several queries about yogya and hopefully anyone of you could help us, if you pleased.

1. my friends and i will be staying at Manohara on my first day in yogya
and proceed to the Borobudur Sunrise tour in the next morning. i plan to
spend some moment at Jl. Malioboro on my first day before proceed to
Manohara and seek for some available package offer by the local agent.
however, i have no idea which is the most reliable and reasonable tour
agent since i am in the tight budget for the trip. do you have any
recommendation?

2. we are food lover, is there any nice food/ signature food that you
could recommend? be it hot and spicy; sweet or sour, we eat it all.

3. Is there any nice spa and massage for man? we are looking for some
relaxation massage at reliable spa centre for man

4. we plan to cover Borobudur, Prambanam, Yogya town area (i.e Malioboro
area, Kraton and etc), Parangtritis. beside these places, do you have any
recommendation? we will be staying in yogya for 5 days 4 nights from 30 Apr
to 5 May. is there any place near to Gunung Merapi that is highly
recommended? or Gunung Merapi itself?

5. by estimation, how much the taxi fare from yogya airport to Jl.
Malioboro and also from Yogya airport to Manohara directly?

6. where can i get the reliable car rental with driver (gasoline included)
that could transport us around yogya, parangtritis, gunung merapi area and
etc?

I truly appreciate if you could furnish me details about my above-mentioned
queries or other recommendations.

Re: First time to Java - Yogyakarta. Anyone could help, please.

by theo1006

Hi,

(5) If you are on a tight budget, you can take the train form the airport to Malioboro (Tugu station). The train leaves right in front of the airport, and Tugu station borders the backpacker area where you can find cheap accommodation as well as tour agents.
(1) One agent I hear good reports on (don't know them myself) is:
ARI Tour & Travel, located in Jl. Sosrowijayan NO 72.
You can discuss with them your wishes: Borobudur, Prambanan, Merapi, Parangtritis, they know how to combine these. A car with driver for a day comes at about Rp 400,000.
In my opinion at about USD 90 a room Manohara is bad value for money. Ask the agent whether there aren't other hotels for the sunrise tour. If not, you might set out early from Yogya - no need to stay near Borobudur. Or, see the sunrise from Suroloyo lookout (see below), and from there go to Borobudur.
(2) Yogya is renowned for its "gudeg" dish, you can get it at a roadside stall or better at a specialized resto. Main ingredients are chicken and jackfruit.
(3) I don't know about spa's in Yogya.
(4) Borobudur, Kaliadem on Merapi, and Prambanan can be done in a day tour. But it may be worth while to spend more time at Borobudur or Prambanan. Prambanan may well be combined with Kraton Ratu Boko, in fact there is free shuttle service from Prambanan to KRB. If you are in for climbing Merapi, be aware that it is a tough climb of three hours or more (three hours only for the well-trained), and that you have to approach Merapi from Selo at the North. The transfer to Selo from Yogya may take two hours. See my tip: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/c8969/126ff3/4/
If you do not intend to climb, I think Kaliadem is more interesting than Kaliurang. You can visit Kaliadem when taking byroads from Borobudur to Prambanan.
And if you like an areal view over Borobudur, your driver may take you to the lookout at Suroloyo (sunrise should be better from here than from Borobudur).
(6) As said, the agents near Tugu station provide cars with drivers, it's the most popular thing to do.

Theo

Re: First time to Java - Yogyakarta. Anyone could help, please.

by kentapril77

Thanks mate! I truly appreciate it!

Travel Tips for Yogyakarta

For an introduction. .

by kokoryko

Jogja is an old city laden with history, and there are many palaces, old houses, monuments, traditional markets, etc, to visit there and in the surroundings, but do not miss the little small things you may find at every street corner, this city has much more to offer if you take your time, and people are so welcoming, it would be half a visit if you do not get in contact with locals. Usually I avoid guides, but here, for the Keraton or the “Water Castle”, I was very happy to have a local guide.
And when you are not with a guide who shows you what has to be seen in the streets, walk slowly, use the becak, Jogja is a city which has to be deserved, in some way, and going off beaten paths between the “must see” can be your best souvenir of the city.
In the back alleys, in the back yards, you will see very original garden décor like this one on picture 1; you will see vintage street clocks at street crossings (picture 2), or, like in villages, “community drums”, to call for prayer or other gathering (picture 3), quiet village streets (picture 4). . . . . and when you come back to big streets, you will see modern unnoticed monuments, like the Tugu (picture 5), tower for reminding the struggle for freedom from colonialism. Take your time is the best thing you can do. . . .

This general tip is also to introduce you Jogja through an excellent website, a tourist site but with beautiful historical pages and really off beaten path suggestions.

http://kratonjogja.com/isi.php?menu=heritage&lang=en

Departure Tax

by oerkenbo

There is a departure tax at Yogya airport. As of June 2008, it's 100,000 IDR for international departures or about $11. They will ONLY take Rupiah. There are a few ATMS to thr right of the departure area, (when you're facing the airport) past all the restaurants and the taxi service. So make sure you have enough Rupiah before you proceed to the departure area. Otherwise, you'll have to go through security screening again.

Musicians with Guitars/future rock stars

by dircelo

Music has a great influence in Java, anywhere in Java you will see young guys with a guitar, playing or trying to play and sing. It is said, that the indonesians like more or less rocky ballads. The countries favourite music is still from the German band Scorpions?

Certainly making music also makes hungry, the guide however said not to open the window of the car...

Candi Sambisari

by ricardoz

Located 7km east of Jogja in Desa Sambisari, Candi Sambisari is a relatively new temple discovered in June 1966 by a farmer. What's unique about this temple is that it is about 6 meters below the surrounding ground. It was built in the 8th AD but was covered by volcanic ash from Gunung Merapi in the 10th century. Unlike Prambanan and Borobodur, this temple is just sufficiently funded and kept as I suspect not enough funding has been given to maintain the complex.

There are also other artifacts found in this village which has been collected from farmers living in the area. In the past, the peasants will collect rocks or stones from temples ruins around Java to build or place in their house.

Cuttle-Fish Bones and Birds

by bpacker

I was loitering around a bird feed shop in Yogya when I saw a box of whitish bones. Before I could scratch my head in askance, a kind local explained to me that these were cuttle-fish bones and they were essential supplements for caged birds. Apparently, you give it to those little fellas to fortify them with calcium and whittle away their beaks so that they don't impale their mates.

Where:Pasar Ngasem, Bird Feed Shop, Yogyakarta. Not too far from the Kraton (Palace)

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