Candi Borobudur Yogyakarta 2013 Tour

Candi Borobudur – Yogyakarta  4D3N Tour 2013

Day 1

Arrived at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta  around noon. The driver whom we hired was there to meet us at the arrival hall with the placard displaying HP Lim. I quickly pointed to him and I overheard someone calling out Happy Lim! The Adisucipto Airport is quite small and rundown. However, it is quite congested with passengers. Know what? It doesn’t even have an aerobridge!

Feeling hungry,  we were taken to Suharti Restaurant to try the famous ayam goreng kremes Suharti as recommended by Tripadvisor. We didn’t order food during the flight as it is the usual Pak Nassier’s nasi lemak or nasi beriyani or Uncle Chin’s chicken rice. We wanted to try the Indonesian traditional cuisine.  To be honest, I don’t find the fried chicken very special. It’s succulent, very little fat as it is ‘kampong chicken’.  The chicken top-up was a bit salty. However I find it is tastier than the ayam penyet. We also tried the ikan gurame.

After lunch, we checked into Ibis Style Hotel at Malioboro. This hotel is great, colourful and clean. The location is good. The staffs are young and friendly. It is highly recommended to stay there if you wish to make a trip there.

 

Ibis Style Hotel, Malioboro, Yogyakarta

Ibis Style Hotel, Malioboro, Yogyakarta

Colourful Lobby

Colourful Lobby

Without wasting time, here we go. We went to Ratu Boko Palace, an archaeological site to enjoy the sunset. It is situated at around 600 ft above sea level. Entrance fee is Rp 90,000 [RM 1.00 = Rp 3120] inclusive  of either fried rice or Javanese noodles (bakmi) or a snack and a drink either tea or coffee or fruit  juice.

 

We opted for bakmi, cheese fried banana and fruit juice

We opted for bakmi, fried cheese banana and fruit juice

However we didn’t wait for the sunset as the weather that day was cloudy, hardly could see the sun.

 

Soulmate at the Ratu Boko, very relax....

Soulmate at the Ratu Boko, very relax….

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At Ratu Boko, with Gunong Merapi as the background

At Ratu Boko, with Gunong Merapi as the background

 

We enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and the fresh air, hopefully got to breathe in lots of negative ions!

 

Lazing around in the open air hoping to get plenty of negative ions to rejuvenate...

Lazing around in the open air hoping to get plenty of negative ions to rejuvenate…

Dinner was at the Malioboro Mall. We had bakmi and alpukat ice blender, something similar to our local ice kacang except the ingredients. It is a mixture of small ice cubes, avocado, jack fruit and young coconut flesh in coconut milk, quite nice to drink. In fact I went there the next day to try again!

 

 

Food stalls sprouting along Malioboro Street when sun sets. They are very popular among the locals, but not foreign tourist!

Food stalls sprouting along Malioboro Street when sun sets. They are very popular among the locals, but not foreign tourist!

 

No worry for pedestrians

No worry for pedestrians

After dinner we went up to the 7th floor in our hotel to enjoy the night breeze, as the lounge is open air and the live music performed by a local band. The band performs every night in the sky lounge on this floor. The swimming pool is also located on this floor.

 

 

At the swimming pool on the 7th floor of the hotel

At the swimming pool on the 7th floor of the hotel

Day 2

After breakfast, we headed to Candi Borobudur, our main destination for this trip. It was an hour and a half drive to this historical site which is the biggest temple in the world listed as UNESCO World Heritage. This temple was built in the 8th century. Entrance fee is Rp 190,000. We engaged one tour guide to bring us around. Actually I expected the temple to be quite similar to Angkor Wat in terms of area, but to my disappointment, it is quite small. When we reached the top level of the temple, the guide asked us to walk round the stupa 3 times in order to bring good luck. Of course we followed as told. He must be laughing away taking a good rest while we went round and round hoping for good luck!

 

At the entrance of Candi Borobudur. Foreign visitors  are  required to wear the cloth to enter the temple.

At the entrance of Candi Borobudur. Foreign visitors are required to wear the cloth to enter the temple.

 

Our guide Mr Piyanto

Our guide Mr Piyanto, notice the stupa at the back?

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The largest stupa at the highest point of Candi Borobudur

The largest stupa at the highest point of Candi Borobudur

 

We had lunch on the way to Gunong Merapi, a volcano which erupted in 2010!

On the way, we stopped at the snake fruit collecting center to buy the snake fruits, locally known as ‘buah salak pondoh’.

