After Dieng highland, nearby Wonosobo also lies the old Hindu temples ruins so called Candi Dieng. It's predating Borobudur temple at Muntilan, Magelang and the name of Dieng itself derived from Di-Hyang [Abode of The Gods]. This complex of temples can be reached from Wonosobo as the main gateway. The candi [or temples] themselves situated about...more
Wowww, this is a common performance when you are there at a local gather around Wonosobo. A healer praying, then people who like to dance, also the dancers [always men] gets in-trance and pretend themselves as they want to. Like piggies, monkeys, horses and many kind of animals. Then they can eating anything [including wood or unriped sugar cane]...more
Jaran is Javanese word for kuda [Indonesian for horse]. So, jaran kepang means dancing using artificial horse made from bamboo shells and decorated in many colors. The dancers are men and they're in trance after a healer gives them a cup of water, contain with secret prays :) Yes, it's a mystically dance and sometimes, the dancer comes truely close...more
Tirta Corner is the only Lounge concept in Wonosobo.It has a great view of mount Sundoro and also we came up with the different atmosphere ever in Wonosobo city.Soft tone lamps, smooth jazz music,sofas and great beverages and light meals are available. Our foods and beverages are made from fresh ingredients and also from our own homemade recipies...more
It must be some kind of conspiracy, in hotels all over the world, to serve food that is as far removed from reality and local taste as possible. It was also the case in Wonosobo, Java, Gallery Hotel. Though breakfast was delicious, it was unreal. When you stay in Gallery Hotel, you'll get a free, delicious breakfast. We had bubur ayam(chicken...more
Just outside the periphery of Wonsobo's main mall and pasar, there are a myraid of roving vendors ( kaki limas) and small warungs ( coffeeshops ). When we were walking around at 6pm, only 3 warungs were open, one selling Chinese food, the other Nasi Padang and the other selling Fried Chicken. We chose the last one and settled down for a feast....more
Sometimes, it pays to venture out of your 4/5* hotel instead of eating the unreal food they serve in there. I did it in Wonosobo (Java) and boy was I glad, there were lots of street vendors clustered around the tiny mall and pasar ( market ) over there. Once you walk over there, you can smell hot food. I walked over to a kaki lima ( roving vendor )...more
While on our way back from Wonosobo to Jogja, I stopped by this roadside restaurant on the recommendation of my driver cum guide Wisnu. He told that the food is good, the restaurant is spacious and the good view of the highway and the valley. It was already lunch time, so I decided to stop and try the local fare. Moreover, they would provide free...more
In Anggrunggondok village, just easy peasy to have a snack. While mingle around with local, you can see many warung or open stalls nearby locals houses. Gorengan means anykind of diced tofu, tempe, banana and sukun [bread fruit!] that soaked into flour and egg then fried. Meanwhile, tahu cokol means tofu with fresh veggie inside and fried in a...more
Wonosobo is one of the popular towns in Indonesia, Central Java especially. Because there are lot of interesting panorama tourism objects. If you would like to visit to Wonosobo, you can take by bus/car only. Bus is available come from Jakarta, Semarang, Bandung, Magelang, Purwokerto, Purworejo, Jogjakarta, Solo, even Malang at East Java. Usually...more
It can be anywhere at Wonosobo. Weaved bamboo makes into daily stuffs and goods like rice bowl, tampah [place to clean up the rice before steamed] and many many more. Can be used as home decoration also.
What to buy: Rice bowl, tampah and several bamboo weaved stuffs.
What to pay: About USD10 is more than enough!!!!!
Wonosoban lingo just like other Javanese [central] lingo. The differences just about several words and not as soft as truely Jogjakartan or Solo style. A bit ngoko and madya [not high Javanese lingo type]. For me, it's easy. Just need to 'accelerate' several words into Wonosoban and added with local accent. For example, sometimes they add the word...more
Harvest and national holidays on Wonosobo and several small town around like Parakan, Temanggung, Paponan, Diwek, Mergowati and Sukorejo means a festival. They will arrange an occasion in the heart of the city, so called alun-alun [city square] or in one of the villages and nanggap [Javanese lingo for special request] several traditional dances,...more
22 Reviews and Opinions
If you ever decide to travel like a local in Indonesia and take the bus, do bear in mind that like in any other Asian city, the driving habits are generally atrocious. Lanes are happily ignored and driving on the road shoulder is common. Accidents are not uncommon too. I saw at least one badly smashed bus enroute to Solo. The passengers were all unhurt but stranded by the side of the road.
Time also stretches when you travel on a bus. Always factor in one hour to buffer your journey as Indonesia is the land of jam karet ( ‘rubber time’). Many stops will be made in town to pack the bus to full capacity and this include human passengers, yowling babies, livestock and vegetables still fresh with earth. Stops will also be made for the driver to take a kretek(cinammon cigarette) or toilet break.
Perhaps the only saving grace is the bus fare. It'll only cost you a couple of dollars(usd) to travel 100's of km. Bring plenty of small change and pay the exact amount or risk paying extra. It helps to count in the local lingo.
All around Java, you'll see remnants of Dutch Colonialism. The remote mountain town of Wonosobo is no exempt. This orange post box has dutch words and ancient Javanese script (hanacaraka) inscribed on it. Click the picture open to take a look at it. Note:Does anybody understand Dutch? If you do, pls tell me what the words on the box means?...more
Well, Wonosobo is a picturesque place. You can choose your own. Going trekking to tobacco plantation or climbing the mountain [Sindoro or Sumbing or both of them!!]
Equipment: Daily backpack with meals included. My Grandpa's and Daddy's fave for 'amunition' are brown sugar called Gula Jawa and diced coconut. It's high calories and give lots of energy in hiking and climbing :)
We came across this viewpoint along the Wonosobo -Dieng Village road. It is half way between the two places and offers breathtaking views of the villages below. Yoy can stop the vehicle here, stretch your legs and go to the top of the view tower to get a good view of the valley. There are potato plantations everywhere. Dont forget to take your...more
In Indonesia, everywhere you find a statue of Garuda-the mighty eagle, very closely associated with Indonesian history and culture. I came across this giant statue in the middle of the road on the way to Dieng. So if you are proceeding to Dieng Village from Wonosoba and you come across this Garuda statue, you are on the right track.more