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    Trip of Wonders: Java – Yogykarta & Borobudur

    October 16, 2017

    I embarked on an incredible cultural journey with the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia and one of my favorite parts of the trip was exploring Yogykarta & Borobudur. Read on to discover the best things to do and where to stay in these beautiful parts of Indonesia.

    How to get there:
    Traveling from Jakarta, we hopped on a short flight to Yogykarta and immediately began our three hour road trip to Magelang, Central with a pit stop at Sekar Kedaton Restaurant which was both delicious and Instagrammable.

    Where to Stay: Hotel Plataran Heritage Borobudur
    Brand new to the Borobudur area, the charming Plataran Heritage Borobudur is the perfect place to stay if you want to experience a chic and charming colonial style hotel with stunning views of the pool on one side and the Menoreh Hills on the other. The light and airy rooms were the my favorite part of the hotel but the grounds were absolutely stunning as well.


    Things to do:

    Borobudur
    Borobudur, one of the world’s most beautiful and largest Buddhist temples is worth waking up at 3 am for if capturing spectacular photos with beautiful light is important to you. We were escorted to the base of the temple where we were given flashlights and found the ideal spot to capture the colors of the sun. Keep in mind that there will be tons of tourists surrounding you also trying to capturing the moment so I suggest wandering through the temple and finding a peaceful place to reflect after you get your shots. It’s a special place and this is important.

    Yogykarta
    Located in the heart of Java, Yogykarta is home to the fascinating and fun Javanese culture. There was so much life and culture to be found in this city and I absolutely loved it.

    Where to Stay: Phoenix Hotel
    Approxmitaely 1-2 hours away from Borobudur temple (depending on traffic), The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta MGallery by Sofitel is hands down one of the best places to stay in Yogykarta. Beauty is to be found at every corner of this iconic landmark with balconies overlooking the pool and courtyard and a vintage white Mercedes that offers tours around the city.

    Photo credit: Alex Block

    Things to do:

    Dress up in Javenese attire


    Travel throughout the city by Becak

    Feel like royalty at the Royal Palace

    Explore the Taman Sari Water Castle

    Learn to make Indonesia’s traditional fabric: Batik at Plentong Batik Village

     

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