Indonesia is a culture filled country with centuries of history and traditions that have mesmerized the world for as long as the eye can see. It is this intrigue that keeps visitors traveling to this beautiful country and why you should plan a trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Now that you know where to go, here are some activities to keep you busy for a week while you’re there.
With Temples a plenty you will have quite a choice to make as to which temples to add to your itinerary; start with Borobudur. Although it is not actually located in Yogyakarta, it is one of the main tourist draws to Yogyakarta. You will want to make it a day trip for this temple so that you can also visit the Kadung Kayang Waterfall. Another famous temple is the Hindu temple Prambana. And don’t miss the Ratu Boko temple with its magnificent grounds that start with the entrance gates and include a pavilion, a crematorium, swimming baths, and some of the best sunset viewing in the area.
Kraton Royal Palace
Take a tour of the home of the king and his family and then check out the Kraton museum to learn more about the Javanese culture. Stepping onto the grounds you will find yourself in a whole different culture as the residents of the Kraton keep the Javenes culture and traditions alive living them in this close knit community. In addition to the Royal Palace and Museum there is the Taman sari Water Castle. Although the water castle needs some maintenance, it is a wonderful place to explore.
There are three volcanoes in the area to choose from, Merbabu, Lawu, and one of the most active in Indonesia Merapi. If you are not familiar with the challenge of climbing a volcano it is best to use one of the local volcano tour services for safety as well as the best sights. The views and overall freedom of hiking these rumbling mountains is an experience you will never forget.
Gunung Kidul Beaches
Only an hour away by car, these beaches offer reasonably priced seafood dishes, spectacular views, relaxation, and specific swim beaches for those who like to get wet. Make this a day trip and explore the ancient forest and Jomblang Caves while you are in the area.
You won’t want to miss Jalan Malioboro for your ultimate Indonesian shopping experience. It is the best place to witness the local merchants in action as well as taste local street vender fare. For more shopping you also have the many local markets as well as access to lots of cheaply priced hand crafted furniture.
For the hands-on crafters, there are workshops that cover everything from learning the craft of Batik (fabric dying) to pottery, silver working, and leather crafting. Most workshops require advanced reservations, so make sure and check the schedules and reserve your spot in advance of when you would like to participate.
Now that you know what you can do in Yogyakarta what about accommodations? Check out the Whiz Hotel Yogyakarta. It sits in the center of the city and is a short 3 minute walk to the markets of Jalan Malioboro. Booking online is a breeze at this modern and comfortable hotel that features minimalist style designed rooms, hard wood floors, WiFi and flat-screen TVs.