Royal and Rustic, both at the same time
Some place can be dirty...
We blitzed it-need more time to explore this interesting place
Pendopo AgengInside the palace is a huge Pendopo Ageng (pavilion), where they held tradisional dance performances here. You can see many big and beautiful candelairs hanging from the ceilings, and most interesting, you can see all the 12 Signs of the Zodiac - Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius,...more
Kraton Mangkunagaran was built in 1757 after a bitter struggle against the founder of Surakarta, Pakubuwono II, by his nephew Raden Mas Said, who was later crowned Pangeran mangkunagaran I. The present Sultan Mangkunagara IX in Picture 2. There seem to be two kraton in Solo, but this smaller kraton have more interesting things to see like the...more
If you are in Solo, it is a must to visit the Mangkunegaran Palace that situated in the center of modern city of Solo. Entrance fee - IDR 18,000 per personOpen daily : 0830 - 1400hrSunday 0830 - 1300hr.There are do and don't in the palace, please see Picture 4.Picture 1 - the entrance to the palacemore
The Solo river valley, north-east of Solo, is an important source of prehistoric fossils. Half of the world's findings of Pithecantropus Erectus or Homo Erectus skulls were made here, along with countless animal bones and flake tools.In 1996 the "Sangiran Early Man Site" was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as number 593. This encouraged...more
We booked a car and driver through our hotel for this trip. This was considerably cheaper than the price we had been quoted by a travel agency earlier. The erotic temples are Candi Ceto and Candi Sukuh. They are fairly near each other and with transport can easily be visited on the same day. There is a waterfall nearby, too, though we did not go to...more
Solo has two palaces. Puri Mangkunegaran is the smaller one, but it is supposedly better kept. You have to go round on a tour which I don't normally like doing, but our guide was really interesting and funny and told us lots about the objects in the palace which we would never have known without him. The royal family still live in part of this...more
Ji Ahmad Yani 40, (Formerly "Quality Hotel"), Solo, Java, 57143, Indonesia
Good for: Solo
Jl Srigading II no. 12, Turisari, Solo, 57139, Indonesia
Good for: Business
Jl. Gajah Mada no. 23, Solo, 57131, Indonesia
Good for: Couples
After having our Sate in the car, we still feel hungry, of course hungry, I only had 3 sticks of Sate. Round and round looking for food in Solo..eating at nearest warong or rumah makan, a NO NO for my friends who had experienced stomach upset eating roadside food in Hanoi. I am having a lot of fast food in Jogja and Solo. Come to McDonalds then...more
Nasi Liwet (Liwet Rice) maybe is the most popular original cuisine from Solo, its known almost everywhere, and has been listed as a menu on a major hotels restaurant at a big city across the nation. In Solo itself, Nasi Liwet was very popular and very down to earth, so you can find it easily almost anytime and everywhere. If one likes to taste this...more
If you love culinary travelling and you have an opportunity to try ones, there is one thing you should know, one portion of sate buntel is not consist of 10 sticks of satay as usual. The size of sate buntel is big, one portion of its usualy enaugh for two persons to eat. But if you are not sure about it, we suggest you to ensure the size of this...more
After a night out dancing or wandering around, just have some meal here. Its a local kind of serving rice actually. But Mbok SRI have it almost perfect! Rice served with egg, tempe bacem, krecek etc, etc, ...
People will have hot dark coffee, or sweet tea.
Dress Code: Whatever your preference is, but not naked.
