In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days.
I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back to Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta.
I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share with you where we stayed in Jogja and few things we did for 4 days. Also, we get to experience some local food in the region.
WHERE TO STAY?
The 101 Hotel Yogyakarta
The 101 Hotel Tugu is situated very close to the famous Malioboro street in Yogyakarta. This stylish hotel offers 110 Deluxe Room with balcony and 10 Deluxe Room with direct pool access, 24 Deluxe Merapi Room and 6 Junior Suite.
What I love most about our Suite room is we have direct access to the hotel’s swimming pool and the buffet breakfast spread they offer to their guest.
We also experienced an affordable buffet dinner for only 15 USD good for 2 pax. It was a promo at that time and we didn’t skip the chance to save money and eat a lot, lol. That night, there was an acoustic band who serenades us and other hotel guests.
Deluxe Balcony per night 3,100 PHP / 62 USD
Deluxe Merapi per night 3,400 PHP / 68 USD
Deluxe Pool Access per night 3,900 PHP / 78 USD
Junior Suite per night 4,700 PHP / 94 USD
THE 1O1 Yogyakarta Tugu
Yogyakarta 55232 – Indonesia
f. +62 274 2921 101
Check-In Time: 2:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM
Hotel Currency: IDR (Rp)
WHAT TO DO IN JOGJA?
1. Visit Borobudur Temple
The entrance for Borobudur at sunrise is much higher and because Kenneth and I are on a very tight budget we decided to go to Borobudur after sunrise. We didn’t expect this flock of tourists during this hour and to our surprise, there are a lot of students visiting the temple.
It was like a school field trip so having that picture-perfect at the temple is very difficult and you really have to be extra fast to take a snap or else someone will pass thru your camera shot.
2. Visit Prambanan Temple
3. Learn and make Batik at Leksa Ganesha
4. Visit The Sultans Palace
5. Visit the Water Palace
PLEASE WATCH MY INDONESIA VIDEOS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF WATER PALACE AND OTHER SITES WE VISITED.
6. Try local coffee – Kopi Joss and street food along Malioboro
7. Buy Batik
I think the best pasalubong you can give to your family is unique and real Batik. For as low as 150 PHP up to thousands of pesos, you can purchase a simple Batik to an extravagant art made from Batik.
But because I sell clothes online and I make my own skirts and kimonos, I purchased few Batiks in Hamzah Batik. It’s an air-conditioned store that sells Batiks, was for Batik making, local delicacy, and many other Indonesian arts.
Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia