Recently I was attracted by a travel blog to the Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The blogger only spent RM800 (= 267 SGD) in the whole trip. Therefore, I thought I might as well plan a trip to Yogyakarta. But then I realized the transportation fee and every attraction spot entrance fee has risen multiply. Hence, I now would like to share the latest news about traveling to Yogyakarta in 2017. It’d still be cheap if you get the ‘Early bird’ flight ticket and share the expenses with travel buddies! RM1100 (= 367 SGD) per person.

Introduction

Yogyakarta (often called “Jogja”) is one of the oldest cities on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century. In addition, the city is loaded with volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches and etc. Not to mention that travel here is cheap. Tag your partner, friends and family or BFF for the next trip to Yogyakarta!

Conversion Rate

RP : MYR : SGD = RP 1 : RM 0.30 : 1 SGD

Expenses

Description RM SGD
AirAsia Flight ticket* 884 295
Accommodation (4 nights) 400 133
SIM Card (3GB for 5 days) 25 8
Chartered Car (5 days x RM160/day) 800 267
Prabanam & Borobudur Entrance fee 350 117
Timang Beach Gondola 130 43
Photography Fee at Umbilical Ponggok 65 22
Other entrance fee & Etc 346 115
Total expense (2 Persons) 3,000 1,000

Therefore, the total expenses per person is RM1500 (= 500 SGD).

*AirAsia Flight ticket includes baggage fee and you can actually book a flight ticket for as low as RM200  (= 67 SGD) per person if you’re early bird.

Itinerary

Day 1️⃣

  • Arrival at Yogyakarta airport
  • Prambanan temple ❤
  • Sunset ijo temple
  • Check In hotel

Day 2️⃣

  • Borobudur temple 
  • Kalibiru 

Day 3️⃣

  • Timang beach 
  • Bukit mojo mangunan
  • Pinus Pengger 

Day 4️⃣

  • Merapi jeep tour ❤
  • Umbul ponggok ❤
  • Malioboro street ❤

Day 5️⃣

  • Free & easy morning
  • Check out hotel
  • Water palace
  • Lunch
  • Transfer airport
  • Arrive airport 2 hrs before your time flight

Where to go and What to play?🌋🏕🌄

  • PRABANAM🕌

Prambanan is listed as Unesco World Heritage site by the UN. This Unesco World Heritage site is a complex built in the 10th century and is Indonesia’s largest construction dedicated to Shiva. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.

  • BOROBUDUR

Borobudur is the world largest Buddhist temple built in the 9th century. In the end of June 2012, it was confirmed by Guinness World recorded that it’s the largest Buddhist temple now. In fact the name ‘Borobudur’ means the Buddhist temple at the peak of the mountain. Due to a series of volcano eruptions, the whole temple fell for a certain height and laid hidden for centuries under layers of volcanic ashes and jungle growth until it was rediscovered and restored in the 19th century. The Borobudur was listed as one of the four ancient oriental miracles, along with Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat.

  • KALIBIRU NATIONAL PARK🍃🍃

Kalibiru is a very small national park in Indonesia. Located on high hills, it often attracts photographers with its scenic view. Departing at Yogyakarta, it will take one and a half hour to get there. When approaching, the winding road becomes even steeper. So that’s a chance for the driver to showcase his driving skills and experiences.

Before entering, you have to pay RP5000 as an entrance fee. There are several places for photography here. Good thing is that the places are not far away from each other but the bad thing is that you have to pay to enter the place respectively.

If you’ve got not much time or budget, feel free to take a look at the information board and decide where to go.

  • TIMANG BEACH🏖

This beach happened to be mysterious to us. It’s located in a village along the coast. But then the driver could only get us to the entrance of the village. So we had to transit to the local Ojek (it’s a motorcycle as a matter of fact) and head to the coast. Drifting on the he rocky and rugged road made me car sick badly. It was small rocks everywhere on the road but I could only see the driver skillfully holding the accelerator grip tight to bring us to the destination. Fortunately, it didn’t take long, only for around 10 minutes. The Ojek journey costed 75000 kip per person.

