Explore Yogyakarta

Why Yogyakarta?

Yogyakarta is the true gem of Java – a heritage hub filled with rich cultures, centuries-old temples, award-winning paintings and, of course, traditional foods that create exceptional experience for anyone who wanders around the city!

How to get there?

By plane

Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport is just 10 km away from the center of the city. There are a few direct international flights from Singapore and Malaysia. Other domestic flights from big cities fly a few times in a day with carriers include Garuda, Lion Air, Citilink, NAM Air and Sriwijaya Air.

By train

Train is one of the most convenient ways to travel Jogja as major cities across Java are connected to each other. The locals enjoy taking train to Jogja as it offers convenience and beautiful scenery throughout the journey. There are two train stations in the city, Yogyakarta Station and Lempuyangan Station. Travelers would prefer to choose Yogyakarta Station over Lempuyangan as it is closer to Malioboro.

By bus

Indonesia’s bus terminals are unlike the train stations. They come with, somewhat, confusing directories that if you are unfamiliar might be a little bit tricky to find the right bus with the right schedule. Jogja’s bus terminal is at Giwangan – 6 km from the center of the city. The terminal connects areas around Java and Bali. If you are coming from Sumatera, bus ticket includes ferry entrance. It is suggested that you take a VIP bus – a convenient transportation with spacious (and reclining) seating, toilet, meal, and blanket as part of the amenities. Expect no such frills in economy buses.

What to see?

Temples, caves, beaches, volcanoes – yes, Jogja has it all!

Borobudur

Jogja houses the biggest Buddhist monument in the world covering a total of 2,520 m2 area. Borobudur is three-tier temple built around 8th century during Syailendra dynasty. The magnificent relics represent the universe and humanity that is bound to levels of desires. The Mahayana teaching is depicted through the reliefs’ fine sculptures – describing each stage of life with the highest level signifying Nirvana, a stage where one is free from any lust.
Borobudur @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Regardless of the Buddhism and the teaching, this is a must-see tourism attraction when you travel jogja. Even if you are not into spiritual things, the temple’s architecture itself will leave you breathless. Visitors should wear decent clothing (no hot pants allowed) upon entering the complex but there is a sarong rental station where you can borrow sarong for free and they’ll even teach you how to wear it.

Prambanan

Another cultural site worth your time is the Prambanan temple. The compounds of Prambanan are believed to be dated from 10th century but apparently the 2006 earthquake caused the temple to undergo a massive restoration and had to be closed for awhile.
Prambanan Temple @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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It could get packed with tourists who want to climb the steep stairs to the top of each temple during the day so coming early will avoid the crowd. The Hindu temple is particularly dedicated to Shiva but the huge complex is actually a home to 240 temples in total, including Loro Jonggrang temple, Sewu temple and Lumbung temple.

Parangtritis

Parangtritis is a famous beach with an interesting myth. The Javanese believe that the sea is home to the Queen of the South, Nyai Loro Kidul. And visitors should not wear anything with green as Nyai might come and take you to the sea because it is her favorite color.
Parangtritis beach @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Regardless of the folklore, Parangtritis offer a tropical exoticism especially during the sunset. The big waves and strong currents often cause more troubles for those who swim than not. Thus, it’s advised to admire the sea from afar.

Wediombo

Wediombo is fairly a newly added attraction in Jogja travel destinations. Situated in Wonosari, it is a bay with white sandy beach and a few naturally-formed slopes. The locals come here mainly for fishing or dipping into the turquoise water but even if you’re not into fishing, you’ll love every bit of what this hidden paradise has to offer.
Wediombo beach @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Mount Merapi

World’s dangerous volcano happens to be one of Jogja’s highlights. Merapi volcano is still in its active state but the deserted land, beautiful valley and the green of pine trees offer incredible scenery worth the climb!
Volcano Mt. Merapi @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Mount Merapi offers various activities from a simple sightseeing at the foot of the mountain to adventuring with a 4x4 jeep for an extreme lava tour. Whichever fulfilling journey you choose, Merapi’s stunning landscape reminds us of the incredible beauty of our mother nature.