To Solo from Yogjakarta only takes 1.5 hours drive, so we hired a car with driver and petrol included, all for 550,000 rupiah for 10hours. We started our journey to Solo at 8am and was pretty excited to visit Solo. A toyota Avanza, just nice for 5 persons to sit, I enjoyed sitting behind and take pictures.more
As per March 2010 the so-called Prameks train runs fifteen times daily between Yogyakarta and Solo. Although Prameks is short for Prambanan Ekspres, only two of these trips make a stop at Prambanan; these are called the Prameks Wisata (Tourist Prameks). Most of the trains are of the economy type, but three daily have executive class.With this...more
Take a train from Yogykarta to Solo vv is more convenient than by Bus, it takes about one hour with the fare of IDR, 9,000,- ( nine thousand rupiah). Along the journey, One can see a beautiful panorama at the both side of the train, a paddy/rice field and a wonderful view twin mountains "MERAPI" and active volcano and MERBABU in a faraway distance...more
You may buy all your batik at the Keris or Danarhadi shops in Solo, or cheaper at pasar Klewer.But you get the best deal in a village that supplies these shops. Just driving through you may see women batik-ing on the verandah. Drop in to Sadewa shop to see the dying process. Head to Dewi Arum for the finest stuff.A complicated sarung design may...more
This is a haven for batik lovers. Beteng is a market place that is mainly consist of batik trader,they sale all kind of batik clothes and other thing made of batik with a cheap price compared to other place, especialy if you buy more than one. This is a good place to find something for your loved one or your friends. For sure you should have buy...more
Forgotten to buy souvenir to one of your aunties back during shopping trip earlier? Batik Keris provides you the last minute shopping rescue while you wait to board the plane home. It offers Batik apparels and some batik-infused handycrafts. Price is a little high compared to those found in Solo or Jogja town...But hey...there is a price to pay...more
It's interesting to note there are more than 300 cultures and languages over here in Indonesia and needless to say, this has an enormous impact on marriage ceremonies. There are different types of wedding ceremonies in Indonesia and you can learn a great deal about the details in a Javanese wedding in Kasunanan Kraton since each custom is showcased...more
Now, I was nosing around the market that sells junk ( Pasar Triwindu ) when I came across these kneeling wooden dolls. At first glance, I thought these were Tau Tau or wooden funerary effigies. But I was mistaken, apparently, these dolls were wedding statuettes or "loro blonyo" ( which means 'two together') and no self-respecting Javanese home was...more
If you look at the road signs in Solo carefully, you'll notice that it's written in Indonesian (Roman alphabet) and what appears to be a curly, hindu-like scipt. I found out later that it wasn't Sanskrit at all but 'hanacaraka', a Javanese script that could only be deciphered by a few locals.more
Solo is a very nice place to visit. The food is good and the people are friendly. The streets are safe to walk in even at night. :)My only gripe is that there are millions of mosquitoes just waiting to suck you dry! The bites are painful and leave a big mark... :( Better not scrimp on application of repellent and be sure to reapply as frequently as...more
It is best to dress modestly when going around Solo and its environs. The whole time I was there, I did not see a single individual wearing short shorts or tank tops. Maybe you can wear your shorts and tank tops inside your room and hotel but not on the streets and in the tourist attractions you're going to be visiting. Most locals dress modestly...more
There are many Pengamen who have no qualms singing and begging on the roads of Solo. Just look out for them if you're driving. And give them the aluminium rupiah coins if you wish. Just don't hit them with your vehicle, you might destroy a potential Indonesian Idol in the making;pmore
The Radjapustoko Museum is located next to the Sriwedari amusement park in Solo and has a miscellaneous by interesting collection of art objects and mementoes from Java's past.
JI. Slamet Riyadi 234 Solo, Central Java
Despite its modern facade, Solo is still a quaint little place by heart. Just opposite of the Novotel Hotel, lies a little village with quaint alarm. The system is erm, quaint to say the least. It's a wooden trunk with a clapper. Hit it twice for a robbery, thrice for floods, four times for a fire.Where: Solo, Indonesia, in a street opposite...more
Everywhere in the streets of Solo, you'll see ladies peddling Jamu, traditional herbal drinks that practically cures everything. She's recognised by her bottles of brightly colored liquids in a a huge basket. Normally the medicinal drinks are prepared at the sellers home, and are sold house to house, so this means that her customers don't know the...more
Traditional herbal medicine known as Jamu spills out a shop in Kota Gede. You'll find a cure for everything and anything over here that is made from leaves, fruits, roots, flowers and bark, etc. The yellow packet that you see below contains sulphur that is mined from volcanic mountains nearby. It's rumoured to cure acne! Where: Pasar GedeWhat: Run...more
guess it will be time saving to fly then to take the train.
price one way from jakarta is about RP400,000. you can buy by bookig and paying thru the local ATM with a code provided or thru the agents. international traveller can 1. book lion air ricket online, and ask your friend to pay thru ATM pretty quickly, 2. buy from Garuda using the economy promo rates from your just any of your agents.
do not buy at the airport from the resellers as teh name of the ticket belong to someone else. and you have to py with mark-ups. buying from ticket office on the day of travel will be silly as the chance of getting is about 30%. so you may have wasted your trip to the airport.
traveling from abroad to solo : get the airasia ticket. the flights are from Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. book and pruchase your tickets thru the budget airline www.airasia.com.my . you can buy one way , and amongst the cheapest in the region.