Since we’re here, we, of course, cannot miss out on the man-made Gondola (though it didn’t look safe). Experience the excitement of riding the gondola.

It costed RP200000 per person, it is NOT cheap!

The wooden gondola is made by simple tools and all by artificial. So it can only take 2 persons at most!

If you safely arrive at the opposite port, the local would show their kindness to help you take a photo. The most important thing is that the gondola ride has no time restriction so you can play for as long as you want. If you are the kind of person who loves extreme sport, you definitely shouldn’t miss it!

  • PINUS PENGGER 🌲

A new touristy spot which has been very trendy recently because the legendary ‘Hand of the Giant’ is located here! Plenty of decorative objects you can pick up to take photos with you. It is a cozy and chilling place. The greenery scenes helped us relax ourselves. I suggest you to go there at dusk so you can catch the different view in the day and in the dark. The place becomes more amazing at night!

  • UMBUL PONGGOK🌊

It is a very special place and it was formed by the hot spring water from the underground. There are many colourful fishes in the water! In here, you are offered couples of decorative items that you can take along for the underwater photography!

  • Entrance Fee: RP5,000
  • Snorkeling package: RP20,000
  • Professional Underwater Photographer: RP100,000/hour
  • Decorative items in the water: RP100,000

  • MALIOBORO STREET🌃

The most happening street in the town!

You can basically enjoy your every night here exploring some Indonesian cuisines while spending some time listening to the playing of traditional musical instruments, or watching the cultural dances. At the end of the street, it’s the palace of the Sultan. There are also the bird markets as well as aquarium nearby.

Transportation

Normally if you are to travel here, the best is to charter a car because the transportation system here is not so developed. I know of a local driver which happened to be very reliable and that he also provided us very good service!

FB: Gus van berg+62 821-3493-5373

He will bring you to enjoy the delicious local cuisine places!

Food🍗🍖🌭🍔🍝🍛

I personally don’t have high requirement when it comes to food😂. As long as there’s food for me outside then I’ll be satisfied. In my impression, the Indonesian cuisine has not much difference with Malay food. We basically had no much food offered other than Ayam Penyet and Kangkung every single day.

The breakfast was included in the hotel everyday. For lunch, our hired driver will take us to some local cultural restaurant. And at night, we settled our dinner at the Malioboro Street. We had every dishes of fish, meat and green vegie every time and it costed RM30-40 (= 10-13 SGD) a meal. Cheap!

Oh I almost forgot to tell you the Avocado shake🍹 is a must.😋

Accommodation

You can book the accommodation through Agoda, booking.com or Airbnb. You’re good to go as long as to book a hotel somewhere near the Malioboro street because there’s everything you need every night! Any hotel with a rate of RM150 (= 50 SGD) per night shall be good👍🏻.The hotel usually includes breakfast for you!😋

Others to take note

  • Any places with  are must go
  • Arrange the day a bit earlier because it gets dawn here as early as 6am and gets dark at around 4 to 5 pm.
  • Ask the driver to help buying the entrance fee to Prambanam and Borobudur together because it’d be cheaper
  • Give the tipping 💰 appropriately. I tipped the Gondola driver as well as those that helped us take photo in Umbul Punggok
  • MOST important note: Please compare the price with different vendors or bargain with them before you agree to deal🤑. But actually the items are already cheap. You can get a tee shirt for as long as RM 5 (= 1.7 SGD)

Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to my love ❤ CheeCheong Yee who went through all the ups and downs with me.

I wish y’all a wonderful journey!

———The End———

Thank Halorene for sharing her wedding photoshoot trip in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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    • In Prambanan, no permission is needed for pre-wedding photoshoot. However, you may need the permission or pay additional fee for that in Borobudur.

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