Beware of touts
The touts will attach themselves to you at the carpark and follow you all the way to the steps leading to the monument. They will say Hello my name is so and so , Then they will show you what ever they are selling at that time. If you say no you are not interested they say remember my name it is so and so, I will be waiting for you when you get back. Waiting there they are as soon as you get back down the steps. Then they follow you all the way back to the car park. Plus they are joined by several other touts trying to sell you something else.
Unique Suggestions: Buy something and hope the others will leave you alone but that is very doubtful.
The guide said it was worse when we were there because of lack of tourists at that time.
Fun Alternatives: I don't think there is an alternative because there is no other way to get to see Borobudur except walk past them. Maybe go very early and hope some of them are sleeping late.
- Religious Travel
Come in the right moment!
Its better for you to explore Borobudur not in a local holiday season. Too crowded!
Unique Suggestions: If so, just enjoy whats come around. For picture, take a close shot.
Fun Alternatives: If you wanna enjoy it and take a beautiful pics, you can come early in the morning. Sunrise in Borobudur is always beautiful and exotic.
- Religious Travel
- National/State Park
Be careful not to be caught into a trap of hotel touts or taxi drivers (who are most likely commissioned by the hotel).
Apparently, you can get a beautiful view of the Borobudur early in the morning during sunrise. But to do this, you will have to pay some high amount of money to the hotel. They will transport you to a spot where there’s a great photography opportunity. I assumed somewhere in their hotel location.
Unique Suggestions: I say, go for it if you have lots of money or time to spend.
Fun Alternatives: But if you don’t, stick with other tourists and officially enter the Borobudur site at 6 am (generally after sunrise). Admission fee US $7.
- Historical Travel
Fake Sundanese Music CD at Mendut Temple
After completing my visit to Mendut temple, when I was walking back to the car, i was approached by a number of salespersons selling musical CD's. After a lot of persuasion, I did agree to buy one CD. A ctually, in the background, I had heard this music, while walking past the row of sovenier selling shops and was sort of infatuated by the pull of the music. I was told that this is a Sundanese folk music, where only 2-3 musical instruments are used. It was indeed a very soft and soothing music. So I purchased one musical CD for IDR 40 K. Since there was no means to check the QUALITY of CD, I just kept it in my bag. When I reached home and played the musical CD on my Home theatre system, it did not play at all. Then I tried it on my PC .There also it failed to play. Actually it turned out to be a blank CD. I felt cheated.
Unique Suggestions: If one intends to buy a musical CD in Borobudur, ask the selesperson to play it for you. Tell him that you want buy until they play it for you. If you are carrying a CD Player in your vehicle, you might as well check there.
Fun Alternatives: Probably it makes sense to buy the CD from a music shop in Jogja
- Historical Travel
Say NO to Indonesian female
It's adviseable not to be too close to the indonesian lady as indonesia government has a very strict law against visitors who try to flirt with their ladies.
Besides, do not simply bring indonesian girl to your hotel room if you don't want to get into trouble.
Souvenior around borobudur
You will find some souvenior shops or vendors around borobudur area. But, I would not advise you to shop here as you may find the price is much more higher than YOgya .
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