We bought 4kg and packed in a bamboo cage. 1 kg costs Rp 7,000 (RM 3.30) compared to RM 7.00 in Malaysia.

We bought 4kg and packed in a bamboo cage. 1 kg costs Rp 7,000 (RM 2.30) compared to RM 7.00 in Malaysia.

In order to get a better view of the volcano, we opted for the jeep trip which costs us Rp 250,000 for around 2 hours adventurous tour through areas devastated by the volcano lava.

 

Tough and rugged, right?

Tough and rugged, right?

 

We have to go through terrain like this. Notice the smoke coming out from the soil, in fact the soil is still hot. The lorries were there to collect volcano sand for making bricks and building houses.

We have to go through terrain like this. Notice the smoke coming out from the sand and pebbles, in fact the sand is still hot. The lorries were there to collect volcano sand for making bricks and building houses.

Closer look of  the volcano.

Closer look of the volcano.

On the way back, we visited the Prambanan temple. It was quite late as it closes at 6.00 pm. FYI, in Yogyokarta, it is already in total darkness at around 5.30pm! Entrance fee is Rp 171,000. We only managed to stay for about 40 minutes there.

At Prambanan temple

At Prambanan temple

 

 

Look grand, right?

Look grand, right?

At night we went to the Malioboro mall again to try the most expensive coffee in the world! As a non-coffee drinker, I don’t find much difference between this so called ‘kopi luwak’ and any ordinary coffee!

Whether true or not.

Whether true or not.

This cup of coffee costs Rp 98,000! The waitress said you can swallow the coffee residue in the cup. Of course not lah, after get constipation!

This cup of coffee costs Rp 98,000! The waitress said you can swallow the coffee residue in the cup. Of course not lah, after get constipation!

Day 3

A visit to the Kraton is a must for all tourists to Yogyakarta. Kraton in Indonesian means Palace. So we were there to have a glimpse of the old Palace followed by a trip to the Water Castle, which is made up of few swimming pools supposed to be used by the concubines of the old sultan. The place is quite rundown, nothing much to boast of.

At the Sultan's Palace

At the Sultan’s Palace

Swimming pool for the concubines of the Sultan

Swimming pool for the concubines of the Sultan

 

In the afternoon we proceeded to Parangtritis beach, the only one near to Yogyakarta, about 30 minute drive from the town.

At the Parangtritis Beach. Very strong waves..

At the Parangtritis Beach. Very strong waves..

 

Since the beach is quite long, taking a horse cart is a convenient to explore the beach

Since the beach is quite long, taking a horse cart is a convenient way to explore the beach

I thought the beach is something like the beach in Bali Island. However, it was very quiet with very few visitors. We took the horse cart to take us around the beach for a fee of Rp 50,000. The wave was quite strong and the sand was black. We only stayed for a while there before heading back to the city.

Action only! Gaya mesti ada!

Action only! Gaya mesti ada!

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                                                         You may take these ATVs (all terrain vehicles) to explore the beach!

Umbrellas for rent

Umbrellas for rent

The Indonesians are very good at making money. Like this also can make money!

The Indonesians are very good at making money. Like this also can make money!

 

On the way, we visited a house where they demonstrated how ‘kopi luwak’  is produced.

According to the owner, the luwak, a civet cat denizen of the coffee plantation of Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi, eats only the ripest coffee cherries. Unable to digest the coffee beans, the luwak graciously deposits them on the jungle floor where they are eagerly collected by the locals. The stomach acids and enzymes action involved in the unique fermentation process produces the beans for the world’s rarest coffee beverage. [Adapted from the pamphlet provided by the owner]

The civet cat

The civet cat

Ripe coffee cherries, a favourite food of the civet cat

Ripe coffee cherries, a favourite food of the civet cat

The droppings of the civet cat which contains the coffee beans

The droppings of the civet cat which contains the coffee beans

Unprocessed coffee beans separated from the droppings

Unprocessed coffee beans separated from the droppings

We ended up buying a packet of the luwak coffee which costs Rp 350,000. This packet of coffee can make up to around 30 cups of coffee.

In the afternoon,  we visited the Ambarrukmo Shopping Mall, the biggest mall in Yogyakarta. We had ayam cobek kremes for lunch.

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In the evening, we took a walk from the hotel to Malioboro street. It took us around 10 minutes. However we took the trishaw back to the hotel. It costs Rp 10,000 per trishaw.

Day 4

After breakfast we headed to the airport for out departure back home.

It was quite an enjoyable trip!

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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.