Given that Borobudur is on every single Indonesia itinerary and it’s home to one of the worlds best UNESCO sites, it’s surprisingly very none touristy.
Most people visit from Yogyakarta on a sunrise tour then they are gone again by 7am, but we decided to stay 2 nights and it ended up being our favourite place in Java.
It’s the main reason people visit Borobudur and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Its famous for its incredible sunrises, but we just aren’t morning people, we did set an alarm but turned it straight off and fell back asleep. Later we spoke to a Dutch couple who said that mornings sunrise had been really cloudy so they didn’t see much. That made us feel a bit better.
Here’s a few things to help you plan your trip to Borobudur temple:
04:30am = Rp450,000 (through the Manohara Hotel)
06:00am onwards = Rp325,000 (through the main gate and the price includes a welcome drink)
Shoulders are fine but knees need to be covered, if your wearing shorts, don’t worry, they will give you a sarong to borrow when you buy your ticket.
By the time we actually rolled out of bed and made it to the temple it was about 10:30. The temple is right out in the open and there is no shade at all. By the time we left at 12:00 it was pretty unbearable and I really regretted not getting up for sunrise when it would have been much cooler.
Don’t Forgot The Museum:
Before you leave, take 10 minutes to visit the museum just by the exit gate. It’s included in the ticket price but most people just walked past. The museum has some good photos of before and after the temples restoration.
Other Things To Do In Borobudur:
Hire a bike from any guest house for around Rp35,000 per day and take in the beautiful countryside and rice paddies that surround the village.
Climb Punthuk Setumbu for amazing views over Borobudur and the surrounding mountains. The entrance fee is Rp30,000 and it took us just over an hour to walk there from the temple.
From Yogyakarta Jambor Station, the bus takes about 1 hour. It costs Rp25,000 and leaves whenever its full, just ask for the bus to Borobudur and somebody will point you in the right direction.
To get to Jambor station from anywhere in the city will cost Rp3,500. We took the 2B bus and it was only about 10 minutes, but there are other buses that also go to the station. Just ask any of the staff at the bus stops. (All bus stops in Yogyakarta are staffed and you buy your tickets before you get on the bus.)
Where To Stay:
We absolutely loved the Cempaka Villa 2, we booked through Hotels.com for £26/night. Borobudur temple was less than a 5 minute walk away.