“Where should we go next?” It has been the question that Steven and I always asked to one another after visiting one country. Actually, there are many countries we would like to visit if only our schedule will allow.
The decision on where we will go next all depends on the cost of the flight tickets. As I have mentioned on my previous post on “10 Easy Steps to Help You Plan Your First Trip Abroad,” traveling does not need to be too expensive. Booking for cheap flights is one of our priorities.
It was last year when we booked a round trip flight ticket to Indonesia which cost 4005.78Php. Steven and I are already excited on our 2017 adventures and as usual, I am the one assigned for doing our itinerary.
My fascination for Indonesia was heightened when I started to research about the country and asked some people who already visited it. Steven just gives to me the decision when it comes to the place where we are going to spend our holiday. I have two places in mind that I would like to visit: Bali and Yogyakarta. Certainly, both of them are great destinations. However, we only have a limited time so I just have to choose which appeals to me the most. After careful thinking, I came up with a decision and that would be – “Yogyakarta.”
The following is just a rough itinerary of our trip. We did not include a definite time for each visit as we want our trip to be flexible.
Itinerary to Indonesia
Steven and I will be arriving in Jakarta at 11:45 P.M. Jakarta is not our main destination, but there are no direct flights from Manila to Yogyakarta. Based on our previous experiences in Cebu Pacific Airline, we wonder if that schedule will be followed. Since our priority is to see the Central Java, we booked another flight from Jakarta to Yogyakarta via Air Asia. Our flight to Yogyakarta will be at 5:50 A.M., Terminal 2 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The good thing is that we will be arriving from Manila to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Terminal 2 and our next flight to Yogyakarta is in the same terminal too. It will be a one hour flight by airplane from Jakarta to Adi Sucipto Airport in Yogyakarta. There is also another way to get from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and that is by riding a train.
Day 1 – Trip to Borobudur Temple – a Buddhist Temple
How to go to Candi Borubudur from Malioboro Street
- From Malioboro Street, find a Trans Jogya Bus Stop.
- Take the Trans Jogya 2A or 2B bus to the Jombor Bus Terminal which cost IDR 4,000 or 0.30 USD
- Catch another bus to Candi Borobudur. It will take around 1 hour going to Candi Borobudur for an estimate cost of IDR 25,000 or 1.88 USD
- Pay the entrance fee. Through research, we found out that it is cheaper to buy a combine/combo ticket for Borobudur and Prambanan. Borobudur cost USD20 and to Prambanan Temple is USD18 which will cost USD38. On the other hand, if we will purchase the combine/combo ticket we are just going to pay IDR 420,000 or USD30. It will give us an extra USD8 for foods.
Day 2 – Tour to Palaces and Prambanan Temple
How to go to Kraton Palace or the Palace of Yogyakarta
- From Jalan Malioboro, just walk southward. There is also a becak or horse carriage as a substitute for walking.
- Pay the entrance fee of IDR 15,000 or 1.13 USD (for foreigners)
- The ticket price includes a guide which is most likely to accept tips.
- Kraton Palace or the Palace of Yogyakarta is open from 8 AM to 2 PM.
How to go to Taman Sari or Water Palace from Kraton Palace
- It can be reached by walking or taking a becak which cost around IDR30,000 or 2.25 USD
- The entrance fee is IDR 12,500 or 0.94 USD, for camera is IDR 2,000 or 0.15 USD and to the Guide is IDR 30,000 or 2.25 USD.
How to go to Prambanan Temple – a Hindu Temple
- From Malioboro Street, find a Trans Jogya Bus Stop.
- Take Trans Jogya Bus 1A Prombanan which takes around half an hour and cost IDR 3, 600. From the bus stop, cross the street where you can see the temple ground. Turn to the right and walk around 300 meters to reach the entrance. There will be a parking lot where the ticket booth is located.
After our Prambanan tour, watching the Ramayana Ballet will be our next activity. This is a performance which will be played in an open theater. Ticket price for watching Ramanayan in an open air theater ranges from IDR400,000 to IDR125,000.
To get back to Yogyakarta, we have to go to the market outside the Prambanan complex and then, board for the bus going to Yogyakarta.
NOTE: Trans Jogya Bus operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM.
While in Yogyakarta, we will not want to miss visiting a famous traditional market in Yogyakarta which is the Beringharjo Market.
Day 3 – Semarang Sightseeing
It has been difficult to get information from these places. Since we will be travelling from Yogyakarta to Semarang, we guess that we are just going to visit few places on our arrival in Semarang.
- Gereja Blenduk – the oldest and most important church in all Central Java
- Sam Poo Kong – also known as Gedung Batu Temple and the oldest Chinese temple in Semarang
- Lawang Sewu – also known as the “Thousand doors”
Day 4 – Horseback Riding and Enjoying Nature with a Cup of Coffee in Semarang
We plan to hire a car with a driver who can speak English for this day. The following are the places we plan to experience in Semarang.
- Pagoda Avalokitesvara – known as the tallest pagoda in Indonesia located at the south of Semarang
- Candi Gedong Songo – this has been the prime reason why I suggested my boyfriend to include Semarang in our itinerary. Candi Gedong Songo is not as famous as Borobudur and Prambanan but I would like to see its beauty while enjoying a horseback ride on the mountain.
- Pondok Kopi Umbul Sidomukti – is famous in Indonesia for its coffee located on top of a hill
Day 5 – Jakarta Trip
This will be our last day in Indonesia and we just have few hours before we go back to Philippines. We decided that we will spend our day in a place where we can have a glimpse of the magnificent archipelago in just one day. It is possible by visiting Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. According to our research, it is best to opt for a blue bird taxi when someone is in Jakarta. The approximate cost is IDR 70,000 and additional IDR 8,500 toll fee.
Have you been to Jakarta, Yogyakarta, or Semarang? Feel free to share to us your thoughts or travel experiences with wonderful Indonesia by commenting below. It will definitely help us on our upcoming trip.
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