Yogyakarta is a beautiful little city in Central Java, it’s popular with tourists and has a very welcoming feeling, much friendlier than Jakarta and the pace is much slower.
Things To Do:
Yogyakarta makes every single Indonesia itinerary because of it’s perfect location to Borobudur and Prambanan temples. I’ve written details posts about both, click the links below for more info:
Yogyakarta itself is also a nice place to spend the day exploring, most of the activity is on Malioboro road. The market is open every night and generally full of tourists.
From Jakarta the train takes around 8 hours, and it’s about the same from Malang. See out ‘Getting Around Indonesia’ post for more info about the rail service, click HERE to read.
Yogyakarta has a vey good bus network. Bus stops are painted yellow and on raised platforms so they are easy to spot. You buy a ticket at the stop before getting onto the bus, it costs Rp3,500 no matter how far you are traveling. All bus stops have 2 or 3 members of staff who can help if you need any assistance.
Where To Stay:
We spent 3 nights in the best city hotel and absolutely loved it, the rooms were new and clean and it was within walking distance to everything. We booked on Hotels.com for just under £15 per night.
We also stayed at the Mataram Hotel on our second visit to Yogyakarta because the best city hotel was fully booked. It wasn’t as nice but perfectly located if you have an early morning train. also booked on Hotels.com for £18 per night.
Where To Eat:
Indonesian – Solemate Cafe, we actually ate here twice it was so good, it’s a tiny cafe and they aren’t on TripAdvisor or Google Maps, if you search for ‘Bee Laundry’ they are right next door. (The laundry place was also good value.)
Western – Roaster and Bear, we loved this when we were craving a little taste of home, the desserts are to die for.