If You have morning flight to Yogyakarta, then you'd better make an itinerary as follow:
As you out Yogyakarta ADI SUCIPTO AIR PORT, just go out to take an intercity bus 'TRANs YOGYA'(check the location to the air port information desk, bus fare is IDR 3,000/US.$ 0.3)to the nearby Tourist spot PRAMBANAN TEMPLE, it was about 10 t0 15 minutes to the PRAMBANAN Bus Halt, from the Halt you could see PRAMBANAN TEMPLE at the east side and it was just walking distance.
Fondest memory: Then you could take the same TRANS YOGYA bus which could escort you to JOMBOR Bus Station. From JOMBOR you could take a transfer bus to BOROBUDUR Temple, the bus would stop at BOROBUDUR Bus Station, then you could take Becak, or Horse cart to BOROBUDUR Temple where you could enjoy SUNSET while you explore BOROBUDUR, then you could stay a night at a hotel around Borobudur for watching SUNRISE in the next morning.
After Sunrise, please in rush to take a bus to JOMBOR Station, then by TRANS YOGYA BUS to YOGYAKARTA's UMBUL HARJO inter province bus terminal, take a bus to SURABAYA which would take you to SURABAYA BUNGURASIH Bus Terminal in about 7 hours (it would better by morning bus).
From BUNGURASIH take a bus to Probolinggo which would take about 3 hours to Probolinggo Bus Station. From Probolinggo bus terminal, take a mini bus which would take you to BROMO (Cemoro Lawang), stay one night at one of so many accommodation over there, I recommend you to HOTEL BROMO PERMAI (check to the mini bus driver) and you should get up early in the next morning at 03.00 am to see Sunrise. You could Explore BROMO Mountain ( popular with Tengger Caldera)by Horse Riding or TOYOTA HARD TOP 4 wheel drives.
to get to bromo from jogja it takes 12 hoursby car, with stops.
the easiest way is that you rent private car with driver or also possible to join mini buses (not so comfy, but cheapest and easy) leaving for the package to bromo, then they'll drop you in the ferry to bali. so they normally leave in the morning, and arrive in Bromo at night.. stay 1 night an get up early for sunrise.. then at around 9 you drive to the ferry..
and for sarangan, you can request when you rent car, mini buses don't pass that area for it goes a lil bit round..
if you have more time, you can also combine with ijen crater.. :) really worthed to go!
Fondest memory: a real adventure!! crazy traffic!! and looooooong one..
i don't really think it's worth to go to Monjali. by taxi it's more less 30 minutes.
If it's your only time to visit Jogja, I suggest you to go to Prambanan temple (a Hindu). From the airport, you can catch a taxi, it takes more less 15min, n u can go around the complex for an hour or so..
If u've been to Prambanan, u can explore Candi Plaosan and some other hidden temples around Prambanan.
Wayang kulit, shadow puppets prevalent in Java and Bali in Indonesia, are without a doubt the best known of the Indonesian wayang. Kulit means skin, and refers to the leather construction of the puppets that are carefully chiseled with very fine tools and supported with carefully shaped buffalo horn handles and control rods.
Wayang show has been recognized by UNESCO on 7 November 2003 as amazing cultural work in Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
In a dramatic change to the current immigration rules, starting on January 26, 2010, foreign tourists from countries eligible for "visa-on-arrival" will now be given a 30 day visa that can be renewed for an additional 30 days.
As part of the new changes the 7-day visa at US$10 has been abolished, with the 30-day US$25 visa (renewable for an additional 30 days) being the only visa that can be issued to eligible tourists.
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Please be advised that Visa Free Short Visits may only be extended upon approval from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights/Director General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia based on natural disaster, illnes or accident, but cannot be transferred to another type of visa.
Overstay visitors incur to pay a penalty of US$ 20,- per day (for under 60 days stay) whilst over 60 days stay will be a 5 (five) year prison sentence or a fine of IDR 25.000.000,- (local currency)
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Yogyakarta Palace/ Keraton Yogyakarta.
