Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Travel Tips by Clarissa

Jomblang Cave
Jomblang Cave
What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Yogyakarta suit?

Backpackers and those who seek adventures would love Yogyakarta.

How long would you recommend for one to spend there?

4 days 3 nights.

What are the top activities/must-sees at Yogyakarta that you would recommend?
1. Jomblang Cave
Jomblang Cave
Jomblang Cave

– Famous for the sun rays shining through the hole at the top of the cave

– You will be safely abseiled down, followed by a short trek to the end of the cave

– There is a limit to the number of people allowed to enter the cave each day, so do get there early or book in advance!

– Be prepared for a lot of waiting, but it is worth it!

– Costs IDR450,000 per pax and with lunch included! Find out more here.

Address: Pacarejo, Semanu, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55893, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

2. Sand Dunes
Parangtritis Sand Dune

– Fun to do some sandboarding (caution: the sand can be really hot as you will have to walk on the sand with your feet bare! Best to go in the late afternoon)

– Rental is IDR100,000 per sandboard (you are allowed to share) and includes an instructor who can’t really speak English

– Don’t expect really huge sand dunes

Address: Jl. Pantai Parangkusumo, Parangtritis, Kec. Kretek, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55772, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

3. Borobudur Temple
Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

– UNESCO world heritage site

– World’s biggest Buddhist monument

– People come here for the sunrise, but it was cloudy on the day that I went, so it was a little underwhelming

– It’s difficult to capture an image without anyone in it, unlike what you see on Google Images!

Address: Jl. Badrawati, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

What are the top food places/must-eats at Yogyakarta that you would recommend?
1. Aneka Bebek Madiyo
Half a portion of Bebek Goreng

– Bebek Goreng (fried duck)

– Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside

– Tables and chairs are not very clean but the duck was delicious!

– Located near the Parangtritis beach and sand dunes

Address: Depok, Parangtritis, Kretek, Bantul, Parangtritis, Kec. Kretek, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55772, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

2. Sate Sapi Pak Cipto Khas Kota Gede
Beef Sate with Lontong

– Satay (meat on skewer)

– Our driver recommended only having the beef ones, which were good!

– I usually don’t like satays (in Singapore) but I liked these!

Address: Jl. Kemasan No.9, Purbayan, Kotagede, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55173, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

3. Restoran Bukit Indah
Sunset at Restoran Bukit Indah

– Great place to see the sunset and the stars rise over dinner

– Nice ambience to chill and have decent local food

Address: Jalan Yogyakarta – Wonosari Hargo Dumilah Srimulyo Piyungan, Srimulyo, Piyungan, Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55792, Indonesia (View on Google Maps)

Any recommendations on where to stay?

I stayed at GAIA Cosmo Hotel, which is a modern boutique hotel that is 7km away from the airport and 3.5km from Malioboro shopping street.

When is a good time of the year to visit?

During the dry season, from April to September.

How should one get around?

I hired a driver for the whole trip, except airport transfers. You can take the public taxi from the airport, and take an Uber/Grab to the airport. Leave a comment if you would like the contact of my driver!

Are there any local norms / cultures that a tourist should be aware of?

Not that I know of.

What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes?

Indonesian Rupiah, in cash. Bring sufficient cash because most places only accept cash. You can probably only use credit cards in malls.

How should one stay connected to the internet?

I activated Starhub’s DataTravel plan, which gives me 2GB worth of data for $15. More information on the DataTravel plan here.

Any other tips?

– My driver advised us to change money at this money changer called Barumun, situated at the Ina Garuda Hotel at Malioboro Street. It closes at 4pm, so we had to make advance planning as we are mostly not in the city area!

– Jogja is another name for Yogyakarta, in case you get confused

Cost of Trip

Airfare – SGD79 on Silkair, from Singapore. It was a promotion offered by Chan Brothers.

Accommodation – SGD60 per twin room per night at GAIA Cosmo Hotel

Food – SGD5-15 per meal

Transport – IDR650,000-750,000 (SGD70-80) per day for a private driver

Tell us a bit about yourself

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