Pindul Cave

Thanks to Instagram users for spotting this hidden gem and make it a viral yet unique destination in Jogja. Pindul Cave is unlike any other cave. The goa (cave) has an underground river where visitors can go cave tubing.
Pindul cave @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Those who are afraid of dark shouldn’t try this as the deeper you enter the cave, the darker it is. And surely not for the faint hearts because the only way to see the cave is by tubing. Some of the equipments to rent are life vest, headlamp, and of course, the tube.

How to get around?

Online transportation is striving in the country, thus, it is easy to go anywhere by Go-Jek app or Grab whether you travel alone or in group, and it’s probably the most convenient way if you don’t want to rent any vehicle. Trans Jogja is also an affordable choice of public transportation as the bus transits in various tourism locations. Just be sure you check the routes but schedule might sometime miss due to the traffic jam.

Where to stay?

Jogja offers a wide range of accomodations possibilities ranging from budget guest houses to high end luxury resorts.

Budget Hotels

Jogja offers plethora of budget rooms for backpackers and budget travelers. Prawirotaman is one long alley with guesthouses and cafes standing side by side. When you travel to Jogja, searching for accommodations at Malioboro is great start that most likely lead to something affordable for your stay.
Here some examples of quality budget accomodations close to the city center:

Medium range

Ibis Style is a chic hotel in Malioboro that has practically everything you need. From bath tub to a rooftop lounge – the modern hotel is a perfect place to rest before you venture to your next journey.
Hyatt Regency The chain hotel is a combination of heritage and nature in one place. A huge swimming pool overlooking the lush greens, a jogging track and a cozy spa will surely make an unforgettable stay. The hotel offers various activities you can do inside all day long, such as golf course, andong ride (horse carriage), night lounge and bar.

Luxury range

Hotel Tentrem is a 5-star hotel that pampers and charms visitors at the same time. The luxury rooms let you have your private balcony overlooking a majestic pool and garden – something magical to add in your holiday.
The Phoenix is a vintage-style hotel which architecture is a blend of colonial and traditional Javanese interiors that give a sense of being thrown back in time. The gem of heritage is not all hidden as it’s situated at the heart of the city

Eat & Drink

There are foods that are traditional and foods that have all the hype. While these may not be listed in Jogja’s hippest café but these tasty eats and drinks are the local’s favorites!

Nasi Gudeg

Jogja’s traditional main course is Nasi Gudeg. The cuisine is a plate of rice with condiments such as curry chicken or meat, boiled egg, Gudeg, and a small spoon of sambal. What’s special about Gudeg is that it’s made of young jackfruit stewed with coconut milk, palm sugar and other traditional spices.
Nasi Gudeg @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Angkringan

Your travel to Jogja will give you a full experience, only if you try to sit on the floor in an Angkringan. Angkringan is actually a warung (stalls on the street side) that offers ‘nasi kucing’, literally translated as cat rice. However, you shouldn’t be worried because it does not contain cat meat.
Angkringan di Jogja @Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The locals call it Nasi Kucing due to the small portion of rice packaged with various meals like tofu, tempeh, chicken or beef. This is a place where locals enjoy food and fried snacks with the busy street as their view. Angkringan usually opens from 6pm to midnight.

Jamu

For Indonesia’s very-own traditional herbal drinks, head to the Pasar (market)! Pasar Kotagede for instance, offers various jamu (herbal drink) that the locals believe could be alternative medicines for curing fever, premenstrual syndrome and tiredness. Whether you believe it or not, the taste of these Jamus are very unique, authentic and surprisingly refreshing!
Jamu @Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Nightlife

Jogja offers bustling nighlife just like it does during the day. After dark, a few bars and pubs will start to welcome you to their dance floors. Ibis’ sky bar is one of the groovy bars that offer alcohol drinks and the city’s magnificent view at night. Malioboro street is also a perfect place to find affordable bars with a laid back atmosphere and mostly mellow tunes. When you travel to Jogja, you will be amazed by the different atmosphere – a culture so well-preserved in almost every corner you see.

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