It is the entry door in...
It is the entry door in Indonesia. Yogyakarta is a cultural and artistic town, for us one of the most impressive places in Indonesia. It is plenty of cheap Inns and guesthouses, restaurants and food stalls in the Night Market around Jalan Malioboro. Don’t miss the Jalan Malioboro Market, Taman Sari (Water castle), the bird market and around. If you have time go to Kota Gade, nice place to walk around and watching people working silver. Use the town bus to go there.
An other place to visit in...
An other place to visit in Java is Pangandaran. From Yogya you con take a charter bus direct or using the local transports: train, bus and boat. We choose that one; it is a long way but very interesting. Pangandaran it is full of hotels and guesthouses and restaurants. The best place to eat is the fish market, were you can eat as much fish as wand and price very cheap.
It is very nice to see the fishermen coming soon in the morning and the women collecting the fish.
In the National Park you can find two quiet sundy beaches where to swim.
A nice excursion is a visit to the Green Canyon.
come during Idul Fitri
During that time, the end of Ramadan, plenty of parades take place all over the city, it is like carneval with people chanting, singing, honoring theirs gods, with young and old taking part, even semi para military young people we saw. Basically every muslim in Yogya seems to parade.
Lower Progo River rafting
.CitraElo are a licensed tour operator specialising in white water rafting, outdoor training and management training.
They offer three rafting trips ranging from moderate (Grade I-III) to advanced (Grade III-V).
The Lower Progo River is the advanced trip which is the one that I chose on this occassion.
The cost is IDR 1,500,000 per boat which includes all rafting equipment, guides, refreshments and a meal afterwards.
As there were no other participants I basically funded the whole expedition. But this included a support rescue raft which I think was just an excuse for the team to get onto the river as well.
Most of the team work as farmers around CitraElo base camp so I think they will take any opportunity they can to go for a bit of a paddle themselves.
They seemed to enjoy the adventure as much as what I did and they certainly added a lot of fun to the whole trip with their humerous antics. On more than one occasion someone ended up in the river with a helping hand ;)
Yours truly went overboard when his centre of gravity became waterside!
One of the highlights for me was to ride on the front of the boat 'rodeo' style by hanging onto the ring at the front of the raft and then trying to stay on as long as possible in the rapids.
Some of the photo's were taken by one of their photographers so I was expecting to pay extra for these. However, the photographer joined our group on the second leg of the trip and he enjoyed himself so much that he gave me a CD with the pictures that he took plus two prints!
I did also pay an extra IDR 350,000 for transport to and from our hotel in Jogja. At my request, the driver was kind enough to stop at various locations to take some pictures of the surrounding countryside.
Mendut temple !
Near the Borobudur there is the Mendut
monastery that you can't visit.
The temple of the cloister is open for visitors and
a lot more authentic since it is still in use.
Some tour operators take you there as well.
Make sure they do , ask about it.
It's in mungkid village
The statues are original!
(ok , they will also drag you to a silver factory and
shop. They don't if you simply say no)