Presidential Palace of Yogyakarta, better known as the Great House is a historic building built in 1825. The building is located on the land area of 4.2 hectares, located opposite the former East India Company fort on the edge of Fort Vredeburg General Ahmad Yani street.
Fondest memory: I miss the unique of Yogyakarta Palace, the culture and many things surround it..
Entering the main gate, you'll be greeted by a giant statue guards "Dwarapala", and many other statue than make me amaze... This palace consisted of several large rooms, and every room, made in a beautiful way... i just can dreaming that i princess of this palace....
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.
Favorite thing: I agree with you (craneboywill) abt Mirota Store. You can find many souvenirs, handicrafts and clothes there. In front of that store, there is Beringharjo Market. If you wanna see the hectic Batik market, this is the right place. And dont forget to keep your wallet from pickpocket.
At Malioboro Street, you can buy souvenir and Batik clothes. Don't forget to bargain. Tips : if they give u the price is 50 thousands IDR, you can bargain at 15thousands IDR to 20thousand IDR.
so... happy traveling..
Its better if you visit the Borobodur and Prambanan temples by joining a tour from Jogja. Most of the travel agents are located at Jalan Sostrowijayan, Jogja's backpackers place. I used Cakra Travel of Jalan Sostrowijayan for my trip to Borobodur & Prambanan and highly recommend it.
A full package for morning tour with the travel agent (transfer + entrance fee + breakfast) cost Rp200,000/pax (if I remember correctly) but I paid for Rp70,000 just for the transfer + set breakfast (at an eateries in Borobodur's compound). Since I look like a typical Asian man, the guide was kind enough to direct me to use the local's entrace gate instead of the international entrace to the temples complex - so I paid local rate of Rp9,000 instead of USD11 ;)
Fondest memory: Paying local rate to visit the temples complex :)
Staying in Malioboro area is not really a setback - most of Jogja's places of interest are located nearby. Jalan Malioboro itself is a good place to start for some sight seeing and shopping. At the end of the street is Pasar Briaharjo and Mirota batik store for more shopping.
You can also walk to the Dutch Fort, 3 March Memorial Park, President palace, Post Office, Bank Indonesia and other colonial buildings from there. Jogja must visit places - Keraton & Tamansari - are a bit further, accesible by taking the becak(tricycle) or taxi from Malioboro (fare starting from approx Rp10,000). Jogja's other must visit places - Borobodur & Prembanan Temples - are located abt 1 hour drive from the city. Its better if you visit the temples by joining a tour from Jogja, most of the travel agents are located at Jalan Sostrowijayan, Jogja's backpackers place (becak might cost approx Rp15,000 from Malioboro).
Fondest memory: Interesting culture and heritage.
Favorite thing: For a cheap, good place to get your laundry done, go to Salsa Laundry along Gang II, off Jln. Sosrowijayan. It's charged by the kilogram and at the time of this tip, it was Rp. 3,500/kg. Great service - clean clothes, fast collection time and friendly smiles all around. He even ironed our socks!
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: one thing i enjoyed most while in jogja is making quick frequent trips to fruit stand along malioboro. they got cheap quality fruits like round and plump atis (sugar apple), the scary snake-skinned salak (snake fruit), the fine and delicate manggis (mangosteen), etc. mangosteen should only cost you 4,000 to 6,000 rupiah a kilo. when they know you are a foreigner they could rocket the price to 12,000. mangosteen is real dirt-cheap in jogja that's why every hour of the day, i appear before the stand and order a kilo, skip lunch because i literally pig out on these dainty succulent soft white flesh every god-given hour after breakfast.
Favorite thing: paper and ballpen. we found these writing materials the most crucial wherever in indonesia. unlike the philippines, english is not commonly understood in indonesia, even as simple as basic counting. you will have a hard time asking for the price because even vendors are not familiar with the english counting numbers. add the multiple zeros to your problem because with transactions in rupiah, we are talking about thousands. a bottled mineral water for example is 1,400 in K store and 2,000 in other little stores. now instead of mouthing the numbers, write it down on a piece of paper, show it to them, and let them write down in return. we had fun bargaining in writing.