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drive of hell from yogyakarta to bromo

Drive of Hell From yogyakarta to Bromo

We were picked up from our hotel in Yogyakarta at 07:30am on the dot. From that moment our driver’s foot never left the accelerator…

Itinerary 3D / 2N Bromo-Ijen Tour

When you are looking for the best 3D / 2N Bromo-Ijen Tour from Yogyakarta, as well as the price, and what’s included, you have to consider the itinerary of the tour too.

tour to bromo and ijen

Where to Book Your Tour to Bromo and Ijen

It was the end of the line for us in Yogyakarta and it was time for us to move on. We had loved the city and had had some excellent days out thanks to the Via Via tour agency. Now the plan was to leave Yogyakarta and leave Java altogether.

via via yogyakarta

Via Via Yogyakarta

When we were in Yogyakarta, we used a local agency to book all our activities, and it was brilliant. Via Via in Yogyakarta really enhanced our stay in the city and allowed us to discover Yogyakarta in unusual ways.


Is Borobudur Really Worth a Visit?

Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. It is said to date from the 9th century, but just like so many temples in the area, became consumed by the ash and lava from surrounding volcanoes at some point in time and was not uncovered again until 1815 when Sir Stamford Raffles ordered excavation

prambanan and the hidden temples

Prambanan and the Hidden Temples

When we went to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples we did an alternative tour rather than the generic minibus-transfer-plus-entrance-ticket-tour. On our visit to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples, the four of us hired motorbikes with driver, which meant we were able to take the scenic route along the country lanes

candi sambisari

Candi Sambisari

Candi Sambisari is one of the ‘Hidden Temples’ that we visited on our tour of Prambanan and the Hidden Temples from Yogyakarta. And it’s not a hidden temple because it’s off the beaten track, but because it has literally spent centuries hidden.

where not to eat in yogyakarta

Where NOT to Eat in Yogyakarta

After such a bad dining experience during my stay, I thought I should just let you know where NOT to eat in Yogyakarta in case you really were thinking of visiting this fantastic city…

where to stay in yogyakarta

Where to Stay in Yogyakarta

Where to stay in Yogyakarta is at the Delta Homestay in Yogyakarta. That’s my recommendation anyway, and I’ll tell you why… We were so pleased with the Delta Homestay in Yogyakarta that I have decided to make it my ‘Where to Stay in Yogyakarta’ recommendation.

malioboro street

50mm Photo-Walk Down Malioboro Street

Indonesia’s most famous avenue is found in Yogyakarta. Jalan Malioboro, or Malioboro Street, is Indonesia’s answer to New York’s Times Square, Bangkok’s Khao San Road, London’s Covent Garden or Marrakech’s Djemma el-Fna: it’s where everything happens. On a Saturday and Sunday evening there are plenty of street musicians, drama groups and dancers putting on shows.

how to get from kalimantan to yogyakarta

How to get from Kalimantan to Yogyakarta

For those that fancy doing a similar backpacking route around Indonesia to the one that we did, there will be one question that poses a bit of difficulty: how to get from Kalimantan to Yogyakarta? In Kalimantan we were at Tanjung Puting National Park. The closest airport is Pangkalan Bun.


What to do in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta was one of my very favourite places during the backpacking trip of Indonesia. After our very brief visit to Jakarta, we flew to Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) where we spent three days living on a klotok in the rainforest. You can read the whole rainforest blog here.

Jamu herbs market

Jamu Herbs Market, Yogyakarta

Okay, here it is; first ever Indonesia post: Jamu Herbs Market, Yogyakarta. And it will be the first of many, but please be patient because I have to organise, process and upload all the photos onto my Flickr account before I can start to write posts – very complicated this blogging life, you know!