Jogjakarta is one of 33 provinces in Indonesia that is well-known as the culinary centre. It is located in Java Island with Central Java and east Java surrounding it and it’s facing Indian Ocean.
Most of the listed places below are not located exactly in this province, but in the border cities of Central Java like Solo. And instead of going to Central Java, tourists usually choose to come here because it is close to the touristic area.
Here are some of the “Must-see-places” in Jogjakarta.
1. Prambanan Temple
The entrance fee is 35.000IDR for local citizens and US$20 for foreigners. The best time is in the morning before the sun goes higher.
2. Borobudur Temple
The best time to come here is in the morning so you get a chance to enjoy the view before it gets crowded when the group of students coming for field trip. Also, it has lots of stairs to reach the highest part of the temple, so it’s better to come when the sun is still not too high. The entrance fee is the same with Prambanan.
In these two temples, there are many locals, mostly young age, approach the foreigners for a picture. It can be cute sometimes when they all take a picture together, but not when there are more than 10 students and each of them wants to take individual picture with the “bule”.
3. Pindul Cave (Cave Tubing and Rafting)
It costs only 30.000IDR per person, it is included the equipment and tour guide. The local people here still believe that they should respect the spirits who live in that cave. So, they forbid any kind of swear words while we are in the cave.
You can bring your camera into the cave, but you will be in charge of it and make sure it doesn’t get wet, which is quite impossible as 80% of your body will be wet. Or, you can hire a guy who can help you taking pictures with your own camera for 100.000IDR.
4. Sri Gethuk Waterfall
This waterfall is on the same area to Pindul Cave, around 30minutes by car. So make a visit here right after Pindul Cave.
5. Malioboro Street
This 24-hours street is well-known as the place to buy cheap handicrafts. So shop till you drop! Also you can find street painters, street musicians, and other street artist along the way.
6. Kampung Ramadhan (Ramadhan Fasting Village)
If you come during the Muslim Fasting month, you should visit this place in Malioboro Street. In this small alley you can find authentic and cheap Jogja food. This place opens at 4pm and closes sharply only 10 minutes after break fasting. So, don’t be late.
The beach in Jogjakarta is directly facing Indian Ocean. Far away from the city centre around 3hrs by car but it is worth of visiting for its beautiful view.
8. Mount Trekking
Jogjakarta is surrounded by many mountains such as Lawu Mount, Merbabu Mount and even the most active volcano in Indonesia, Merapi Volcano. But sadly, this activity is the least attractive place for tourist as you know it is more tiring and challenging compare to selfie pictures session using selfie-stick in front of the other touristic places. (you know what I mean J) Come here in a group and with a person who is familiar with the trekking so you won’t get lost. The scenery is worth it of hours of hiking!
9. Star Hill
Come here at night to see the night view of Jogjakarta up from the hill. And enjoy Jogja’s drinks served hot, Wedang Uwuh, a mix of various kinds of herbs that is good for your health.
10. Alun-alun / City Square
Last but not least, end your holiday in Jogja visiting City Square. You can find many street food with affordable price and get to see people playing kites. As the day gets dark you can find old cars that have been modified with light and loud music and even TV! These cute cars will bring you around the Alun-alun