Try Teh Botol (Indonesian Tea)
You find this drink everywhere in Indonesia; not really unqiue to Yogya. However, have a taste of Indonesian tea. Very strong jasmine flavour so it may not been for everyone but it's rather unique and you can get one for about 2000-3000Rp a bottle at the tourist sights; refreshing on any hot day!
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Batik course with Viavia Cafe
I signed up this 1-day course on the last day of my trip. Initially I was interested in doing bicycling to one of the villages but I had to give up this idea after realised that the bike itself weight heavier than me :(
Batik painting wasn't easy as well. Lots of patience and effort required. I was exhausted at the end of the day but this was an interesting experience, as I never liked painting since young.
- Arts and Culture
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.
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Just 17 km southeast of Yogya, you will be able to see the Prambanan Temples.
They were built in the 9th century, some were destroyed by the Merapi mountain eruption in 1006.
There are great views of the mountain from here.
The park holds Ramayana ballets in the outdoor theater almost nightly, May- Oct.
There is a bus from Yogya to the park or you can hire a driver to take you there.
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- Road Trip
Where River Meet The Ocean
Baron Beach Is Actually Near A Cove Where There Is A Mouth Of Underground River, The Water From This River Flow To Meets The Ocean (When You Taste The Water You Will Notice That One Is Salty And The Other One Not) Which Can Be Use For Bathing Or Cleaning Your Body After Swimming In The Sea. You Will Be Passing Through Spectacular Panoramic View On Your Journey To Baron Beach Which Is 60km South-East Of Yogya .
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Located 7km east of Jogja in Desa Sambisari, Candi Sambisari is a relatively new temple discovered in June 1966 by a farmer. What's unique about this temple is that it is about 6 meters below the surrounding ground. It was built in the 8th AD but was covered by volcanic ash from Gunung Merapi in the 10th century. Unlike Prambanan and Borobodur, this temple is just sufficiently funded and kept as I suspect not enough funding has been given to maintain the complex.
There are also other artifacts found in this village which has been collected from farmers living in the area. In the past, the peasants will collect rocks or stones from temples ruins around Java to build or place in their house.
The Royal Guards of the Kraton
If you noticed carefully, all the royal guards at the Kraton wear a royal batik weave that is not to be used by the members of the public. And strapped on their back is a deadly kris that is supposed to be used to defend the king in times of danger ! Now that their main job consists of showing tourists around, I don't suppose they'll use it on a holiday maker who turns out to be nuisance?
Where: At the Kraton, Yogyakarta
Note: Please ask for permission before you photograph them, they'll oblige but some fellows will maintain an austere pose for you.
Coloured Chicks in Pasar Ngasem
Not too far from the Royal Palace in Yogya (Java ) is a bird market (Pasar Ngasem)You'll find birds ranging from multi-coloured chicks to gigantic bats. There are also other animals there, dogs, squirrels, rabbits, you name it. Avoid this place if you're claustrophobic. The stalls are packed closely together and the smell is a tad overwhelming.
Where: The Bird market (Pasar Ngasem), west of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Magical House Guardian
Truth be told, Yogya is the only city in republican Indonesia still ruled by royalty and it is still steeped in beliefs in the occult, mediums and magic. Every inn/house and even the palace has a god at the front door which acts as a guardian spirit .
Where: The Front Gate of the Kraton(Palace), Yogyakarta
Cuttle-Fish Bones and Birds
I was loitering around a bird feed shop in Yogya when I saw a box of whitish bones. Before I could scratch my head in askance, a kind local explained to me that these were cuttle-fish bones and they were essential supplements for caged birds. Apparently, you give it to those little fellas to fortify them with calcium and whittle away their beaks so that they don't impale their mates.
Where:Pasar Ngasem, Bird Feed Shop, Yogyakarta. Not too far from the Kraton (Palace)
The Sultan who loved to cook
Inside the Karaton, lies a museum dedicated to the late Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, the father of the present Sultan. Besides fighting for independence the late Sultan was a good cook who could whip up a mean soup Buntut (ox tail soup). Curiously enough, even his royal oven mitts are on display, to prove the point that he could cook!
Right in the heart of Jalan Marlioboro, Yogyakarta lies a cavernous old market. Within in, you'll find everything for sale under the sky, clothes, meat, spices, flowers, fruit. You name it, they have it. This market is at least 3x the size of Ben Tanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City.
A lady lumbers along, the precious fruit in a basket strapped to her back. Round, prickly crowns of green with seeds of golden flesh.
Where:Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Entrance
Traditional Baskets II
Bouquets of of tart-green Pisang Rajah ( Translates to Banana King literally) lies on a table for sale. Take your pick and the lady will present you a green bouquet in a handwoven brown basket.
Where:Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Fruit section, back of the market.
Pampered Pets in Yogya
Cockerals rests in ratten baskets by the sidewalks. Their colourful tail feathers peek out their ratten carriers. These highly-prized birds are reared only for fighting and are pampered by their owners. Other than the occasional stroking, these birds are taken for walks and placed along the sidewalks so that they are constantly amused by the noise of street activity.
Where:The Bird market (Pasar Ngasem), west of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
As I could reccomend for any town you visit for the first time, the local market is a place that can give you an idea of where you are much more than the most important monument and sites the colours, the smells often remain in your memory much longer than the history of a statue of a painting.
I didn't meet any tourist around Yoyakarta market which is a place where to meet local daily life, full of people and some weird birds species.
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